Interstellar Scientific Analysis And Review

Interstellar Scientific Analysis And Review

A Look Back At A Modern Sci-Fi Classic

Released in 2014, "Interstellar" is a science fiction film of epic proportions and one that truly rivals even the incredible "2001: A Space Odyssey," widely regarded as one of the greatest films of the age. The film is praised by critics and general audiences alike for its stunning visuals, excellent performances, and surprising accuracy to real-world physics and science, despite its science fiction roots. The film was definitely a marked departure from films such as "2001" or the "Alien" series, which drew inspiration from real-world science but chose to focus on the more philosophical and metaphysical aspects of the universe and how human nature interacts with it.

One of the most prominent aspects of the film is its depiction of the effects of time dilation. Time dilation, according to the Theory of Relativity, Time Dilation is a difference in the elapsed time measured by two observers. As an object approaches the speed of light, time will actually seem to slow around the object, allowing for less time to pass relative to the fast-moving object. As shown in the film, this effect can also occur when the object is in close proximity to an object with an extremely strong gravitational pull, such as a supermassive black hole. Time dilation to this great of a degree can lead to some mind-bending circumstances. This is demonstrated in-film when shuttle pilot Jason Cooper and his crew land on an ocean planet in close proximity to a black hole. The intense gravity causes mile-high waves, and extreme time dilation. In fact, the lost astronaut who had been sent to the planet years previously had only experienced a time difference of a few minutes by the time his rescue crew arrived.

Another interesting concept explored by the film is wormhole travel. According to all known laws of physics, a wormhole is a tunnel through spacetime connecting two singularities which are far apart from each other. Theoretically, wormholes could be used to cross vast spatial distances in an instant by “folding” space. Such a wormhole cannot form naturally, however, and the artificial creation of one would require an enormous amount of energy which cannot be generated with current technology. On the other hand, if methods of energy production vastly improve in the coming decades or centuries, the creation of such a wormhole could be possible. I also appreciate the fact that wormhole entry points are depicted as they would appear in reality-as spheres with a distorted depiction of space on their surfaces. Because the universe is three-dimensional, meaning that the singularity exists as a sphere, many objects with sufficient mass throughout space appear this way.

Though the film does focus on the more scientifically sound aspects of sci-fi, there are some elements which are definitely more fantastical and metaphysical. Most prominent amongst these is the film’s depiction of the various dimensions of reality. We commonly think of the universe having three dimensions, or three axes-X,Y, and Z. These denote horizontal, and vertical space, as well as a line which traverses both axes to create the third dimension. Higher dimensions are commonly thought to depict concepts, such as time and alternate realities, as physical entities. For example, a human existing in the fourth dimension would be able to view their entire being as their own life cycle, with their birth at one end and death at the other.

"Interstellar" depicts one of these higher dimensions as the concept of emotion, playing a pivotal part in the climax of the film. Our protagonist must guide past events leading up to his own space expedition through this realm of thought and mind, relying on these alone to communicate. Though this concept may have some basis in reality, the existence of higher dimensions has not been definitively observed, and the very concept is outright rejected by some schools of thought. This aspect of the film does not bother me, however. If anything, I am even more appreciative of the film’s willingness to depict the more uncertain aspects of reality alongside those that we have already accepted to be true. Great science fiction is about pushing the boundaries of not only human knowledge, but imagination as well. To that end, I believe that "Interstellar" succeeds on nearly every level, and deserves to be praised alongside classic science fiction of decades past.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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10 TV Shows You Need To Watch On Hulu

Hulu is slept on


I have recently moved to watch shows and movies on Hulu and Netflix. Hulu has a lot of great shows and movies to offer that aren't on Netflix. While Netflix is still great, Hulu is definitely starting to grow on me. Here are some shows that I have watched or have started watching on Hulu that I think are pretty great!

1. 11.22.63

If you love James Franco and Stephen King, you'll love this show. The first episode is a bit long, but all the other episodes are only 45 minutes. The plot line is pretty interesting. I also like that it doesn't tell you everything, it shows it to you and you piece things together.

2. The Act

The fact that this show is based on a true story is just insane. The acting is really great, especially if you watch actual videos of Gypsy, Joey King does a great job.

3. Castle Rock

Another Stephen King masterpiece. This show is riveting and really makes you think about what the truth is in the context of the story, and brings in some ethical questions.

4. Future Man

I've only recently started this but it's pretty interesting and funny.

5. The O.C.

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This show was great. Sometimes it was a bit annoying, but it is a classic show from the early 2000s. You really become invested in all the characters and your opinion may change on some characters because they grow and develop throughout the show.

6. The Handmaid's Tale

If you've read the book, you should definitely watch the show.

7. Obsession: Dark Desires

I just love true crime stories and this really dives deep into crime stories and the darkest parts of humanity.

8. Intervention

This show can be really sad or frustrating, but I think it's good for people to see the reality of addiction.

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I also started this one very recently and I've always wanted to watch it. It can be cheesy but it's pretty entertaining.

10. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

This is a great show if you want to laugh. I love all of the characters and everything they bring to the table.

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