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Do you wonder about the universe? I always have. Stephen Hawking does too, but he has millions in research grants behind his questions, meaning that he might have the resources to find some answers.
The Discovery Channel’s special, Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking attempts to explore the possibility of alien life (it’s more than probable, given how large the universe appears to be), time travel (say what?), and the ‘story of everything’ (he has low expectations for himself, I guess). The graphic budget for the show must be immense, as each idea is outlined through a number of beautiful simulated and real images of our planet, solar system, galaxy, and universe.
There are only three episodes, which is a shame, because I could watch this program for days and still be fascinated. He talks about black holes and the big bang in simple terms while still demonstrating immensely complex notions. I wish that I could be as well-spoken about any topic, really.
If you’re curious about space (the final frontier, as some dorks might say), and you appreciate pretty science photos and visualizations, then I think Into the Universe could be a worthwhile investment of time.
NYFWC Score: 10/10 (science rocks.)
- Emily Mortara
Welcome to Not Your Father’s Water Cooler!
You know those mind-numbing water cooler discussions about weather, pets and weekend activities? That soul-crushing small talk would be far less demoralizing if it included something you actually cared about.
Founded by two hoops addicts, NYFWC brings you the kind of water cooler chatter we dreamed of: a dialogue centered on hypothetical trades, basketball debates and of course, humor.
You'll also notice that from time to time we touch on other subjects. Whether it's films, music or pop culture, at NYFWC our goal is not merely to regurgitate information that is already flooding the tubes. Instead, we hope to provide thoughtful individual perspectives on the most important, interesting and entertaining topics of the day.