Watching YouTube videos won't necessarily make you smarter--but if you need a distraction, and you want something a bit different than what is currently trending, these channels are definitely worth a browse. They may even help you to see the world in new and exciting ways.
Have you come across Veritasium yet? It's an educational science channel created by a physicist, featuring videos that debunk popular misconceptions about natural phenomena, cool science experiments, interviews with experts--and even songs (fans of science and musicals will enjoy the "Atomic Bonding Song").
Smarter Every Day
In his own words, American engineer Destin Sandlin "explore[s] the world using science. That's pretty much all there is to it." Whether he's studying what makes water droplets dance on top of other droplets, demonstrating how a Tesla gun works, testing Google Streetview's powers of deduction at the Great Barrier Reef, or something else entirely, Destin's goal is to learn something new every day and he's taking us along for the ride.
AMNH's Shelf Life
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is on YouTube, and their channel offers up some pretty cool video content. Their Shelf Life series is especially interesting, showcasing many of the museum's 33 million specimens, only a fraction of which are on display at any given time. In recent videos, they've experimented with 360 degree video techniques to bring the history of these objects to life.
If you're interested in science, philosophy, gaming, technology, or culture, Vsauce has you covered. Here, Internet personality and primary channel contributor, Michael Stevens discusses the science of color perception.