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Do you like science? Do you like movies? Well, have we got a combo for you! Every two weeks join us, real life physicists Freda and Abi, while we break down the science behind some of the best and worst movie plots out there. We also get real about the depiction of scientists and their working environment in movies and lay it all on the table with our WTF moments. We're not about debunking, we're here to show our appreciation to the art of movie magic but reserve the right to laugh and shout ...
 
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Three thousand years after a chunk of iron the size of Khufu’s pyramid collides with Europa, Jupiter’s sixth moon, an asteroid borne of the collision crashes into Earth’s Arctic ice shelf carrying extraterrestrial microbial life. The first man to come into contact with the microbes hears voices—and then dies. After determining the meteorite originated from Europa, the Global Exploratory Corporation sends oceanographer and biologist, Kathy Connelly, and her crew to the moon aboard the Surveyo ...
 
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It's time for episode 3 of our Mission Catch Up miniseries and we're going full Marvel! We're talking ridiculous oversized secret government labs, uploading consciousness and superhero face masks! Interesting article about uploading consciousness: Mind-uploading: The Guardian See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Dr Strangelove (1964) Oh this is a beauty! Join us as we gush over this perfect piece of movie making and glorious satire. We're talking operation paperclip, operation chrome dome, nuclear codes, fluoridation conspiracies and of course Doomsday machines! "Women try to take my essence" Instagram: @scienceatthemovies Email: scienceatthemovies@gmail.c…
 
It's been too long without our favourite comedy/adventure 90's hero, and this time he's joined by Alicia Silverstone. Meanwhile, Sissy Spacek is hamming it up in the basement with Christopher Walken, reading Dale Carnegie and Reader's Digest and developing an alcohol dependency. But Abi and Freda find a way to take this all very seriously. Cuban Mi…
 
Next up on our Marvel journey is The Avengers (2012) We've made it to our first combo movie and Freda has almost showed some emotion to our heroes. She at least concedes that the battle for New York is epic! We're talking flatland, higher dimensional objects, space portals, gamma radiation and quantum tunneling! It's science speak tastic. "They all…
 
On this guest episode Abi talks with Eduardo Rodriguez, a final year phd student at Princeton working in plasma physics. This episode we get into the premise of Danny Boyle's 2007 foray into space, we talk about the realities of a dying star and the potential for 're-igniting' the sun using a nuclear bomb. Having received his degree in physics from…
 
It's an Uncut special! This week we're on a break from our regular episodes so please enjoy this unedited version of our Sunshine episode. One of our earliest episodes when we were baby podcasters trying to find our way in space! What could cause our sun to die? At what point did Brian Cox say 'I'm outta here', how much do we loooove Cillian Murphy…
 
If ever in the past two years you were sent screenshots of dubious studies about vaccine safety and were unsure how to describe its dubiousness, this episode is for you. What is correlation, and is it the same as causation?? What is a randomized double-blind control trial and why is it important? What is causality? What is not an experiment? Lest w…
 
A treat for Freda in this weeks episode on the Charlie Kaufman/Michel Gondry frolic in the mind of Jim Carey: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Surprisingly, there is a lot of great science in this episode, on what memories mean to us, and how they are formed and persist throughout our lives. Yeah, so it's a serious episode. Not sorry! . If th…
 
Don't Look Up (2021) Welcome to our most divisive episode to date. We had so many arguments that we had to do a cut away. Is this the end?!? We're talking science, scientists, science communication, science industry....there's so much science! But will anyone listen to two scientists talking about a comet? "What is this?!?!" Instagram: @scienceatth…
 
Remember Battleship? Remember how you always thought it would make a good plot for a movie. You didn't? Well, here it is anyway: Battleship, from the mind of Peter Berg! Star Power! Wet Ships! Speeding up a radio signal (???) by slingshotting (???) around...somethin': this film has it all (plus Rhianna)! _____ Some great content for you: USS Missou…
 
It's episode 1 of our documentary miniseries. We're kicking off with The Inventor and some serious feels about how women and science are represented in this story. Note: This episode was recorded before the trial was over and Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty of fraud. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
To accompany our release of the raw, uncut episode on Altered States, we talk to an expert in psychedelics, Melissa Warner! Melissa is Secretary of Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine (PRISM), an Australian research charity that develops, initiates, coordinates and supports formal research into clinical mental health applications of medicina…
 
During our breaks, we love to give you an uncut version of a previous episode. Released in August 2020, Abi and Freda muse about pseudoscience: "I think it's getting worse", and boy did the world get worse. Cell memory, flotation tasks, hallucinations, getting high and finding God, this movie has it all, and we are in deep. Tune in to get a rundown…
 
Die Hard (1988) Die Hard is a Christmas movie, and we have the data to back us up! We're going full on action classic with some C4 and firehose science thrown in. Come nerd out on this classic with us. "Yippee Kiy-Yay Muthafucka!" Instagram: @scienceatthemovies Email: scienceatthemovies@gmail.com References, resources and tidbits: By the Numbers: S…
 
Uhmm...Merry Christmas...oops! Train to Busan (2016): This is episode 5 of 5 from our zombietastic miniseries "World of Z" Walker, zed heads, the infected, cranks, crawlers, dead heads, the walking dead, the living dead, g’s, munchers, roamers, runners, saifu, stiffs, biter, hungries, fleshies, undead but never under any circumstances, zombies. We’…
 
Um. Hard to know what to say but this week we bring you slightly more than an hour full of The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (never forget The Klumps). Do science inventions live on CDs? Sometimes, especially in the Physics department circa 2006, if you ask Freda. Do science potions need to be fluoro? Why not! Can you grow a whole human from scien…
 
Shaun of the Dead (2004): This is episode 4 of 5 from our zombietastic miniseries "World of Z" Walker, zed heads, the infected, cranks, crawlers, dead heads, the walking dead, the living dead, g’s, munchers, roamers, runners, saifu, stiffs, biter, hungries, fleshies, undead but never under any circumstances, zombies. We’re in a world of Z and there…
 
Iron Man 2 (2010) We're on another journey through the MCU and we might actually be turning Freda into a fan, or Abi is just reaching out of desperation to keep doing these movies! Anyway, who wants to make a particle accelerator? "Software Shit!" Instagram: @scienceatthemovies Email: scienceatthemovies@gmail.com References, resources and tidbits: …
 
28 Days Later (2002): This is episode 3 of 5 from our zombietastic miniseries "World of Z" Walker, zed heads, the infected, cranks, crawlers, dead heads, the walking dead, the living dead, g’s, munchers, roamers, runners, saifu, stiffs, biter, hungries, fleshies, undead but never under any circumstances, zombies. We’re in a world of Z and there’s n…
 
Zombieland (2009): This is episode 2 of 5 from our zombietastic miniseries "World of Z" Walker, zed heads, the infected, cranks, crawlers, dead heads, the walking dead, the living dead, g’s, munchers, roamers, runners, saifu, stiffs, biter, hungries, fleshies, undead but never under any circumstances, zombies. We’re in a world of Z and there’s no w…
 
The Mummy (1999) A slightly delayed Halloween episode for your spooky pleasure! Freda has a Weiss sized love fest, Abi talks mummification and we all learn about why grave robbing is wrong! The question is, what's are you bringing to the afterlife? Oh and we LOVE Brendan Fraser! "Take that, Bembridge Scholars!" Instagram: @scienceatthemovies Email:…
 
Dawn of the Dead (2004): This is episode 1 of 5 from our zombietastic miniseries "World of Z" Walker, zed heads, the infected, cranks, crawlers, dead heads, the walking dead, the living dead, g’s, munchers, roamers, runners, saifu, stiffs, biter, hungries, fleshies, undead but never under any circumstances, zombies. We’re in a world of Z and there’…
 
It's time for Freda to go to space, for one time only! This time we break down the beloved classic Apollo 13. . How much was true? Did they really store poop in ziplock bags? What was the drama with the battery about? Also: Abi list some lunch tradition and Freda makes a contribution to our space podcasts by answer the burning question: What is Gim…
 
Independence Day (1996) : Freda and Abi Uncut! We're on a break from our regular episodes this week so here's the full unedited version of our Independence Day episode! Join in to find out if the wikihow guidance on telepathy works!??! We gush over Goldblums charisma, Abi tries to explain who Brent Spiner is and Freda has a new segment! Oh and we t…
 
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) We've taken Abi's Philip K Dick obsession to the main episodes. This one is a philosophical journey through our concept of humanity and we are so here for K's journey. Freda compares babies to plants, Abi is 32% replicant and nobody knows what it means to be conscious! We loved this movie and this chat is one of our finest,…
 
It's here at last, the one you've all been waiting for! Yes, Patch Adams was a Robin Williams (MHDSRIP) vehicle, but did you know the real Patch Adams is still fighting the good fight? The fight is good, but the movie isn't. Still - Clown Doctoring (no laughing matter)! Medical Insurance! This movie gave us a lot to talk about. There's science babb…
 
Its episode 4/5 of our gaming miniseries: Pixlexia and the Glitches! . This time it's Steven Spielberg's vision of the future of gaming: Ready Player One! In a grim world, people escape to a virtual reality where nostalgia reminds everyone of better times. Abi straps in and enjoys the nostalgia ride while Freda complains about the laziness of refer…
 
The Incredible Hulk (2008) We're back on the Marvel path and attempting to science the Green Giant! Freda teaches us about the Golem while Abi tries to justify the Hulks mass. We get to return to genetics and some guesswork around the cosmic microwave background radiation that definitely stands up to the science test..maybe. "It's an Abomination! T…
 
Pixels (2015). This is episode 3 of 5 from our miniseries 'Pixlexia and the Glitches!' Something is not right in gamerville, players are afk, rpg is a little too real, and Felix can’t fix it! There’s only one thing to do, time to get on the star road to the special zone! Grab your boosters, collect the extra lives and rack up the xps. It’s gonna be…
 
Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005). This is episode 2 of 5 from our miniseries 'Pixlexia and the Glitches!' Something is not right in gamerville, players are afk, rpg is a little too real, and Felix can’t fix it! There’s only one thing to do, time to get on the star road to the special zone! Grab your boosters, collect the extra lives and rack up th…
 
The Meg (2018) What better way to take our inaugural trip into the ocean than with a shark movie! Jason Statham takes on a Megalodon and we are here for it! Freda is swooning, Abi is under pressure and we all learn how many teeth sharks have! "Save the cheerleader, save the world!' Twitter: @movies_science Instagram: @scienceatthemovies References,…
 
Wreck-It Ralph (2012). This is episode 1 of 5 from our miniseries 'Pixlexia and the Glitches!' Something is not right in gamerville, players are afk, rpg is a little too real, and Felix can’t fix it! There’s only one thing to do, time to get on the star road to the special zone! Grab your boosters, collect the extra lives and rack up the xps. It’s …
 
It's time for us and aliens to head to a new part of the world - South Africa! - Aliens have arrived, and the humans are right there to exploit them! Freda and Abi wallow in despair over the state of humanity but not to worry - Freda's back with her accents to lighten the mood. Are the aliens aphids? Did MNU stick to the three Rs of Animal Experime…
 
Let's revisit our second ever episode, Moon, with an extended version! . Back when we were podcast babies without radio voices, pop filters and with massive echo, we covered the Duncan Jones masterpiece from 2009 - Moon! Recorded about one month into 2020's COVID-19 pandemic, where we thought things were winding down, we thought we had already gain…
 
Enjoy the release of our extended Moon episode and then listen to Freda's conversation with loveable Dementia specialist Aaron Wagen. . Both on their third viewing, Freda and Aaron go on a deep dive into all matters Moon. Why do Lunar Industries need to give their clones memories? What if they didn't? Do we all need to be motivated by personal conf…
 
A Scanner Darkly (2006). Episode 5 of 5 from our miniseries, 'Nothing is real, except the sheep!' This series we’re stepping into a Phildickian frame of mind and exploring our perception of reality, identity, drugs and technology? But before we try to solve matters in the middle of the night, we must agree that the best response to reality... Is fo…
 
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