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As two professional scientists we thought it would be a good idea to create a website to explore the true science underlying popular science fiction, such as Dr Who, Star Trek and Stargate SG-1. Click on the buttons below for a proper scientific explanation for popular Sci-Fi story lines.[continued]
http://www.scifiscience.co.uk/index.htm [Broken]

From Astronuc. This gives a very brief introduction to Relativity, Chaos, and Superstring Theories, and a few other Sci-Fi Science concepts.
 
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I'm pretty burned-out to try getting technical right now, but I'll for sure be spending a lot of time in this thread once it gets going.
 
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Gotta watch Super Volcano on the Discovery Channel right now...geez, the list is getting longer. I want to check out the thread on alternative energy now in general engineering section, and this...(among other things)...

It's not that good...I'm already back to GD. :eek:
 
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Thank you for the link.

Although I'd much rather have a Sci-Fi show that actually takes science seriously and functions to educate in interesting contexts.
 
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Thank you for the link.

Although I'd much rather have a Sci-Fi show that actually takes science seriously and functions to educate in interesting contexts.
:uhh: Wouldn't it then be called a science documentary rather than science fiction? :wink:
 
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They give a very brief summary of the real science behind sci-fi. Also, no, Astronuc ran across this site but wasn't sure where to post it. So he sent it to me.
 
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:uhh: Wouldn't it then be called a science documentary rather than science fiction? :wink:
Not if the science is accurate and the circumstances are fictional. You can learn a lot about poisoning from murder mysteries, but it doesn't make them chemistry classes. (Although it didn't go into any real detail, the principle underlying my favourite or second favourite movie is scientifically valid. In fact, you've probably investigated it to some extent. I'm going to put it out to you as a trivia question. Nobody I've asked has ever gotten it. "What's the only science fiction movie in history to win an Oscar for best actor? HINT: It's based upon a novella that became a book before being filmed.) :biggrin:
 
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Science Fiction is often the basis for science.
 
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Take a look at this. I'm not sure there has only been one oscar winner in sf films

http://www.csie.ntu.edu.tw/~b2506017/sf/oscar.htm

Huck
That's cheating, you bum!:tongue: Trivia questions are meant to test your personal knowledge and associative abilities. You're not allowed to Google during a game of 'Trivial Pursuit'. Anyhow, I did specify the category, and not all of the shows listed there are science fiction. 'Star Wars' for instance is pure fantasy. Likewise, some of the others mentioned should be properly categorized as comedy or horror.

edit: I'm not going to tell anyone whether or not they're right for at least a week.

2nd edit: This isn't a thread-jacking. It's just something to think about.
 
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Ahem, Ahem

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0731772/bio

This would be my guess, Cliff Robertson for Charly. The only other option for best actor would be Freidrich March for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. IT's under Sci-fi in the Oscar list but it could be considered a horror movie. Chemistry can be pretty horrifying.

My first guess, before I looked it up, was Charlton Heston. He was a big actor and Planet of the Apes was a big movie. It could have been a book for all I know. I'm pretty sure books have been made of it, but I don't know if they came before or after the movie.

What was the question?
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SOS2008 said:
Science Fiction is often the basis for science.
What gets me is how accomplished scientists, especially from NASA, will cite shows like Star Trek [in particular] as an inspiration for their career. There is one scientist that I saw interviewed recently. I don't know his name but he led one of the deep space efforts that used ion propulsion. He can still cite the dialogue from the ST episode that introduced him to the IP concept.
 
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Ivan Seeking said:
What gets me is how accomplished scientists, especially from NASA, will cite shows like Star Trek [in particular] as an inspiration for their career. There is one scientist that I saw interviewed recently. I don't know his name but he led one of the deep space efforts that used ion propulsion. He can still cite the dialogue from the ST episode that introduced him to the IP concept.
Well, based on the science fair entries I was judging last weekend, I'd say that in the absence of Star Trek, the next generation of scientists are going to be heavily inspired by CSI! There were a number of "forensics" themed experiments that the kids explained as, "I was watching CSI, and they did this, and I was wondering if it really works." I wonder if the local butchers were puzzled as to why a bunch of kids were suddenly asking for blood. :bugeye:
 
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Ivan Seeking said:
What gets me is how accomplished scientists, especially from NASA, will cite shows like Star Trek [in particular] as an inspiration for their career. There is one scientist that I saw interviewed recently. I don't know his name but he led one of the deep space efforts that used ion propulsion. He can still cite the dialogue from the ST episode that introduced him to the IP concept.
Exactly. It's getting late (for me)--I'm trying to think who--but wasn't H.G. Wells an example of this where many concepts of imagination have become reality...?
 
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I wonder if the local butchers were puzzled as to why a bunch of kids were suddenly asking for blood.
No kidding. One might think some cult has moved into town. We had a problem with a small group of Satan worshipers around here for a time. Numerous requests for blood would probably draw some serious attention. :biggrin:
 
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No kidding. One might think some cult has moved into town. We had a problem with a small group of Satan worshipers around here for a time. Numerous requests for blood would probably draw some serious attention. :biggin:
Big gin huh? Has SOS been slipping you martinis over there too?

(Speaking of green apple martinis...where has Tsu been hiding?)
 
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Big gin huh? Has SOS been slipping you martinis over there too?
My left index finger left the room for a moment.

(Speaking of green apple martinis...where has Tsu been hiding?)
Stressing over redecorating/remodeling. We have a lot to do between now and September, and she is busy picking colors, paints, cabinets, etc. etc. etc. My turn next. I even have to move the stinking wall!!! :grumpy:

Also, spring is here. So if she's not at Home Depot or looking at fixtures, she's gardening. So it may be a while yet. :biggrin:
 
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Moonbear said:
Big gin huh? Has SOS been slipping you martinis over there too?
Or is Ivan still trying to hide his involvement in the cat shavings...

Moonbear said:
(Speaking of green apple martinis...where has Tsu been hiding?)
Yeah, where has Tsu been? *hiccup*
 
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Ivan Seeking said:
My left index finger left the room for a moment.

...Stressing over redecorating/remodeling. We have a lot to do between now and September, and she is busy picking colors, paints, cabinets, etc. etc. etc. My turn next. I even have to move the stinking wall!!! :grumpy:

Also, spring is here. So if she's not at Home Depot or looking at fixtures, she's gardening. So it may be a while yet. :biggrin:
Whoohoo! Then it'll be time for a BBQ!
 
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Funny, we BBQ'd a couple of steaks tonight.

Oh yes, ribeye steaks are running over, gulp, $10 a Lb? I couldn't believe it!
 
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SOS2008 said:
Exactly. It's getting late (for me)--I'm trying to think who--but wasn't H.G. Wells an example of this where many concepts of imagination have become reality...?
Wells was more fantasy/socialogical (the Time Machine; the Invisible Man) than scientifically astute. I believe that you're thinking of Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; First Man to the Moon; Around the World in 80 Days). He pretty much invented the nuclear sub.
 
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Danger said:
Wells was more fantasy/socialogical (the Time Machine; the Invisible Man) than scientifically astute. I believe that you're thinking of Jules Verne (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; First Man to the Moon; Around the World in 80 Days). He pretty much invented the nuclear sub.
Oh thank you!!! :!!) Jules Verne!!! Even this morning I couldn't think of the name--it was driving me crazy. (Well, crazier...)
 
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They give a very brief summary of the real science behind sci-fi. Also, no, Astronuc ran across this site but wasn't sure where to post it. So he sent it to me.
They need to redo the page. It looked like a crackpot site :biggrin:
 
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Ivan Seeking said:
Stressing over redecorating/remodeling. We have a lot to do between now and September, and she is busy picking colors, paints, cabinets, etc. etc. etc. My turn next. I even have to move the stinking wall!!! :grumpy:
I hope you checked to see if it was weight-bearing or not first! :eek:
I grew up with this. Until the time I moved out on my own, I never lived in a house (4 in all) that wasn't extensively remodeled or built by my parents (and once I was old enough, with my help).

Move a wall? Mere childs play. I once helped my dad move the whole kitchen!
 

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