Could the Earth be swallowed by a black hole? – Fabio Pacucci

From TED Ed. Download a free audiobook version of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and support TED-Ed’s nonprofit mission: https://adbl.co/2xqDYxY Check out our full book recommendation: https://shop.ed.ted.com/products/a-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/black-holes-fabio-pacucci From asteroids capable of destroying entire species to supernovae that could exterminate life on Earth, outer space has no shortage of forces that…

Why should you read Edgar Allan Poe? – Scott Peeples

From TED Ed. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/edgar-allan-poe-scott-peeples The prisoner strapped under a descending pendulum blade. A raven who refuses to leave the narrator’s chamber. A beating heart buried under the floorboards. Poe’s macabre and innovative stories of gothic horror have left a timeless mark on literature. But just what…

What would happen if every human suddenly disappeared? – Dan Kwartler

From TED Ed. If you enjoy this lesson, we highly recommend reading “The World Without Us.” A discounted e-book version is available here: https://amzn.to/2QwSPyH Check out our book rec page to learn more: https://shop.ed.ted.com/products/the-world-without-us View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-would-happen-if-every-human-suddenly-disappeared-dan-kwartler Human beings are everywhere. With settlements on every continent, we can be found in the most isolated…

How do cigarettes affect the body? – Krishna Sudhir

From TED Ed. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-do-cigarettes-affect-the-body-krishna-sudhir Cigarettes aren’t good for us. That’s hardly news — we’ve known about the dangers of smoking for decades. But how exactly do cigarettes harm us, and can our bodies recover if we stop? Krishna Sudhir details what happens when we smoke —…

Is there any truth to the King Arthur legends? – Alan Lupack

From TED Ed. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/is-there-any-truth-to-the-king-arthur-legends-alan-lupack King Arthur has risen again and again in our collective imagination, along with his retinue of knights, Guinevere, the Round Table, Camelot, and of course Excalibur. But where do these stories come from, and is there any truth to them? Alan Lupack…

The surprising link between stress and memory – Elizabeth Cox

From TED Ed. View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-surprising-link-between-stress-and-memory-elizabeth-cox Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded You spend weeks studying for an important test. On the big day, you wait nervously as your teacher hands it out. You’re working your way through, when you’re asked to define “ataraxia.” You know you’ve seen the word before, but your mind…

Why should you read “One Hundred Years of Solitude”? – Francisco Díez-Buzo

From TED Ed. Download a free audiobook version of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and support TED-Ed’s nonprofit mission: https://adbl.co/2BbcQqT Check out our full book recommendation: http://bit.ly/2PgPKS6 View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-should-you-read-one-hundred-years-of-solitude-francisco-diez-buzo Gabriel García Márquez’s novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” brought Latin American literature to the forefront of the global imagination and earned García Márquez…

What is imposter syndrome and how can you combat it? – Elizabeth Cox

From TED Ed. View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-is-imposter-syndrome-and-how-can-you-combat-it-elizabeth-cox Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded Even after writing eleven books and winning several awards, Maya Angelou couldn’t escape the doubt that she hadn’t earned her accomplishments. This feeling of fraudulence is extremely common. Why can’t so many of us shake feelings that our ideas and skills aren’t…

Why is Aristophanes called “The Father of Comedy”? – Mark Robinson

From TED Ed. Learn more about TED’s Student Talks program here: http://bit.ly/2MUY1KK View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-is-aristophanes-called-the-father-of-comedy-mark-robinson Aristophanes, often referred to as the Father of Comedy, wrote the world’s earliest surviving comic dramas. They’re stuffed full of parodies, songs, sexual jokes and surreal fantasy — and they’ve shaped how comedy’s been written and performed ever since.…

Zen kōans: unsolvable enigmas designed to break your brain – Puqun Li

From TED Ed. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/zen-koans-unsolvable-enigmas-designed-to-break-your-brain-puqun-li How do we explain the unexplainable? This question has inspired numerous myths, religious practices and scientific inquiries. But Zen Buddhists practicing throughout China from the 9th to 13th century asked a different question – why do we need an explanation? Puqun Li…

What really happened to the Library of Alexandria? – Elizabeth Cox

From TED Ed. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-really-happened-to-the-library-of-alexandria-elizabeth-cox 2,300 years ago, the rulers of Alexandria set out to fulfill a very audacious goal: to collect all the knowledge in the world under one roof. In its prime, the Library of Alexandria housed an unprecedented number of scrolls and attracted some…

How the Normans changed the history of Europe – Mark Robinson

From TED Ed. Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-the-normans-changed-the-history-of-europe-mark-robinson In the year 1066, 7,000 Norman infantry and knights sailed in warships across the English Channel. Their target: England, home to more than a million people. Around the same period of time, other groups of Normans were setting forth all across Europe.…