Why is cotton in everything? - Michael R. Stiff

Dig into the science of how cotton transforms from seed to fiber, and how these cotton fibers are used to make everything from fabrics, to currency, and fishing nets.
Centuries ago, the Inca developed ingenuous suits of armor that could protect warriors from even the fiercest physical attacks. These hardy structures were made not from iron or steel, but rather something unexpectedly soft: cotton. Today cotton is used to make everything from fabric, to currency, diapers and fishing nets. Michael R. Stiff explores the science of what makes cotton so versatile.
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  1. Feeber Izer

    Feeber Izer

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    Now go watch another TEDed video called The Life Cycle Of A T-Shirt. Not so earth friendly like you'd think... noplayer.info/show/QmlTWW9lcWJfVlk.html

  2. Dong Ssi

    Dong Ssi

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    *Uses spear* *Hits but doesn't wound* ... Are we talking about the same cotton here?

  3. Galaxy_ Gacha

    Galaxy_ Gacha

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    We need cotton plushies

  4. I'm In Satan's Basement

    I'm In Satan's Basement

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    "Why's cotton in everything?" Because a thing called Stalin happened.

  5. ahprodite2500


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    U.S dollar bill is literally clothing lol

  6. Vignesh Vicky

    Vignesh Vicky

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    Did Indians domesticate cotton independent of Incas?

  7. o.o


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    Eat cotton

  8. Verty


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    Fact: You can't read a Ted-Ed comment section without encountering several 5 year olds.

  9. Manish VIBES

    Manish VIBES

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    My t shirt is still wearable because of secondary wall strength of Cotton.

  10. Hashem


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    How about Egypt

  11. Roy Ji

    Roy Ji

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    Cotton is an important material to make explosives.

  12. Dave So

    Dave So

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    This animation is honestly adorably awesome

  13. Mason Garcia

    Mason Garcia

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    Can you do hemp

  14. Connie Li

    Connie Li

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    The seeds are so cute

  15. Lyzette De La Cruz

    Lyzette De La Cruz

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    *So you're telling me, a cotton plant drinks purple gatorade to produce cotton?*

  16. King Water

    King Water

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    Wait What? I didn't know Money was made of Cotton 😳

  17. Mortos’s World

    Mortos’s World

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    THE REAL QUESTION IS WHY CANNABIS ISNT when it is way better than cotton in everything!!!???!!!

  18. Lalander 101

    Lalander 101

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    this is adorable

  19. Mykhailo Hohol

    Mykhailo Hohol

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    it is me or the video was a bit distracting from the information?

  20. Couch Coconut

    Couch Coconut

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    Beutiful videos

  21. My Thoughts Exactly

    My Thoughts Exactly

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    1:21 if you have *that* mindset then you probably need Jesus *continues to pour myself with holy water*

  22. Ella_ Plays

    Ella_ Plays

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    1:06 That is the cutest thing in the world!! 🥺🥺

  23. A D

    A D

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    The 215 dislikes are from Polyester.

  24. Patrick Lai

    Patrick Lai

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  25. Kitty S

    Kitty S

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    Cotton Exporters: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh....

  26. Kitty S

    Kitty S

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    The animator needs a raise! 👍🏽🙃

  27. Daniel Petukhin

    Daniel Petukhin

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    Why won't you do an episode on industrial cannabis? It's ultimately better than cotton as fabric, and has way many more other uses than cotton

  28. Anoni Mosu

    Anoni Mosu

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    So cotton candy is not wrongfully named?

  29. Linley Muhondo

    Linley Muhondo

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    It's videos like this that make me continue to love Ted-Ed. Those cotton buds were so adorable I wanted to cry 😭😂❤️ kudos to the animators and scriptwriter/s 😂☺️

  30. Anaya Hernando

    Anaya Hernando

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    I love the animation! So cute

  31. GuyRami


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    I wonder what array of hemp tech we can apply to cotton and vis versa... the times always allow for new forms of study and advances in tech.

  32. Inspected Pyro

    Inspected Pyro

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  33. Put your tongue on my Ass

    Put your tongue on my Ass

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    0:27 awwww that guy looks friendly

  34. Martin Gottschalk

    Martin Gottschalk

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    I thought the video would include some of the downsides too. Like the problem with herbicides and pesticides. Better cotton at the price of our ecosystem. Yeay!

    • kovona


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      Isn't the biggest issue water consumption and soil degradation?

  35. Luismabou


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    Hemp: I am a joke to you? Industrial hemp is far better than cotton and any other plant. -uses half the water -less land -no to very little pesticides -grows in three months -restores the soil -absorbs a lot of CO2 In summary, hemp is more sustainable to produce clothes, textiles... than any other plant .

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  40. Adam


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    2:13 the image on the right might be the greatest thing I've ever seen, seriously

  41. ProjectLee101


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    But is cotton biodegradable or recyclable?

  42. clarissa flores

    clarissa flores

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    UWU why so cute!! 😍😍

  43. Pey Mattis

    Pey Mattis

    21 dag siden

    Sorry I don’t speak smart

  44. Elias Ribeiro

    Elias Ribeiro

    21 dag siden

    2:36 Can we get an 'F' In the Comments here for the little buddy that got sapareted.

  45. Aridor joskowich

    Aridor joskowich

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    2:18 how did i forgot this ancient civilisation had Mercury thermometers

  46. Diet Bleach

    Diet Bleach

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    I should show this video to my colored coworkers.

  47. sundar narasimman

    sundar narasimman

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    there seems to be a hidden message about pesticides which is unnecessary

  48. The Psycho-like gamer

    The Psycho-like gamer

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    "Cotton is a force of nature" *SCOUT HAS LEFT THE CHAT*

    • Asif Talpur

      Asif Talpur

      21 dag siden

      Eh lame

  49. Pavor


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    Because the US cotton industry supported slavery, segregation and demonization of the Hemp industry.

  50. bambinauga


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    I'm living for the cute animation style at 01:09 ❤️

  51. Juan Perez

    Juan Perez

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    Oh my GOD, i know Llamas will take over the world.

  52. Radomír Časta

    Radomír Časta

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    Linen is actually even stronger, which is why European gambesons are such good armor.

  53. Pythos BFB

    Pythos BFB

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    Cotton isn't in food :3

  54. Valor vera XVor

    Valor vera XVor

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    1:24 the determination are so cute :p

  55. Vetri T

    Vetri T

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    Lol, now scientists want to bio engineer screw up the cotton which is already perfect

  56. Jay Hanns

    Jay Hanns

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    cotton is love cotton is lyfe

  57. Julienne Gerner

    Julienne Gerner

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    I do not see how there can be a conversation about “why is cotton in everything” without a discussion of the history of slavery in the United States.

  58. -Enigma_Advert -

    -Enigma_Advert -

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    So you’re saying that I can make armour made of money?

  59. ParkChimChimstolemyheart


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    TIL Cotton is a big freaking deal... And that the US $bill is 75% cotton (●__●)

  60. Muthu


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    Me: who care's NOplayer: then why you are here Me: I am bored and the video is recommended to me NOplayer: who care's