SXSW Interactive 2014

Science Channel - Outrageous Acts of Science

The internet revolution is democratizing science. No longer limited to conventional laboratories ­ science is taking to the streets, backyards, and parks as amateur and professional scientists around the world are conducting extraordinary experiments and posting their exploits on
YouTube. We¹re talking about the guys who attach paper airplanes to a weather balloon and film them in space, or someone who jumps from a 30 ft. high platform into a foot of water, or backroom scientists who plug pickles into a wall socket. How can a car do a forward somersault and drive away? How do you make a rainbow with a shotgun? \These backyard endeavors are going viral, while scientists puzzle through their Newtonian principles, fluid dynamics, organic chemistry and healthy dose of dumb luck. Now, for the first time on television, we¹ll delve into this fascinating world, finding and celebrating amazing clips, and explaining the wonderful science behind them.

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  1. What are the latest amateur science videos out there on the web today?
  2. How can we recreate these 'at-home' science experiments?
  3. Are these really true? Or created for reality TV?
  4. Is there real science behind these acts?
  5. How can I submit my daring amateur videos to Science Channel and how can I participate in the new season of the show?



Joanne Schioppi, Manager, Discovery Communications/Science Channel

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Science and Space Exploration
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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