Videos and Online Seminars

Video Presentations

VideoThe Famine Fighter's Last Battle >
This video slideshow chronicles Norman Borlaug's lifelong efforts to defeat a wheat pathogen called stem rust.
VideoEducation and Technology >
This video introduction to Science's special issue on how education is changing in the face of technology features special-issue contributor Merrilea Mayo of the Kauffman Foundation and Science Editor-in-Chief Bruce Alberts.
VideoBreakthrough of the Year 2008: Reprogramming Cells >
This video introduction to Science's year-end special issue features Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University, George Daley of Harvard University, and Science's Gretchen Vogel reviewing some of the work that led studies in reprogramming cells to be tagged the top scientific story for 2008.
VideoThe Gonzo Scientist -- Flunking Spore >
In this article, the Gonzo Scientist explores the computer game Spore and how it scores on its scientific themes.
VideoPediatric Medicines -- Prescribing Drugs "Off-Label" >
This video presentation, an accompaniment to Science's 10 October 2008 special issue on clinical trials, provides a progress report on regulating and testing medicines for kids.
VideoSlaying Monsters for Science >
The Gonzo Scientist attends the first scientific conference held in Azeroth, the online universe of the role-playing game World of Warcraft. It went off virtually without a hitch. Although the participants all died during the final day's social event — a massive raid on an enemy fort — they agree that this event is a glimpse at the future of scientific exchange.
VideoForests in Flux >
Forests provide vital goods and services including food, fuel, and fiber, and are major reservoirs of global carbon. This video presentation, an accompaniment to Science's 13 June 2008 special issue on forests, discusses efforts to understand how forests influence climate and some of the challenges of global forest governance.
VideoGene Regulation >
As in civil society, where there must necessarily be checks and balances on freedom of expression, cells have evolved a range of mechanisms to regulate the expression of their constituent genes. This video presentation, an accompaniment to Science's 28 March 2008 special issue on gene regulation highlights the central role of RNA in gene regulation.
VideoPlay It Again, Robot >
One advantage robot musicians have over humans, The Gonzo Scientist learns in this installment, is that they don't need coffee breaks. But both types of performers share one problem: "If you ignore your audience, they ignore you."
VideoCan Scientists Dance? >
The Gonzo Scientist organized the first-ever "Dance Your Ph.D." contest to answer the question -- and has the video to prove it.
VideoCities >
People have a love-hate relationship with cities, for the opportunities they provide and the problems they create. This video presentation, an accompaniment to Science's 8 February 2008 special issue on cities, discusses some of the implications of rapid urbanization for our daily lives, our environment, and future sustainability.
VideoBreakthrough of the Year 2007: Human Genetic Variation >
Ten-minute video, accompanying Science's year-end special issue, features Francis Collins of NIH, David Altshuler of the Broad Institute, and Science's Liz Pennisi reviewing some of the work that led studies in human genetic variation to be tagged the top scientific story for 2007.
VideoVirtual Worlds: The Promise of Parallel Universes >
Science Podcast host Robert Frederick produced and narrates a special video accompaniment to Greg Miller's article on doing research in online virtual worlds, from Science's 7 September 2007 special issue on social cognition.
VideoDesalination Efforts in India >
Yudhijit Bhattacharjee reports on the innovative efforts to glean drinkable water from the ocean in one Indian island setting -- and how those efforts might be extended to India as a whole. (Read the News Focus article.)
Macaque Genome videoThe Macaque Genome>
Richard Gibbs and other scientists discuss the significance of the rhesus macaque, and its genome, for biomedicine and evolutionary studies in a special interactive online version of the pull-out poster published with the 17 April 2007 special issue.
VideoArsenic in India's Groundwater >
In "humanity's biggest mass poisoning," millions of residents of South Asia, including India's West Bengal, live with arsenic-contaminated water -- and the response to the problem has been a sluggish one. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee reports. (Read the News Focus article.)
VideoStardust: A Comet Comes to the Lab >
In its 15 December 2006 special issue, Science publishes the initial results from the first laboratory analysis of samples from a comet. This online video presentation explores the significance of the Stardust mission, and what the samples are already telling us about the history of the solar system.
Sea Urchin videoThe Sea Urchin Genome>
Sea urchin biologist David McClay discusses the significance of the complete sea urchin genome sequence, published by Science in its 10 November 2006 issue, in a set of video clips included in an interactive online version of the pull-out poster published with the issue.
VideoThe Overlooked Epidemic >
Expanding on the content in the journal's 28 July 2006 special issue, Science and Biocompare teamed up to produce a special video presentation on the epidemics in the Latin American and Caribbean worlds -- and the response of scientists and governments in the region. (Also of interest: a related photo essay.)
VideoBreakthrough of the Year 2005: Evolution in Action >
"Nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution" -- and advances in our understanding of the workings of evolutionary biology was tagged as the Breakthrough of the Year for 2005 by Science's editors and news staff. This 16-minute film, produced by Science and Biocompare, overviewed some of the work that made 2005 such a banner year in evolutionary studies.

Science Online Seminars

The AAAS Office of Publishing and Member Services has teamed up with Biocompare to offer this series of online seminars on top life science research papers published in Science. Now playing: Anna Kashina on actin, the cytoskeleton, and cell motility. (Note: The information and views expressed in these presentations are solely those of the presenters and are not affiliated with Science Magazine or the American Association for the Advancement of Science.)