(CNN) – Season 3 of "Strange Things" by Netflix expresses a subtle appreciation of science and gives an even greater nod to science fiction. But the journey of curiosity deviates a little with its science, and we are not talking about exploiting rats or people who consume large amounts of chemical products.
When our young heroes try to save the world so that it does not end again, only one thing can help them close the door of the Upside Down and effectively kill the creature that tries to destroy everything they value in 1985: Planck's constant.
In the show, adults Jim Hopper and Joyce Byers infiltrated a secret Russian base in the depths of Starcourt Mall, and are trying to open a safe containing two keys to close the door. Before being killed, Russian scientist Alexei told investigative journalist Murray Bauman that Planck's constant is the code needed to open the safe.
But when Hopper connects the code, it does not work. Bauman incorrectly recalled Planck's constant.
Dustin realizes that the only person who can help them in this era before Google is his new girlfriend from Camp Know Where, Suzie. But Dustin lives in Hawkins, Indiana, and Suzie lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, so she uses the homemade radio radio that she set at Hawkins' highest point to reach her.
Of course, to convince this number of Suzie, Dustin must accompany her with the theme of "The Endless Story". But that's another story for another day.
After reprimanding him for not remembering it, Suzie recites the Planck constant as 6.62607004 (without the units that come after). Hopper tries the code and the safe opens so that he and Joyce can retrieve the keys.
But scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology noted during their observation of "Strange Things" that this is the value established for the Planck constant in 2014.
In 1985, when the program was established, it would have been the value established in 1973, which is 6.626176 * 10 ^ -34.
The constant has changed as scientists have learned to measure it better over time with modern instruments, said Ben Stein of the institute's public affairs office.
In 2018, the number was updated again and adopted as part of the redefinition of the International System of Units, Stein said. That effort redefined the kilogram and other units in terms of fundamental constants.
The Planck constant is now known as 6.62607015 * 10 ^ -34 Joule seconds. Thank them the next time they appear in trivia.