Nov. 17th, 2010

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Boing_boing linked to this a few weeks ago, a science video contest sponsored by ars technica for <3min videos explaining a scientific concept for high schoolers.  The idea is to have a fun informative video of something you could show with stuff around your house.

The categories they have are
Bio: Anything's on the table, from biochemistry to evolutionary biology and ecology. Some ideas to get you started: photosynthesis, deep brain stimulation, speciation, the RNA world, defining consciousness, protein folding, PCR, and synthetic biology.

Physical: Physics underlies most of modern science, from geology to astronomy, so this category covers a lot of ground. Some examples: thermodynamics, the carbon cycle, time dilation, flood basalts, quantum tunneling, superconductivity, red shifts, the double-slit experiment, the black hole information paradox, dark matter, squeezed light, and neutron stars.

Math: Math is a powerful tool to help us understand the natural world, and has become a method of defining worlds—like those of string theory—that we may never be able to observe directly. Some math concepts that might make for good video explainers: higher dimensional geometries, imaginary numbers, exponential growth and decay, Turing machines, Godel's incompleteness theorem, P vs. NP, cellular automata, and the invention of the calculus.

I was thinking of doing one, and have a few ideas not on these lists to do with the water table, and I was wondering what sorts of ideas you would like explained, or would think would make a good science video?

 


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