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!

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.

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.

Electro BOOM

Professional mediocrity has never been more mediocre, it will however leave you in stitches with a little more knowledge about how to or not to do things. Love this channel

Applied Science

From the description “interesting applications of science and technology. You’ll see how an electron microscope was built in a home shop, how an X-ray backscatter system works, how to make aerogel, and many other hi-tech projects. Topics usually include electromechanical systems, chemistry, and electronics. Hosted by Ben Krasnow” Perfect description.

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.

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.

Sciencium

If you know Veritasium then you’ll be no stranger to the host of this channel. 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. This genuine passion is clear in every one of his videos and posts, and there is something about it that makes the content even more interesting. His videos are about various scientific theories and developments at work in the world, as well as the occasional pontification about life and its greater meaning.

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).

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!

NightHawkInLight

Ben Cusick makes videos about how to do a variety of things in a DIY fashion. These videos are distinctly science based so you’ll learn a lot along the way. One of the great things about this channel is how down to earth Ben is as a host, ensuring that the focus of the video is the content rather than himself. Great channel, great guy.

TheBackyardScientist

Science and DIY with a healthy amount of just screwing around. Some would say that a lot of his stuff consists of things you shouldn’t try at home, but then again who am I to tell you what you can and can’t do. The videos are always entertaining even if the science isn’t always…conventional. 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!

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.

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.

Vsauce2

Sit down, strap in and go. Prepare to be showered with an an eclectic array of weird and wonderful tech related stuff. From upcoming kickstarter tech to already well established brands, you will be shown an awesome array gear.

There are a few ongoing series on this channel such as LÜT, (pronounced loot), BiDiPi (short for Build it Draw it Play it) and Mind blow. LÜT is about cool “loot” you can buy, BiDiPi is about cool people on the net that fall into those categories and Mind blow is about all of the cool and crazy science/weird and wonderful shit that goes on in this little universe. The pace is fast but the content is always amazing. Well worth your time.

TAOFLEDERMAUS

Jeff brings us a mixture of shooting weird stuff out of guns and experimenting with heavy metals, while not strictly always science its always down to earth. Jeff and co all have a pretty good sense of humor whilst engaging with the audience and it makes for fun viewing.  You never quite know what you’ll be seeing in these videos so it doesn’t get old fast like some channels do. Enjoy!

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.