Newly-released video shows astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson revisiting the “storytelling” used in the Oscar-nominated movie Gravity, this time with an on-stage demonstration. (Movie fans take note: This story involves spoilers for the film.)
The footage, published by deGrasse Tyson’s radio show, Star Talk, shows him demonstrating how easy it should have been for Sandra Bullock’s character to pull co-star George Clooney to safety. The demonstration, shot at a November 2013 live episode in New York City, involves deGrasse Tyson standing in for Bullock and physicist Brian Greene “playing” Clooney’s character.
“There’s a scene where Sandra Bullock is holding on to the space station with her foot,” deGrasse Tyson said, as co-host Eugene Mirman acts as his “space station.”
Then, pointing to Greene — seated on a cart with a rope attached — deGrasse Tyson explained that Clooney’s character was hanging on by a tether. In the movie, he said, Clooney detaches himself from the tether as they run out of oxygen. In real life, deGrasse Tyson said, Clooney would remain stationary.
“But that’s not what happened in the movie,” he pointed out, before nudging Greene and the cart back with his foot to simulate what happened in the film.
“He went flying away, and the system wasn’t rotating,” deGrasse Tyson continued. “There was no centripetal force pushing him out.”
“Could it have been the opposing powers of their charisma and animal magnetism?” guest Michael Ian Black asked. “These are A-listers we’re talking about.”
In reality, deGrasse Tyson said, all Bullock would have had to do is tug, which, as he demonstrated, would have sent Clooney/Greene back toward safety with arms wide open.
Despite admitting to enjoying the film, deGrasse Tyson has repeatedly questioned that scene and other plot points in the movie, wondering to his fans why “we enjoy a SciFi film set in make-believe space more than we enjoy actual people set in real space.”
Watch deGrasse Tyson’s live demo, as posted online on Tuesday, below.
[Image via Neil deGrasse Tyson Facebook fan page]
Foreign trolls are trying to create a ‘circular firing squad’ among US veterans: digital researcher
Foreign troll accounts have been working to sow division and create a "circular firing squad" among American veterans, a veterans advocate warned CNN on Wednesday.
During an interview with Brianna Keilar, Kris Goldsmith of Vietnam Veterans for America talked about the ways that trolls have been infiltrating veterans organizations and trying to divide their members along political and racial lines.
Goldsmith said that two years ago his group notice an "impostor Facebook account" that would spread misinformation and propaganda to its members.
"After months of studying it, we came to recognize that it was an entity somewhere in Bulgaria who was spreading falsified news," he explained. "So what they do is copy and paste a real story about something like veterans' benefits possibly getting cut, change the date, and make it look fresh and get people upset."
Dem lawmaker rains hell on ‘thug’ Corey Lewandowski on CNN: ‘He was shown to be a liar’
Rep. Steven Cohen (D-TN) dropped the hammer on Trump lackey Corey Lewandowski for obstructing the House Judiciary Committee earlier this week during an appearance on CNN.
CNN's Brianna Keilar started off the interview by questioning Cohen why Democratic lawmakers didn't do a better job of anticipating how Lewandowski would behave during his testimony. Cohen responded by saying he and his colleagues did just that.
"We knew he was going to be petulant, we knew he was an enforcer and a thug, and we knew he would try to protect the president," he said. "That's what he did."
Cohen went on to praise Democratic lawmakers for asking Lewandowski tough questions, and he said attorney Barry Berke "destroyed" the former Trump campaign manager.
‘Better wages, more toys’: Watch an adorable 3-year-old girl lead chant at General Motors strike
A 3-year-old girl was caught on video leading a chant of "better wages, more toys" at a the General Motors strike in Ohio.
Video of the girl was posted by Mike Elk of The Payday Report.
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