I am a scriptwriter for the popular YouTube channels SciShow and SciShow Space, where videos I have written have garnered more than twelve 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 the videos that I have written in one place, starting with some of my 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?
Space Robots That Hop — What could be better than an army of robots hippity-hopping their way around Mars?
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.
The First-Ever Moon Landing — The Apollo 11 landing was one of humanity’s most remarkable achievements, and I had the privilege of writing about it.
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.
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.
Here is a full list of all videos I have worked on, in reverse chronological order (newest on top):
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