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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Science Oscars x 2

I found today the same basic idea in two different places of the Internet -an example of syncronicity at work, no doubt. The idea is to judge some 2005 fims as to the science that figures in them. The particular incarnations of the idea are:

1) The funny Seed Oscars for science-related movies , which include a "Best Plan for Sustainable (Re)development" for the Martians in War of the Worlds, who "seem to have traded petroleum for another finite energy resource (human blood)", and a "Best 'Heat Transfer? What Heat Transfer?'Award" for the fighting in a lava pit without any clothes burning in Revenge of the Sith.

2) Nature has "science reviews" of many 2005 films, in which confusions and misrepresentations of scientific matters in films are pointed out, and awards are given to them, in a more serious and less playful vein than the Seed awards (well, it's Nature, after all). My favourite award: "Noblest attempt to make statistics fun" for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; I assume it is in recognition of the Infinite Improbability Drive.

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