"Science in Fiction" Kavli Science Video Contest!

Now entering its third year, the Kavli Science Video contest, an international middle and high school student competition that is held as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, has announced "Science in Fiction" as the contest theme! The contest, sponsored by the Kavli Foundation, is designed to challenge students to investigate science through video storytelling while promoting participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects.

Kavli Video ContestThe new theme, "Science in Fiction" was inspired by the mission of the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences. Using scenes from popular science fiction movies, TV shows and video games, students in grades 6-12, will create :30-:90 videos that investigate how science fictional scenes could be realized using current and developing technologies. Click here to learn more!

The Kavli Science Video Contest Winners will be honored in a special USA Science & Engineering Festival EXPO Awards show in Washington, D.C. during the weekend of April 26-27, 2014! The contest officially opens for entries on Nov. 1, 2013 and closes Mar. 21, 2014. Prizes include $2,000 and a travel stipend to the Festival for the winner.
And coming very soon, we will host film industry and science expert online discussions in conjunction with the video contest. Follow us on Twitter @USAScienceFest and Facebook to stay tuned!
For more information about the contest, visit the contest webpage, follow the Kavli Science Video Contest Facebook Page or contact Stacy Jannis at stacy@usasceincefestival.org.

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The Ehrlich-Simon bet: Nature vs. Science Fiction

The gambling that occurred between a scientist and an economist was idiotic. Even though the scientist has been proven to be correct in many respects, the scientist lost the bet. Perversions of science such as those by economists have served to distract, mislead and set back the science of human population dynamics and overpopulation for too long. Similarly, a widely shared and consensually validated, preter-natural demographic transition theory (DTT) promulgated by demographers served a common purpose. This theoretical perversion of science ignored, avoided and denied apparently unforeseen and admittedly unwelcome research related to the diminishing prospects for future human wellbeing and environmental health on a planet with the size, composition and ecology of a finite and frangible planet like Earth.

On our watch many too many people listen to and act upon what the economists and demographers say because their pseudoscience is politically convenient, economically expedient, legally rationalized, socially accepted, religiously tolerated and culturally syntonic. Their fabrications and optical delusions have acquired the imprimatur of science at least in large part because too many people with scientific knowledge refuse to stand up and speak out in affirmation of the best available scientific evidence. Too many scientists will not speak truth, according to the lights and science they possess, to those with the great wealth and power.

All that is actively and wrongheadedly being done by those who are few in number to massively extirpate global biodiversity, to recklessly dissipate finite resources, to relentlessly degrade the environment and to threaten the future of children everywhere is bad enough. The elective mutism perpetrated by so many knowledgeable people is even worse. The masters of the universe along with their sycophants and minions, all of whom act as if "greed is good" and money rules the world, are but a few; those with 'feet of clay' are many. Thank you to everyone here in PMC community and elsewhere with feet of clay for speaking out as if you are a million voices. By so doing we educate one another to what science discloses to all of us about the placement of the human species within the order of living things on Earth and the way the blessed world we inhabit works. Otherwise, the silence of so many and the greedmongering of so few kill the world.

By Steven Earl Salmony (not verified) on 13 Sep 2013 #permalink

Science fiction is a very useful tool in making awareness not only about scientific discoveries and inventions, but also helps in raising awareness about many environmental and ecological concerns. But the recent trend of science fiction writing is not that much positive, as it is mainly focusing on sky creatures, instead of discussing real world matters.

By Faisal Saya (not verified) on 19 Sep 2013 #permalink