About This Episode
Now extended with 12 minutes of Neil, Bill Nye and Steven Soter discussing science fiction movies in the “Cosmic Crib,” including “Interstellar,” “Contact,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Deep Impact,” and “Armageddon.”
Would Superman survive spaghettification within a black hole? What about Mr. Fantastic? Can Magneto control the magnetic field of the Sun and tear apart stars? Could an alien race with enough power create controlled wormholes like the Rainbow Bridge in Thor? Tune in for the answers to these and other Cosmic Queries when host Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Colin Jost (co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update) get their geek on, comic book style. Neil injects a dose of physics into Iron Man’s ARC reactor, Captain America’s super strength and the feasibility of Superman gaining power from Earth’s “yellow sun.” You’ll explore Wolverine’s healing factor and adamantium skeleton, cyborgs, the Terminator, nanobots and nanotechnology. Find out why Colin wants to be Wolverine and Neil would choose Batman – even though he really wanted to be Mighty Mouse as a kid.
NOTE: All-Access subscribers can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: Extended Classic: Cosmic Queries: Superheroes