Unveiling the Real-Life Marvels of Science at DOE National Labs
While fictional heroes like those in Disney’s “The Marvels” dazzle audiences with their otherworldly exploits on the big screen, real-life heroes are quietly revolutionizing our world with the power of science. At the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national labs, researchers are harnessing the power of light, delving into quantum phenomena, and unraveling the mysteries of the cosmos to make our world safer, cleaner, and brighter.
Recently, movie enthusiasts had the opportunity to delve into the science behind “The Marvels” by attending a screening and panel discussion featuring experts from DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The panel, moderated by Rebecca Thompson of Fermilab’s Office of Education and Public Engagement, included cosmologist Ana Botti, physicist and X-ray scientist Jessica McChesney, and physicist and beamline controls specialist Fanny Rodolakis, all of Argonne.
Audience members of all ages eagerly engaged with the panel, posing questions about the science depicted in the movie, including inquiries about space-time rips, parallel universes, and quantum entanglement’s potential for teleportation. When asked what the movie got right, McChesney emphasized the importance of using real science as a foundation for fantastical elements, highlighting the intersection of science fiction and reality.
“The Marvels” draws inspiration from real research and theoretical concepts, weaving elements of quantum physics, wormholes, and space-time into its narrative. While not always scientifically accurate, the film sparks imagination and curiosity, prompting discussions about the possibilities of future scientific discoveries and technological advancements.
Thompson, a firm believer in leveraging pop culture to ignite passion for science, sees Marvel as the perfect entry point for engaging audiences with the wonders of real-world scientific exploration. By bridging the gap between fiction and reality, she aims to foster a deeper appreciation for the groundbreaking work happening at national labs like Argonne.
From manipulating light to exploring quantum phenomena, the researchers at DOE national labs embody the true superheroes of super science, turning science fiction into science fact. Through initiatives like Argonne’s Marvels of Science, they invite audiences to marvel at the incredible discoveries and innovations shaping our future. As we look to the stars, it’s clear that the real marvels of science are closer than we think.