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The science of 3 Body Problem: what’s fact and what’s fiction?

A publicity photograph from the first episode of 3 Body Problem featuring Jovan Adepo as Saul Durand and Eiza González as Auggie Salazar.

Particle physicist Saul Durand (played by Jovan Adepo) and nanotechnology specialist Augustina (Auggie) Salazar (played by Eiza González) look to the sky for a signal from the alien San-Ti civilization. Credit: BFA/Ed Miller/Netflix via Alamy

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