History vs. Henry VIII – Mark Robinson and Alex Gendler

From TED Ed. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/history-vs-henry-viii-mark-robinson-and-alex-gendler He was a powerful king whose break with the church of Rome would forever change the course of English history. But was he a charismatic reformer who freed his subjects from a corrupt establishment or a bullying tyrant who used Parliament for…

How far would you have to go to escape gravity? – Rene Laufer

From TED Ed. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-far-would-you-have-to-go-to-escape-gravity-rene-laufer Every star, black hole, human being, smartphone and atom are all constantly pulling on each other due to one force: gravity. So why don’t we feel pulled in billions of different directions? And is there anywhere in the universe where we’d be…

The fascinating history of cemeteries – Keith Eggener

From TED Ed. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-fascinating-history-of-cemeteries-keith-eggener Spindly trees, rusted gates, crumbling stone, a solitary mourner: these things come to mind when we think of cemeteries. But not long ago, many burial grounds were lively places, with gardens and crowds of people — and for much of human history,…

How rollercoasters affect your body – Brian D. Avery

From TED Ed. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-rollercoasters-affect-your-body-brian-d-avery In 1895, crowds flooded Coney Island to see America’s first-ever looping coaster: the Flip Flap Railway. But its thrilling flip caused cases of severe whiplash, neck injury and even ejections. Today, coasters can pull off far more exciting tricks and do it…

Does time exist? – Andrew Zimmerman Jones

From TED Ed. Download a free audiobook version of “A Brief History of Time” and support TED-Ed’s nonprofit mission: https://adbl.co/2NWYjAh Check out our full book recommendation: https://shop.ed.ted.com/collections/ted-ed-book-recommendations/products/a-brief-history-of-time View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/does-time-exist-andrew-zimmerman-jones The earliest time measurements were observations of cycles of the natural world, using patterns of changes from day to night and season to season…

The princess who rewrote history – Leonora Neville

From TED Ed. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-princess-who-rewrote-history-leonora-neville Anna Komnene, daughter of Byzantine emperor Alexios, spent the last decade of her life creating a 500-page history of her father’s reign called “The Alexiad.” As a princess writing about her own family, she had to balance her loyalty to her kin…

Why can’t some birds fly? – Gillian Gibb

From TED Ed. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-can-t-some-birds-fly-gillian-gibb Though the common ancestor of all modern birds could fly, many different bird species have independently lost their flight. Flight can have incredible benefits, especially for escaping predators, hunting and traveling long distances. But it also has high costs: consuming huge amounts…

What if cracks in concrete could fix themselves? – Congrui Jin

From TED Ed. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-if-cracks-in-concrete-could-fix-themselves-congrui-jin Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world. It can be found in swathes of city pavements, bridges that span vast rivers and the tallest skyscrapers on earth. But it does have a weakness: it’s prone to catastrophic cracking…

Why should you read “Waiting For Godot”? – Iseult Gillespie

From TED Ed. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-should-you-read-waiting-for-godot-iseult-gillespie Two men, Estragon and Vladimir, meet by a tree at dusk to wait for someone named “Godot.” So begins a vexing cycle where the two debate when Godot will come, why they’re waiting and whether they’re even at the right tree. The…