The jury is involved and we are pleased to announce that Verge Science has won a Webby Award and a People & # 39; Voice Award in the category Science & Education (Channels & Networks). We started the series Verge Science on YouTube less than a year ago, and we have been stunned to see how quickly it gathered an audience of more than 750,000 subscribers.
We are incredibly proud to see that our series has earned a place at the table with some of the best science video journalism out there. Alongside today's price, we thought we would look back at some of our favorite work and consider some things that make a good Verge Science video.
88,000 tonnes of radioactive waste ̵
First, we have the clear joy of working with some of the very best science reports in biz. The video above was a collaboration with reporter Rachel Becker, who wrote both the video document and an in-depth report, which associated the nerve-breaking amount of radioactive waste stranded at a discontinued power plant near San Diego. Every video we have posted has been informed and improved by our team: our reporters, Rachel Becker, Angela Chen and Loren Grush, and our directors Alex Parkin and Cory Zapatka.
Small meteorites are everywhere. Here's how to find them.
Secondly, whenever possible, we try to interrupt a little bit of an experiment that we are exploring and trying to do it ourselves. It makes the video more active and adventurous; There is no better time to report and explain an experiment than when you carry it out. We built a whole miniseries around this philosophy called "Trial & Error" and the video above is our first episode. It's about hunting for small meteorites on Brooklyn ceilings. The experiments never go as planned, but they should never be us.
We met the world's first domestic foxes.
Third, our general rule is to follow science as far into the future as it allows. This video of domesticated foxes is that we take a famous science story that began in the Soviet Union nearly 60 years ago. We gave it our own gonzo-esque spin (I am locked in a cage with the foxes), but we also focused on what a famous historical scientific experiment can still offer today. The result is a deep dive in fox genetics and the future of domestication, and it is one of our most popular videos so far.
Test-fire a new rocket engine (and see it explode).
Finally, be all about how messy science can be. For example, the space industry often feels like a massive series "Trial & Error", and we try to get as close to the action as possible, because it is never quite clear what we can see (or not, in the case of a notorious NASA launch). The above is a favorite story of us from the first days of Verge Science. It catches the madness of fun trying to stay when your story's subject really won't interact.
It has been a wild game and we look forward to another year of ambitious and experimental video journalism. Thanks to everyone who has looked at, subscribed and made Verge Science the journey to destination for science story that it is today.