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Video: Spanish scientists lip-dubbing to YouTube success

Posted Jul 31, 2013 by Anne Sewell
Scientists at the Príncipe Felipe Research Center in Valencia, Spain needed some serious cheering up with the latest budget cuts, which led to almost half of their staff being let go. They decided to raise morale a bit by entering a lip-sync competition.
Scientists at the Principe Felipe Research and Development Center in Valencia Spain cheered themselv...
Scientists at the Principe Felipe Research and Development Center in Valencia Spain cheered themselves up by entering a YouTube lip syncing competition.
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Things have been difficult for the researchers at the Príncipe Felipe Research Center in Valencia, as 114 or its 240 staff members were retrenched in 2011. On top of this, those lucky enough to hang onto their jobs had to face a pay cut of between five and 15 per cent.
“Everyone would talk about the same thing, there was always bad news on the way,” receptionist Pilar Fortea told local daily El Mercantil Valenciano.
As well as staff and salary reductions, funding for medical investigations into cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s have all been progressively lowered.
The center, which cost 60 million euros to set up in 2005, has suffered the consequences of Spain’s crisis.
However, news of an upcoming lip-syncing competition among Spain's Research and Development centers inspired Pilar, and she encouraged her fellow workers to take part, as a way of raising their morale.
“We put it together in our lunch breaks and after work,” Pilar said.
“It’s been a great way to get everybody together and send out a positive message about science.”
And they did it so well.
The group chose "Good Time" by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen as their song and made a very upbeat and colorful video with a theme of "science is the future," which was filmed in just one single take.
Scientists at the Príncipe Felipe  Research Center in Valencia entered a lip sync competition to po...
Scientists at the Príncipe Felipe Research Center in Valencia entered a lip sync competition to possibly win 3000 euros.
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The competition is being sponsored by lab sourcing company Scharlau, who will give a 3,000 euro prize to the video with the highest number of YouTube views.
At the time of writing, they have received 10,000 views — may the number continue to grow.
Scientists at the Príncipe Felipe  Research Center in Valencia entered a lip sync competition to po...
Scientists at the Príncipe Felipe Research Center in Valencia entered a lip sync competition to possibly win 3000 euros.
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Amnesty International in France made a similar video back in December 2012, where they lip-synced to "Call me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen for Human Rights Day.