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Science at the Movies

Science-related movies up for Oscars include The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, and Wall-E. But science has been part of films as long as there has been a big screen

  • December 24, 2008

The science of the Oscars

The little gold men are on their way. And Hollywood has science to thank for many of this year's Oscar nominees.

Leading the pack with 13 nominations (including for Best Picture and Actor in a Leading Role for star Brad Pitt), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button , poses a curious question, indeed: Could humans reverse the aging process?

January 22, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

The Happening: A Conversation with Director M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan's new film, The Happening, involves an environmental backlash, the limits of reason and the beauty of math. SciAm editor George Musser discusses the film with the director. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include

June 12, 2008 — Steve Mirsky

The Science of Star Wars

Droids, lightsabers and the Force return to theaters August 15th in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Get the lowdown on the science behind it all.

August 15, 2008

Klaatu's Back and He's Not Happy

Scott Derrickson, director of the new version of The Day the Earth Stood Still, talks about his take on the iconic sci-fi movie. And Nobel laureate Richard Roberts discusses the importance of open-access science publishing. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news

December 10, 2008 — Steve Mirsky

I See Doomed People

The director of The Happening, M. Night Shyamalan, talks about his scientific and environmental inspirations

June 13, 2008 — George Musser

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