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The science of the Game of Thrones

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The popular television show, Game of Thrones, and the novel series it is based on, A Song of Fire and Ice, take place in another world. Joe Hanson explores possible scientific explanations of the phenomena exhibited on the show. Other phenomena are debunked, except if you believe in magic.

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Joe covered a lot of the phenomena of Game of Thrones. What other phenomenon if any, would you like to explore the science of further?
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