In The Martian movie, Matt Damon (Watney), when left stranded on Mars with very limited resources to survive, says:
Mark Watney: In the face of overwhelming odds, I'm left with only one option, I'm gonna have to science the shit out of this.
Celebrity scientist, Neil Degrasse Tyson loved this quote. And so did I.
A Quora post says
Watney's a scientist. He's going to use scientific method to solve his problems. It's more obvious in the book - he does a lot of calculations. eg. He drives the rover around in circles logging how much energy it uses to test his hypothesis for carrying hab solar panels on a trailer, keeping within walking distance of the hab. He doesn't just do something and hope it works first time, like MacGyver ('80s TV show).
So you probably get the idea what it means to science the shit out of something.
That is, to practically experiment a lot (and a lot more), in this case, for survival; instead of simply hoping to survive by sheer luck.
1. What would be a better way to convey the same meaning? (too broad)
Is there a better word to use as a verb here?
Is it okay to use certain nouns (like science) in place of verbs? If so, what's the technique called?