Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell

The WORST episodes of Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Kurzgesagt (German for «in a nutshell») is a Munich-based design studio, with a distinctive perspective on design and animation within the fields of education, science and commerce. Founded in 2012 by Philipp Dettmer & Stephan Rether, the studio engages in information design projects of all kinds. We love science, minimalism, colors and music. But most of all combining them to tell stories.

Last Updated: 6/25/2022Network: YouTube
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How Evolution Works
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#1 - How Evolution Works

Season 2013 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/11/2013

The mechanisms of evolution explained in one video. The theory of evolution explains how the enormous variety of life could come into existence. How it is possible for primitive life forms to spawn the millions of different creatures, that exist today. Unfortunately, evolution is often misunderstood, because it's mechanisms seem counter intuitive.

The Solar System — Our Home in Space
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#2 - The Solar System — Our Home in Space

Season 2013 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/22/2013

An info-graphic trip through the wonders of the Solar system.

Fracking Explained: Opportunity or Danger
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#3 - Fracking Explained: Opportunity or Danger

Season 2013 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/3/2013

Fracking explained in five minutes.

The Gulf Stream Explained
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#4 - The Gulf Stream Explained

Season 2013 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/11/2013

Learn about the role of the sea in global warming.

How the Stock Exchange Works (For Dummies)
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#5 - How the Stock Exchange Works (For Dummies)

Season 2013 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/23/2013

Why are there stocks at all?

The History and Future of Everything — Time
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#6 - The History and Future of Everything — Time

Season 2013 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/19/2013

How much time do you have left?

Three Ways to Destroy the Universe
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#7 - Three Ways to Destroy the Universe

Season 2014 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/3/2014

How will the Universe die?

The Beginning of Everything — The Big Bang
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#8 - The Beginning of Everything — The Big Bang

Season 2014 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/3/2014

How did everything get started?

Who Invented the Internet? And Why?
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#9 - Who Invented the Internet? And Why?

Season 2014 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/10/2014

Nuclear war, cat gifs and reddit? Wait, what?

How Big Is the Moon? (MM#1)
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#10 - How Big Is the Moon? (MM#1)

Season 2014 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/5/2014

The Moon might be much bigger than you think it is.

The Moons of Mars Explained — Phobos & Deimos (MM#2)
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#11 - The Moons of Mars Explained — Phobos & Deimos (MM#2)

Season 2014 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/14/2014

What do you know about the Moons of Mars? Nothing? They are super cool (and strange), promise.

How to Catch a Dwarf Planet — Triton (MM#3)
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#12 - How to Catch a Dwarf Planet — Triton (MM#3)

Season 2014 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/26/2014

If Neptune didn't catch Triton we might have another Dwarf Planet in our Solar system -- maybe even another Planet or double system. We show how this could have happened.

Are You Alone? (In the Universe)
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#13 - Are You Alone? (In the Universe)

Season 2014 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/2/2014

Are you alone? To answer this question we have to take a look what "you" are first. What are you made of and where you stand in this universe. Are you your body? Your atoms? And how are your parts connected to the big picture?

Iraq Explained — ISIS, Syria and War
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#14 - Iraq Explained — ISIS, Syria and War

Season 2014 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/19/2014

The current crisis in Iraq explained in under 5 minutes.

The Immune System Explained I — Bacteria Infection
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#15 - The Immune System Explained I — Bacteria Infection

Season 2014 - Episode 9 - Aired 7/1/2014

Every second of your life you are under attack. Bacteria, viruses, spores and more living stuff wants to enter your body and use its resources for itself. The immune system is a powerful army of cells that fights like a T-Rex on speed and sacrifices itself for your survival. Without it you would die in no time. This sounds simple but the reality is complex, beautiful and just awesome. An animation of the immune system.

Everything You Need to Know About Planet Earth
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#16 - Everything You Need to Know About Planet Earth

Season 2014 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/4/2014

Planet Earth is this solid thing you are standing on right now. In your everyday life you don't really waste a thought about how amazing this is. A giant, ancient, hot rock. How did it come into existence and how big is it really? You will be surprised. The ground you are standing on is just a very, very small part of the big picture.

Atoms as Big as Mountains — Neutron Stars Explained
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#17 - Atoms as Big as Mountains — Neutron Stars Explained

Season 2014 - Episode 11 - Aired 9/3/2014

Neutron stars are some of the strangest things in the Universe. Not quite massive enough to become black holes they are basically atoms as big as mountains, with properties so extreme it's mind-blowing. And if you get too close to a neutron star, you are in big trouble…

Is War Over? — A Paradox Explained
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#18 - Is War Over? — A Paradox Explained

Season 2014 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/9/2014

We live in the most peaceful time in human history. Wait, what? Seriously? That can't be right, there are more wars than ever! Well, no and they're killing fewer and fewer people, even though the world population is at an all-time high... and the numbers prove it! We explain how we came to this conclusion, and why war might... go away.

The Ebola Virus Explained — How Your Body Fights for Survival
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#19 - The Ebola Virus Explained — How Your Body Fights for Survival

Season 2014 - Episode 13 - Aired 11/6/2014

What does the Ebola virus actually do in your body? Why is it so dangerous and why does it kill so many people? We take a look at the apocalyptic war that rages in the body after an infection by the Ebola virus and the soldiers fighting.

What Is Life? Is Death Real?
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#20 - What Is Life? Is Death Real?

Season 2014 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/14/2014

So what is the difference between you and a rock? This seems like an easy, even stupid question. But even the smartest people on Earth have no idea where to draw the line between living and dead things. Which leads to mind-blowing implications. What is life after all? And is death really a thing? Let's look into it together.

The Ultimate Conspiracy Debunker
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#21 - The Ultimate Conspiracy Debunker

Season 2014 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/18/2014

Most Conspiracy Theories are stupid. By the power of the internet they spread like wildfire and often poison discussions. But there is hope – we developed a way to debunk conspiracies in just a few seconds…

Milk. White Poison or Healthy Drink?
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#22 - Milk. White Poison or Healthy Drink?

Season 2020 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/26/2020

Over the last decade milk has become a bit controversial. Some people say it’s a necessary and nutritious food, vital for healthy bones, but others say it can cause cancer and lead to an early death. So who is right? And why are we drinking it anyway?

How Small Is an Atom? (Spoiler: Very Small)
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#23 - How Small Is an Atom? (Spoiler: Very Small)

Season 2015 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/20/2015

Atoms are very weird. Wrapping your head around exactly how weird, is close to impossible – how can you describe something that is SO removed from humans experience? But then again, they kind of make up everything, so let us try anyways.

Measles Explained — Vaccinate or Not?
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#24 - Measles Explained — Vaccinate or Not?

Season 2015 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/24/2015

Everybody is talking about Measles – but what does the virus actually do in the body? Is it really so harmful that you need a vaccination? We go deep into the body of an infected person and see what Measles does and how the immune system reacts to it!

Banking Explained — Money and Credit
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#25 - Banking Explained — Money and Credit

Season 2015 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/12/2015

Banks are a riddle wrapped up in an enigma. We all kind of know that they do stuff with money we don’t understand, while the last crisis left a feeling of deep mistrust and confusion. We try to shed a bit of light onto the banking system. Why were banks invented, why did they cause the last crisis and are there alternatives?