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Broadcast 956 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on June 6th, 2008
Guest: Dr. Paul Dear
Guest: Dr. Paul Dear, creator of the N-Prize, was the special guest for this Friday Space Show program. Visit www.N-prize.com to learn more about the N-Prize competition. We started our discussion with Dr. Dear explaining to us how he created the N-Prize competition, what it's all about, the rules, the existing entries, and other facts and details related to it. Dr. Dear originally posted the idea on the creative and crazy idea site, www.halfbakery.com. While discussing the N-Prize and making a satellite that weighs between 9 and 19.99 grams that can actually do something useful, lots of listeners phoned Dr. Dear to talk about this contest and his ideas. Several of the callers have entered the N-Prize contest and talked some about their projects. Don't miss these discussions. We talked extensively about using the N-Prize for student projects and why that would be a good idea. You will want to hear this discussion. We also talked about the creative process used by Dr. Dear to come up with ideas such as N-Prize and, while Dr. Dear has a great sense of humor and does not take seriously that which many of us cherish, his approach, attitude, and methodology are nothing short of inspiring, motivating, and success oriented. Listen to what he has to say about work in the lab, N-Prize, or any creative and discovery process. Also listen to what he says about failure. I believe this to be a very important Space Show program as not only is it wildly entertaining, but Dr. Dear offers us the path to a larger public involvement in space development and an outstanding approach to science, experimentation, and idea generation. If you have questions and comments about the N-Prize or from listening to Dr. Paul Dear on this program, please send them to info@n-prize.com. Put "Space Show" in your subject line. Also, visit the N-Prize Google discussion group, http://groups.google.com/group/n-prize. Both of these addresses can be found by clicking Contact on the N-Prize website.

About our guest...

Dr. Paul Dear
Dr. Paul Dear was born in Surrey, England - his mother's American, and his father (now deceased) was English; he grew up in Hampshire (southern England). He did Natural Sciences (basically a mix of biology, chemistry and math) at Cambridge University, then did a PhD. in molecular biology at Oxford. He now works at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, which is a part of the UK Medical Research Council (a government-funded research organization, roughly equivalent to the NIH in the 'States). The LMB is the lab where Crick and Watson discovered the DNA double helix, and the lab has about a dozen Nobel prizewinners. He currently leads a research team in genomics (DNA-based research) working on things ranging from cancer to ancient DNA (mammoths). He says I've always been drawn towards physics and engineering, though I don't have a degree in either. My attitude in general is that complex problems can be solved by a combination of naive optimism and ingenuity, rather than by money and big resources alone. The N-Prize started out as an idea of mine on the Halfbakery (www.halfbakery.com), a website where people bounce around crazy ideas. I posted the N-Prize there, initially as a hypothetical exercise. But, after some arguing back and forth, I figured it might actually be possible, so I put up the prize money and launched the website.

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