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Seed Writing Contest

Seed Magazine and Honeywell are having a writing contest. Unfortunately, for legal reasons, the contest is restricted to US residents over 18. The deadline is July 1st, the length limit is 1200 words and the topic is:

What does it mean to be scientifically literate in the 21st century?

How do we measure the scientific literacy of a society? How do we boost it? What is the value of this literacy? Who is responsible for fostering it?

Several of my SciBlings have blogged their thoughts and ideas about the contest and you should try entering: the first prize is $2500 and the second place wins $1000. I am assuming that the winning essays (and perhaps some others) will see the light of day in print (or at least online) at some point in the future.