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2015 Flame Challenge:

What is Sleep?

In My Library: Alan Alda – Barbara Hoffman, The New York Post

Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge asks: ‘What is Sleep?’ – Daniel Dunaief, Times Beacon Record

Actor challenges scientists: Explain sleep to kids Arizona Daily Star

Actor Alan Alda’s newest “Flame Challenge” question to scientists: Explain sleep to an 11-year-old - ABC 10 News

Actor challenges scientists: Explain sleep to kids - Toledo Blade

Alan Alda challenges scientists: Explain sleep to kids Aiken Standard

It Has Something to Do With Boring Lectures, Right? - GenomeWeb

Flame Challenge: Explain Sleep to Kids - Laboratory Equipment

Actor challenges scientists: Explain sleep to kids News OK

Alda asks scientists to explain sleep The Chronicle Herald

Actor challenges scientists: Explain sleep to kidsaol.com

Actor-turned-part-time professor Alan Alda challenges scientists to explain sleep to childrenHomboldt Journal

Just what is sleep anyway? Johnson City Press

Actor-turned-prof Alan Alda challenges scientists to explain sleep to children - CTV News

Alan Alda challenges scientists to explain sleep to kidsGlobal News

Alda Challenges Scientists: Explain Sleep to KidsKOLO TV

Alan Alada challenges scientists: Explain sleep to kidsNevada Appeal

Actor challenges scientists: Explain sleep to kidsThe Bradford era

Actor Has A Challenge For ScientistsKWTX.com

Alan Alda challenges scientists: Explain sleep to kids - The Seattle Times

Can Scientists Explain Sleep to 11-Year-Olds? Alan Alda Poses New Flame Challenge Question - Rebecca Kaplan, Tech Times

Actor challenges scientists: Explain sleep to kids - The Elkhart Truth

Alan Alda dares scientists to elucidate sleep to children - Diana Bretting, Perfect Science

Actor Alan Alda challenges scientists to explain ‘what is sleep?’ - Laura Geggel, Fox News

A Tiring Question Challenges Scientists – Douglas Quenqua,  The New York Times

Actor-turned-part-time professor Alan Alda challenge Scientists to explain sleep to childrenMinneapolis Star Tribune

Alan Alda Challenges Scientists: Explain Sleep to an 11-Year-OldNBC News

Garden City student’s question chosen for international Flame Challenge – Candice Ferrette, Newsday

Actor challenges scientists: Explain sleep to kids - Herald-Standard

Alan Alda’s ‘Flame Challenge’ for 2015: What is SleepThree Village Patch

$1,000 Reward for Best Scientific Answer: What is Zzzz…z.z.zzz.z.. Sleep? – Andrew Revkin, The New York Times

Actor challenges scientists: Explain sleep to kidsThe Wall Street Journal

New Alan Alda challenge to scientists: Explain sleep to kids - Brooks Hays, UPI

Alan Alda’s ‘Flame Challenge’ for 2015: What is Sleep? - Newswise

Past Challenges:

What is Color?

What is Color? Kids Pick the Winner in Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge – Megan Gannon, LiveScience, NBC News

Why Alan Alda is Talking Like a Fifth Grader – Ricky Camilleri, The Huffington Post

“Smarter Than a 6th Grader?” “On the Money” - CNBC
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Alan Alda to speak to local kids — and others, worldwide – Bill Zwecker, The Daily Sizzle

Actor Alan Alda talks science with Roosevelt Middle School students- Rebecca R. Bibbs, Sun-Times Media

Alan Alda Dares Scientists to Explain Colors to 5th Graders – Ross Brenneman, Education Week

What Is Color? – Chad Orzel, ScienceBlogs

Alan Alda, Spokesman for Science – Claudia Dreifus, The New York Times

How do you explain colour to a kid? Alan Alda wants to help – Linda Mottram and Matthew Bevan, 702 ABC Sydney

Spotlight on The Flame Challenge: Talking with Alan Alda – Kevin Cuddihy, STC’s Notebook

Alan Alda Speaks To Paxman On Newsnight About ScienceThe Huffington Post, United Kingdom

How Can You Explain “Color” to an 11-Year-Old? – Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

Alan Alda Challenges Scientists to Explain Color to Kids – Andrew Revkin, The New York Times

Dust off your science and video skills for Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge – John Timmer, Ars Technica

Flame Challenge 2014 – Emily Bones, Central Science

Alan Alda’s ‘Flame Challenge’ for 2014: What is Color?Brookhaven News Herald

Alan Alda’s Challenge to Scientists: Define Color – Christopher Intagliata, Science Friday

Hawkeye Pierce (i.e. Alan Alda) teaches scientists how to better communicate about their work – Michael Claeys, Scope

Alan Alda’s Annual ‘Flame Challenge’ Science Contest Asks: What Is Color? - Frank Eltman, The Huffington Post/The Associated Press

Alan Alda challenges scientists: Explain color to an 11-year-old – Megan Gannon, Live Science

Alan Alda Asks, “What Is Color?”KWTX

Alan Alda asks Scientists to Explain, What is Color? – Tim Mayr, The Austrian Tribune

Tech Comm and Science Combine in Alan Alda’s Annual “Flame Challenge” – Kevin Cuddihy, STC’s Notebook

The 2013 Flame Challenge: What Is Colour?GoGo News

Striking the flame of science in kids – Grant Jacobs, SciBlogs

What Is Color? Contest Asks Scientists To Explain It To A Kid – Ranjini Raghunath, redOrbit.com

What is Time?

“Alan Alda talks about his new science contest” - The Today Show, NBC
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Alan Alda asks scientists to explain: What’s time? - 9News
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Fifth graders judge worldwide science competition – KRNV & MyNews4, Reno
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The 2013 Flame Challenge Question: What is time? – Jeanne Garbarino, Double X Science

Flame Challenge 2012: It’s time to tackle time – Ellen Yan, Newsday.com

Quick, What Is Time? – Kenneth Chang, The New York Times

Clock Ticking Down on ‘What is Time’ Contest – Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times

Alan Alda & Time: Actor Teaches At Stony Brook, Asks Scientists To Explain Time – Frank Eltman, The Huffington Post/The Associated Press

Alan Alda Challenges Scientists to Explain: What Is Time? – Adrian Cho, Science Insider

Alan Alda asks scientists to explain: What’s time? – Frank Eltman, The Associated Press. This article was featured in over 60 publications internationally including the Boston Globe, the Washington Times, MSN and ABC News 4.

Want More Science Graduates? Here’s How – Blaire Briody, The Fiscal Times

Alan Alda’s Challenge to ScientistsVOA Science World

Am I Making Myself Clear – Alan Alda, Soapbox Science, nature.com

Out of the Comfort Zone and into the Fire–How Taking the Flame Challenge Can Change Your Life – Christine O’Connell, Scientific American

It’s about time: Retired Livermore lab engineer wins international “Flame Challenge” competition – Jeremy Thomas, Contra Costa Times

Flame Challenge 2013The Stochastic Scientist

2013 Flame Challenge Winner
The World Science Festival

Flame Contest Explains Time to ChildrenLaboratory Equiptment

The Flame Challenge Results: Clear Communication Wins – Sarah Lichtner, Nexight Group

What is a Flame?

Alan Alda is Trying to Find the Next Carl Sagan - Miles O’Brien, PBS Newshour, PBS
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Alda Turns Scientists Into Actors -  ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, ABC
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Explain the flame: Quantum physicist who went to Truman High wins science challenge - Roxie Hammill, The Kansas City Star 

Flame Challenge brings science to kids and beyond - Daniel Dunaief, Village Times Record

The Flame Challenge – Communicating Science - Physics Frontline

In Winning Definition of ‘Flame,’ Jargon Melts Away - Kenneth Chang, The New York Times

Winning Entry in ‘What is a Flame’ Contest - Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth blog, The New York Times

Fiery flick wins the Flame Challenge - Alan Boyle, Cosmic Log, msnbc.com

Alan Alda Asks, ‘What is a Flame’? - Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth blog, The New York Times

Alan Alda offers scientists ‘The Flame Challenge’ for kids - USA Today

Take the Flame Challenge - The Loom blog, Discover Magazine

In Love with Alan Alda - Deborah Heiligman, Interesting Nonfiction for Kids, I.N.K.

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