Ink-Drop Supernovae and Quantum Love Triangles

For the past five years the Quantum Shorts initiative from the Center for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore has inspired artists and writers from around the world to try their hand at a unique kind of scientific storytelling. The contest alternates each year between calls for films or short stories that explore the ramifications of quantum mechanics. The key requirement? Each entry must take no more than five minutes to watch or read. For 2016 the contest focused on film and drew more than 200 entries, with 10 finalists selected. Now, in partnership with Scientific American and Nature (as well as with several scientific institutions), Quantum Shorts 2016 has revealed this year’s first- and second-place winners as selected by a six-member panel of expert judges as well as a “people’s choice” winner selected via public online polling.