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NASA Co-Hosts International Science Communication Competition

Date: Friday, December 7, 2012

Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel, San Francisco, CA, US,

Some of the brightest young scientific minds in the Bay Area will come together next week in San Francisco to participate in Famelab, an international science communication competition.

FameLab is a panel-judged competition to find new voices of science across the world; think "American Idol" for the next generation of scientists.

Ten young scientists will discuss climate change, Black Holes, and life on other planets. While the judges deliberate, Michael Meyer, NASA's lead scientist for Mars exploration, will provide an update from NASA's Curiosity rover about its activities since the rover's dramatic landing on Mars four months ago.

The event will be held in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel, Salon 1, at 7 p.m. PST on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

Started in 2005 in the U.K., FameLab events in the U.S. are co-sponsored by the NASA Astrobiology Program and the National Geographic Society. This event kick's off several competition heats over the next year in the U.S.

Winners from the regional competitions will advance to the final in April 2014; the winner will then compete with peers from around the world at the FameLab international finals in the U.K. in June 2014.

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