Video Abstracts

Quantiki (a web site devoted to quantum information science, which I do not expect I will ever understand) is now hosting video abstracts for papers. As their site says, “The abstracts provide a ‘teaser’ for the paper and should guide the audience into your work, emphazising what you think is the most important result.” This is very cool; so are the video that accompanied the paper in Cell about the effects of adding the human FOXp2 gene to mice, and the CS Mythbusters competition being run in Alberta. Is it time to start requiring all of my students to do videos on a regular basis? We complain a lot that the general public doesn’t understand what we do; how much would this help?