First of all, let's give a moment of thanks for scientific experiments, especially scientific experiments gone awry. Without them, movies would be much more boring. First of all, we would have very few superheroes: Spider-Man, the Hulk and the Fantastic Four wouldn't ever have existed. But even outside the world of superheroes, science is often the villain in movies, with cold logic warping the minds of the bad guys and reckless tampering with nature leading to bloodshed. The latter seems to be at play in the new genetic-modification horror film Splice, and we've been inspired to put together a list of some of our favorite scientific disasters in movies. Do not duplicate these tests!
You can learn a lot from Danny Boyle's movies. From 28 Days Later, there's an important lesson to be learned about the dangers of drinking too much sugary soda and the benefits of irradiating fruit. From Sunshine, viewers learned not to name their solar mission spaceships after mythological Greek characters who died because they flew too close to the sun. Hell, I learned more from Trainspotting than I did from a straight decade of being told to "Just say no!" Now, if Boyle gets his way, fans might get to learn how to sing and dance, because, as the maverick director tells MTV, he "would love to do a musical." What a coincidence. I'd love for him to do a musical, too!