What is a Flame?

DESCRIPTION: "As a curious 11-year-old, Alan Alda asked his teacher, “What is a flame?” She replied: “It’s oxidation.”

Alda went on to win fame as an actor and writer, became an advocate for clear communication of science, and helped found the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. He never stopped being curious, and he never forgot how disappointing that non-answer answer was."

For this challenge, Alda tasked scientists with explaining flame. Entries will be judged by a panel of eleven-year-old judges. This compelling opportunity, which puts the power of determining what's effective in education into the hands of students themselves, really moved Alphachimp, and we accepted the invitation from Jeanne Garbarino and Deborah Berebichez of The Fabulab to collaborate on another fun video! (Check out our first collaboration with Jeanne Gabarino: Cholesterol, Friend Before Foe: http://vimeo.com/28475498

Open Research

Open research is research conducted in the spirit of free and open source software.

Much like open source schemes that are built around a source code that is made public, the central theme of open research is to make clear accounts of the methodology freely available via the internet, along with any data or results extracted or derived from them. This permits a massively distributed collaboration, and one in which anyone may participate at any level of the project.