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Wed January 14, 2015

Alan Alda's Latest Science Challenge: What is Sleep?

Alan Alda enlists the help of Sujata Pawagi during a Communicating Science class on the campus of Long Island's Stony Brook University on April 26, 2013.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

How would you explain sleep to an 11-year-old? That's the question scientists around the world will attempt to answer for a competition that's to be judged at Stony Brook University this spring. It's called The Flame Challenge. It's an annual competition organized by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

Actor Alan Alda is the inspiration behind the challenge. He says the idea came out of his own life.

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BNL equipment moved
12:05 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

15-ton electromagnet floats south

Crane readies electromagnet for transport via barge.
Credit Charles Lane

A piece of Long Island infrastructure is, right now, floating down the Carolina coast. an electromagnetic particle storage ring used at Brookhaven National Lab is being shipped to another nation lab 3,200 miles away. It left last week.