The importance of accurate information

Added by Branwen Hide on 01 December 2008 13:00

How many of us have watched a science fiction movie and at some point had the person next to you ask you to be quiet as you mutter under your breath something along the lines of ?that is just not possible? or ?that?s not what really happens?.

In an age where we are inundated with information from a variety of sources, accuracy of content is very important. The National Academy of Sciences has recently launched the Science & Entertainment Exchange (SEE) ,with an aim to connect scientific authorities with writers, producers, directors and animators of both TV and film, in an attempt to address the belief that all too often The entertainment community does not get the science right. The key part of the SEE is to hold discussion events, where those in the entertainment community can find out about scientific advances, and discuss them with researchers. It will be quiet interesting to see the impact this programme has and if it will move to other academic areas as well. For more information please see the letter written in the November 28th edition of Science , or check out the SEE website .

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