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The Worlds of Viral Video

I had posted some time ago about one element often cropping up in viral videos: adorable animals, and in that case, sloths!Viral videos are a fascinating phenomenon, as is the general pace of delivery within videos found on youtube, and the appeal of this "organic" medium to viewers where there are no "gatekeepers" so to speak, where anyone can make a video about anything and share it with the world.My interest in the fast-paced world of internet video is one reason I write for this particular blog...

July 27, 2012 — Joanne Manaster

Inspirational "Science in Action" Video

Last night, the Google Science Fair winners were announced. I won't recap all the details, as you can read about it at the link, but suffice it to say, having three teenagers of my own (and a 21 year old) and with my extensive background in STEM outreach to young and old, I relate so well to these young people and am so proud of the winners.As I watched the live stream of the event, I fell in love with the video that Scientific American's Editor in Chief, Marietta DiChristina announced to showcase Scientific American's "Science in Action" winners from Swaziland...

July 24, 2012 — Joanne Manaster
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Science Video Brainstorming, and Some YouTube Science

Looks like I'm in for a great summer full of science video goodness!At the end of June, both Carin and I will be heading to an unconference (taking a clue from Bora from Science Online) called BrainSTEM at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada (maybe I'll get to wave at Stephen Hawking!) We will be discussing many issues related to creating new media with science themes, both as education and entertainment...

June 9, 2012 — Joanne Manaster
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Monkeys! Synthesizers! Nature and Tech Together!

If you gave an infinite number of (or six) monkeys (and related, which I think means mammals) an infinite (also six) number of synthesizers, will they eventually produce Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, or ACDC's Back in Black or, well, anything?Someone thought they'd give it a go as an advertisement for Voltfestivalen -- The place to go to experience the best new electronic music and art.Filmed at Skansenakvariet -- The place to go to experience unique wildlife in Stockholm.I was just tickled at this video...

May 27, 2012 — Joanne Manaster
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Male anthropologist, paleontologist, or anthropologist needed to co-host TV show!

Before everyone gets their feathers ruffled that this casting call is looking for a male, just know he is to be a co-host to a female.Now that that is clear.....SEEKING CO-HOST FOR MAJOR CABLE NETWORK Major Cable Network dedicated to Nature, Science and Exploration, is currently casting a Co-Host for new project examining the different rituals surrounding death from culture to culture.Seeking a male between the ages of 25-35, preferably with a background in Archeology, Paleontology or Anthropology...

May 25, 2012 — Joanne Manaster
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Scientific American Blogs Officially Pop Culture Icon!

Time travel is tricky business. Scientists seem to always be wringing their hands over the potential implications of time travel. That is, if you believe the movies, and The Onion News Network's analysis of Mitt Romney's scheme to eliminate any versions of himself that sound too liberal, preventing the conservative vote!SciAm Blogs makes our pop culture debut at about 1:57! 
Romney To Travel Back In Time To Kill Liberal Versions Of HimselfIt's official, Scientific American Blogs are cool!(This is not the first time that The Onion has approached the subject of scifi travel...

April 4, 2012 — Joanne Manaster
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Science for Grown-ups in Chicago

I will be in Chicago this week attending science events aimed at grown-ups. If you don't know the city, check out this tilt-shift video. Incredible! What started as a trip to view the work-in-progress film about cold fusion called "The Believers" (see my post), has become a bit of an adventure.I will briefly fill you in on some of the science (and Valentine's Day) themed events, in case you are in town and want to attend or, at the very least, to have something to look forward to when I share more about them.Sunday night, Stephanie Levi (@scienceissexy on twitter) will be hosting her Night Lab: The Science of Love and Attraction at a Chicago bar with two guest speakers who promise to enlighten us on the science of human attraction...

February 10, 2012 — Joanne Manaster
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