March 1, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 5)


Strong Points: LOTs of videos
Weak Points: Infomercials

Imagine grabbing a group of outstanding scientists, getting them together, and filming them talking about or demonstrating scientific principles. That’s part of the idea behind Scitalks: Smart People on Cool Topics, a media-rich site that will probably grab your attention for at least a few videos, if you visit it. Containing an amazing array of streaming media on topics spanning all of science, Scitalks is a site that must have an awful lot of bandwidth to serve its users. Visitors can select individual topics to pick items of interest to them. I picked Biochemistry and saw Judah Folkman discussing the discovery of angiogenesis inhibitors and Keith Campbell talking about the cloning of Dolly the sheep. On the downside, I also saw some material that was not a very thinly disguised infomercial for biochem products. Unfortunately, I guess, into each life a little rain must fall.

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