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If superpowers were real: Immortality - Joy Lin

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What if immortality wasn't just the stuff of epic comic book stories? Is it scientifically possible to be immortal? In this series, Joy Lin tackles six superpowers and reveals just how scientifically realistic they can be to us mere mortals.

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  • Educator Joy Lin
  • Artist Katie Miller
  • Narrator James Arnold Taylor
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Disclaimer: Due to time constraints, not all aspects of each superpower can be discussed and the science is sometimes simplified or generalized. We recognize this series is only the tip of the iceberg, not the final say in the continuous discussion of superpowers and scientific advancements. All we aim to achieve is inspiring young minds to ponder, discuss, and discover science through a glimpse into the world of superheroes.

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Meet The Creators

  • Director Cognitive Media
  • Animator Dan Murtha
  • Educator Joy Lin
  • Artist Katie Miller
  • Narrator James Arnold Taylor