Category Archives: Entertainment

The Science of Interstellar

The intersection — maybe the union! — of science and sci-fi geekdom is overcome with excitement about the upcoming movie Interstellar, which opens November 7. It’s a collaboration between director Christopher Nolan and physicist Kip Thorne, both heroes within their … Continue reading

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Science in the (Classic) Movies

Here’s something to help you get 2014 started off right: for all of January, Turner Classic Movies is turning its Friday Night Spotlight on “Science in the Movies.” Every Friday night they’ll be playing no fewer than four classic films … Continue reading

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The Spark in the Park

A few years ago, not long after we moved to LA, Jennifer and I got a call from some of the writers on the TV series BONES. There’s already a science component to the show, which features brainy forensic anthropologist … Continue reading

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Poker Is a Game of Skill

Via the Seriously, Science? blog comes what looks like a pretty bad paper: Is poker a game of skill or chance? A quasi-experimental study Gerhard Meyer, Marc von Meduna, Tim Brosowski, Tobias Hayer Due to intensive marketing and the rapid … Continue reading

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You Kids, Knock Off That Horseplay

And for a change of pace, here’s Bill Nye putting Neil deGrasse Tyson in a hold so Brian Greene can knock him around.

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Your Attention Spotlight and the Art of Picking Pockets

Apollo Robbins is a master pickpocket, but he uses his skills (as far as I know) in the service of entertainment rather than crime. Probably more lucrative, anyway. In this video he shows Adam Green how it’s done. As Green … Continue reading

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Part of our traditional Christmas celebration is going out to see movies. This year we saw Lincoln, which was even better than I thought it would be. Daniel Day-Lewis is a genius, as you don’t need me to point out, … Continue reading

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Time and Space, Remapped

A short two-person dance, with a twist. Or more accurately, a shear: time is remapped so that there is a delay that increases as you move from the top of the frame down to the bottom. Or in math: (x’, … Continue reading

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Dismal Global Equilibria

The Civilization series of games takes players through the course of history, allowing them to guide a society/nation from way back in prehistory up through the near future (say, 2100). You develop technologies, choose political systems, and raise armies. There … Continue reading

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Avengers Assemble!

Mostly I’m holed up at home these days, pounding out paragraph after paragraph about the LHC and the Higgs boson. But even the most dedicated author needs a sanity break, and mine is coming tonight, in the form of The … Continue reading

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