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What is Jeopardy!?

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Science  01 May 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6234, pp. 493-495
DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6234.493

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Science takes a look at the science on Jeopardy!—and the scientists who have won big on the popular TV program. This "smart person's game show" has for many decades offered clues that require answers in the form of questions, and many of those clues explore the history of science or cutting-edge research. The show's writers carefully research the science clues so there is no more than one correct response—but sometimes contestants prove them wrong. Among the many scientists who have won multiple times on the show are the new CEO of AAAS (publisher of Science) and a bioinformaticist who set a single game record when he won $77,000. Bonus material for the story (found at http://scim.ag/jeopaRdy) includes a science quiz, a video on one contestant's winning strategy, and a compilation of research papers about Jeopardy!.

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