Knowing more about the physical universe opens up more options and greater capabilities for people, and for characters in cinema and fiction.
Below are some videos from Carleton University featuring learning facilities and people talking about gaining knowledge of the physical universe.
Batman (in some versions - for example the 1989 Batman movie directed by Tim Burton) is an example of a character who uses scientific knowledge to develop much more advanced capabilities than most people. Of course many characters do not have to have the financial backing to do this on such a grand scale as Batman.
Head of Tesla Autopilot project leaves for Intel - The head of Tesla's Autopilot project is leaving the carmarker, amid a US government probe into a fatal accident involving a vehicle using the semi-autonom...
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