University of Pittsburgh researchers use mouse models to study mental disorders
In optogenetics research around the nation, scientists have stopped epileptic seizures in mice with inhibitory light activation, while others have identified a cluster of cells that makes mice attack each other the instant they are stimulated with light. Will optogenetics be used one day for treatment in humans?February 03, 2015
This new scientific journal is kind of like YouTube, but without the cats
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The most extravagant results are the millions, maybe billions spent on experiments that can’t be reproduced, which makes them next to worthless. But Pritsker says scientists aren’t faking anything; it’s just that elaborate scientific experiments — like elaborate gourmet recipes, are often really hard to explain in print.
“For the most part, scientists are hard-working, ethical people. They come to science to solve big problems. What is happening there is the deficiency of the medium,” Pritsker said. “And text doesn’t work for effective knowledge transfer. It doesn’t even work for cooking, right?”November 14, 2014
I've Got Skills: Great Resources to Sharpen Your Science Abilities
As scientists, we wear many hats. This variety is one of the great aspects of work, but staying polished on so many different areas can be challenging. Whether you're learning something new, or just want to brush up, here are some terrific resources to keep your science skills gleaming.
You Did What Now? For learning new lab techniques, a video is worth a thousand words. On JoVE, a video journal, you'll find crisp, clear footage of real experiments (you can even find Scizzle's founder video there).
New Science Publishing Platform Visualizes Lab Experiences
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The heavy language of a peer-reviewed scientific study can be hard to follow—even for scientists. An author meticulously transcribes the steps of his or her experiments so that other scientists can reproduce them in their own labs. Those other scientists will try but may end up wringing their hands in frustration, not because the experiments are flawed, but because they’re simply too difficult to recreate from textual instructions alone. Sometimes, the scientists need to see an experiment to fully understand it.February 06, 2014
A Safer Way To Do Miller-Urey Origin of Life Experiments
A new protocol for conducting Miller-Urey Experiments is comprised of a modern and simplified approach to the method used by Dr. Stanley Miller and Dr. Harold Urey in 1953. Their research evaluated the possibility of organic compounds important for the origin of life to have been formed abiologically on early Earth.January 21, 2014
Reinventing the Methods Journal: Increasing Reproducibility with Video Journals
Against the Grain
Scientific publishing has followed essentially the same model since the original scientific journal was published. But simply explaining a technique with text does not always paint a clear enough picture.December 05, 2013
Video Saved the Scientific Publication
Every practicing scientist knows how difficult it can be to make an experiment work in the lab. Especially frustrating is not being able to reproduce already published experiments. You read a paper, closely follow its materials and methods, buy all of the reagents, run across your department to secure all of the equipment, begin your experiment, and ... it doesn't work.November 11, 2013
Value, Values, Validation
Proving our value is a never-ending concern for librarians and information professionals. New technologies can enhance the value not only of what we bring to our jobs, our employers, and our user base, but also of the resources we access. One major change has been the addition of video formats to traditional bibliographic databases. JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is at the forefront of this sea change, but other publishers are testing the inclusion of video in their library products and adding metadata to make retrieval of visual images more reliable.October 21, 2013
Could breast cancer soon be treasted with a NIPPLE injection? Technique reduces side effects and is more effective.
Women suffering from breast cancer could be spared the worst side effects of their drugs with a new technique which involves having injections through the nipples. Injecting drugs through the nipple offers direct access to the most common origin of breast cancer, the milk ducts. But because it is focused on the area needing treatment, it is more effective, toxic drugs are not absorbed by other body tissues, and the liver does not break down the drugs.October 04, 2013
How to Fix a Leaky Heart Valve
Journal publishers have long allowed authors to submit videos to supplement their articles, but an emerging model makes video the main attraction.August 21, 2013
Scientists develop 3-D human models for cancer research
Scientists have developed a new tumor test system, which they said will allow them to grow, observe and better understand how to treat biopsied human cancer cells. The findings, published by the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), will likely alleviate the shortfalls of typical testing methods, researchers said. They noted that they chose to publish in JoVE because it allowed them to best explain and visualize their findings through video.August 13, 2013
Are You Young For Your Age?
You may think you’re in good shape. But how does your overall health stack up against the health of your peers? A new DNA-based method of gauging wellness in relation to age may soon provide the answer, thanks in part to research appearing in the Journal of Visualized Experiments.May 22, 2013
New technique could identify deadly superbugs within minutes
Researchers in the US have developed a technique that could prove critical in the fight against so-called "superbugs" — virulent and sometimes deadly strains of bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotic drugs. In a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), Dr. Vitaly Vodyanoy of Auburn University demonstrates how certain bacteria-killing viruses could be used to identify resistant superbugs, potentially providing a much faster way to treat patients and disinfect hospitals.May 08, 2013
Cellphone microscopes: a how-to guide
The team behind the world's smallest microscope announced in 2010, has published a video in the peer-reviewed video journal, the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), explaining how to assemble a camera phone microscope.April 15, 2013
CIAT Scientists publish second peer-reviewed video
International Center for Tropical Agriculture
CIAT has just published its latest peer-reviewed video in The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). The team, led by entomologist Soroush Parsa, filmed a protocol for evaluating whether friendly fungi can be introduced into plants to boost their resistance to pest attacks. The work is part of a proof-of-concept project funded by a Grand challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.April 11, 2013
How to 3-D Print the Skeleton of a Living Animal
The idea to print skeletons from CT scans came from Evan Doney, an engineering student working in the lab of Matthew Leevy, who runs the biological imaging facility at the University of Notre Dame. ”At first I didn’t really know what the killer app would be, I just knew it would be really cool,” Leevy said. But he began to see new possibilities after striking up a conversation with an ear, nose, and throat specialist during an office visit for a sinus problem. “I actually got out my computer and showed him some slides, and by the end of it we were collaborating.”April 01, 2013
Video Game Found to Help the Blind Navigate Buildings
A video game that uses a computer-generated layout of a building can help to prepare the blind to navigate the venue in real life by improving their spatial awareness, researchers said on Wednesday.March 27, 2013
Back in 2006, Moshe Pritsker thought to use video technology to capture and transmit the intricacies of life science research, facilitating both the understanding and reproduction of experiments and techniques. This idea of “letting scientists look over each other’s shoulders” led to the launch of JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, which is peer reviewed and PubMed-indexed. As a scientific journal, it has an editorial board and hierarchical structure, and ensures consistent quality of its video content by maintaining a network of professional videographers spread across major science centres. Scientists from leading institutions participate by submitting video articles that visualize their experiments.March 15, 2013