Welcome to Science Bytes, a series of videos we hope will become the next step in the natural evolution of science communication. This project is based on a simple premise: scientists around the world are making incredible breakthroughs on an almost daily basis, but most of us never hear about their discoveries. Either their work gets published in prohibitively expensive scientific journals, or the articles are written in a style that’s so technical and esoteric it’s virtually incomprehensible. And that’s where we come in. We’ve been making science documentaries for public television for many years, and we use the skills we’ve developed making those programs to translate some of today’s most interesting scientific articles into short videos you can watch online. We’re drawing our content from the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a non-profit publisher of open access scientific and medical research. This is a pilot project during which we’ll be testing a few different approaches to production and storytelling. We’d welcome your comments and suggestions.
Michael Schwarz, Executive Producer