Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
Some of the science fiction in superhero tales really seems more like pure fantasy — the Hulk and Spider-Man’s origin stories come to mind — but then there are other aspects of the stories that seem more believably rooted in reality. That’s the idea, anyway.
After the jump, read about two attempts to introduce a little more science into the fiction: In an upcoming issue of Action Comics, real-life astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson shows up to help Superman find his home planet Krypton, and in an episode of the webseries Fact or Fictional, Veronica Belmont discusses the plausibility of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier from The Avengers.
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Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s a given that movie science needs to be taken with a big fat grain of salt, but even by those standards, some films seem to push the limits of implausibility more than others. And I’m not just talking about obvious nonsense like superpower-bestowing radioactive spider bites here.
So some science-minded folks are fighting back, playfully, by investigating and possibly debunking some of the crazier claims made by Hollywood. On NPR, pop culture’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the viability (or lack thereof) of 007′s coolest gadgets, while over on Mythbusters, the hosts cast doubt on James Cameron‘s insistence that Jack had to die at the end of Titanic.
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It’s easy to focus on all the aspects of the San Diego Comic Con that are frustrating or foolish, but every year there are moments that make it worthwhile. One of those at this past SDCC took place during the Starship Smackdown panel, when physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took the mic, as an audience member, to argue that the original U.S.S. Enterprise design is “the most astonishing, awesome, beautiful, seductive…machinery that has ever graced the screen!”
Enjoy the video of Degrasse-Tyson’s impassioned argument below. Read More »