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Christie Wilcox About the Author: Christie Wilcox is a science writer and blogger who moonlights as a PhD student in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Hawaii. Follow on Google+. Follow on Twitter @NerdyChristie.

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  1. 1. Adrian Morgan 8:52 pm 10/6/2011

    When I did the colour vision test, I scored a perfect zero (which translates to 100% in the inverted scoring system they use). For what it’s worth, I’m 34 years old.

    This is good, but no doubt I got lucky and my accuracy comes with error bars. I’m not doing the test again, because I’m content not knowing what they are. Zero is good enough for me.

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  2. 2. Tomsing 3:29 pm 10/7/2011

    On the color test, I’m a bit disappointed that I don’t at least get a bell curve that tells me where I stand. All I get is a best score and a worst score.

    The science center article is interesting – I’ve been talking about doing a double date with my wife and another couple, but our local science center closes at 5:00 every day, except for sporadic evening events. I think something aimed at young, nerdy adults would do well. Have theme nights based around various scientific fields – solve a problem to get a drink, and the faster you solve it, the cheaper your drink is (make sure the answer is covered in an exhibit near the bar). Get lecturers to give interactive talks, like a live action Discovery channel. Have a Christie Wilcox-inspired Mythbusting night, where you see why everything you learned in school was wrong. Hell, have a Mythbusters-Busting night, where you see why everything they do on Mythbusters was wrong! I could see people getting excited about stuff like this!

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