Sex talk wins 'science idol' competition
A Serbian molecular biologist has beaten off competition from around the world to win International FameLab, a kind of Pop Idol of science.
Mirko Djordjevic, final year student in molecular-biology in the Department for Applied Genetics and Evolution at the University of Belgrade did the most with his three-minute spot to wow the judges at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival on Saturday night.
Mirko's talk on the ins and outs of sexual selection made a fun comparison of the mating habits of humans and dogs, and saw him belt out an excerpt of the Bloodhound Gang song: "You and me baby ain't nothin' but mammals. So let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel."
Prof Kathy Sykes, one of the judges, said: "Mirko really stood out, as he gave a stunning presentation and was able to communicate a complex concept to the general public with ease."
I thought it would be kind of interesting to actually see and hear the winning performance, as well as others. So I went looking for something on YouTube. The good news is I found it! The less good news is that it's (apparently) in Serbian. Oh well, you can still almost figure out some of what they're saying:
People who don't like science, and who don't know Serbian, may claim this isn't less clear than other talks on science they've heard.
Perhaps in a few days some of this will be available in English. If anyone finds it, please leave a note in the comments.
Labels: public understanding of science
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