A reader asks:
"You really believe 'any' of what's in the DOE's press releases about this ‘contest’? How naive are you? You have a PhD in this field!!
This 'contest' was just a PR stunt! It actually violated so many scientific protocols and standards that none of it would EVER pass a peer review. It didn't even make any common sense (at least not in the 21st century). This was a 1980's, or high-school contest, not something worthy of serious researchers! Also even a cursory examination of its goals and rules, would have made it fail the smell test! Far worse, however, was that this 'contest of skill' did not even abide by any of 50 state laws governing contests, games and lotteries, because the (privately contracted) organizers couldn't be bothered with the time (and expense) of consulting with attorneys specializing in this area of law (much less IP attorneys)!
So what are you talking about, Alexandra, giving this nonsensical 'contest' any credibility at all, given that it clearly does [sic] deserve it? You should know better than this. Shame on you.