Monthly Archives: March 2015


Is the science presented in Contagion relevant and accurate?

THERE ARE NO SPOILERS HERE YOU CAN READ WITHOUT KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS Contagion is one of the few Hollywood films to employ on, the whole, highly credible science. As a movie "Contagion" more than hits home and, in my view, the most frightening aspect is the deliberate feel of the mundane and ordinary. It...

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Orphan Black CLones

Can synthetic biology create Orphan Black's clones?

Ever since Frankenstein, science fiction has warned us of the dangers science and technology pose to our very humanity, and the BBC America series Orphan Black does a better job of this than most. As if it weren’t creepy enough to clone humans and clandestinely spy on their lives, the ethically questionable Dyad Institute also...

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Walking on Miller's Planet

Surfing on Interstellar Tidal Waves

In the movie Interstellar, Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) lands the Ranger 1 on Miller’s planet, a water world orbiting the supermassive black hole, Gargantua. Initial scans show the planet rich with the organic molecules, water, and sunlight necessary for life. Instead, what the team encounters is a shallow water world with 1.2-kilometer high waves. These...

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Breaking Bad Mercury Fulminate

Is Walter White's chemistry genius real?

Breaking Bad tells the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a high school chemistry teacher, who is bored, boring and tragically middle aged. He is a logical thinker who seems to end up the loser in every situation. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, he decides to make a drastic change to his life as he may leave...

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