Phew! Last week was quite newsy, but if you missed out on anything we’ve got you covered. Here are the videos you need to watch that we published last week.
Empathy in rats, drones in Iran, the Capitol Christmas tree lighting right here in the District, and even an opinion piece from the Post’s Ned Martel on DC’s relation to Hollywood make the cut this week.
Watch ‘em back to back and be back to your regularly scheduled internet browsing in less than ten minutes.
Occupy DC protestors and police clash in K street
Hundreds of protesters from Occupy DC and other Occupy movements from around the United States clashed with police and blocked K street in a chaotic confrontation. Tensions ran high as dozens were arrested on the street known for housing many of the large lobbying firms that are a oft-maligned target of the Occupy movement. (Editor’s note: This video was shot with a special process to create a wide field of view)(AJ Chavar/The Washington Post)
Newscaster reports live on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941
This audio captures a rare live broadcast on Dec. 7, 1941, from Honolulu, Hawaii, apparently during the end of the air raid on Pearl Harbor. The reporter appears to have witnessed the attack from the roof of a building. The broadcast is to be part of the program at the National Archives about Pearl Harbor and the media. (archive.org / The Washington Post
Timelapse of a melting glacier
Researchers in Chile released a series of time-lapse photos showing the dramatic retreat of a glacier in Patagonia. The Jorge Montt Glacier is shrinking faster than any other in Chile, with its snout retreating more than a half mile in a year. (Dec. 7) (The Associated Press)
Washington’s movie lag
The Washington Post’s Ned Martel discusses why the nation’s capital deserves to get movies at the same time as New York and Los Angeles. (The Washington Post)
Study shows empathy in rats
A study by Science/AAAS shows that rats preferred freeing caged rats rather than eating food placed in the cage, suggesting that the rats show empathy, a trait only previously known to primates. (Courtesy of Science/AAAS)
Iranian TV shows alleged U.S. drone
Iranian state TV broadcast video of what it said was the high-tech U.S. drone that it claims to have downed earlier this week. The footage showed Iranian military officials inspecting a cream-colored aircraft that appeared intact and undamaged. (Dec. 8) (The Associated Press)
Va. Tech officials describe events of shooting
A gunman walked into a parking lot and killed a Virginia Tech police officer who was conducting a traffic stop on campus. Sgt. Robert Carpentieri said it appeared that the shooter was not in the car that had been pulled over. (Dec. 8) (The Associated Press)
GOP candidates let the sparks fly in campaign ads
Images of factory workers producing sparks have become the visual cliche of this year’s crop of GOP ads and videos. (Paul Farhi / Edited by Jason Aldag)
Postal cuts to slow delivery in 2012
The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service said it plans to move quickly to close 252 mail processing centers and slow first-class delivery next spring, citing steadily declining mail volume. (Dec. 5) (The Associated Press)
Capitol tree shines with 10,000 lights
The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was lit Tuesday by Speaker of the House John Boehner. The 118-year-old Sierra White Fir stands 63 feet and is ringed with 10,000 LED lights. (Dec. 6) (The Associated Press)