• Fact vs. Theory vs. Hypothesis vs. Law… EXPLAINED!
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    Fact vs. Theory vs. Hypothesis vs. Law… EXPLAINED!

    [MUSIC] We need to get something straight. Evolution by natural selection is a theory. So is climate change. But people keep saying that like it’s a bad thing… [MUSIC] I get it, I understand your frustration. We’re all searching for ultimate hashtag #truth, and complex, challenging ideas don’t always fit nice and neatly in our brains. But what is truth? Are there different levels of truth? Are some truths truthier than others? I don’t know. But I do know this: Science is the absolute best tool we have for understanding how the universe works, and theory is not a 4-letter word. If we’re going to trust science together, the least…

  • Why Do More Species Live Near the Equator?
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    Why Do More Species Live Near the Equator?

    [MUSIC] “This episode is supported by Prudential” Here in Tambopata Peru, EO Wilson once found more species of ant in a single tree than there are in all of the British Isles. Scientists have seen this pattern all over the world. More species exist near the tropics. Why is that? [MUSIC] In one night here in the Peruvian rainforest, I saw more insects in an hour than I’ve seen in my entire life, total. It’s not just insects. Birds, mammals, plants… tropical rainforests are some of the most biodiverse places on Earth. It’s not just the abundance of it, it’s how many different species we find in a given area.…

  • Why Don’t Humans Have a Penis Bone?
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    Why Don’t Humans Have a Penis Bone?

    There are 206 bones in the human body, and yes, it’s the same for men and women. No, women don’t have fewer ribs than men, and men don’t have one extra bone, if you know what I mean. You know what I mean. But several mammals, including our close relatives like chimpanzees, do have that extra bone, so today let’s talk about why other animals have penis bones while humans got the shaft. It wasn’t always this way. Researchers who traced its evolutionary timeline found the penis bone, also known by its scientific and less fun name the baculum, first evolved around 145 million years ago after placental and non-placental…