‘Gross Science’ will teach you about the weirdest things in nature

Sometimes nature just makes you say 'ew.'


Rae Votta


Published Apr 9, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 2:54 am CDT

Science can be, well, disgusting, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting or educational. A new YouTube series from educational powerhouse PBS Digital Studios wants to make even the weirdest science entertaining by giving you a weekly dose of gross.

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PBS has paired with Boston-based NOVA to produce Gross Science, and it’s kicking the lessons off with three videos about very unsettling topics: how the normally boring sea cucumber can eviscerate its own internal organs; how 3-foot-long worms mate in your abdomen; and how various diseases can make you smell.

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 “Paradoxically, I find the most beauty and wonder in science when I examine its slimy, smelly, creepy underbelly,” NOVA Digital Producer and Gross Science host Anna Rothschild said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to partner with PBS Digital Studios to bring to life a new series that inspires curious people of all ages to enjoy science, to see it as a story, and to ask lots of questions about the world—especially if they’re about poop and parasites.” 

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Rothschild will produce one Gross Science lesson every week, with a total of 40 videos in the first season.

Screengrab via Gross Science/YouTube

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*First Published: Apr 9, 2015, 2:29 pm CDT