Science Goes to the Movies: ‘Gravity’

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  1. Science Movie Club: ‘Contact’

    Yes, there actually are astronomers looking for intelligent life in space. The 1997 film adaptation of Carl Sagan’s ‘Contact’ got a lot of things right … and a few things wrong. Radio astronomer Summer Ash, an education specialist with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, breaks down the science in the film.

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  2. Andy Weir: The Red Planet for Real - The Long Now

    Andy Weir’s self-published novel The Martian has become a New York Times bestseller and the #1 movie in America. But it began with a series of blog posts that reflected Andy’s lifelong love of space science and detailed research about traveling to and surviving on the fourth planet in our Solar System.

    You can see the film in theaters everywhere, but only at The Interval will you hear Andy skip the fiction and talk about the details of how a real world mission to reach and colonize Mars would work. He’ll discuss his book, too, and answer your questions at this very special event in our Interval salon series.

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  3. “2001: A Space Odyssey”: What It Means, and How It Was Made | The New Yorker

    Fifty years ago, Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke set out to make a new kind of sci-fi. How does their future look now that it’s the past?

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  4. Lawrence Krauss discusses nothing - The Science Show - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Nothing is a deep concept. It’s been the basis of much argument. So is empty space nothing? Apparently not! There are atoms there, there is radiation. Space according to Krauss is unstable. Combined with gravity, empty space can produce real particles. So where did the space come from? When quantum mechanics is applied to space, its properties say that space can fluctuate in and out of existence. So from no space, can space come and time within it? And there are even more forms of nothing.

    Lawrence Krauss discusses his ideas surrounding nothing, and these are explored further in his book, A Universe From Nothing. He says the exciting thing about science is it makes us reassess our views and question our definitions.

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  5. The Incomparable | Overture and Apes (Episode 431)

    Pick up a femur, order a moon sandwich, and always remember to bring your space helmet with you! On its 50th anniversary, we’re discussing Stanley Kubrick’s classic “2001: A Space Odyssey.” What is the Monolith’s purpose? When and why does HAL become murderous? And why is there so much solarized stock footage of landscapes? Watch out for cheetahs!

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  6. Andy Weir and the eco-freindly time machine. | Surely You’re Joking

    Kevin and Owen meet up with best selling author Andy Weir to ask him about the upcoming movie adaptation of his book The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. Kevin and Andy debate thorium reactors, compare the scientific accuracy of The Martian and Interstellar, the ongoing Roche limit debate, eco-friendly time machines and Kevin convinces Andy that maybe love is a force that transcends time and space.

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  7. For Christopher Nolan, Making ‘Interstellar’ Was A Childhood Dream : NPR

    "I got to do a lot of things in this film that I’ve been wanting to do since I was a kid," Nolan says. His new movie has explorers traveling through space to find a new home for humanity.

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  8. Back down to Earth

    Since November 2000, humans have been living in space on the International Space Station (ISS). Although the ISS is a remarkable engineering achievement, human space exploration has proven dangerous and costly. There is no air, gravity or food, and water has to be recycled from sweat, stale breath and urine. As we return to the Moon and aim for Mars, some argue that space colonisation is also immoral, psychologically and socially damaging and unnecessarily expensive. Beatriz De La Pava talks to astronauts, anthropologists, scientists, doctors and philosophers to investigate if it is time to abandon the dream of human space travel and come back down to Earth.

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