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Mitchell Moffit
 Interview: Mitchell Moffit
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Scientific laws, concepts, and theories can be difficult to understand. Thanks to the duo at ASAP Science, you can watch short, bite-sized videos on YouTube and learn some pretty cool facts. This week on Skepticality, Derek talks with Mitchell Moffit, one of the co-creators and producers of ASAP Science.
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Interview: Mitchell Moffit
Mitchell Moffet: Co-Creator of the YouTube channel: 'ASAPScience!' with Gregory Brown.
– Went to the University of Guelph with his co-creator.
– Saw an opportunity to use YouTube to spread scientific knowledge.
– Greg is a high school teacher in England now. – 'The Power of Naps' teach you about the importance of sleep.
– You can even learn about how to effectively deal with a hangover.
– Surprisingly, the most popular video is not the 'Science of Orgasms'.
– The most popular is actually about chickens…..
– Their older videos tend to end up getting more views, much like the Skepticality archive.
– The internet has spawned tons of great educational tools, Khan Academy, TED Talks, etc…
– Mitch and Greg had amazing science teachers in their High School which fed their love of science.
– The videos use the'whiteboard' video style to focus on the content of the message alone.
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