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Science vs Cinema: Memento

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Following the film, join Kishore Hari (@sciencequiche) and Jeff Silverman (@J_M_Silverman) as we try to untangle Leonard's scrambled brain and discuss how humans form memories and how those memories can be influenced by outside forces. Also, can tattoos and Polaroids really trigger lost memories? And do we ultimately make up our own truth? Don't believe our lies, but trust the science!

Leonard is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife's killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he's going, or why.

About Science Vs Cinema
Science Vs Cinema is a new monthly series exploring the awesome science behind your favorite movies. We'll explore what's right, what's wrong, and why the scientist always seems to be the first one to die in so many films. Get ready for a way-too-deep dive into the science - from the physics of spaceflight to the biology of vampires and everything in between. No movie is off limits - cult faves, Hollywood blockbusters, hidden gems. Look for surprise guest scientists and embarrassing science-themed costumes. Hosted by science communicator Kishore Hari and astrophysicist Jeff Silverman. Making movies better with science!