New video sites for science

Tired of YouTube? There are at least 3 sites for finding videos on scientific subjects: SciVee, LabAction, and JoVE.

SciVee offers “pubcasts“, which are videos of scientists speaking about a paper they have just published. This is a painless and time saving way of keeping up with some of the peer-reviewed literature.sciveelogo.png

SciVee also offers videos on scientific topics, from pushing a styrofoam cup through a box to an animation of exploring the moon, to organic chemistry lab videos, to mapping ear wax genes onto human migration patterns across the globe, and a comedy routine about infectious diseases.

“SciVee is about the free and widespread dissemination and comprehension of science. SciVee is operated in partnership with the Public Library of Science (PLoS), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC).”

Watch the inner life of a cell, or learn real time PCR, or see a simulation of childbirth on LabAction.

“… here at LabAction we make efforts to provide the biology community with the latest videos/movies/information on human genetics, science experiments, science projects, biotechnology, current biology news and much more. LabAction is a community driven free resource for the information on biotechnology, cloning, human genetics, genetic disorders, stem cell research and marine biology. “

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments is an online video-publication for biological research.jove.png

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is an online research journal employing visualization to increase reproducibility and transparency in biological sciences.

You can learn about motor neuron disease, using microarrays to analyze gene expression, and biofilms, as well as several techniques for maintaining human stem cells.

These sites may be useful not only for scientists, but also for people interested in current events and public policy to help visualize the human genome, stem cells, or simply see how scientists work. And some of them are entertaining.