• Question: What are you going to do to differentiate your YouTube channel from other science channels?

    Asked by (:SmileyFace:) to Steve on 9 Mar 2016. This question was also asked by 349grte39, 2.
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      Steve Marsden answered on 9 Mar 2016:

      Hello again SmileyFace.

      There are already quite a few science channels on YouTube, each having their own speciality. These channels can usually be placed into one of two categories. The channels in the first category cover material that’s taught in schools and universities (MinutePhysics, ASAPScience and Numberphile are great examples of this). For the most part however, these cover discoveries were made at least 50 years ago, often centuries ago. The second category of channels cover recent discoveries that were news worthy, but are discussed by non scientists, often missing important points, and only discussing an experiment if the result is controversial (SciShow falls into this category).

      Currently there are no channels which cover ongoing research with the researchers themselves leading the discussion. This is what we’re hoping to achieve, coving ongoing research in all fields of science.

      When I started university, I was aware of some of the larger experiments, like the LHC, but I didn’t understand what exactly it was doing. Because of this, when I started university I didn’t really understand what a physicist did, and so didn’t see being a physicist as a viable career. (I expected I’d go into engineering or finance. So glad that didn’t happen :P) I’m hoping that through these videos, people will get a much clearer picture of the current research that’s being performed.