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Science & Entertainment Exchange

I have a new article up on The Science and Entertainment Exchange about the process of science consulting. For more Stargate-centric stories, check out the older Physics Today piece.

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Stargate: From Fiction to Science

I’ve written before on the value of using good science in works of fiction; the Stargate franchise embraced this philosophy and I worked as their science consultant for several seasons. I’ve been asked why Stargate cared about having detailed, plausible … Continue reading

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Science in Science Fiction

After listening to last night’s AGU Hollywood Panel, I have a few thoughts on the role of a science in science fiction. Science in not in conflict with science fiction. Millions of stories happen every day, each one without violating … Continue reading

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The Cryptography of SG:U “Human”

My apologies for the long hiatus — my thesis took over for a while, as did splitting off a new, science-only site GeoMika. It’s time to finish off posts that have languished for far too long in the “Drafts” folder. … Continue reading

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The Geology of SG:U, “Air”

As promised, this is a look at the chemistry and geology presented in the pilot episode of Stargate: Universe, “Air” (part 1, 2, 3). Our heroes are on a spaceship with a life support system with a non-functional filtration system, … Continue reading

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Stargate: Universe, “Air”

Did you see the premiere last night? No? If you’re stateside, SyFy is streaming episodes, and for others in northern lands of snow & Stargates, Space has our backs. Once you decide you love the series, iTunes will let you … Continue reading

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On When to Intervene

Joesph Mallozzi passed on a link by John Scalzi about the screenwriting process that goes a long way to explaining how even movies with science consultants can have bad science. I am an intervention minimalist. I’m mostly hired to create … Continue reading

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The Physics of “Brain Storm”

Stargate: Atlantis, “Brain Storm,” is the last episode of the series for which I was a physics consultant for Props. That means anywhere you see science-scribbles is my handwriting, not that I vetted the script for science. I need to … Continue reading

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a little comment here, a little comment there…

Laura writes: “I’m gonna be utterly shameless now and ask a favour: I’m trying to help out my old physics teacher with some outreach and mentoring of students and I’m rapidly running out of ideas; could I link your blog … Continue reading

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Hi, Joe’s readers!

Mika & Director Martin Wood: hanging out in McKay’s apartment in “The Last Man”. I’m glad you had fun with the Q&A, and are investigating some of the links! It’s a rare sunny day in Vancouver so I’m heading out … Continue reading

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