Monday, February 23, 2009

Tickets, Popcorn, Science?

In honor of the Oscars, we thought we’d do a little shout-out to science in the movies.

Hmmm, that’s odd you might think, since so often science is portrayed heinously wrong by Hollywood. Not to mention Hollywood “scientists”, with images ranging from evil and calculating to the stereotypical geek to weak and easily manipulated by business interests.

Good news! In an attempt to decrease scientific bumbles in films, the National Academy of Sciences has partnered with Hollywood to offer the services of scientists and engineers through the Science & Entertainment Exchange.

The Science & Entertainment Exchange pairs writers, directors, producers, and set designers with science, medical, and engineering experts so that technical details are accurately portrayed in movies, TV shows, and even video games. (What a neat job opportunity for all you scientists out there!) This collaboration is important, because movies and TV programs reach a broad audience that is able to learn from what they view.

And a random little factoid: winning an Oscar is not only about the prestige, Professor Donald Redelmeier ran a study that found Oscar winners actually live longer!

Congratulations to all of last night's winners!

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