Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Follywood Science

by Gary Niederhoff on July 30, 2012









The Day After. 2001. Prometheus. There are sci-fi films a’plenty … but how much science is in the fiction? We take the fact checkers to Hollywood to investigate the science behind everything from space travel to human cloning.

Plus, guess what sci-fi film is the most scientifically accurate (hint: we’ve already mentioned it). Also, why messing with medical facts on film can be dangerous … and the inside scoop from a writer of one of television’s most successful sci-fi franchises.

And, a robot who surpasses even Tinseltown’s lively imagination: a humanoid that may become a surrogate you.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Getting the Science Right
Part 2: Robots? Robots!
Part 3: Bad Medicine
Part 4: Star Trek Science

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