Science Contest News: Condoms, Energy And Film

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been looking for the next generation condom.  That its motivation is perhaps not what you think demonstrates the need for the competition in the first place – helping prevent sexually transmitted diseases.  The Foundation figures we needs a more pleasurable condom in order to get more men to wear them.  As the list of grantees suggests, latex has reached the limits of its sensitivity.  Should any of the finalists break through with their idea, there is a million dollar payoff waiting.

The Department of Energy started the American Energy Data Challenge at the beginning of the month.  In its first contest, the Department was looking for Ideas on the best existing energy data set is, the best energy data set not yet compiled, and best killer app focused on energy.  The contest ends today, but the judging starts on Monday.  That’s where you can come in.  Starting then the public can review submissions.  Final selections will be made based on public feedback and the decisions of a panel of experts.  Winners can receive up to $1500.

The White House just opened the submission period for the first White House Film Festival.  It closes on January 29.  The theme of the festival is technology in schools, filmmakers must be in grades K-12, and films must be no loner than 3 minutes.  Finalists will have their works displayed on various White House outlets.  If I’m not sufficiently persuasive, maybe Bill Nye will be: