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Have You Seen … What NIH is doing with their videocasts?

EDITORIAL ASIDE:
Yes, I’ve been away for a long time. I have so much to share, and so many lovely blogposts and concepts parked in “draft” mode. It’s been a rough few years culminating in a really rough year. More on that later. For now, I want to dip my toes back in with something short and easy that I can do quickly.


If I had infinite time, or several dozen of me connected to a shared massive brain, one of the things I’d like to do is lurk in various lecture series and soak up all kind of cutting edge info, philosophies, science, research discoveries, and so forth. Recently, I’ve been closely tracking the NIH Videocasts. So much wonderful information being presented, and lucky for us, most of it ends up on Youtube as NIHVcast!

Here are a few highlights from the Youtube channel, mostly from the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series and the Demystifying Medicine series, but with a few also from the Translational Research in Clinical Oncology (TRACO) program.

NIHVCAST HIGHLIGHTS

Demystifying Medicine 2017: Mitochondria, Aging, and Chronic Disease

Germs, genes, and host defense

TRACO 2016: Precision Medicine and Nanotechnology

Ancient DNA and the new science of the human past

Democratizing discovery science with n=Me

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee – July 2016

Decoding the human genome: getting to 20/20

MicroRNAs and their regulatory effects

The epigenetic clock, biological age, and chronic diseases

Genome regulation by long noncoding RNAs

Demystifying Medicine 2016: How Long Can and Should We Live & What Centenarians Teach Us about Aging

Bacteria as master regulators and aphrodisiacs

Demystifying Medicine 2016: Robotic Planetary Exploration and Thoughts about Human Spaceflight

Age, genes, sex, and smell: predicting Parkinson disease

Demystifying Medicine 2016: Cholesterol: Too Much and Too Little Are Bad for Your Health

Biomedical research: increasing value, reducing waste

Demystifying Medicine 2016: Trauma in the Modern Age: Injury and Stem Cells

On My Own: An Afternoon with Diane Rehm

Demystifying Medicine 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Mechanisms and Imaging the Process

Innate molecules in the inflammation and cancer

Using human stem cells to understand and treat diabetes

Adventures in brain plasticity: from memory palaces to soulcycle

At The Movies: Tactile Art & Tech for Autism

David Chesney is Back. This Time With Sean Ahlquist (Art & Architecture) and Sile O’Modhrain (Music). The project being highlighted this time is designed to use a flexible stretch “coloring book” to provide a kind of engaging biofeedback to children with autism regarding the amount of pressure they are using. This would have been fantastic to have when my son was small.

David Chesney: “The research that I do here at the University of Michigan is at the intersection of technology and childhood disability.”


Tactile Art | MichEpedia | MconneX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQU7ZhMvH2k

University researchers and students create device designed to aid in Autism therapy https://www.michigandaily.com/news/university-researchers-and-students-different-fields-study-create-device-designed-aid-autism-th

More videos about the project from Dr. Ahlquist.

Social Sensory Surfaces Research Project from Sean Ahlquist on Vimeo.

Social Sensory Surfaces Research Project https://vimeo.com/125392278

Stretch|PLAY from Sean Ahlquist on Vimeo.

Stretch|PLAY https://vimeo.com/125633678

Social Sensory Surfaces: http://taubmancollege.umich.edu/research/research-through-making/2015/social-sensory-surfaces

Related work from Dr. Chesney on his work with autism.


Software Engineering Class Hacks Autism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUT-Chcffqc

Digital avatars help children with autism – w/video http://www.autismdailynewscast.com/digital-avatars-help-children-autism/21463/snapshot/

Hacking Autism and University of Michigan https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2012/05/01/hacking-autism-and-university-michigan

Video games help autistic students in classrooms http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/story/2012-05-31/video-games-autism-students/55319452/1

More interesting projects by Dr. Chesney & his students.


Untapped Resonance: David Chesney at TEDxUofM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO9HSiUMylE


Engineering with Grace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDjYoyYfUQE
Engineering with Grace: Software class aims to help one teen communicate: http://ns.umich.edu/new/multimedia/slideshows/21712-engineering-with-grace-software-class-aims-to-help-one-teen-communicate
Computer Science with Soul: http://dme.engin.umich.edu/grace/


Provost’s Seminar on Teaching – Presenter David Chesney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDSwN1MEfnY

Liveblog: #Sexpertise15 at U of M, Keynote

Well. I was going to livetweet the opening lecture for the 7th annual Sexpertise at the University of Michigan (#sexpertise15), but Twitter decided I am a bad bot and not allowed to tweet about it. 😦 So instead, I took notes, and will ‘liveblog’, but that’s a lot more work and I’m annoyed with Twitter. Here goes!


6:30 – 7:30 PM: Keynote Event: Undoing a Culture of Violence
Consider the ways we talk and learn about sex – do our words show respect for people? Do media messages condone or judge certain sexual behaviors? How could our communication be shaping what we think is normal – including violence? In this keynote address, Chinyere Neale, Director of Global Health Student Programs at the U-M School of Public Health and AASECT Trained Sexuality Educator, will lead participants in an exploration of the cultural norms that shape our thinking about sex and sexual violence, and will help us imagine a world without sexual assault.”

Up on screen at #sexpertise15 is:


Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU
Clean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qODrhss9ALc

Chinyere Neale: Academic Network for Sex Education and Research: https://sites.google.com/site/ansermichigan/affiliates/chinyere-neale

“When they asked me to do this, all the news was about rape on college campuses, so I thought maybe something about consent.”
There has been an explosion of violence against women.
I don’t have the answers. What would it take to end the culture of sexual violence against whoever the victims might be.

“Up to 20% of women say their first sexual experience was not wanted.” Common: coercion, arm-twisting, persuasion, name-calling …

Most official reactions [to stemming sexual violence] focus on prosecution. Instead, could we just focus on less violence?

People say let’s have more access to abortion. I want to say let’s need less abortion. Let’s not have women find themselves in that situation.

Problems in the media with MESSAGES that suggest sex is something people can take FROM each other. Look at the Robin Thicke song, “Blurred lines.” The message is “crappy / creepy.” The point isn’t that we shouldn’t listen, but that we should have a conversation about it.

There is nothing new about this. Bing Crosby & Doris Day “Baby, it’s cold outside” was a date rape song. Just listen to it! She says, “What’s in this drink?” Then later, “No, no, no.”


Baby Its Cold Outside – Bing Crosby & Doris Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=009kRJKf9rg

Remember Family Matters? Urkel liked this girl. Kept approaching this girl. What did that make him? A stalker, eh? Message: It’s ok to keep pursuing someone who isn’t interested.

Most of the assault we talk about on campus is people who know each other, maybe even like each other, but haven’t AGREED to have sex. Famous people, or non-famous people who drug peoples drinks; people who offer to walk you home, and then insist on a sexual price.

What should we do? (She asks the audience for their ideas.)

AUDIENCE

AUD: Start really young.
AUD: Teach kids. Start with good touch/bad touch, but maybe that’s not good enough. Maybe no touch unless consent
CN: Start with boys. Teach them affection young. GI Joe was designed as a “Barbie” doll equivalent for boys.
AUD: Don’t limit sex ed to physiology, include relationship skills
CN: People think if someone says “no” they don’t really mean it. Not every perpetrator is a bad person. Comparing sex ed in US to Netherlands. Teens start out in the family house, parents know. In Holland, everyone had a condom in their pocket. In the US, “People said, ‘not me!'”


Let’s Talk About Sex https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBqKOiBEbSY

CN: Don’t ask me to talk to your family about sex. Talk to your OWN niece!
AUD: Normalize conversations about violence as well as sex.
AUD: Make sexual violence as unthinkable as murder.
CN: Back to the guy who jumps out of the bushes. The rare rapist. They are married. They have kids. They have sex with their wife. When we hear an accusation, we default to “they wouldn’t do that,” because “they’re a nice guy.”
CN: I like this novel: Before and After, by Rosellen Brown > http://www.amazon.com/Before-After-Novel-Rosellen-Brown/dp/0312424418. In it, the son is accused of rape. Almost everyone thinks he’s too nice to have done it. But the mother, the MOTHER, she wonders.
CN: You like to think that you raised your son right, that he wouldn’t be a rapist. I like to think that I raised my son right. I do have some evidence. I walked by my son’s room once, heard him say, “Why are you having sex with that girl? You don’t even LIKE her?” I went “YES!”
CN: You have to listen. You have to listen, when someone says, “Someone did this to me.”
AUD: Media literacy can play important role. Corporate America trying to sell stuff, they use messages that endorse sexual violence.
CN: It’s much more powerful to share things with your children than to just ban it. They then have no way to analyse it, to give a context of critical thinking. For my son, I cut out designer labels. That wasn’t a message we wanted to support. Now, it’s not possible now to avoid designer labels, but you can still have a conversation around it. With your children. With your friends. Give people a chance to think more deeply about our environment.
AUD: There’s an element there of corporate responsibility. They should be held accountable, held to a higher standard.
CN: They think their responsibility is to their stockholders, not humanity, not audiences. You have to vote with your money. Don’t let artists with positive messages starve. It’s harder now, since big corporations own everything.
CN: One more thing: we need to let the definition of masculinity be broadened. Women have a much broaden space in which to express themselves.

At this point, Chinyere closed the audience discussion and returned to her presentation.


Force Majeure Trailer (2014) – Cannes Film Festival HD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nTJIc_e6Ns
Force Majeure is an interesting movie set in Sweden. In it, there is family facing an avalanche. The women grabs the children. The man grabs the cellphone and books, and takes off. Then he tells the story as if he rescued his family. Over and over.
The rest of the film is about how his dishonesty is more of a betrayal of his wife than his actions.

Brene Brown began researching vulnerability in woman. Then a man told her she was missing something important, that men are vulnerable, too.


The Power of Vulnerability https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7o
Listening to Shame https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psN1DORYYV0

We have very narrow definitions of masculinity. We need to give men a broader range in which to express themselves socially and emotionally. There are guys in groups of gang rapes who wouldn’t do that, but peer pressure pushes them into it.

It starts from childhood. But you can start with your brothers and friends.

I don’t think the answer to solving sexual violence is one thing. It’s complex.
Women asserting agency will help.
Better communication will help.
All those ideas you had, what you suggested. That will help.
It takes all of that.

I hope all of you will join in that struggle.

We need to provide some degree of equality to women. Not complete equality, we’re not there yet, but SOME degree.
Women are not quite as vulnerable in our society as they are in some others. It’s still a big job.

Here’s my idea of the gold standard for how that conversation ought to go:


Marvin Gaye – I Want You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RRCZ0QjM2k
v=6RRCZ0QjM2k

I want you the right way
I want you
But I want you to want me too
Want you to want me, baby
Just like I want you


UPDATE:
There are two more nights of events, so check them out. Also, I just found the Michigan Daily article of last night’s talk.

Sexpertise keynote talks healthy sexual choice http://www.michigandaily.com/news/sexpertise

At the Movies: Sex Positivity Messages on Youtube

Montage of thumbnails for several Youtube channels focused on sex positive messages

Tonight there is a #medlibs Twitter chat on some ways in which sex education is happening on social media.

Sexual Education & Social Media Chat — Sex Ed On Social Media: Quirky or Quality? http://medlibschat.blogspot.com/2015/01/sexual-education-social-media-chat.html

In preparation for this, I’d like to share highlights from a few of the more popular “sex positive” sex education Youtube channels! “Sex +,” “sex positive,” and “sex positivity” is a whole movement focused on looking at sex and sexual behavior as a good healthy thing rather than “dirty”. I’m probably oversimplifying with that rough definition, but it gives the broad idea. Many of the advocates and information channels include education, but some focus instead on relationships, communication, psychology, and attitudes. Some are professionally made, some are from health care or educational professionals, some are homegrown. You can’t tell which are the good ones from the source. Some professional ones are badly made or slanted, some homegrown ones are excellent and accurate.

As the phrases “sex positive” and “sex positivity” become more popular, you also begin to find some pornography channels that adopt the phrase in order to get into the search results. This has also happened with “sex ed” and “sexual education,” where some of the channels are more focused on education, and others are more focused on the (ahem) sex. This makes it really hard to go out, do a search, and actually FIND good quality sex ed content in Youtube. You can’t know before clicking if you’ll find something educational or something more smutty or something simply stuffy.

These channels often have clever names to communicate their focus topic (Ask My Girlfriend, Cherry TV, GLAMerotica 101, Kara Sutra, Nice Girls Like Sex Too, Sexplanations, Twisted Broad). Some of them provide good information in a cute way, others have cute names but rarely post any information, and yet others aren’t actually on the topic they seem to be on. Even if they post information rarely, it might be good, or it might be dated or irrelevant. Even if they have lots of views, it might be because it’s a good video or it might just be, well, porn. Again, you don’t know until you go look.

So, you can’t trust the key words, the metadata, the sponsors, the names of the channels, or the names of the videos. This is one of the best reasons for medical librarians and health care professionals to look into this before the questions are asked or answered. Trust me, you REALLY don’t want to be browsing these while someone is looking over your shoulder waiting for an answer! I stumbled into a few surprises while planning this post that I really could have done without. (The eyeballs! They burn! Ahhhh!) So spare your eyeballs, and check out a few of these as examples of the sex+ genre.

In this collection (which is highly selected and ONLY examples!), I’m focusing specifically on pieces with a more education focus and less of the sex, how to, issues, or relationship management, even though those are also obviously important. This means I didn’t include the famous Dan Savage or Kara Sutra or Just Sex or Nice Girls Like Sex Too or Twisted Broad or …. I also wanted to show sex ed that is more peer-to-peer, from teens and young adults to other teens and young adults, so I didn’t include pieces that try to sell sex toys or psychotherapy or couples therapy or from major universities. Face it, the universities offer solid content, but it isn’t as fun and engaging. Should it be? Why or why not? Did I miss any channels you think are great? Please list them in the comments!


LACI GREEN

Of course, I have to begin (and end!) with Laci Green, who is THE name in this space. If you only have heard of one sex positive online advocate, it is probably her. This video on the topic of what is consent and how to get it goes into an essential concept in sexual safety, as well as prevention of rape and sexual violence. Her description of the video includes “how to properly ask for consent, as well as what consent does and does not sound like.” Good stuff, worth thinking about. What would you add or change?

Wanna have sex? (Consent 101) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD2EooMhqRI


LACI GREEN: A NAKED NOTION

Laci Green started up a second channel in partnership with Planned Parenthood for talk about sex topics that are less educational and more issue-oriented. In this space, she has a small collection of videos on topics such as recovering from rape, hormone therapy, birth control, pregnancy testing, and more.

Sex After Rape https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRnK6xN7PF4


LACI GREEN: MTV BRALESS

Laci Green started up a THIRD channel in partnership with MTV for talk about pop culture, some of which includes sex talk and much of which doesn’t. In this space, she has a small collection of videos on topics such as recovering from rape, hormone therapy, birth control, pregnancy testing, and more.

Sex At Hogwarts?! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXPQBLOfnFk


SEXPLANATIONS

Sexplanations is a channel designed around the perception of authority (“with Dr. Doc”) right along with quirkiness (check out the pigtailed avatar). The “Dr. Doc” behind the show is Lindsey Doe, a clinical sexologist.

Sexplanations Episodes 1-50: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQiadPyjJ4E&list=PL_zdi3TflN9LjEjkqh3OwKb-l8o-ieODH&index=1


REID ABOUT SEX

Reid About Sex is a partnership of Reid Mihalko and Cathy Vartuli (Intimacy Dojo). In their extensive video series they have conversations about topics of interest, ranging from gender identity and sexually transmitted diseases to communication, props, behavior, and sex positive business advise. Whoa. That’s a lot of ground to cover.

Can You Get Herpes From Cuddling? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcXzaKJsaJc


TheTitTalk: THE SEX ED TALK

The Sex Ed Talk used to be called “The Tit Talk”, and can be found in various social media locations under either or both names. Their focus is on what they believe should have been covered in school, but wasn’t, or wasn’t covered as thoroughly as they like.

Vagina 101 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE93vWFglEg


BETTY DODSON & CARLIN ROSS

Dodson & Ross introduce themselves as “the top sex educator in the world” and “the best attorney on the planet and my stunt c**t.” They continue by claiming you can’t ask a good question they won’t answer. They mean it, too. I had trouble finding one that was safe to put in this post. Despite the use of straight language (which sometimes means street language), all the videos are education, and pretty straightforward as well as candid.

Healthy Vaginas Through Menopause https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RTjYaBrYMo


LACI GREEN: THE FAMOUS CHERRY VIDEO

I just couldn’t do this post without included my first and favorite Laci Green video — “You Can’t Pop Your Cherry (Hymen 101).”

You Can’t POP Your Cherry! (Hymen 101) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qFojO8WkpA

At the Movies: Public Health Aspects of E-Cigarettes, 10 (Or So) Thought-Provoking Videos

The Risk Bites video series is touching on many of my favorite emerging technologies topics. Every now and then, I’m hoping to take some of their topics and dig into the issues a little more. Today’s topic is e-cigs, which I’ve blogged about here before. Earlier this week, the e-cigarette panel discussion at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (#APHA14) attracted a great deal of attention, including attendance from the current Surgeon General.

In addition, APHA endorsed a public call to the FDA to push forward on regulating electronic cigarettes.

20149 Regulation of electronic cigarettes — Calls on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop regulations that hold e-cigarettes to the same marketing and advertising standards as conventional tobacco cigarettes and calls for the federal funding of research on the short- and long-term health consequences of e-cigarette use. Urges the Consumer Product Safety Commission to require special packaging, including warning labels, on e-cigarette cartridges to help prevent childhood poisoning. Also calls on state and local official to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors as well as the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public areas and workplaces. APHA News Releases: New 2014 policy statements http://www.apha.org/news-and-media/news-releases/apha-news-releases/2014-policy-statements

This all makes this topic especially timely, and worthwhile of reviewing once more. Please note, I am NOT saying these are the reasons behind the APHA call for action, or even that there is research to support the points below. I am saying only that these are things I’ve noticed and found interesting. If there isn’t research, maybe there needs to be. If existing research doesn’t yet answer important safety questions, maybe we should act with caution until we do have those answers. It there is, then maybe I could share some in another post. I do believe that the issue of e-cigs is more nuanced than we might be led to believe by much of the public dialog around it — that there are both benefits and risks. So, with that caveat, here we go!

NUMBER 10


Electronic cigarettes and health – the basics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mToznqKD5Ac

Primary public health perspectives mentioned in this video:
– What are the impacts of use by children?
– E-Cigs reduce toxins from smoke for regular smokers
– Are e-cigs simply an easier path to nicotine addiction?
– Aside from the intended nicotine, there may be impurities & contaminants from e-liquid solutions
– The FDA only has oversight over certain aspects of e-cigs, and there may be a lack of regulation for other potentially risky aspects of the device & liquids.

This is a truly excellent introduction in very few minutes to the most important considerations of e-cigarette use. The best quick overview I’ve seen. There are a few other issues to possibly address. See the following videos for a broader picture of public health aspects of e-cigarettes.

NUMBER NINE

There have been (few, but some) reports of e-cigarette devices that were flawed in manufacture and did nasty stuff like explode in someone’s face. This is another aspect for the attention of regulators. Some of the explosions have been when on charge (as in this video), or have been modified in some way by the user (“at your own risk” becomes a very meaningful phrase). There are reports of this happening while in use and damaging the user’s face. Because this is not a medical device, these events are not being recorded in a way that allows healthcare systems to document and define the level of risk. Without that, you are basically depending on the industry to self-police manufacturing standards and error rates.


E-cigarette on charge explodes in bartender’s face: CAUGHT ON CCTV CAMERA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1VrzgeG7jk

NUMBER EIGHT

We live in a MAKER world. People hack their medical devices, and people hack their home devices. Why should e-cigarettes be any different? According to this video people hack their e-cig devices to make them hotter, and to have less of a draw, so they can get more vapor with less effort. According to the scientists, this changes the risks associated with the chemicals. We need to ask not only what people are already doing to hack these devices, but what else they might do with them or their components. I’m sure we have yet to imagine everything that could be done with vape pens.


Mashable: How to Hack Your Own E-Cigarettes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmxwnuTRMiw

NUMBER SEVEN

Vaping is a drug delivery mechanism. Nicotine is only one drug. There is talk about using vaping as a tool for delivering other medications that require inhalation, such as asthma meds. Of course, it needn’t be used solely for prescription meds, either. Vaping is also a tool for delivering street drugs, illegal drugs, and home made drugs. This, again, could be good or bad, depending on the circumstances.


How To Mix & Make Your Own E Juice Liquid DIY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x57PaibrOag

SPECIAL REPORT: Teens using E-Cigs to smoke marijuana http://www.nbc11news.com/home/headlines/SPECIAL-REPORT-Teens-using-E-Cigs-to-smoke-marijuana-245882671.html

NUMBER SIX

Remember the phrase “gateway drugs”? There are recipes all over the Internet for how to make your own e-cig liquid, and those recipes include directions for how to make e-cig liquid to deliver illegal drugs. I think the genie is out of the bottle on that one, but it is certainly an issue to address in public health circles. Of course, also keep in mind that e-cigs may be a alternate way to provide medical marijuana to patients.


How To: Potent Water-Soluble Cannabis Concentrate in Glycerin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQyx8br65N0&list=PLpKaVRowbJ84eVJTLbAyVUUdzSXfJwLVS

NUMBER FIVE

People have mentioned the issues of e-cig flavors that are clearly being marketed specifically to children, and how the devices are being marketed as cool/fun/sexy for young adults.


Do Vape Pens Trick Teens? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnKwHWyHH4g


A Sexy View of the ECC 2014 Expo – Vape Club https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6SQiu08DxQ

It really makes it look like fun, doesn’t it? That was actually the first thing that attracted my attention to e-cigarettes. I saw so many incredibly beautiful photos streaming thru the sites marketing the devices, it seemed like there was an awful lot of money and genius being poured into the campaigns. It made me wonder why.

NUMBER FOUR

Recent research from the CDC reveals that e-cig use among children and teens is skyrocketing. It may take time to learn the long term outcomes of this trend.


CDC: More kids lighting up e-cigarettes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ_BEiKpqaE


Growing Number of Youth Smoking Vaporizers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L3so_qfpuo

NUMBER THREE

Research also seems to show that youth who start with e-cigs are more likely to convert to conventional cigarettes. This is, obviously, the reverse of using e-digs as a smoking cessation device.

Study: Youth who have used e-cigarettes are twice as likely to smoke conventional cigarettes
Study: Youth who have used e-cigarettes are twice as likely to smoke conventional cigarettes http://kimt.com/2014/09/24/study-youth-who-have-used-e-cigarettes-are-twice-as-likely-to-smoke-conventional-cigarettes/

Teenage E-Cigarette Use Likely Gateway to Smoking http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-06/teenage-e-cigarette-use-likely-gateway-to-smoking.html

Intentions to Smoke Cigarettes Among Never-Smoking U.S. Middle and High School Electronic Cigarette Users, National Youth Tobacco Survey, 2011–2013 http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/09/16/ntr.ntu166

NUMBER TWO

This video seems to me to be intentionally designed to scare people, BUT, despite the hyperbole and drum rolls, the content is largely factual, just framed to be extra exciting. I’m including links to the source content so you can dig into it more, and don’t have to depend on the video.


CDC Releases Negative Findings of E-Cigarettes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bMUxSw1BoM

CDC: Youth Tobacco Prevention: Electronic Cigarettes: Key Findings: Intentions to smoke cigarettes among never-smoking U.S. middle and high school electronic cigarette users, National Youth Tobacco Survey, 2011-2013 http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/youth/e-cigarettes/

CDC News Room: E-cigarette use more than doubles among U.S. middle and high school students from 2011-2012 http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p0905-ecigarette-use.html

CDC News Room: More than a quarter-million youth who had never smoked a cigarette used e-cigarettes in 2013: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0825-e-cigarettes.html

CDC: Youth and Tobacco Use: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/youth_data/tobacco_use/

CDC Newsroom: Emerging tobacco products gaining popularity among youth; Increases in e-cigarette and hookah use show need for increased monitoring and prevention http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2013/p1114-emerging-tobacco-products.html

CDC Newsroom: New CDC study finds dramatic increase in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers; Rapid rise highlights need to monitor nicotine exposure through e-cigarette liquid and prevent future poisonings http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0403-e-cigarette-poison.html

NUMBER ONE

The LONG version! An hour long lecture by Dr. Lynne Dawkins from the University of East London.


Electronic cigarettes: What we know so far https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6KBGH2F63A

Among other issues, she points out that excessive regulation of vape pens and e-digs could lead to people making their own devices. The genie is out of the lamp — people know what these are and how they work. It isn’t going to be that hard to make your own, but it may create other kinds of risks and quality control issues. Right now, you can actually buy kits to make your own vape pen at home.


How To Make A Home Made Vaporizer Out Of House Hold Items http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N0w34OWVx0


Just for balance, here are a couple of infographics about e-cigs and the balance of research, information, and evidence currently available.

At the Movies: Top 5 Surprising Sources of Science Inspiration & Information

At the movies (Man of Steel)

I’ve been posting individual videos from my “to watch” queue on Sunday afternoons as part of this “At the Movies” series. Then I thought, why not show you folk some of the Youtube channels from which I consistently pull new titles?

I started to work through my list of over 600 Youtube channel subscriptions to see which I thought were best for emerging technologies, science, and generally smart and thought-provoking content. OK, wow. I made it 1/4 of the way through my list, and already had 60 channels I wanted to share. So this is just to start. My off-the-cuff, top of my mind favorites. These are the Youtube channels for which I eagerly await a new post, and watch closely to see when the next one comes. I get excited when a new one comes out, and want to see if I can make it to be one of the first 100 people to watch the video. Can I share it before anyone else I know?

Most of these I found through hanging around with clever teenagers, and thought perhaps others might want to know about them as well. Most of these are extremely popular on Youtube and provide high quality science and/or technology information in creative, quirky, clever, and engaging ways. These are all excellent examples of science communication, critical thinking, and innovative idea-generating videos beyond science. “Think outside the box” was made for these. And, since I’m a librarian, these are in alphabetical order. I don’t even want to TRY to rank them! If these don’t get your brain buzzing, I don’t know what will. They sure inspire me!

Charlie is So Cool Like
http://www.youtube.com/user/charlieissocoollike


Fun Science: Reproduction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELvTgZnTwSI&list=PLEB92E275F78C7301&index=7

PBS Idea Channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/pbsideachannel OR
http://www.pbs.org/arts/exhibit/idea-channel-season1/


Is The Universe A Computer? | Idea Channel | PBS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws3XQo9MTA0

Risk Bites
http://www.youtube.com/user/riskbites


Time to get a Microlife: Risk Bites on life and death risks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi6RE3nrquI

The Verge
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheVerge


Beyond recognition: the incredible story of a face transplant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1Hz-FpyF9M

V Sauce
http://www.youtube.com/user/Vsauce AND http://www.youtube.com/user/Vsauce2 AND http://www.youtube.com/user/Vsauce3


V Sauce 3: What if Superman Punched You? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-fL8zopddI

At the Movies: June Lagniappe

Lagniappe is a Cajun word used to describe the yummy little leftover bits. So the little bits today cover Crowdfunding, Ebooks, Data-Sharing, 3D printing, Password Tattoos, Wearable Technology, Technology ethics, lah dee dah.


PASSWORD TATTOOS

Tattoos and Pills Could Negate Need for Passwords

The password you can never forget. And it is a tad harder to steal than most of what we have now.


WEARABLE TECH

The Future of Wearable Technology | Off Book | PBS

It’s a good thing. Highlights from MIT, Parsons, G51Studio, and Adafruit.


TECHNOLOGY ETHICS

Is Developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethical? | Idea Channel | PBS

If I say anything, I’ll give away the most important idea. So, no spoilers, but watch it.


3D PRINTING

Dreambox: The 3D Printing Vending Machine

Shade of the Star Trek Replicator, eh? Don’t tell me you haven’t always secretly wanted one.

Will 3D Printing Change the World? | Off Book | PBS

Topic being debated wildly in the media now, with absolutely no consensus at this time.


DATA SHARING

Data Sharing and Management Snafu in 3 Short Acts

The much loved and truly funny/sad story of a data sharing request to a research, gone seriously wrong, but in very typical ways.


EVERYTHING ELSE

Jörgits and The End of Winter Trailer

Jörgits is interesting not just because of the clever animated video, but also because it is getting a lot of attention as an innovative app and new e-book format (Discovery Ed, Fox is Black, Paperblog,), because it is crowdfunded, much of the original art work is collected into a Pinterest board, and snippets of the audio tracks are made available open and transparently in SoundCloud.