Wednesday, February 13, 2008

New Couple Alert: Fairy Tales and Science?

This article by Chris Gorski (posted on LiveScience) discusses how scientists might pick apart your favorite fairy tale to match nifty fantastical phenomena with equally spiffy scientific counterparts. Fun! Here's a teaser:

Kids of any age love to read fairy tales because the storyline never limits the possibility that anything could happen. Curses, spells, and handsome princes reign in worlds beyond the reader’s imagination.

But are the most magical moments from some of our favorite stories actually possible? Basic physical principles and recent scientific research suggest that what readers might mistake for fantasies and exaggeration could be rooted in reality . . .


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