Ten for ’10: Top Armed with Science Videos of the Year

This is what it would look like if Uncle Sam were to enjoy an Armed with Science video on a floating mid-1990s computer. (Image: AETC)

This is what it would look like if Uncle Sam were to enjoy an Armed with Science video on a floating mid-1990s computer.

Dr. John Ohab is a new technology strategist at the Department of Defense Public Web Program.

When I’m surfing the Internets, I sure love coming across a really interesting video to share with friends.

To create this experience on the Armed with Science blog, we drew from a variety of different sources over the past year: original footage from Department of Defense laboratories, high quality productions from The Pentagon Channel and the National Defense Education Program’s Lab TV, and even a scientific lecture from a Nobel Prize winner. It was a real team effort.

Below, I’ve listed the 10 most watched videos that we’ve shared on the Armed with Science blog in 2010 (arranged according to views on YouTube). Some were provocative, others were dramatic, and a few were just plain ridiculously awesome. The one thing they have in common: You viewed them!

Which 2010 video is your favorite? Leave a comment, and let me know! Also, don’t forget to check out our top podcasts of the year.

10. Servicemembers and Suicide

The Pentagon Channel takes a look at the latest and greatest in cutting-edge technologies used to treat post traumatic stress. The episode also explores battlefield training for when suicide happens downrange and features thoughts from top military leaders.

9. Nano Metals Burn on Contact with Air

Picatinny Arsenal engineers demonstrate how any metal on the nano scale will burn spontaneously when exposed to air.

8. Laser Dazzlers: A Stop Sign in Any Language

This episode of the National Defense Education Program‘s LabTV explores a new Air Force light tool that helps soldiers slow approaching cars from a distance so they can determine if the driver is friend or foe.

7. Robot Birds: Designing Micro Air Vehicles

Welcome to the world of micro air vehicles at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Here, hobby-store aircraft are helping scientists design a futuristic line of miniature flying spy vehicles. Another awesome video from the National Defense Education Program‘s LabTV.

6. The Military’s Social Media Expert on Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything”

Sumit Agarwal, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) for Outreach and Social Media, took part in Reddit.com’s “Ask Me Anything” interview series. The Reddit.com interview series features a public figure and give them an opportunity to answer the top 10 questions from the Reddit.com community.

5. Will Wright Keynote at GameTech 2010

This year’s Defense GameTech Conference featured a keynote by Will Wright, designer of popular games like SimCity, SimEarth, and The Sims. This rapid fire delivery of nearly 200 slides in 50 minutes left the audience mesmerized and a bit overwhelmed.

4. Dispatches from Antarctica: C-17 Landing Near McMurdo Station

Gary Cardullo, airfield manager for McMurdo Station, Antarctica, provides this “cool” video footage of a C-17 landing on the Seasonal Ice Runway. The video was featured on Wired.com and is part of the Armed with Science series, Dispatches from Antarctica.

3. Printing New Skin: Saving Lives with Ink Jet Printers

By modifying an ink jet printer and growing skin cells from a patient’s body, an Army research lab has developed an amazing treatment for severe burns: printing new skin. The National Defense Education Program‘s LabTV is back with another amazing video!

2. The Return of Count Spirochete (1973)

Produced for the National Naval Medical Center in 1973, The Return of Count Spirochete is a delightful animated cartoon dramatizing the medical facts about venereal disease. Be prepared to go on a whirlwind journey through the historical facts, symptoms, course of infection, and the impact of  venereal disease on the human body as it was understood in the early 1970s. Also, check out the related commentary on Wired.com and Bioephemera, who helped drive 50K views in less than a week.

1. The Bat Hook: Harvesting Energy from Power Lines

An engineer at an Air Force research lab in Dayton, Ohio, has figured out how to harness electricity from power lines. When “The Bat Hook” is thrown over a power line, a blade at the end pierces the power line and completes the circuit that brings electricity down to the soldier. This episode of the National Defense Education Program‘s LabTV has been viewed over 170,000 times, making it your top video of the 2010!

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