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Science fact vs. science fiction

June 26, 2019

Just in time for the third season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Michigan State University professors travel back to the ‘80s to analyze the strange and supernatural world of the Upside Down.

Take a look at what these experts have to say about the science and pop culture behind the show — from the possibility of parallel universes and telekinesis to the power of nostalgia. After all, Spartans don’t lie.

Parallel Universe

Johannes Pollanen, assistant professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Natural Science, is an expert on experimental condensed matter physics. He comments on the possibility and science of parallel universes.


Marc Breedlove, professor of neuroscience in the College of Natural Science, is an expert on the development of the nervous system. He talks about the history of telekinesis and the complications of the human brain.


Gary Hoppenstand, professor of English in the College of Arts and Letters, is an expert on pop culture and film studies. Hoppenstand discusses why ‘80s nostalgia is a powerful tool in “Stranger Things.”

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