Youtube for test-tubes
The Journal of Visualized Experiments offers biologists the chance to observe the dissection of fruitfly ovaries without feeling too squeamish, find out exactly how to monitor actin disassembly with time-lapse microscopy, and even see how human embryonic stem cells are frozen for subsequent research. The science videos must save bio labs a lot of teaching time and costs for their grad student and post-doc training.
Is there an equivalent video system/journal for chemists? If not, there ought to be one. There must be dozens of standard procedures - drying reagents, vacuum distillations, separations, and syntheses - that could be recorded for posterity. Maybe the Useful Blogspot would be the place to start one...
By the way, JCB posted about this too.