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Can you explain science with seven everyday items? We’re looking for some creative minds to say how a part of the human body works, or how a process occurs in the body, in two minutes or less. No fancy equipment is needed—a smartphone camera will do. Winners will be featured on the Scientific American web site.

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Philip Yam About the Author: Philip Yam is the managing editor of Follow on Twitter @philipyam.

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