Can you call yourself a “geek” or a “nerd” just because you feel like it? If you’re wondering if geeks and nerds are the same, they’re not. Geeks may be loosely defined as enthusiasts, obsessed with cool and trendy things. Nerds, on the other hand, are more intellectual and painstakingly focus on acquiring knowledge in a particular topic or field.
A never ending curiosity about commonplace things is what gives birth to a scientist. The scientific spirit needs to be nurtured early, and today’s parents and teachers can play a big role.
The combination of YouTube, scientists and the quest for rating often makes for explosive results, whether it’s a running joke about being terrible at science or zero-gravity experiments that look incredible. This week’s Stuff to Watch features YouTube channel Photonicinduction, two very capable scientists conducting experiments that no scientist ever would recommend you try yourself.
Contributing towards scientific research doesn’t always require you pay a monthly fee to your favourite projects. Exploring the ocean floor doesn’t always require a wetsuit, and spotting exotic animals on the plains of Africa doesn’t necessarily involve being on Safari. The Zooniverse project brings together a set of websites which require your time – not money – in order to succeed.