• Screenshot from Derek Muller's video on the world's roundest object. (YouTube)Source: YouTube
Fun, informative, and educational - we're showcasing some of the best home-grown science video content for you to check out.
Signe Dean

1 Feb 2016 - 1:53 PM  UPDATED 15 Feb 2016 - 5:05 PM

The old adage about pictures and thousands of words is even more relevant when we think of science and moving pictures. Watching an experiment is definitely more exciting than reading about it, and having someone explain a concept to you is likely to prove more engaging than words on a page.

While expensively-produced science documentaries have a long history and a strong following, these days short-form science video content has been booming on YouTube, where education and infotainment is available for anyone to create, and to watch.

So here we rounded up some Aussie science video content for you to procrastinate to.

RiAus TV

What better place to start than Australia's Science Channel - Adelaide-based RiAus is run by Dr Paul Willis, a palaeontologist and science communicator, with the aim to "make science fun, inspiring and accessible for all Australians." A browse through the back catalog will fetch you a collection of A Week In Science round-ups of science news, Scinamations explainers, and much more.


Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre has been working for nearly three decades to engage the Australian public with science and technology. A lot of their educational programs are directed at kids, such as one of the Excited Particles videos below, but on their channel you can also find explorations of "science in slow motion", which really seems to be an excuse for whacking people in the head with soccer balls.


This series on brains and little bits of paper is written, hosted and produced by Aussie-born science communicator Vanessa Hill. Since its inception both the show and Vanessa have moved to the US, and BrainCraft now lives under the wing of PBS Digital Studios - but we're still counting it as an Australian creation.


The University of New South Wales has an official YouTube channel which hosts a range of series, including How Did We Get Here on human evolution hosted by evolutionary biologist Darren Curnoe. Explore the channel and you'll also find Catastrophic Science, a not-at-all depressing collection of explainers.


Dr Derek Muller (did you watch Uranium?) is half-Canadian, but we're counting him in, because the Victorian-born educator and physicist has spent most of his science communication career right here in Australia. Easily the most famous Aussie science YouTube channel, Veritasium features everything from experiments to one-on-one interviews with scientists, and even fun interactions with people on the streets.

Now that you've checked out these, are there any other Aussie science channels we should have included? Let us know at @SBS_Science!