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String Theory in Two Minutes or Less

Discover.com is running a contest for the best two-minute video that will "present an accurate, basic understanding of string theory that will stick in the brains of relatively intelligent non-scientists." Glamorous physicist and author Brian Greene is the final judge.

But this is one seriously exploitive contest. There appear to be no prizes--not even a gift subscription or a signed copy of The Elegant Universe--and merely entering the contest gives Discover "exclusive [!!!--vp], royalty-free and irrevocable right and license to edit, reproduce, publish, display, broadcast, stream or otherwise use your video entry, in whole or in part, for any purpose and in any manner or media (including, without limitation, the Internet) throughout the world in perpetuity, and to license others to do so, without limitation or further compensation." Sounds like a very bad deal.

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