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SciShow Tangents

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Nov 24, 2020

Vegetables

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In the immortal words of Brian Wilson: “I’m gonna be round my vegetables, I’m gonna chow down my vegetables, I love you most of all… my favorite vegetable”

And he’s right, too. 

In this episode we get down in the dirt with our favorite veggies. Carrots… broccoli… and all the rest. All that, and Ceri tries out a fun new pun!

[Truth or Fail]

Sponge gourds

https://www.lewisginter.org/luffa-plant-exfoliate/

Grasspea

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/6422318/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214514116300629

https://www.cwrdiversity.org/the-curious-case-of-the-grasspea/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20510335/

https://hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/CropFactSheets/grasspea.html

Wild carrots

http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/wild.html

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/poison-hemlock-identification-and-control

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6150177/

[Fact Off]

Spinach and growing organs 

https://www.wpi.edu/news/wpi-team-grows-heart-tissue-spinach-leaves

https://api.nationalgeographic.com/distribution/public/amp/news/2017/03/human-heart-spinach-leaf-medicine-science?utm_source=reddit.com

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/27/scientists-convert-spinach-leaves-into-human-heart-tissue-that-beats/

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a63bdefdc2b4ac54c102232/t/5a90cfc0ec212d945185b364/1519439811042/CYSJLabWinter2017.pdf#page=6

Beet smell geosmin

[Ask the Science Couch]

Asparagus pee

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1379935/pdf/brjclinpharm00087-0116.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1715705/pdf/brmedj00052-0020.pdf

https://academic.oup.com/chemse/article/36/1/9/442551

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20140818-mystery-of-asparagus-and-urine

https://www.bmj.com/content/355/bmj.i6071

https://www.livescience.com/57199-why-some-people-cant-smell-asparagus-pee.html

https://theconversation.com/that-distinctive-springtime-smell-asparagus-pee-94696

[Butt One More Thing]

Beeturia

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK537012/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319447#Beetroot-pigments

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Nov 17, 2020

Wood

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If you look out a window right now, you’re probably going to see a tree. And that tree? Why, it’s made out of wood, friend. And that’s where things start to get interesting… 

Get ready to meet Hank’s newest alter-ego: Mr. Wood. He’s basically Hank, but he just can’t stop talking about wood! I had to cut like 3 different, very long stories he told about wood! The man LOVES wood!

Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we’ll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! 

While you’re at it, check out the Tangents crew on Twitter: Stefan: @itsmestefanchin Ceri: @ceriley Sam: @slamschultz Hank: @hankgreen

If you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out these links:

[Truth or Fail]

Shipworms

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shipworms

Dynamite

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tunneling-clam-bedeviled-humans-sank-ships-conquered-oceans-180961288/

Bounty Gaming

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/hanoi-rat-massacre-1902

[Fact Off]

Super Wood

Article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180207151829.htm

Paper: https://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/pdf2018/fpl_2018_song001.pdf

Screwdriver test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BStJLI7WQ8g&ab_channel=VOANews

Ballistic test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVbczXDFe1Q&ab_channel=MarylandNanoCenter

Metallic Wood

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uop-pe012819.php

[Ask the Science Couch]

Splinters

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0615/p2557.html

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0901/p683.html

http://www.the-dermatologist.com/content/treating-rare-fungal-infections-sporotrichosis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4082545/

[Butt One More Thing]

Toilet paper 

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/622513/reason-toilet-paper-always-white

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Nov 17, 2020

102 – Wood

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If you look out a window right now, you’re probably going to see a tree. And that tree? Why, it’s made out of wood, friend. And that’s where things start to get interesting… 

Get ready to meet Hank’s newest alter-ego: Mr. Wood. He’s basically Hank, but he just can’t stop talking about wood! I had to cut like 3 different, very long stories he told about wood! The man LOVES wood!

Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we’ll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! 

While you’re at it, check out the Tangents crew on Twitter: Stefan: @itsmestefanchin Ceri: @ceriley Sam: @slamschultz Hank: @hankgreen

If you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out these links:

[Truth or Fail]

Shipworms

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shipworms

Dynamite

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tunneling-clam-bedeviled-humans-sank-ships-conquered-oceans-180961288/

Bounty Gaming

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/hanoi-rat-massacre-1902

[Fact Off]

Super Wood

Article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180207151829.htm

Paper: https://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/pdf2018/fpl_2018_song001.pdf

Screwdriver test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BStJLI7WQ8g&ab_channel=VOANews

Ballistic test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVbczXDFe1Q&ab_channel=MarylandNanoCenter

Metallic Wood

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uop-pe012819.php

[Ask the Science Couch]

Splinters

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0615/p2557.html

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0901/p683.html

http://www.the-dermatologist.com/content/treating-rare-fungal-infections-sporotrichosis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4082545/

[Butt One More Thing]

Toilet paper 

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/622513/reason-toilet-paper-always-white

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Nov 10, 2020

101 – Architecture

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When you think architecture, you’re probably thinking blueprints, slide rules, maybe a compass or something, I don’t know. But it turns out some of our animal brethren can hold their own when it comes to building stuff, and they don’t have any of those fancy tools! They have like… their mouths!

 

Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we’ll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! 

 

While you’re at it, check out the Tangents crew on Twitter: Stefan: @itsmestefanchin Ceri: @ceriley Sam: @slamschultz Hank: @hankgreen

 

If you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out these links:

 

[Truth or Fail]

Blinds: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171130122759.htm

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/adma.201703653

 

Algae: https://earthbuddies.net/algae-curtain/

 

Electric Bacteria: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/electric-bacteria-create-currents-out-thin-and-thick-air#:~:text=Generating%20electricity%20from%20thin%20air,there’s%20moisture%20in%20the%20air.

 

[Fact Off]

 

Crystal in hornet nests

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2001/06/mystery-hornets-nest 

https://geology.com/minerals/ilmenite.shtml 

https://www.nature.com/articles/35079679 

https://books.google.com/books?id=If229i4wRQEC&pg=PA25 

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jemt.20168 

 

Neolamprologus obscurus burrows

https://www.popsci.com/fish-teamwork-snare-shrimp/

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00265-018-2566-7

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180306101713.htm

[Ask the Science Couch]

 

Concrete & environmental impacts

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46455844

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/feb/25/concrete-the-most-destructive-material-on-earth

https://constructionclimatechallenge.com/2016/07/07/green-building-materials-that-are-alternatives-to-concrete/

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/mar/04/making-concrete-green-reinventing-the-worlds-most-used-synthetic-material

https://www.ny-engineers.com/blog/how-can-concrete-construction-be-greener 

 

[Butt One More Thing]

 

Japanese transparent public toilet

https://www.dezeen.com/2020/08/17/shigeru-ban-transparent-toyko-toilet-shibuya 

https://tokyotoilet.jp/en/ 

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Nov 10, 2020

101 – Architecture

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When you think architecture, you’re probably thinking blueprints, slide rules, maybe a compass or something, I don’t know. But it turns out some of our animal brethren can hold their own when it comes to building stuff, and they don’t have any of those fancy tools! They have, like, their mouths!

Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we’ll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! 

While you’re at it, check out the Tangents crew on Twitter: Stefan: @itsmestefanchin Ceri: @ceriley Sam: @slamschultz Hank: @hankgreen

If you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out these links:

[Truth or Fail]

Blinds: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171130122759.htm

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/adma.201703653

Algae: https://earthbuddies.net/algae-curtain/

Electric Bacteria: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/electric-bacteria-create-currents-out-thin-and-thick-air#:~:text=Generating%20electricity%20from%20thin%20air,there’s%20moisture%20in%20the%20air.

[Fact Off]

Crystal in hornet nests

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2001/06/mystery-hornets-nest 

https://geology.com/minerals/ilmenite.shtml 

https://www.nature.com/articles/35079679 

https://books.google.com/books?id=If229i4wRQEC&pg=PA25 

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jemt.20168 

Neolamprologus obscurus burrows

https://www.popsci.com/fish-teamwork-snare-shrimp/

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00265-018-2566-7

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180306101713.htm

[Ask the Science Couch]

Concrete & environmental impacts

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46455844

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/feb/25/concrete-the-most-destructive-material-on-earth

Green building materials that are alternatives to concrete

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/mar/04/making-concrete-green-reinventing-the-worlds-most-used-synthetic-material

https://www.ny-engineers.com/blog/how-can-concrete-construction-be-greener 

[Butt One More Thing]

Japanese transparent public toilet

https://www.dezeen.com/2020/08/17/shigeru-ban-transparent-toyko-toilet-shibuya 

https://tokyotoilet.jp/en/

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Nov 10, 2020

Architecture

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When you think architecture, you’re probably thinking blueprints, slide rules, maybe a compass or something, I don’t know. But it turns out some of our animal brethren can hold their own when it comes to building stuff, and they don’t have any of those fancy tools! They have, like, their mouths!

Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we’ll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! 

While you’re at it, check out the Tangents crew on Twitter: Stefan: @itsmestefanchin Ceri: @ceriley Sam: @slamschultz Hank: @hankgreen

If you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out these links:

[Truth or Fail]

Blinds: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171130122759.htm

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/adma.201703653

Algae: https://earthbuddies.net/algae-curtain/

Electric Bacteria: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/electric-bacteria-create-currents-out-thin-and-thick-air#:~:text=Generating%20electricity%20from%20thin%20air,there’s%20moisture%20in%20the%20air.

[Fact Off]

Crystal in hornet nests

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2001/06/mystery-hornets-nest 

https://geology.com/minerals/ilmenite.shtml 

https://www.nature.com/articles/35079679 

https://books.google.com/books?id=If229i4wRQEC&pg=PA25 

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jemt.20168 

Neolamprologus obscurus burrows

https://www.popsci.com/fish-teamwork-snare-shrimp/

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00265-018-2566-7

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180306101713.htm

[Ask the Science Couch]

Concrete & environmental impacts

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46455844

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/feb/25/concrete-the-most-destructive-material-on-earth

Green building materials that are alternatives to concrete

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/mar/04/making-concrete-green-reinventing-the-worlds-most-used-synthetic-material

https://www.ny-engineers.com/blog/how-can-concrete-construction-be-greener 

[Butt One More Thing]

Japanese transparent public toilet

https://www.dezeen.com/2020/08/17/shigeru-ban-transparent-toyko-toilet-shibuya 

https://tokyotoilet.jp/en/

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Nov 03, 2020

100 – Migration

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It’s our 100th episode! And to celebrate our migration from double- to triple-digits, we’re talking about… animal migration… Ok, we forgot it was our 100th episode. But this is still a great episode!

 

Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we’ll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! 

 

While you’re at it, check out the Tangents crew on Twitter: Stefan: @itsmestefanchin Ceri: @ceriley Sam: @slamschultz Hank: @hankgreen

 

If you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out these links:

 

[Truth or Fail]

 

Arrow Stork

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/76208/how-stork-solved-scientific-mystery

https://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2018/02/19/the_weirdest_ideas_about_bird_migration.html

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/zoological-collection-of-the-university-of-rostock

https://labandfield.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/bird_migration/

[Fact Off]

 

American and European eel migration

https://www.jstor.org/stable/2449503?seq=3#metadata_info_tab_contents

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37563100

https://jeb.biologists.org/content/208/7/1329

https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms9705

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/mystery-of-the-vanishing-eels

https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/10/e1501694

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/sargassosea.html 

 

Army ant bivouac 

 

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00040-002-8286-y

 

We just made a SciShow video about this!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20N0yUUOavc

[Ask the Science Couch]

 

Forest migration

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/features/BorealMigration

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/28/896030567/believe-it-or-not-forests-migrate-but-not-fast-enough-for-climate-change

https://daily.jstor.org/the-incredible-moving-forest/

 

[Butt One More Thing]

 

Starling poop 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-05/rome-is-drowning-in-the-droppings-of-a-million-migrating-starlings

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Nov 03, 2020

Migration

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It’s our 100th episode! And to celebrate our migration from double- to triple-digits, we’re talking about… animal migration… Ok, we forgot it was our 100th episode. But this is still a great episode!

Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we’ll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! 

While you’re at it, check out the Tangents crew on Twitter: Stefan: @itsmestefanchin Ceri: @ceriley Sam: @slamschultz Hank: @hankgreen

If you want to learn more about any of our main topics, check out SciShowTangents.org!

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SciShow Tangents is the lightly competitive knowledge showcase from the geniuses behind the YouTube series SciShow. Every Tuesday, join Hank Green, Ceri Riley, Stefan Chin, and Sam Schultz as they try to one-up and amaze each other with weird and funny scientific research… while not getting distracted. There will be tangents about video games, music, weird smells, surprisingly deep insights about life, and of course, poop, but it always comes back to the science.