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These Science videos topped the charts—and stole our hearts—in 2017

This year, the Science video team created a record 179 videos on topics from the shape of the electron to quantum satellites. Below is a rundown of the most viewed and the most loved from the year. To see all of Science’s video offerings, visit our YouTube channel.

This year’s top hits from YouTube

The top-performing video from 2017 accompanied a special package on artificial intelligence and featured Staff Writer Paul Voosen. It explores the pitfalls of using machine learning to conduct science, and what comes next:

Our second most popular video features a giant sculpted wave ideal for surfing:

The third top video had some of the key ingredients for a viral hit: an animal doing something unexpected, and time-lapse footage:

Facebook favorites

Science’s videos are also published on our Facebook pages. It turns out these audiences have somewhat different tastes in video.

First up is a video that shows how modern methods in biology and chemistry can reveal a trove of information about the history of a book and its makers:

Another Facebook favorite features a lot of hitting things with a hammer, a long-standing mystery in physics, and a funky beat:

Our darlings

Leaving aside analytics and social media performance, here are a few in-house favorites.

First up, a video on intentionally inducing hallucinations in an experimental setting in order to watch what happens in the brain. Besides featuring one of our own staffers as the subject, this video gives a step-by-step guide to creating auditory hallucinations:

This next video involved interviewing people at Otakon and on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to see which was more familiar: eclipse terms or Pokémon characters. It was surprisingly difficult to tell the difference. Watch, then take the quiz yourself: