Search engine for research videos

As regular readers will know, video and audio aren’t usually my media — I’m a ‘words on the page’ kind of person. However, today I discovered an "academic" video search engine: at the link below you can find links to "top tens" of history channel, biography, Harvard computer science, NOVA, NASA and A&E TV videos, and loads of others. You can search by other categories, such as music, sports, comedy and so on, but the "research video" search engine is kind of appealing. Apparently there will shortly be an education channel.

Link: Research Videos, MTV, Yahoo Research, Mp3, Download Research – Search Video, Downloads, Windows Media, Quicktime, YouTube, MySpace, Google Video PureVideo Video and Multimedia Search Engine.

MySpace or YouTube for president?

Via Online Media Daily:

Getting a jump on the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, News Corp.’s MySpace plans to host a general presidential vote on Jan. 1 and 2 of next year. The move is the latest attempt by MySpace and its rivals to engage users in what is certain to be a fiery election where online components will play a significant role.

You can also view the video channels created by the various presidential hopefuls on YouTube at the YouChoose 08 page created earlier this year: a "centralized hub" featuring campaign videos, speeches, informal chats, behind-the-scenes footage, as well as community features such as video responses, text comments and ratings.

If we had universal online voting, would anyone ever go out of the door at election time?

Catalogue of life

The Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, a worldwide scientific effort to catalogue all living species, has reached the 1 million milestone –or, to be more accurate, 1,008,965. The programme started in 2000 and is due to be completed by 2011, by which time the list will contain about 1.75 million species. The final catalogue will include all known living organisms : plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms such as bacteria, protozoa and viruses; but not fossil species from the past.

The project provides integrated access to data provided by 47 separate taxonomic databases. The US Agriculture Department’s Systematic Entomology Laboratory at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History maintains information on dipteran flies, for example. Natural history museums in London, the Netherlands and New York maintain clothes moth, dragonfly and spider data. Experts in Canada and Paris keep the data on Ichneumon wasps and longhorn beetles.

Lots more details and information are available at this link.