Sunday, October 21, 2007

The World's Smallest Trophy to be Awarded in NanoBowl Video Contest

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The American Physical Society is offering the smallest trophy ever made, and $1000 of (normal sized) cash, to the winner of the Physics Central Nano Bowl Video Contest.

To enter the NanoBowl video contest, make a video that demonstrates some aspect of physics in football. Upload the video to YouTube with the tag “nanobowl.” The deadline is January 15th.

Representatives of the APS will choose a winner, and award the trophy and prize money on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, 2008.

The possibilities are endless. You could talk about air pressure inside the ball, the rotation of a spiral, the impact of a tackle, acceleration in a breakaway touchdown run, or anything else you can imagine.

A nanoscale trophy will be created in silicon and metal, which will be visible only under super high magnification electron or scanning microscopes. At such minuscule dimensions, the width of the features will be about a thousand times thinner than a strand of human hair.

The trophy is being made right now by physicists of the Craighead research group at Cornell University in Ithaca , NY.

Video Contest Rules:

- We recommend that the videos be two minutes or shorter. But if you feel you really need some extra time, go for it.

- All videos must be received by January 15, 2008.- Submitted videos may be used by the American Physical Society in its activities, including posting videos on the Internet.

- Please submit your video via

- Tag your YouTube video with the term ‘nanbowl’ and send an email to with 'nanobowl' in the subject line to alert us to your video's existence.

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