2012 Labby Video Finalists

2012 Labbies | Video Finalists | Image Finalists Watch the finalists for best video and vote for your favorite!

August 8, 2012

2012 Labbies | Video Finalists | Image Finalists

Watch the finalists for best video and vote for your favorite!

The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation

The rock pocket mouse can easily blend in in the white sandy deserts of the American southwest. But in New Mexico’s Valley of Fires, where volcanoes have left patches of scorched black land, the rodents’ light-colored coats put them at a disadvantage by making them more vulnerable to predators. In this Howard Hughes Medical Institute film, University of Arizona evolutionary biologist Michael Nachman explores how random mutations have given rise to rock pocket mice with darker coats that are better suited for life on the volcanic rock.

The Secret Lives of Honeybees

Using forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras, Barrett Klein from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has peered through the transparent windows of observation hives to observe the thermal behavior of honey bees building comb, heating the brood, and communicating the direction and distance of desirable destinations to sisters by performing "waggle" dances. Most interestingly, Barrett has caught rare glimpses of honey bees thermally slaughtering invaders (in this case, the wasp Vespula germanica). Observe as the invader is mobbed by honey bees, raising their individual body temperatures to bake the wasp alive.

Nanoplanet: An Expedition to the Cell

This animated movie, created by the Scientific Visualization Unit of the National Research Council Department of Medicine in Italy, takes viewers on a journey inside the cell—where all kinds of proteins and other small molecules are hard at work receiving and transmitting signals from the extracellular environment, as well as building a complex network of cytoskeletal proteins inside the cytoplasm.

Embryogenesis in Living Color

Using a novel type of microscope developed by researchers at the National Institute of Biomedical Imagining and Bioengineering, Hari Shroff and his team filmed worm embryos with an unprecedented resolution as they developed over 14 hours. By tracking the movement of neurons through the embryo in real time, the team hopes to gain a better understanding of the development of the nervous system.

Diabetes: Progress and Promise in Stem Cell Research

For patients with type 1 diabetes, surviving means engaging in a day-to-day balancing act between dangerously high and low blood sugar levels. Produced by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, this video follows the personal struggles of two type 1 diabetes patients, as well as the groundbreaking research of stem cell scientists who aim to develop an embryonic stem cell therapy for the chronic disease.

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Avatar of: Pha1us


Posts: 1

August 9, 2012

While I didn't vote for it, the pocket mouse video is a real life version of a hypothetical question I have asked on my Genetics exams for decades. I'm glad to know the "correct" answer I was looking for is what has happened in real life.

Avatar of: rosinbio


Posts: 117

August 9, 2012

The video about the Secret Life of Honeybees isvery nice. But the claim that honeybee-dances relay to hive-mates the information about the distance & direction of a source of food utilized by the dancer, is the greatest Nobel Prize science-fiction story ever told, that had been, unfortunately, crowned with a Nobel Prize in science, instead of literature!

Scientists can extract such information from dances, but they csn do it only by using an extendive data-base gathered through scientific-research, that must be separately done for each honeybees species and strani; which honeybees cannot do!

Avatar of: Marsha Noble

Marsha Noble

Posts: 1

August 11, 2012

The Embryogenesis in Living Color is incredible work -- microscopes that allow us to see what's never been seen until now.

Avatar of: Radu Pantelică

Radu Pantelică

Posts: 1457

August 12, 2012

When I try to vote I get a "Failed To Verify Referrer" response. What's going on?

Avatar of: Shelly Bagchi

Shelly Bagchi

Posts: 1457

August 12, 2012

Same here!  Any help?

Avatar of: Chris Stiehl

Chris Stiehl

Posts: 1457

August 15, 2012

The diabetes video displays great connections between the patients, the scientists (ViaCyte), the government (CIRM) and the charity (JDRF). A remarkable partnership!

Avatar of: Sara Downey

Sara Downey

Posts: 1457

August 15, 2012

Thank you for your continued support and hard work, Chris!! AND being such a great voice in our area AND in the video!!

Avatar of: Yasin Yeniçeri

Yasin Yeniçeri

Posts: 1457

August 16, 2012

The 4th one ıs amazıng....

Avatar of: Brenda Rezk

Brenda Rezk

Posts: 1457

August 20, 2012

I think the "Making of the Fittest" and "Diabetes" videos are the most useful for classroom instruction. The honeybee video was neat to look at, but wasn't narrated and doesn't illustrate a key topic such as evolution, natural selection, DNA sequencing, stem cell use, homeostasis through hormonal control, etc. I think that only people who already understand what the "Nanoplanet" video was illustrating would be able to appreciate it, and even then, as one of those people, I didn't think it was very good compared to other videos that I have seen. Finally, I think "Embryogenesis" is really cool and illustrates new technologies and approaches, but doesn't have the same broad usefulness as the natural selection and diabetes videos.

Avatar of: Chris Stiehl

Chris Stiehl

Posts: 1457

August 21, 2012

I appreciate your comments. As a 52-year diabetic, I am about to have islet cell transplants this fall into the lining of my stomach. It will be really awesome to not have to worry about my blood sugars, at least for a few years. It will be especially great for my wife, who worries each time I go to sleep, "Will he awaken, or not?" So many parents worry the same way about their kids with type 1. The psychological impact is greater than the physical impact of the disease. I wish you continued success in the classroom, Brenda!

Avatar of: Matthew Mendel

Matthew Mendel

Posts: 1457

August 31, 2012

I enjoyed all of them though, like Brenda, I found that the honeybee one would have been ever so much better if it were narrated. I was moved by and voted for the diabetes/stem cell video, and I won't even pretend toward objectivity about it. I have Type 1 Diabetes and I admit I cried while watching it because I related so intensely to the things the two fellow diabetics experienced and described. Boy, I hope that technology works. I should also say that I did think it was an excellent video and think I would have still found it so even without my personal connection.

Chris, you & I have a lot in common: in addition to both having Type 1 diabetes, we're both University of Michigan Psychology graduates! I wish you all of the best with your islet cell transplants.

Avatar of: Eugene Brandon

Eugene Brandon

Posts: 1457

August 31, 2012

I don't understand how the number of votes for embryogenesis suddenly doubled overnight when the diabetes video has been leading almost the whole time.

Avatar of: Ed Rybicki

Ed Rybicki

Posts: 82

September 6, 2012

Anyone who voted for anything other than "Nanoplanet" has no soul - or doesn't like molecules.

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