'Ghostbusters' Featurette Explains the Science Behind Proton Packs

For the past few days, the internet has been abuzz with the first trailer for the reboot to the Ghostbusters franchise.

When the trailer for the upcoming all-female reboot was released, then recut by film director Bevan Bell, both made the rounds of the internet so fast that almost no one noticed the "secret" featurette that appears on a website whose address is hidden inside a shot in the trailer. 

Video is no longer available: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIwQPoywDeE

According to Slate: "Tucked inconspicuously into the trailer footage (at around the 1:05 mark) was a short shot of an equation-filled whiteboard. Appearing somewhat mysteriously atop it was a url: ParanormalStudiesLab.com." This website contains the video seen above, which contains an explanation by an actual scientist person, James Maxwell, senior postdoctoral associate at MIT’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science.

Apparently, when the film's director, Paul Feig, wanted to update the famous proton pack (the beam shooting, ghost catching device from the first two films), he turned to Maxwell, who used science to come up with a redesigned prop that could (in theory) function in the real world. 

Check it out, provided you are not afraid of any ghosts. Or easter eggs.      

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So stupid humor...

March 7, 2016 at 4:50AM

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Female main characters. Why?

March 7, 2016 at 8:16AM

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JeffreyWalther
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Why not? It's a reboot not a remake.

March 7, 2016 at 3:48PM

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Mark Hinchey
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Because women are only funny to women. So Ghostbusters 2016 is a movie for women.

This is a kick into the face to all fans that have been waiting since the 1980s for a 3rd part.

March 8, 2016 at 8:57AM

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JeffreyWalther
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Women are only funny to women? Come on man, grow up.
This movie looks terrible for a whole host of reasons that far surpass the genders of those involved.

March 8, 2016 at 9:15AM

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You are right.
It's terrible.... because of the actresses that are miscast.

March 8, 2016 at 11:42AM, Edited March 8, 11:42AM

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JeffreyWalther
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Or maybe it looks terrible because of the poorly written script (based on the jokes present in the trailer) and the way too cheesy graphics.
I think these women are each hillarious and incredibly talented. This movie just looks like an SNL skit (and not a good one) that is going to go on way too long.

March 10, 2016 at 8:57AM

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Weren't the original Ghostbusters a bunch goofballs? What's with the scowls and aggressive stances...

March 7, 2016 at 8:55AM

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Marc B
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Is this even worth commenting on.... What a pile of trash. Anyone who watches this should be deported.

March 7, 2016 at 11:53AM, Edited March 7, 11:53AM

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Kaster Troy
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As with pretty my much all your work.

March 13, 2016 at 10:09PM

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Aaron Miller
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I don't understand why the African American community still accepts negative stereotypes in film. I mean just on its face you have a white writer who creates a script and in the script has lines specifically for an African American character; lines that perpetuate a stereotype of what mainstream Americans views as your "everyday African American"....

March 7, 2016 at 12:31PM

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Walter Wallace
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Eh. Trying to bring back the zany comedy of black actors back in the 80s. Who knows. Plenty of movies today show the "normal" side of black characters.

March 13, 2016 at 10:11PM

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Aaron Miller
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