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Life Science Centre puts Game of Thrones science under the microscope

A special event at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle will examine the science underpinning TV series Game of Thrones

Helen Keen
Helen Keen

The science of Game of Thrones is to be put under the microscope at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle.

Science might not be the reason you tune into the hugely popular fantasy drama, back on the TV screens in April for a fifth series eagerly awaited by fans.

You might not even have thought there was much science in it.

But the eggheads at the Life Science Centre contend that while the science doesn’t exactly leap off the screen in what is ostensibly a medieval sword and sorcery epic, it can be found.

Author George RR Martin and the TV show’s producers, David Benioff and DB Weiss, have been careful to make their creations believable and at least rooted in some form of historical reality, say the Life folk.

And that means there’s actually a lot of science that can be explored through the medium of ‘Thrones’.

Comedian Helen Keen is teaming up with Life to do some of that exploring in a special event taking place on Thursday, April 2.

Ian Simmons, director of science communication at Life, and an avid Game of Thrones fan, said: “It has been a lot of fun to put this one together.

“Helen and I have been exploring questions like ‘Are Danerys’ dragons anatomically possible?’ and ‘How could they actually breathe fire?’

“There has been more time than I expected spent seeing if it were possible to get a cheap flamethrower on eBay.

“Another example is ‘Could The Mountain actually have crushed Oberyn Martell’s head with his bare hands?’ which has led us into some very bizarre and interesting byways.”

One of these byways led to the American research used to set the standard for safety helmets.

For Game of Thrones fans and people who enjoy a bit of daftness with a serious edge, The Science of Game of Thrones takes place on Thursday, April 2 from 6pm to 7.30pm in the Scotswood Suite at Life Conferencing and Banqueting.

Tickets for the event, recommended for ages 14 plus, are £4 each and can be bought at www.life.org.uk


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