Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hollywood meets the scientists

A new blog launched yesterday, The X-Change Files, as part of "the Science & Entertainment Exchange—a program to foster collaboration between the entertainment industry and scientists and engineers."

Science Progress describes Jennifer Ouelette's initial post as a blog that will “offer a viable alternative to troublesome stereotypes and misconceptions about scientific ideas. The Exchange broadens possibilities for science communication while helping to satisfy popular culture’s appetite for shows with science plots." Other contributors to the blog are Lawrence Krauss from the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration, producers Janet & Jerry Zucker, CSI screenwriter Matt Partney, and physicist Sidney Perkowitz.

Now, if we could only get the folks filming "Piranha 3D" at Lake Havasu to talk to this group. The movie's plot has an earthquake opening the bottom of the lake, releasing hordes of prehistoric piranha who apparently survived for millions of years under the lake bottom somehow.

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