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Midday Matinee – YouTube Treasures: Big Bang part 1

YouTube Treasures continues with a two part examination of the case for the Big Bang. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. PBS Space Time is one of my favorite YouTube channels. This week I present a two part video series on the case for the Big Bang, and outstanding challenges for the theory that cosmologists still wrestle to solve. Today we’ll begin with the evidence for the Big Bang. Tomorrow, we’ll wrap with the problems with the theory. City University of New York’s Lehman College astrophysics professor Matt O’Dowd is the host of PBS Space...

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Midday Matinee – YouTube Treasures: Next Level BS

YouTube Treasures continues with insightful and biting commentary from a YouTuber on the mega drought in California. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Next Level Bullshit is an interesting channel that tries to call out the absurdities of situations. Sometimes they have a real nugget. This video explores the water crisis in California, and calls out some communities for their greed and abuse of water. While the video is almost a year old, it is still a window into the problems California faces. From their summary: In this episode of Next Level BS, we take a look at the latest “drought to end all droughts” in California. While many are quick to blame crops that require excessive irrigation, or environmental policies that divert billions of gallons of water because of a small fish, it’s not the whole story. There are dozens of rich communities, scattered throughout California, that consume more than four-times the water than the average U.S. household outside of drought regions. One such community, with less than 20,000 people, uses nearly 8 million gallons of water each day! And that’s just residential use, it doesn’t factor in the four golf courses. The ultra-rich in California believe their rights to water are more important than everyone...

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Midday Matinee – YouTube Treasures: Hotter!

YouTube Treasures continues with an exploration of how hot things can get. (Hint: REALLY hot!) (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Vsauce is one of my favorite channels. Previously we looked at a disco ball moon, and today we continue with an exploration of how hot things can get. Things start slowly enough, and along the way Vsauce introduces you to interesting ideas and facts. But by the end you’ll be really cooking. Really...

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Our Earth – Answering Climate Change Denial

Climate change deniers tend to rely on a handful of claims, and Veritasium’s Derek Muller offers a how-to video so we can answer the deniers’ claims. 13 Misconceptions About Global Warming I share YouTube Treasures for Midday Matinee on Thursday and Friday, but this gem from Veritasium’s Derek Muller belongs in Our Earth. It’s a how-to that teaches us how to answer the common arguments offered by climate change deniers: +++++ Photo Credit:...

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