Category Archives: science

Scientific American: Who knew geeks could be so charming?

Scientific American, the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S., offers a brilliant new weekly video roundup of tech news called The Monitor. The mix of casual web cams, funny graphics, short segments and detailed overlays is a perfect use of new online video. It’s also a good case study in how blogs, print journalism, and broadcast are merging. Hope it fits on an iPhone.

Holiday gift idea: Howtoons for kids

Saul Griffith is one of these renaissance MIT types who starts business incubators, makes it big and gets profiled by Fortune. Today he is figuring out new ways to generate power from high-altitude wind.

But we like his Howtoons the best. Howtoons is a comic book / blog that teaches kids ages 8 to 15 how to make cool stuff, like a marshmallow shooter, out of household items. Griffith started this as a little side project, since he was disappointed in the current education for children on how to do anything real with science other than log on to computers. If you want to slip a little engineering to your kids this Christmas, check the book out at Amazon.

Biomed scientists target themselves

Health care professionals, biomed scientists, grad students and other brainy types have a hard time keeping abreast of the 16,000 new science publications indexed by PubMed every single week. The internet, crowded with commerce and YouTube, makes it hard to sift through the abstracts and papers. How to keep up?

SciVee has launched a brainiac site with the science class version of YouTube: researchers post video introductions with the text of their papers, users easily find digestable content, and the web community (one hopes) makes the most brilliant research float to the top. SciVee was thought up by Philip Bourne, prof at University of California at San Diego, with NSF seed funds and major wattage from the UCSD Supercomputer Center. No word yet on how or if advertisers can crack in to this sweet audience, but we’re sure they’re trying.

If you want to know how Arabic medical texts addressed pericardial pathology 900 years ago, SciVee is your thing.