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Brendan Foster: on 8/9/14 at 3:42am UTC, wrote Big news in the video contest -- thanks to a late surge in entries...

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FQXi Administrator Brendan Foster wrote on May. 9, 2014 @ 16:19 GMT
Video idea 1: Debunk your favorite physics myth
Part of our goal at FQXi is to get people talking and wondering about the fascinating and confusing foundational physics research we support. We also want to be a point of connection between the researchers and teachers and everyone else who has an interest in physics.

That's why we are excited to announce our new VIDEO contest Show Me the Physics!

FQXi wants to see your best videos that highlight how fun and stimulating physics can be.This contest aims to get people around the world excited about studying physics, with the hope that some of them go on to make their own physics discoveries. This Contest will show people (and/or pets) exploring and learning about physics phenomena in wild, innovative, and fun ways.

Video topics and content can cover everything from unsolved physics mysteries, interviews with physicists, fictional tales (that use CORRECT physics), and even fuzzy animals doing cute things that Show Us the Physics!

Video idea 2: Explain your favorite equation
We welcome entries from everyone -- no experience required, all experience allowed. You can record using professional equipment, amateur camcorders, smartphones, tablets, or whatever. The main idea is that learning physics, doing physics -- and making videos about the experience -- is fun. We will judge entries based on the quality of physics content and their entertainment value, with less focus on the technical quality of the footage.

Entry is easy -- you make a video, post it on YouTube (with the hashtag #FQXiVideoContest2014), then fill out the application form. (Entrants under the age of 18 must be represented by an adult parent, guardian, or teacher.)

Video idea 3: Demo your favorite experiment
To stimulate the discussion, we will award prizes up to $10,000, including a 'Young Scientists' prize for entrants under 18--which includes a Skype chat with FQXi directors and foundational physicists Max Tegmark and Anthony Aguirre.

You can find our full rules here. Accepting entries until August 8, so you have some time to storyboard and round up your crew, or to charge up your iphone. Check the contest page for early entries now, and check back regularly for new entries.

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Anonymous wrote on Jun. 8, 2014 @ 14:50 GMT
As I have thoughtfully pointed out in my essay REALITY, ONCE, reality is unique. Videotaping any incident will always be unique. Your so-called assessment of what best demonstrates a “law-of-physics” is not unique. For instance, every real thing has a surface and each surface has an attached sub-surface. Obviously, all surfaces must travel at the same constant speed, and each attached sub-surface must travel at an inconsistent speed that is lower than the constant speed attained by each surface. This fully explains how and why the real Universe appears and performs as it does.

Reality is not mysterious. I do not see how sending in a videotape of some ignorant scientist admitting to being mystified by some abstract “law” of abstract “physics” can qualify for a $10,000 prize.

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Alan Lowey wrote on Jun. 10, 2014 @ 06:19 GMT
Hi Brendan,

I think it's an excellent choice for a new contest. Science needs a bit more fun in it nowadays. I'll hopefully be sending my entry in featuring my pet Jack Russell. She's much more of a star than I am..


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FQXi Administrator Brendan Foster wrote on Aug. 9, 2014 @ 03:42 GMT
Big news in the video contest -- thanks to a late surge in entries and expressed interest in extending the contest, we are extending the window for entries two more weeks, till Friday 22 August [11:59 PM ET].

We already have a lot of great entries, including bunches submitted today, which will appear on our site over the next few days---and then hopefully also over the next couple weeks. Please check them out here.

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