Access to this video is blocked in India

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What is a flame?

What would you say if an 11-year-old child asked you to explain, “What is a flame?”

The Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University recently asked scientists to answer the question “in a way that an 11-year-old would find intelligible and maybe even fun.”

The Center is a project of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University on Long Island.

By April 2, the deadline for “The Flame Challenge”, the Center had received as many as many as 822 entries from the United States and from 30 other countries. “They ranged from a single sentence to pages of prose; from poems – including one shaped like a flame – to live-action and cartoon videos with special effects.”

The winning entry is a 7-minute video with an original theme song by Ben Ames, an American working on his PhD in quantum optics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

The Center posted the winning video at it website (www.flamechallenge.org ), but if you are living in India you cannot watch the video. An “announcement” on the site says “This website/URL has been blocked until further notice either pursuant to Court orders or on the Directions issued by the Department of Telecommunications.” Even the video of the interview with the winner is blocked in India.

There are many ways of sharing videos on the web. The two popular routes are either to put it up on YouTube and then give a link on your website, or post it on Vimeo, a video-sharing website on which users can upload, share and view videos. Once you have uploaded your video you embed it on your blog or website or give a link to it. A viewer can then watch it either on the blog/website or go to YouTube/Vimeo and do a search.

The problem with “The Flame Challenge” winning video is, the Center posted it on Vimeo, and access to Vimeo has been blocked across India by a court order. Check out http://vimeo.com/40271657. [By the way, you can download the video from Vimeo, but you cannot watch it online]

Anyway, for all of you with curious minds and inquisitive kids, here’s the winning video on YouTube. It’s truly brilliant.

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