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ScienceHack

Site traffic builds at a new science video portal, but scientists call for more advanced, cited content

Jonathan Scheff
If you searched YouTube, the community-driven video site, for the term "biology" in early October, the first result you would have received was Girls Aloud, a quintet of black-clad women gyrating and singing their single, "Biology." If you searched ScienceHack, a video-hosting site for the sciences, for the term "biology," the first result was a video entitled Evolution of the Eye."YouTube and other video-hosting services started filling up with spam and search for videos using keywords returned irrelevant results, conspiracy theories and low-quality production videos," ScienceHack founder Rami Nasser wrote in an Email. Nasser, who works as an electrical engineer while studying at the Dalhousie School of Business in Halifax, Nova Scotia, grew tired of sorting the wheat from the chaff on these services--so he created ScienceHack, where he posted science-related videos that met certain criteria of production quality and scientific accuracy.Now, ScienceHack hosts over 600...

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