On his Comedy Central show Stephen Colbert often makes Star Trek references so it isn’t a surprise that when he sat down for a chat about science with astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson the subject turned to Trek. See below for a video where Tyson and Colbert opine on the scientific accuracy of the "red matter" from the 2009 Star Trek movie.
Colbert and DeGrasse Tyson Talk Star Trek Red Matter
Last week at the Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey, Stephen Colbert and astronomer Neil DeGrasse Tyson held a "discussion about science, society, and the universe" and the subject of the Star Trek movie came up. Colbert asked Tyson if he had any issues with sci-fi movies and Tyson brought up the black hole-creating "red matter" from the 2009 Star Trek movie. Colbert showed his Trek cred by questioning how such a thing could be contained on the ship, but Tyson’s problem was more on why they needed to use a drill to turn Vulcan into a black hole. Tyson went on to say he actually had a bigger problem with Titanic. Watch the exchange below. [NOTE: Video should jump to Star Trek bit at 33:41]
This is not the first time Colbert has ventured into the realm of Star Trek. His show often makes references to Trek and when he interviewed Star Trek director JJ Abrams in 2009 he made a surprise appearance as a Romulan. Watch it.
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