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Science & the Scientific Method: A Definition

Live Science

Reproduce the experiment until there are no discrepancies between observations and theory. “Replication of methods and results is my favorite step in the scientific method," Moshe Pritsker, a former post-doctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School and CEO of JoVE, told Live Science. "The reproducibility of published experiments is the foundation of science. No reproducibility – no science."

March 30, 2015

Solving The Problem Of Scientific Reproducibility With Peer-Reviewed Video


“I asked myself: is this really how science should work in 21st century?”  Pritsker said. “Biology is still practiced in this same way – where you have to see a grandmaster in order to do what they do. That’s when I decided on a more systematic solution – a type of science publishing which focused on video.”

March 29, 2015

Why Are Drugs So Expensive? One Reason: Scientists Can't Reproduce Other's Work

International Business Times

Often, scientists fail to duplicate results because they don’t understand how the first experiment was done or due to the complications of bias, or because an honest mistake was made in the original work. Pritsker, who struggled to reproduce experiments as a doctoral student, believes that many such failures are a result of poor communication between scientists about their methods. 

March 12, 2015

JoVE Adds Online Tool for Video Stem Quizzes

Campus Technology

JoVE has launched JoVE Quiz, an online tool designed to be used in conjunction with the company's JoVE Science Education (JoVE SE) video database. JoVE SE provides "videos demonstrating core laboratory techniques in molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience and other areas of biological and physical sciences," according to a news release. "JoVE Quiz gives science instructors an easy, flexible online instrument for evaluating student outcomes following the use of JoVE SE."

March 02, 2015

University of Pittsburgh researchers use mouse models to study mental disorders

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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

PRI The World

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

Cambridge scientific journal aims 'to save science' through video

Boston Business Journal

Pritsker’s idea is that, by recording and posting scientists actually doing their experiments, it will improve the rate of replication. “Our mission is to save science,” he said. “Because if it’s not reproducible, it’s broken.”

September 24, 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).

February 06, 2014

New Science Publishing Platform Visualizes Lab Experiences

World Future Society

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

Science 2.0

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

Online Searcher

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 treated with a NIPPLE injection? Technique reduces side effects and is more effective.

Daily Mail

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

Greenhouse Effects

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

Health Central

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?

Prevention Magazine

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

The Verge

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
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