Where I live it is the middle of winter, which means I have been spending a lot of time cooped up inside reading books and watching videos. Through this I have stumbled across some really great videos related to science and research and I wanted to share them. I hope you enjoy checking a few of these out!
Six Reasons Why Research is Cool: Quique Bassat at TEDxBarcelonaChang
In this fantastic TED talk, Quique Bassat an Assistant Research Professor at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health shares six reasons he thinks his job as a global health researcher is really cool. From having an impact on the work to getting to challenge his brain everyday, Bassat’s passion truly shines through during this talk. He also provides some specific examples from his line of work to further emphasize his reasoning. It is fun to compare his reasons to your own to see where they overlap and where they may diverge.
Online Research: Tips for Effective Search Strategies
This short and easy to follow video is great for students just diving into the world of online database research. The video shares explanations for several different ways search terms can be entered, for example using “AND” or “NOT” or using asterisk. This video is sure to save you time during your next database search.
Social Science Research
This quick video from The Sheffield Methods Institute explains the importance of research within the social sciences and how it affects all our lives.They seek to answer “What's the difference between qualitative and quantitative research?”, “What is quantitative research?”, and “How important is social science research?” This video would be a great way to kick off a class or seminar that provides an introduction to social science research.
How Do Seedless Watermelons Reproduce?
Full disclosure: Seedless watermelon is my favorite fruit. As a result, I was very excited when I found this video that dives into the science behind them, because I have often wondered how they reproduce without seeds. Produced by SciShow, this video is visually appealing, easy to follow, and interesting! I love this series and highly recommend it.
25 Cool Science Experiments You Can Do At Home
This video is not just for kids! The host explains 25 easy science experiments in rapid succession and while primarily geared to a younger crowd, some of these clips are mesmerizing and inspired me to do some at home experimenting of my own. Which experiment will you try?
17 Scientific Facts That Seem Too Crazy to Be True
This video runs through 17 little known facts that are the result of some really cool research. I was unfamiliar with most of these and found them to be super interesting. Here is a sneak peek: Did you know that scientists have recently found that the universe tastes like raspberries and the Mona Lisa actually used to have eyebrows? We didn’t either!
Fieldwork: A Student's Perspective
This video, produced by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, features Kirtlandia Research Internship and work-study student Riley Tedrow as he shares his experiences with curator Dr. Gavin Svenson's team during a 2013 field research trip to Rwanda. I love this video because it is fun to hear a student perspective on fieldwork and you can really hear his passion shine through.
Why Avocados Shouldn't Exist
Another food based video, my favorite kind! Avocados are a trending food (the United States consumed 4 billion in 2014), but this video shares some interesting scientific insights about why they shouldn’t even exist. Before you whip up your next batch of avocado toast, find out more about the delicious ingredient!
Rethinking Research Data | Kristin Briney | TEDxUWMilwaukee
This video is a bit longer, but totally worth it! Kristin Briney, a Data Services Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, currently works to help researchers manage their data better. In this talk, she discusses the fact that the United States spends billions of dollars every year to publicly support research that has resulted in critical innovations and new technologies. Unfortunately, the outcome of this work, published articles, only provides the story of the research and not the actual research itself. She is pushing for the publication of research data to eliminate irreproducible studies or falsified findings. This could lead to a critical change in the research community.
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