25 Moments Of Genuine Science Found In Movies

Science fiction and fantasy tend to trend more towards the fiction and fantasy side of the things the closer it gets to becoming a movie. This is perfectly understandable because Hollywood is in the business of scaring and amazing us, and that’s why we keep paying them to make pretty shiny movies where stuff blows up for seemingly no reason at all. But what if there was, in the middle of the gun fights with never ending ammo magazines, the big booms, the aliens, zombies, and outer reaches of space and time, a tiny bit of real science or scientific theory that actually made it into the movie? Sometimes, the science in movies isn’t completely made up. Some writers and directors actually take this very seriously, as you’ll see, and the movies end up being better for being at least partially based on or grounded in realism. Here’s a list of 25 Moments Of Genuine Science Found In Movies.

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The Andromeda Strain (1971), based on Michael Crichton's book of the same name, is about a satellite that crash lands in a small town releasing a virus from space that kills everyone. The movie uses surprisingly accurate scientific language about biology, immunology, and virology.

astrainposterSource: http://hubpages.com/ Image Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Andromeda_Strain_(film)

Finding Nemo (2003) had some surprisingly detailed science go into it. Animators spent time getting up close and personal with nature (including taking pictures of the inside of a dead whale) and even removed kelp from scenes when a marine biologist explained the water temperature was wrong for kelp.

finding_nemoSource: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ Image Source:https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/76/Finding_Nemo_(2155740832).jpg/1024px-Finding_Nemo_(2155740832).jpg

Deep Impact (1998) was very accurate to the technology of asteroid detection and interception at the time it was made. NASA has since updated their protocol on object deflection, as of 2007.

deep_impact_posterSource: http://www.popularmechanics.com/ Image Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Impact_(film)#/media/File:Deep_Impact_poster.jpg

Interstellar (2014) got a few things right in the science department, and one of them was that if you get too close to a black hole, time would move differently for you than it would for people back on the home planet due to the gravity well and the fabric of space-time stretching. Yeah.

interstellarSource: http://time.com/ Image Source: Jorge Figueroa via https://www.flickr.com/photos/jiff01/15221717528

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004) deals with targeted memory loss (purposeful memory loss, in this case). While the technology to accomplish how this happens in the movie doesn't exist, the theory - severing the connections in our brain that form memories, or memory triggers - is accurate.

eternal-sunshineSource: http://www.grunge.com/ Image Source: Will Cong via https://www.flickr.com/photos/willfc/1348397

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