Last week I wrote about a big myth: that foreign aid is a big waste. Since then, a bunch of people have posted smart videos busting myths about similar topics. Here's a roundup!
John Green, host of the mental_floss YouTube channel and longtime contributor to our fine publication, breaks it down. Witness:
Bill Nye: "We have a real opportunity to leave the world better than we found it." Then out comes the drafting table, to visualize what causes the majority of deaths around the world (spoiler—it's not war). Watch:
Statistician Hans Rosling uses data to explain why saving poor kids does not lead to overpopulation. You can read more about this, with even more data.
This one is mostly just for fun—with special MythBusters guest stars, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. To quote Savage, "People believe the craziest stuff."
For more on that mosquito-blasting laser, watch this demo. Fighting malaria with lasers!
Bill Gates attempts to make a viral video with Jimmy Fallon.
And he's got a bone to pick with The Tonight Show.
Here's a convincing argument about why saving lives is not going to ruin the planet. (There's more on that here.)