I’m not confident in social situations; just going up to someone in a bar and saying ‘Hi’ is going to be even more difficult because they won’t know the real me. They will just know me as a fictional person I play on the screen.
This week I strapped on my helmet, jumped in my handy starfighter, and used up It’s Okay to be Smart’s entire special effects budget so we could take a look at some of the physics at play when it comes to space battles.
How would spacecraft maneuver without terrestrial aerodynamics? In a zero-g environment devoid of atmosphere, what kinds of weapons might they use? And how do we overcome the fact that space is really, really, REALLY big? Join in the comments on the YouTube page and let me know if you think any of your favorite science fiction gets it right (or wrong).
Join me and Obi-Wan Newton to discover the Physics of Space Battles! Watch here:
#5. Star Trek Into Darkness is 9/11 Conspiracy Theory Propaganda
Before we get into the details, keep this in mind: this movie — which is about a space terrorist being used as an excuse to further a secret space military agenda (in space) — was co-written by Roberto Orci, who’s espoused Truther sentiments on Twitter, the official platform for legitimate political debate, as well as on Star Trek message boards, the second-most-official platform for legitimate political debate. How these conspiracy theory ramblings managed to manifest themselves as a Star Trek motion picture and not just a convoluted blog post, well … that’s the magic of Hollywood. Did we mention that in the credits, the film was dedicated to “Post-9/11 Veterans?” A nice sentiment, but a little out of left field, right?