Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home



  • May 14, 2012
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  • Offering Format: Public Event, Lecture
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  • members, students, and seniors: $7.75; general admission: $9.75
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    With Dave Wiley, PhD, Research Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary


It's the 23rd century, and a mysterious space probe is evaporating Earth's oceans and ravaging the atmosphere. The probe emits a message delivered in the song of long-extinct humpback whales. Unless the probe's call is answered, Earth faces certain destruction. Combining a strong whale conservation message with breezy humor, this Nimoy-directed Star Trek adventure earned four Oscar nods and remains a favorite among Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike.

Whale expert Dave Wiley has never mind melded with whales as Spock does in the film, but he has been investigating the marine environment for more than 25 years. He joins us before the movie to share new insights into the amazing underwater lives of humpback whales based on synchronous motion acoustic recording tags (developed at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) and custom 3-D and 4-D visualizations (developed by the University of New Hampshire's Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping). Among other things, he'll show us how these magnificent creatures use a remarkable cooperative strategy called bubble-net feeding to capture the food they need to survive.

With Science on Screen, the Coolidge Corner Theatre creatively pairs a feature film or documentary with lively presentations by notable figures from the world of science, medicine, and technology. The Science on Screen series is co-presented by the Museum of Science, Boston and New Scientist magazine and supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with additional support from Gesmer, Updegrove LLP, and Richard Anders.

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