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May. 09, 2014

Science Goes to the Movies: 'Transcendence'

SciFri’s scientist-film critics weigh in on the science behind the Hollywood techno-thriller Transcendence.

transcendence, johnny depp, ai, a.i., artificial intelligence, christof koch, stuart russell

Apr. 20, 2012

How Movie Makers Use Science to Make Magic

From miniatures and matte paintings to motion capture, a look at how movie technology has changed.

Aug. 22, 2008

Inventing the Movies: Edison to the iPod

We'll look at how Hollywood became a driving force in the invention of new technologies.

movie, film, hollywood, invention, technology
her, ai, a.i., artificial intelligence, her, joaquin phoenix, scarlett johansson

Oct. 25, 2013

Science Goes to the Movies: 'Gravity'

Astronauts separate fact from fiction in Alfonso Cuarón's 3-D space epic, Gravity.

Jeffrey Hoffman, Don Pettit, astronauts, gravity, Alfonso Cuarón, 3d, space

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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Teaching Ancient Nautilus New Tricks

\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.

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