YouTube, besides being the greatest source for funny cat videos, is actually a great tool for learning and exploring. You can find there anything you need, starting with useful lectures ending with do-it-yourself type of videos. Among others, there are amazing science channels, so I decided to do a top 10 list of my favourite YouTube science channels. So let’s start with no. 10.
SciShow is a fun channel where a charismatic guy with a passion for science explains you the common misconceptions and does some cool presentations. I don’t know why but this simple format really works well. Some of my favorite videos from SciShow are Astrobiology & Search for Alien Life and Why We Age.
Bad Astronomy channel is a long time favorite of mine. It is run by Phil Plait, who is a famous American astronomer, a sceptic and a former president of James Randi Educational Foundation. You might also know him from the Discover Magazine’s Bad Astronomy blog and this TED talk. So the channel is all about clearing misconceptions and answering the questions of the viewers. It’s very basic, but Phil has a talent for explaining as simply as possible, which makes this channel really worthy of your attention. The only problem is that Phil rarely post videos these days, but having in mind that there are more than 151 videos, you should still check it out.
No introduction is needed for this great channel as it is all about NASA. It has hundreds of videos about the space shuttle Endeavour, Curiosity mission, science casts and other good stuff. The great thing about this channel is that many videos are quite long. So be sure to check it out for your daily dose of NASA.
7. Backstage Science
Now this one is quite interesting — perhaps the best description would be a “reality show of science”. As you might guess from the name of the channel it brings you to the backstage of the most important and interesting facilities in the UK. But that’s not all, you can also find some great Q&A’s with various scientist, who describe and show you their everyday working conditions. Especially recommended for students considering of pursuing a career in science.
6. Smarter Every Day
First and foremost I’d like to say that it’s a truly great name for a channel. Becoming smarter everyday should surely be an aim for everyone! Anyway, this channel is all about exploring the world using science. Ever wondered why cats always land on their feet? Or how about how and why rockets work? All of these and dozens of other great questions are answered in Smarter Every Day in a fun yet educating way.
5. Sixty Symbols
“Cool videos about physics and astronomy” — the description of the channel truly nails it, cause that’s exactly what this great channel is — a collection of cool, fun and educating videos. It’s kind of similar to Veritasium and other such channels, with a little bigger dose of serious stuff. So be sure to check this out if you want to have fun, but also learn something at the same time.
4. Minute Physics
Minute Physics is an absolute must for physics fans. As you might guess from the title, it’s all about explaining various concepts of physics in a minute (or more like 2 or 3 minutes to be exact). It’s fun, it’s fast, it has great animation and it helps you learn — what else could you want?
3. The Science Channel
The Science Channel besides having the most generic name ever is actually a great place to visit if you need a dose of science. It has more than 300 hundred videos, which explain, educate, entertain and bring the frontiers of science to your doorstep. So, if you want the Higgs boson explained or want to see the newest Hubble telescope pictures, head over to the Science Channel.
Veritasium is one of those fun channels where you can learn and have fun at the same time. It’s a channel of this cool bearded guy, who educates, clears misconceptions and shows off the fun side of science. The channel is divided into these playlists: science experiments, misconceptions, slinky drop (all about slinkies) and the last one (which I kind of hate) — science songs.
1. TED Talks
TED talks is an amazing channel featuring the best talks in a number of fields like science, art, education, politics, economics and so much more. Technically it’s not a science channel, but there are so many great talks by leading scientists that I couldn’t skip it. A mix of great video quality, lengthy videos and amazing speakers makes TED talks the winner of our top 10 list.