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Watchmen, based on the Citizen Kane of graphic novels (created by Frank Miller)

For "Frank 'whoreswhoreswhoreswhoreswhore' Miller", read "Alan Moore".

Ah. Typo duly corrected to now read Alan Moore. It's been a weird kinda day...

Apollo 13 isn't about science or scientists. It's about pilots and engineers. The guys wielding their slide-rules aren't scientists, nor are they doing science. They're doing calculations using what they know about physics. But knowing some well-established physics isn't science, and it doesn't make one a scientist. In this case the science was done decades, or even centuries, earlier. The science was the episode in history where someone, somewhere, figured out the physics which the engineers later put to expert use to save the crew of Apollo 13.

Dude, you are so asking for it. Engineers, attack! :)

So that explains why I can't convince people I'm a real scientist: contact lenses and an aversion to lung cancer.

A book suggestion perhaps in support of my engineering colleagues who could care less about being referred to as a "scientist".

"The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems"
By Henry Petroski

This was the bestestest session of the entire AAAS 2010! It was awoseme. And this post by Jen-Luc describes it perfectly.

The session was great - and the short film about the Exchange was worth the wait - hilarious. Any chance that video will be posted anywhere?

@Pete: Sadly, we can't distribute the short film because of copyright issues with "The Family Guy" sequence. We can show it during talks that are not broadcast (or Webcast), though!

Wish I could've seen it, but great to have the summary! Thanks! I'm particularly delighted that Gattaca got a shout-out. It's always been one of my favorites and I feel like it's often forgotten in favor of "flashier" sci-fi...

And yeah, Hopeful Monsters are WEIRD.

The "Watchmen" two-disc DVD edition has a short documentary on the science checking that went into the movie (for instance, they point out that Archie doesn't have sufficiently large fuel tanks).

Starship Troopers - teh ugly of Hollywood science

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      2 oz Tequila
      2 oz Triple sec
      2 oz Rose's sweetened lime juice
      7-Up or Sprite
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      1/2 oz light rum
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      2 oz light cream
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      1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
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      1 oz Campari
      1 oz fresh lemon juice
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      1/2 oz Amaretto
      1/2 oz sloe gin
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      1/4 oz Grand Marnier
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