Channel Showcase: The Brain Scoop

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Everyone loves museums about the environment/history/biology, such as the famous Natural History Museum in New York and the National Museum of Natural History in Washinton, DC. They’re full of fossils of ancient creatures, interesting exhibits about the Earth and it’s history, and perhaps a whale skeleton or two. I named two museums above, but there are fantastic museums of that like all over the world. Unfortunately, that type of learning – fascinating, informative, and entertaining content about the natural world – isn’t very common on the Internet, especially on YouTube. I mentioned this in the channel showcase for MinuteEarth a couple weeks back; there simply isn’t many nature-based educational channels out there.


But luckily for us, we do have a couple channels, one of the best being thebrainscoop, a channel run and hosted by Emily Graslie. The Brain Scoop covers topics ranging from specific species to taxidermy techniques to more general videos on conservation in general, and Emily does a fantastic job of hosting and creating the videos. Besides for the fact that it’s one of the only biology channels on YouTube, The Brain Scoop has one more thing going for it.

Back when the channel was first started, the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois hired Emily as their “Chief Curiosity Correspondent”. Essentially, while The Brain Scoop is an independent channel (originally under the Nerdfighteria umbrella, John and Hank Green’s organization), Emily gets to use the extensive archives, exhibits, and interesting employees to her advantage in creating videos. That means we get to see videos featuring actual one-of-a-kind fossils, specimens, and interviews with specialists working at the Field Museum in a range of subjects.

The video above is a good example of one of The Brain Scoop’s best videos. In the video, Emily talks about the state of environmental protection in the United States, the Endangered Species Act (the act that set the foundation for all government conversation to this day), and how the government and other organizations go about trying to conserve and restore endangered species. It’s a very interesting video, with great graphics, fascinating content, and the occasional bit of humor.

In the end, The Brain Scoop’s videos bring a little of that natural history-type learning to the Internet in short but informative videos. Emily Grasile is an entertaining and knowledgeable host, making full use of the resources provided by The Field Museum. After all, who doesn’t love animals? And even better, who learning about animals, the environment, and more? Nobody. That’s exactly what The Brain Scoop videos do, teach you about anything to do with nature and wildlife conservation in a captivating, entertaining, and informative way.


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