Perhaps you have heard that cold does not exist – that what we subjectively experience and describe as cold is, in fact, the absence of heat. But what does that mean, exactly? Joe Hanson explains this mind-bending concept in the latest episode of It's Okay To Be Smart.
Our bodies may be (nearly) symmetrical on the outside, but our insides are a different story. Your heart, your stomach and spleen are all on the left side of your body, your liver on the right. But in one in 20,000 people, the sidedness of the organs is reversed.
In the latest episode of It's Okay to be Smart, Joe Hanson takes a look at the far future of Earth, our solar neighborhood, the Milky Way and the Universe at large.
It's been a year since Joe Hanson took his fantastic science tumblr, It's Okay to be Smart, to YouTube. To celebrate, his latest episode takes a look at the ways humans experience years biologically, and how we define them astronomically.
You've been told that "no two snowflakes are alike" more times than you can count. But is that actually the case? And if so—why? Fortunately, Joe Hanson of It's Okay to Be Smart has done us the favor of breaking down the science of snowflakes, how they become so intricate, and why, even though some may appear similar,…
There's a pretty harrowing video making its way around the internet today of a Boeing 777 as it makes an attempt (and fails miserably) at landing. But it's no crash—thanks to an insane crosswind, it literally cannot land.
Apparently It's Okay To Be Smart thinks it's okay to be sexist. The science-themed YouTube show is taking a ton of flak after releasing a video portraying Albert Einstein as a lecherous old man who can't keep his hands off Marie Curie during Thanksgiving dinner.
Inspired by Jackson Landers’s recent piece on black widows at The New York Times, It's Okay to be Smart's Joe Hanson decided to relate the story of his own harrowing encounter with the iconic arachnid. "It's all true," he writes. "This happened fifteen years ago, and I remember it like it was yesterday."
In the latest episode of It's Okay to be Smart, Joe Hanson takes a look at evolution's many (many, many) super-human solutions to the selective pressures of the natural world. If you've ever needed evidence of evolution's boundless creativity, look no further than this collection.
Joe Hanson shrinks the solar system to a relatable scale in the latest episode of "It's Okay to be Smart."
Sometimes paying close attention can cause us to overlook the seemingly obvious. Then again, if we couldn't focus our minds on a single task, we'd never get anything done.
And where the hell does it come from, anyway?
Ever wondered why OutKast's "Hey Ya!" can put a manic grin on your face? Or why Adele's "Someone Like You" makes you sob like a baby?
That is to say: it's a eukaryote (see the membrane-bound organelles?) plucking away at a ukelele while perched atop a cucumber.
Current estimates put the number of stars in the Milky Way at well over 100 billion, each of which is thought to have at least one planet in its orbit. Assuming at least some of these planets have given rise to intelligent life capable of communicating with Earth, why haven't we heard from them yet?
Joe Hanson, creator of the fantastic science tumblr It's Okay to be Smart, has a new YouTube science show by the very same name. He's teamed up with PBS to make it happen, and it sounds like they've got big things in store.