The scientific reality of Game of Thrones fantasy

Fic­tion is often inspired by fact, and fan­tasy grounded in reality. That’s no more evi­dent than in Game of Thrones itself, where a deadly poison, a dis­fig­uring dis­ease, and a fiercely loyal species of animal have been inspired by real world beasts, brews, and afflic­tions. Here, Rebecca Certner, a PhD can­di­date in the Vollmer Lab at Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Center, offers a look at the sci­ence behind the show’s epic fantasyland.

Tom McCarthy

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Charles Elachi

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