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 Sun Why Did We Keep Sealed Moon Samples? Fire, Lightning, and Crystals: 20 Years on the ISS What 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 Universe How Plastic Balls and Garbage Cans Help Us Study Space Satellite Squad Goals: The Cluster Mission to the Magnetic Field The Nuclear City Lost Under Ice | Camp Century The Equator is a Bad Place for These Rocket Launches Carbon On The Moon Hints That It Didn’t Form Like We Thought How to Study String Theory Using X-Rays Does Mars Need “The Cloud”? 5 of the Best Measurements in Science Astronomers Captured Our Sun in the Highest Resolution Ever Your Head Might Be On Sideways The 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 Drones 5 Ways Antarctica Is the Place To Study Space Danakil Depression: Hotter Than Death Valley | Weird Places To Study Ancient Humans, Archaeologists Are Using … What?! 5 Measurements You Might Not Realize Are Named After Scientists The Tiny Experiment That Transformed Physics Are Electric Cars Really More Environmentally Friendly? From Lifesaver Sparks to Life-Saving Tech: The Science of Triboluminescence How Cosmic Rays and Balloons Started Particle Physics The (Arguably) Most Important Instrument in Physics A Surprisingly Simple Secret to Supersonic Flight This Tank of Water Could Change Physics Forever How Long Can Humans Outrun Extinction? Why Astronomy Hasn’t Really Changed Since the 1900s The Horrible Reason Rolly Pollies are Sometimes Blue Giant Stars Don’t Follow the Rules Why Bladeless Fans Are A Lie * Why is the Freezer Harder to Open The Second Time? 5 Amazing Feats of Animal Engineering The Quietest, Oldest, and Magnetic-iest Science of 2018 5 More Strange Flying Machines Why Real Avalanches Aren’t Like Cartoons How Do Fabric Brighteners Work? 3 Weird, Real Ways We Could Fix Icy Roads Take a Ride on the Interplanetary Superhighway 5 Bizarre Aircraft that Pushed the Boundaries of Engineering The Sorry State of Dark Matter Alternatives Why the Weak Nuclear Force Ruins Everything The Milky Way May Have a Disk of Black Holes Is There A Safe Way to Use Your Phone and Drive? How Do Polarized Sunglasses Work? How U.S. Airports Might Revamp Security… Using Game Theory The Moon May Have Once Been Habitable! How Quarks Fixed the Mess That Was Particle Physics We May Have Just Found the Universe’s Missing Matter 5 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 Enough The New Gel That Regrows Brains If there’s Acid Rain, Is There Basic Rain? Why Can’t Scientists Predict the Kilauea Eruption? A New Origin Story for Mars’s Moons Why Is It So Hard to Fix Traffic? Blitzars: Neutron Stars Just Keep Getting Weirder How a Frozen Earth Gave the Moon Its Shape How a Blizzard Creates Thundersnow We’re Getting Closer to Real-Life Tricorders A New Way to Move Tiny Spacecraft | Electrospray Propulsion 6 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 Probes The 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 Static Would 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 Galaxies Why Can’t Dogs Eat Chocolate? Why Is the Perfect Shower Temperature So Hard To Find? Sharknado Reloaded: Yep, Still Impossible Why Are Belly Flops So Painful? The Fog That Killed 12,000 People Why Do Cat Eyes Glow in the Dark? Can Plants Get Sunburned? 3 Ways Your Sun Protection Can Backfire What 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 Dinosaurs How Studying Venus Saved Earth What We (Don’t) Know About Dark Matter 5D, Holograms, & DNA: Amazing Hard Drives of the Future 3D Printing Moon Bricks for a Moon Base Why 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 3 An Earth-Sized Telescope Just Snapped Two Pictures The Coming Robot Swarms SpaceX Reused a Rocket! How the Web Became a Thing | The History of the Internet, Part 2 Enceladus’s Super-Thin Ice SpaceX Is Sending People to the Moon! There’s Going to be a New Star in the Sky How The Internet Was Invented | The History of the Internet, Part 1 The 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 Elements The 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) Discovered Skylab: The First Americans Living in Space The 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 Matter Project Mercury: The First Americans in Space The First-Ever Moon Landing Satellite Death Rattle Juno at Jupiter! The Kugelblitz: A Black Hole Made Out Of Light * The Impossibly Huge Quasar Group A Dying Hot Jupiter and the Birth of Carbon Planets The Arizona Fireball and Planet Nine’s Origins The Science of Sunbeams 10 Surprising Chemicals Your Body Makes Radioactive Iron Rain! Space Robots that Hop The Trouble With Colonizing Mars Setting Spaceships on Fire Why Do We Have Leap Years? Colonizing Venus With Giant Balloons Planet 9 From Outer Space The Hunt for the Highest Melting Point * * How Close Can You Get To The Sun? Diving Into The Sun! Using Sunlight to Propel Spaceships Understanding the Most Extreme Numbers in the Universe