Friday, April 13, 2012

Science Video Friday - MYTH BUSTED!

If there's one television show that has done the most to popularize science in the last decade, it's MythBusters. The show has been on the Discovery Channel since 2003 and is successful not only for the interesting myths that are tested on the show, but also because of how fun it is to watch the hosts testing the myths.

It also doesn't hurt that the testing usually involves blowing something up.

The MythBusters' pursuit of scientific literacy and critical thinking doesn't stop after the television episodes are done filming: they go out and speak to the public at a variety of events. Luckily for us, there is often video for all of us to enjoy.

In November 2011, Adam Savage gave a TED talk about how simple ideas spark scientific discoveries and uses some examples to drive the point home. Did you know that a man named Eratosthenes calculated the circumference of the 200 BC? Watch the video below to learn how he did it, and how close he was to the actual value. Spoiler alert: it was pretty darn close.

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