Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

This is arguably the best science YouTube channel on the list, each video has around 200 hours put into it and boy oh boy does it show. The animations lure your mind into a sponge like state and the information just seems to flow in.  The Fermi Paradox video (above) is essentially the peak of interesting things on YouTube, it’s all about the big question; ‘if space is so big, then where are the aliens?’ it’s a fascinating look into all the struggles that we and other alien life forms would face. They even made a follow up video that’s about how we could circumvent these issues.

SmarterEveryDay

Destin’s channel Smarter Every Day is about as good as it gets when it comes to science on YouTube. Destin has earnt a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a graduate degree in aerospace engineering. He works as a rocket engineer and with these credentials it’s pretty clear that you’re going to witness and learn some really awesome stuff. The channel is friendly and accessible for basically any audience, Destin still manages not to talk down to his viewers or compromise the information. This is because of his sheer passion for exploring the world of science and sharing it with as many people as possible. Subscribe and enjoy!

Primitive Technology

No words and no modern tools, just a man with the knowledge to create the basics of life from scratch. This channel really is something else to watch, its almost meditative.

It’s Okay To Be Smart

Made by PBS ‘It’s Ok To Be Smart’ is all things learning and science, your host Joe Hanson has a Ph.D in Cell and Molecular Biology so it’s safe to say the information will be well researched and reliable. In terms of the content they cover a huge amount of topics and its all produced with a very high quality, animations and clean recording. This channel is also very kid friendly for those that want to get kids into learning.

Cody’sLab

Cody’sLab is extremely good binge watching for those that are scientifically inclined. From taking you through the process of collecting and refining precious metals, to seeing if you can flush 240lb of Mercury down the toilet, there’s no shortage of interesting and varied content. There are also a number of  ongoing series’ within the channel, such as his beekeeping and mining projects. Cody is a passionate and friendly guy which makes for entertaining viewing.

CGP Grey

A giant brain with a channel is one way to describe this channel. Grey covers some bizarre and amazing subjects, they range from explaining why a zebra is more like a fish than horse in behavior, to why you’ll probably be out of a job in the future thanks to robots and artificial intelligence. Grey also has a knack of explaining things in a way you only wish you could. Watch a few of his videos, start with the one above then another called “humans need not apply” and “The (Secret) City of London” then after you’ve binge watched them all go in his comments section to complain about how slow he is at making videos.

Veritasium

Derek Muller is an Australian with PhD of Physics education research and Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, so undoubtedly a man with a serious passion for science and one that comes through in his videos. This website is founded on finding people like Derek because there is something about the way a person with a genuine passion for something can make the content beyond interesting. His videos are about various science and science related goings on in this world as well as the occasional pontification about life and its greater meaning.

ColdFusion

This is a great channel that’s all about documenting and looking into the world of tech and tech companies. You’ll learn the history, just how immense some of these massive companies are and just where they have their fingers in play. Some of the great videos are:

How big is Apple?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRsF1aZdAto

The Tue Story of Nikola Tesla: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QPRhTfUhPQ

The Surprising History of YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4dT-lW9260

 

exurb1a

An exercise in nihilism through the complexities of the universe. Hilarious, educational and makes for great regular viewing. Can’t recommend highly enough.

Vsauce

“Hey Vsauce, Michael here” if you don’t know those words then get ready to be acquainted with them, he’s one of the most successful YouTubers because he’s almost too good. I mean how many people can say they’ve been given the opportunity of interviewing David Attenborough also known as the worlds greatest living treasure, that’s right not many. His content is packed full of things to blow your mind and the production value is immense. He’s even teamed up with Adam Savage from Mythbusters and tested to produce a YouTube red series that’s supposed to be fantastic.

The Slow Mo Guys

All sorts of incredibly cool materials, experiments and collisions filmed in unconceivably slow motion. Gavin and Dan are your hosts and both are very entertaining guys. The channel has a fairly slow release schedule due to Dan and Gavin’s other commitments, but this also makes the moment you do see a video pop up in your feed extra special.

Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

“The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a web series that defines newly invented words for strangely powerful emotions. Written, edited, and narrated by John Koenig.”

Brave Wilderness

Brave Wilderness is a channel hosted by Coyote Peterson who’s an animal aficionado and serious outdoors man. When we say serious we mean he’s seriously in harms way, he will voluntarily get bitten and stung by the worlds deadliest and most dangerous to show you what happens next. Now you may go and look at his channel and think “look at all this clickbait” No, no, no, no its not. What the title is, is an accurate and tame description of what happens. It’s pretty much pure insanity.

You’ll find a few different series going on here all with a focus on a different things, (we’re just reiterating what the trailer above says here so if you’d rather watch it just press play) Breaking trail is all about leaving the map behind and getting out into the wilderness and just encountering whatever they come across. Next you have ‘Beyond the Tide’, a series that brings you up close with the most bizarre creatures in the oceans. Following that is ‘On Location’ which is a behind the scenes look at the Crew and Coyotes travels. Finally you have ‘Dragon Tails” which investigates snapping turtles and what they’re all about.

Mark Rober

Former NASA employee Mark Rober is a engineering mad man, I mean just watch the video above to see how crazy he is (he builds a dart board in which you can’t miss the bulls eye). The channel has a huge amount of content though so make sure you check this one out, it has something for everyone.

NurdRage

“A channel run by science nerds for science nerds hailing from the country of Canada. We demonstrate science experiments for all levels, from kitchen chemistry to advanced synthesis.” They’re not joking on the advanced part either.

The Great War

Ever wanted to know about war? The nitty-gritty? all of the details you could ever imagine? This is the right place for you. The video above is a great little insight into the depths of knowledge being dished out on this channel.

PBS Space Time

From the description “Space Time explores the outer reaches of space, the craziness of astrophysics, the possibilities of sci-fi, and anything else you can think of beyond Planet Earth with our astrophysicist host: Matthew O’Dowd.” Pretty apt really. The channel is great, the quality is perfect, can’t ask for more than this really.

Periodic Videos

This channel is all thing Chemistry and they cover pretty much all of the Periodic table if they can. The videos usually contain a heap of information about the subject as well as a description of what its used for and perhaps even a little demonstration (often containing soft drink).

Objectivity

Brady the man with a million YouTube channels all teaching us different things bring us yet another gem, with lines like “this is really Scoobydoo” you know you’re in for a good show. This channel is all about exploring objects, from the world gone by and the world today. Ranging from Treasure chests like above to Magnetic balls they explore what they were for and when they were from. Fantastic channel.

Deep Sky Videos

Hard to put it better than Brady put it in this case “Exploring deep space – one video at a time. Including videos about the famous Messier Catalogue and access to world-class telescopes” Brady runs a number of YouTube channels all largely focused around education, as well as a podcast with CGP Grey who you might know as well.

Sixty Symbols

This is where your concentration and ability to understand is tested. The big theories with big explanations by some big names in the Science community. One of the best videos is one of the earliest, it’s a simple question of what would happen if you put your hand in the Hadron Collider. Enjoy

The Brain Scoop

Hosted by Emily Graslie, The Brain Scoop is a semi-weekly educational YouTube channel devoted to exploring all aspects of the curious world of natural history museums and the culture of animal preservation. This channel is great for acquiring a vast array of educational information. They cover anything and everything you could imagine, and have access to it all thanks to their location – The Field Museum Chicago. This channel will also sometimes deviate off of the path to give you a political lecture or two but they are mostly scientifically driven. Enjoy!

Grant Thompson – “The King of Random”

(Just a heads up that Grant has often been criticized for how unsafe many of the experiments are, so best not to replicate too many of them without further exploration of the experiment)  While some of the tests might be ahhhh, a bit irrelevant for day to day life they’re still very, very entertaining. Grant covers all kinds of do it yourself experiments and build guides, from stuff you could hassle people with at school or office e.g not this mini RPG to amazing mega scale experiments that you can probably only see on YouTube like this.

AsapSCIENCE

One of the staples of the YouTube community and one of the biggest channels AsapSCIENCE covers all things that science can help answer; it might be advice, it might be a question of complete irrelevance to anything and it might even be something really really cool that you didn’t know. They’re entertaining, factual and reliable which is why they’re on this list. Enjoy!

Seeker

Seeker is part of Group Nine Media which is also houses NowThis, Thrillist, The Dodo and SourceFed. They mainly focus on science and education in their videos and the content is sound. They remain fairly apolitical and rather focus on specific issues rather than parties or sides.

ThunderF00t

Picture this, you’re scrolling Facebook or the recommended section in YouTube and you see something, something so extraordinary that you think it could change the world (hyperloop, solar roadways, plastic roadways) this is where you now stop and think, boy I cannot wait for Thunderf00t to tear them a new one. Thunderf00t produces a variety of political and science based content, his science content is always fascinating and with a mind boggling amount of detail, he does the math, he checks the weights and balances and then he puts them to shame. It’s epic enjoy!

IT’S HISTORY

Travel through different time periods looking at fascinating movements and individuals. This show doesn’t seem to be running anymore, however the past content is well worth diving through.

Pirates: https://www.youtube.com/playlist

This series covers the ideology, the figure heads and the evolution of pirates throughout history. From Black Bart Roberts in 1682 to Somali Pirates today you’re period of interest is covered.

The Industrial Revolution: https://www.youtube.com/playlist

Th Light bulb, Market Economy, how it happened, phonograph vs gramophone, the steam machine, railroads, the telephone and so much more all feature in this series. It’s 24 parts long so move some time aside to get stuck in.

The Cold War: https://www.youtube.com/playlist

Origins, the Korean War, weapons of mass destruction, the Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis, Hippies, Culture, the Vietnam war and the doomsday clock + about a dozen more episodes.

Era’s of History: https://www.youtube.com/playlist

This playlist is a snipet into all of the different periods in history they cover. Great way to see a bit of each series and see what you want to learn more about.

Battlefields: https://www.youtube.com/playlist

The Trojan War, The Chinese Civil War, The Boxer Rebellion, The Opium War, Battle of the Red Cliffs, Sun Tzu, Jihad with US arms, The Falklands war, The Vietnam War and a few others are covered.

They cover a number of other subjects so be sure to check them out!

Alanis Business Acedemy

Alanis Business Academy is an in depth business education channel. It covers everything from the basics to really in depth tutorials about the world of business. From the channel: “You can find lessons on a variety of business topics, including: economics, employee motivation and behavior, accounting, management, and many more”.

CrashCourse

Produced by PBS, Crash Course is a look into many of the main educational fields: Philosophy, Physics, Literature, History, Psychology, Economics, Government and Politics, Astronomy, and much more. They’re sometimes criticized for not being objective enough in the fields of philosophy and psychology, but nonetheless it’s a great channel and resource.

Computerphile

All about computers and “the numbers mason, what do they mean” Find out here.  But seriously this channel is all about understanding computers, hacking them and a bit of history thrown in. Great channel.

Minute Physics

Minute Physics is one of YouTube’s most popular sciene shows, and for good reason. The content is easy to digest, often fun and always stacked with information. They give us answers for all kinds of physics related questions, some that you wouldn’t think to ask but you’ll be glad to have answered.

Life Noggin

Life Noggin is a series of animated educational shorts released on a weekly basis. The bite sized videos are easy to consume, but certainly not lacking in detail or information. You can tell that the team are having fun educating their audience, and you will too as you learn about science, history, pop culture, art and more.

Wisecrack

 

This channels a big one and contains a few shows so i’ll let them explain away:

“WISECRACK EDITION: Dive into the DEEPER MEANING of your favorite games, movies, TV shows, albums, and more!

EARTHLING CINEMA: Explore FILM with Garyx Wormuloid. Your favorite movies get probed by an awkward alien.

8-BIT PHILOSOPHY: Learn PHILOSOPHY from classic video games. Shiny little pixels answer humanity’s most important questions.

THUG NOTES: Explore LITERATURE with yo’ boy Sparky Sweets, PhD. It’s classic literature, original gangster.

We’re Wisecrack, a collective of comedians, academics, filmmakers, and artists who are super curious about the world around us. Our channel explores cool topics in unusual (and hopefully super entertaining) ways. Subscribe, m’kay?” 

 

Khan Academy

Less of an entertaining channel and more of a pure educational one the Khan Academy is all about giving people anywhere the ability to learn almost anything. This channel is a valuable resource for those who might have skipped a class or two or all of a sudden need to teach their kids something they’ve probably forgotten. Safe learning folks.