20 Feb 2020

Materials: Fact or Fiction - Unobtanium

From Nights, 7:35 pm on 20 February 2020
Year : 2009 USA
Director : James Cameron
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana
Movie poster (Fr)

Photo: Archives du 7e Art/DR

We continue our series in collaboration with the MacDiarmid Institute where we take an idea from fiction and see how it stands up to scientific scrutiny.

Tonight, McDiarmid Institute co-director and Auckland University associate physics professor, Nicola Gaston's flight of fancy is the mineral unobtanium...most recently the plot device behind the movie Avatar, although it's had other outings int science fiction pop culture.

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