Reel Science

Reel Science is an Inverse series that reveals the real (and fake) science behind your favorite movies and TV.

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Reel Science

The Greatest Indiana Jones Mystery Skirts Scientific Fact

ByJohn Wenz

“We have top men working on it right now... top men.”

Space

The 'Star Trek: Discovery' Series Finale Features Ridiculously Weird But Real Physics

ByKiona Smith

Yes, black holes can really do that.

Reel Science

Apple’s ‘Dark Matter’ Should Change the Way We All Think About The Multiverse

ByKiona Smith

The science behind ‘Dark Matter’ is deep — and a bit disturbing.

Reel Science

David Cronenberg’s Freakiest Sci-Fi Movie Is Hiding Some Bizarre, Real Science

ByJohn Wenz

Overshadowed at the time by The Matrix, eXistenZ floundered at the box office but went on to become a cult classic.

Reel Science

Sasquatch Sunset Spotlights the Bizarre, Cult-Like World of Lazarus Taxa

ByElana Spivack

These 10 animals are nearly as elusive as the Sasquatch.

Reel Science

Netflix's '3 Body Problem' Highlights An Astronomical Mystery That Stumped Isaac Newton

ByDarren Orf

It’s more than an intriguing sci-fi book and show — it’s also an astronomical conundrum that’s beguiled some of the world’s greatest minds for more than three centuries.

Reel Science

Netflix's 3 Body Problem Reveals a Surprisingly Brilliant Mode of Space Travel

ByDarren Orf

The idea of space travel with parachutes and nuclear explosions will sound plenty familiar to NASA alum.

Reel Science

The Past, Present, and (Possible) Future of Submersible Cars

ByJennifer Walter

Will James Bond’s ocean-ready sports car ever become a reality?

Science

The Hover Cars in Your Favorite Sci-Fi Movie Might Actually Be Possible

ByJohn Wenz

It all comes down to magnets.

Reel Science

Minority Report’s Greatest Prediction Isn’t the One You Think

ByJake Kleinman

Sure, the computers are cool, but a city with no traffic? Now there’s a utopia.