Brendan is a scriptwriter for the popular science YouTube channels SciShow and SciShow Space, where videos he has written have garnered well over sixty million cumulative views. The episodes have been on a huge range of topics, from biology to fundamental physics and from general curiosities to breaking news. On this page, you can find all of his videos in one place, starting with a few favorites:

How Close Can You Get To The Sun? — An episode about, well, how close you could get to the Sun—first as an astronaut in a spacesuit, then in a ship.

The Hunt for the Highest Melting Point — What materials have the highest melting points? What about the lowest? What makes all the difference?

The Kugelblitz: A Black Hole Made Out Of Light — Einstein’s most famous equation allows for the creation of black holes made purely of light, as long as physics keeps working at the Planck temperature.

Zeroing in On Dark Matter — The history of physics is full of null results that rarely get much publicity. The LUX experiment’s null dark matter result was a great time to spread the message that null results are just as important as famous discoveries.

The Sorry State of Dark Matter Alternatives — Everyone who learns about dark matter has the same first thought: Why can’t we just change gravity to work without a bunch of imaginary stuff? Well, we’ve tried. And we’ve failed.

Will the Periodic Table Ever Be Complete? — With every element up to number 118 officially having been created, the periodic table looks pretty full. But a full table doesn’t mean a complete one.

Why the Weak Nuclear Force Ruins Everything — The weak nuclear force isn’t just the thing that makes radioactivity possible. It’s so much more of a pain than that.

The Horrible Reason Rolly Pollies are Sometimes Blue — Apparently, rolly pollies are sometimes blue. And apparently, that means they’re dying.

Here is a full list of all videos Brendan has written, in reverse chronological order. Each asterisk indicates 1 million views.

Is the Power Grid Ready for Green Energy?Why Does the US Have So Many Power Outages?How a Doomed Spacecraft Lived to Tell the Tale of the SunWhy Did We Keep Sealed Moon Samples?
Fire, Lightning, and Crystals: 20 Years on the ISSWhat Will Earth’s Next Supercontinent Be?There’s a Rectangle Galaxy?Reptiles’ Breathing Hack Helped Birds Dominate the Skies
The Cosmic Ladder that Helps Us Map the UniverseHow Plastic Balls and Garbage Cans Help Us Study SpaceSatellite Squad Goals: The Cluster Mission to the Magnetic FieldThe Nuclear City Lost Under Ice | Camp Century
The Equator is a Bad Place for These Rocket LaunchesCarbon On The Moon Hints That It Didn’t Form Like We ThoughtHow to Study String Theory Using X-RaysDoes Mars Need “The Cloud”?
5 of the Best Measurements in ScienceAstronomers Captured Our Sun in the Highest Resolution EverYour Head Might Be On SidewaysThe Ridiculous Reasons It’s Hard To Measure Sea Level
Why Does Cold Weather Kill Your Phone?Countershading: Why Do Penguins Wear Tuxedos?How Studying Animals Is Helping Us Make Better Drones5 Ways Antarctica Is the Place To Study Space
Danakil Depression: Hotter Than Death Valley | Weird PlacesTo Study Ancient Humans, Archaeologists Are Using … What?!5 Measurements You Might Not Realize Are Named After ScientistsThe Tiny Experiment That Transformed Physics
Are Electric Cars Really More Environmentally Friendly?From Lifesaver Sparks to Life-Saving Tech: The Science of TriboluminescenceHow Cosmic Rays and Balloons Started Particle PhysicsThe (Arguably) Most Important Instrument in Physics
A Surprisingly Simple Secret to Supersonic FlightThis Tank of Water Could Change Physics ForeverHow Long Can Humans Outrun Extinction?Why Astronomy Hasn’t Really Changed Since the 1900s
The Horrible Reason Rolly Pollies are Sometimes BlueGiant Stars Don’t Follow the RulesWhy Bladeless Fans Are A Lie *Why is the Freezer Harder to Open The Second Time?
5 Amazing Feats of Animal EngineeringThe Quietest, Oldest, and Magnetic-iest Science of 20185 More Strange Flying MachinesWhy Real Avalanches Aren’t Like Cartoons
How Do Fabric Brighteners Work?3 Weird, Real Ways We Could Fix Icy RoadsTake a Ride on the Interplanetary Superhighway5 Bizarre Aircraft that Pushed the Boundaries of Engineering
The Sorry State of Dark Matter AlternativesWhy the Weak Nuclear Force Ruins EverythingThe Milky Way May Have a Disk of Black HolesIs There A Safe Way to Use Your Phone and Drive?
How Do Polarized Sunglasses Work?How U.S. Airports Might Revamp Security… Using Game TheoryThe Moon May Have Once Been Habitable!How Quarks Fixed the Mess That Was Particle Physics
We May Have Just Found the Universe’s Missing Matter5 Creepy Weather Phenomena That Shouldn’t Be Allowed *Why Do Wet Floors Slip, But Wet Clothes Stick?Why Does The Sky Turn Green Before Tornadoes?
Volcanic Lightning: Because Exploding Mountains Aren’t Bad EnoughThe New Gel That Regrows BrainsIf there’s Acid Rain, Is There Basic Rain?Why Can’t Scientists Predict the Kilauea Eruption?
A New Origin Story for Mars’s MoonsWhy Is It So Hard to Fix Traffic?Blitzars: Neutron Stars Just Keep Getting WeirderHow a Frozen Earth Gave the Moon Its Shape
How a Blizzard Creates ThundersnowWe’re Getting Closer to Real-Life TricordersA New Way to Move Tiny Spacecraft | Electrospray Propulsion6 Weird Units of Measurement We’re Still Using for Some Reason
Salted Nukes: An Even More Dangerous Bomb *There’s Clean (Frozen) Water on Mars!The 7 Coolest Active Space ProbesThe Science Behind Football’s First-Down Line
How Do Chips Make Credit Cards More Secure?Why Don’t Fire Hydrants Freeze and Explode?The First Results on the Interstellar Asteroid!How to Make Plasma in Your Microwave … With a Grape
An Asteroid Visited Us From Outside the Solar System!How Would We Stop a Nuclear Missile?Why Does the Earth’s Magnetic Field Keep Flipping?The Fiery, Pitch-Black, Egg Planet
Why Does the Wind Howl So Creepily?How To Stop Getting Zapped By StaticWould Aliens Be Able To See Earth?Why Don’t We Throw Trash in Volcanoes? *
How Can It Be Too Hot To Fly?A Better Way to Study Earth, and Lessons From Jellyfish GalaxiesWhy Can’t Dogs Eat Chocolate?Why Is the Perfect Shower Temperature So Hard To Find?
Sharknado Reloaded: Yep, Still ImpossibleWhy Are Belly Flops So Painful?The Fog That Killed 12,000 PeopleWhy Do Cat Eyes Glow in the Dark?
Can Plants Get Sunburned?3 Ways Your Sun Protection Can BackfireWhat Does SPF Mean?The Mysterious Origins of Our Galaxy’s Fastest Stars
Is Premium Gasoline Really Better for Your Car?The Truth About the Sun’s ‘Twin’ and the DinosaursHow Studying Venus Saved EarthWhat We (Don’t) Know About Dark Matter
5D, Holograms, & DNA: Amazing Hard Drives of the Future3D Printing Moon Bricks for a Moon BaseWhy Is the Ocean Blue?Cassini’s Dangerous Dives Through Saturn’s Rings
How Are Search Engines So Fast?What Happens If A Plane Gets Struck By Lightning?The Data Explosion | The History of the Internet, Part 3An Earth-Sized Telescope Just Snapped Two Pictures
The Coming Robot SwarmsSpaceX Reused a Rocket!How the Web Became a Thing | The History of the Internet, Part 2Enceladus’s Super-Thin Ice
SpaceX Is Sending People to the Moon!There’s Going to be a New Star in the SkyHow The Internet Was Invented | The History of the Internet, Part 1The Sun’s So Bright, It’s Spinning Slower
Is Public Wi-Fi Safe?6 Construction Failures, and What We Learned From Them * *Who Really Invented the Radio?Does the Camera Really Add Ten Pounds?
What Happens to an Email After You Click “Send”?Two New NASA Missions!8 Lesser-Known, Useful ElementsThe Strange Case of the Himiko Blob
The Strongest Acids in the World *5 Baffling Mysteries About the Universe * *How Do I Make My Batteries Last Longer?8 Mind-Blowing Optical Illusions
Are Aliens Signaling Us?New Dwarf Planet (Maybe) DiscoveredSkylab: The First Americans Living in SpaceThe Bernoullis: When Math is the Family Business
Why Does Virtual Reality Make Me Sick?The Oldest Fossils Ever Found!Will the Periodic Table Ever Be Complete?Does Deep Space Cause Heart Disease?
Zeroing in On Dark MatterProject Mercury: The First Americans in SpaceThe First-Ever Moon LandingSatellite Death Rattle
Juno at Jupiter!The Kugelblitz: A Black Hole Made Out Of Light *The Impossibly Huge Quasar GroupA Dying Hot Jupiter and the Birth of Carbon Planets
The Arizona Fireball and Planet Nine’s OriginsThe Science of Sunbeams10 Surprising Chemicals Your Body MakesRadioactive Iron Rain!
Space Robots that HopThe Trouble With Colonizing MarsSetting Spaceships on FireWhy Do We Have Leap Years?
Colonizing Venus With Giant BalloonsPlanet 9 From Outer SpaceThe Hunt for the Highest Melting Point * *How Close Can You Get To The Sun?
Diving Into The Sun!Using Sunlight to Propel SpaceshipsUnderstanding the Most Extreme Numbers in the Universe