Imagine my delight when I searched YouTube for "microfluidics" and got 275 results. Go ahead, I'll wait while you conjure up a picture of me grinning madly...
Anyway, the field is obviously growing rapidly, but I was surprised to see that the multimedia is being dispersed across the web. I can't decide whether this video explosion is due to the field's popularity or whether young researchers are actually finding that YouTube is useful tool for dissemating their research. Granted, most of the comments are along the lines of "Cool!" or "Science is great," so it may just be that bored people are stumbling across some pretty pictures—don't get me wrong, though, that's fantastic.
Well, regardless, here are two interesting microfluidics videos:
This one actually contains a lot of great information, including formulas, although I wouldn't go so far as to call it self-contained. The user who posted this doesn't seem like a company or research group, so it's not really a promotion item, which I can appreciate. He's just a nice fellow who happens to do research that he's proud of so he put it on youtube. Better than posting a video of yourself lip-synching to AC/DC, right?
This one is a little different because of the C. Elegans. There's nothing better than watching an animal work its way through a maze. Here, the Wheeler Lab has posted their group's research. I can definitely appreciate the quality and content here. Great job!
To quote the impassioned Dr. Steve Brule, "...go make some computer technologies of your own! Get out of the house and go do it!"