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May 25, 2016

How Well Can You Tell Fake Movie Science From The Real Thing?

Is it made in a lab or a Hollywood studio?

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Pixabay / CERN / 20th Century Fox / YouTube / BuzzFeed

Movies are full of sciencey-sounding language. But can you tell the real thing from the Hollywood mockup? Which of these are real scientific concepts, and which are from films?

  1. images-of-elements.com
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Unobtanium is a mineral in the James Cameron movie Avatar.

  2. Paramount Pictures
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Red matter is a substance used to make black holes in the 2009 Star Trek reboot.

  3. rcsb.org
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    The Motaba virus is a haemorraghic disease from the pandemic-disaster film Outbreak.

  4. Benjah-bmm27
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Arsole may sound funny but it's an organic compound containing four carbon atoms, five hydrogen atoms and an arsenic atom.

  5. youtube.com
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    There are six types of quark: Up, down, top, bottom, charm, and strange.

  6. commons.wikimedia.org
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Sonic hedgehog is a protein which is found in humans and other mammals that's involved in the growth of organs.

  7. commons.wikimedia.org
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Fucitol is an organic compound, a kind of alcohol, also known by its snappier title "(2R,3S,4R,5S)-hexane-1,2,3,4,5-pentol".

  8. Paramount Pictures
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Majorana fermions are a type of subatomic particle.

  9. Odie5533 / Flickr
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Chernobly is an energy drink in the comedy Hot Tub Time Machine.

  10. youtube.com
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    "Buckyballs" is the informal name for the organic chemical buckminsterfullerene.

  11. commons.wikimedia.org
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Adamantium is a fictional metal in the Marvel universe, and is the material injected into Wolverine’s skeleton.

  12. doedigitalarchive.doe.gov
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Cobalt thorium G is the element used in the Doomsday weapon in Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

  13. Tishiko Tatyana
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Draculin is the anticoagulant in vampire bats' saliva, which prevents their prey's blood from clotting as they drink.

  14. Pixabay
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    Wrong! 

    Angelic acid is an organic acid found in certain plants.

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