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  • A Rising GOP Stars Dilemma: Should She Back Trump?

    04/17/2016 9:03:54 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 199 replies
    http://www.wsj.com ^ | April 15, 2016 | Beth Reinhard
    Most anywhere Nicole Malliotakis goes, she gets the questionin the Staten Island senior center, on the streets of Brooklyn, at her parents kitchen table. Why arent you supporting Donald Trump? Earlier this year, Ms. Malliotakis, a 35-year-old New York assemblywoman, was her states leading backer of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. She openly criticized Mr. Trumps rhetoric against women and Muslims and his past donations to Democrats. In tweets she added: #NEVERTRUMP.
  • The Death Star Is A Stupid Idea. Please Stop Making Movies About It

    04/09/2016 5:54:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 8, 2016 | David Harsanyi
    Great shot, kid! That was one in a million! Han Solo famously tells Luke Skywalker after the latter blows up the first Death Star. But thats not exactly right. Its more like one in every third Star Wars movie. The debut teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out, and it seems gritty, action-packed, and pretty great at first glance, even more promising than The Force Awakens. But the hitch, it seems, is that well once again be subjected to the laziest plotline in the Star Wars narrative: the menace of the Death Star (or the...
  • 'Star Wars' Voice Actor Who, As Admiral Ackbar, Warned 'It's A Trap!' Dies At 93

    04/05/2016 11:41:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | April 5, 2016 | Camila Domonoske
    Erik Bauersfeld, who died Sunday at the age of 93, wasn't a household name. But his voice was famous thanks to three little words delivered by a bulging-eyed, amphibious rebel commander. Admiral Ackbar was written as a bit part a handful of lines in Return of the Jedi, most of them rather defeated. "Prepare to retreat," "we have no choice, "take evasive action, "we won't last long!"
  • Newly Discovered Star Has an Almost Pure Oxygen Atmosphere

    03/31/2016 4:35:11 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 3/31/16 | William Herkewitz
    But good luck breathing in the bone-crushing gravity.A newly discovered star is unlike any ever found. With an outermost layer of 99.9 percent pure oxygen, its atmosphere is the most oxygen-rich in the known universe. Heck, it makes Earth's meager 21 percent look downright suffocating. The strange stellar oddity is a radically new type of white dwarf star, and was discovered by a team of Brazilian astronomers led by Kepler de Souza Oliveira at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. The star is unique in the known pool of 32,000 white dwarf stars, and is the...
  • President Norma Desmond: Donald Trump is not ready for his closeup

    02/03/2016 10:39:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | February 3, 2016
    ....." Donald Trump: "I've built an unbelievable company worth billions and billions. I don't have to hear from this man." Norma Desmond: "No-one ever leaves a star. That's what makes one a star." Donald Trump: "We'll have so much winning, you'll get bored with winning." Norma Desmond: "Without me, there wouldn't be any Paramount studio." Donald Trump: "Let's see how much money Fox is going to make on the debate without me, okay?"..............
  • 'Star Trek' fan film sued for copyright infringement

    01/02/2016 10:05:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | December 31, 2015 | Aarom Smith
    Paramount (PGRE) and CBS (CBS), which own the rights to "Star Trek," are going after Alec Peters and Axanar Productions, which are raising money through Indiegogo to produce a movie called "Axanar." The companies accuse Peters of "unauthorized exploitation" of the "Star Trek" franchise.
  • The Star of Bethlehem Scientifically Proven

    12/25/2015 2:41:05 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 158 replies
    YouTube ^ | 17 May 2015 | God
    Proof of when the Star of Bethlehem happened and how...
  • Scientists are backing up the most terrifying fan theory in the 'Star Wars' universe (Ewoks Dead)

    12/23/2015 6:14:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Tech Insider ^ | December 18, 2015 | Dave Mosher
    There's a disturbance in the force, but this time it's coming from scientists. Disney's new "Star Wars" movie, "The Force Awakens," picks up years beyond where the last film in the series, "Return of the Jedi," left off: after the cataclysmic explosion of Death Star II, a moon-size weapon. The colossal ship orbited the forest world Endor and, after it blows up, the Rebel Alliance and its hairy Ewok friends party in the trees. Everyone and everything is hunky-dory. Until you ask a physicist — or a dozen, as Tech Insider did — what happens when you detonate a giant...
  • Half in the Bag Episode 100: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Red Letter Media: Warning Language)

    12/22/2015 3:05:57 PM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Red Letter Media ^ | December 20, 2015 | Staff
    It's episode 100 of Half in the Bag! Mike, Jay, and their new friend Kris Kringle celebrate this momentous event by participating in a normal episode and see the newest Star Warts movie. Lightsabers!
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens--The Dark Side Review (Spoilers)

    12/22/2015 2:57:14 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | December 22, 2015 | Jonathan Last
    This review deals largely in spoilers concerning The Force Awakens. Normally, I don't think spoilers actually spoil much, but for this case the viewing experience is greatly enhanced by coming to the movie cold. So I'd suggest you really not read this until after you've seen it. Unless you're not going to see it and are just curious. In which case, go ahead and read. You filthy commie.
  • Here's What the Pentagon's Top Cost Estimator Has to Say About the Death Star

    12/22/2015 6:59:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Vice News ^ | December 21, 2015 | Ryan Faith
    The Pentagon's office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, occasionally referred to as the Pentagon's bean counters, helps (or tries to help) the Department of Defense keep a lid on costs by vetting or challenging the cost estimates provided elsewhere in the department. If you think the Pentagon's programs are heinously expensive, you can only imagine what they'd be without anyone double-checking the numbers.
  • ‘Force Awakens’ Rises On Saturday Night; Opening Weekend Record Now At $238M-$244M –

    12/20/2015 5:13:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Deadline ^ | December 20, 2015 | Anthony D'Alessandro and Anita Busch
    Tonight is coming in better than anticipated with industry analysts putting Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Saturday between $65.5M-$68.7M. That’s a -43% to -46% decline from Friday’s opening day record of $120.5M, which includes $57M in Thursday previews. While Force Awakens’ Saturday doesn’t beat Jurassic World‘s record, it jumps the opening weekend estimates for Episode VII back up to $238M-$244M.
  • Are Droids Slaves? In Star Wars, droids aren’t robots or comic relief—they’re chattel

    12/19/2015 5:42:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | December 18, 2015 | Jonathan Last
    I always hated the Jawas. As a kid, the Jawas weren’t scary the way Stormtroopers or Darth Vader were. But there was something unsettling about them. The Tusken Raiders might have been primitive savages who tried to kill Luke Skywalker—who, back then, was my hero—but the Jawas seemed worse. A little bit evil, even. The feeling was so pronounced that in the dozens of times I watched A New Hope as a child, the massacre of the Jawas never roused even a beat of sympathy in me. It was the opposite, actually. Every time C-3PO piled the Jawa carcasses into...
  • The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: A Jedi’s Path to Jihad

    12/19/2015 5:33:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Decider ^ | December 11, 2015 | Comfortably Smug
    With the imminent release of the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, many theatergoers are re-watching the original movies to reacquaint themselves with those stories from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. This time, however, they may find themselves surprised by how much the film’s characters and themes echo the current War On Terror.
  • The Ballad of Admiral Piett

    12/16/2015 7:35:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 15, 2015 | David Sims
    Firmus Piett’s most memorable scene in the Star Wars series is the moment of his promotion. Standing silently in the background, he watches nervously as his boss, Admiral Ozzel, gets telepathically strangled by Darth Vader, the homicidal sadist everyone in the Galactic Empire has to answer to. Vader summons him forward, gives him his orders, and intones, “You are in command now, Admiral Piett,” as Ozzel collapses on the floor. So goes life in the Empire: There’s plenty of upward mobility, but job turnover is high, and workplace safety truly abysmal.
  • Critics hail The Force Awakens for connecting with its 'long-missing past' after CGI-heavy [tr]

    12/16/2015 6:24:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2015 | Simon Tomlinson
    Critics across the world have roundly praised the new Star Wars film, celebrating its 'nostalgic homage' to the original trilogy after a series of disappointing CGI-heavy prequels. The first reviews in newspapers and websites will make happy reading for fans of the space saga, with Episode VII: The Force Awakens coming ten years after the last offering. The Daily Mail's film critic Brian Viner offered four stars, saying: 'Devotees can now lather up with their Yoda-shaped soap under that Darth Vader shower content that in the hands of director and co-writer JJ Abrams, the empire has struck back. 'The Force...
  • Mail critic gets first glimpse of new Star Wars blockbuster and says it's the best one [tr]

    12/16/2015 6:21:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2015 | Brian Viner
    Boy, has the Force awoken. In truth, it has been stirring for months, with expectations for this seventh Star Wars instalment reaching levels somewhere between over-excited and histrionic. The merchandising alone, extending even to Darth Vader showerheads, is expected to pour $5billion into the Disney coffers. At times, it's been easy to forget that there is actually a film at the heart of all the crazy razzmatazz. But here it is, ten years after the last outing, 2005's disappointing Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and happily, ten times better.
  • ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Fans Are Already Lining Up

    12/08/2015 9:14:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 8, 2015 | Brooks Barnes
    Marilyn Monroe and Freddy Krueger were trying not to look annoyed. But their mood was obvious on Monday afternoon as tourists paid little heed to the celebrity impersonators on Hollywood Boulevard, instead focusing their curiosity on more than 100 people camped out in the courtyard No. It couldn’t be. Seriously?
  • 'Star Wars' China Poster Sparks Controversy After Shrinking John Boyega's Character

    12/05/2015 2:41:33 AM PST · by Caipirabob · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/05/2015 | Yahoo
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens fans are menaced by the Chinese poster for the upcoming sci-fi epic. The poster has sparked controversy online over stylistic changes, one of which resulted in the diminished presence of John Boyega’s lightsaber-wielding character.
  • Every Star Wars Lightsaber, Ranked From Worst to Best

    12/03/2015 8:27:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | December 3, 2015 | Nate Jones
    Star Wars did not invent the concept of a magic blade, or even a laser sword—those pop up in Asimov's Lucky Starr series, among others—but as with many of the series’ pulp influences, George Lucas refined and reduced them to their essential elements, creating the series’ ultimate addition to the pop-culture canon. Think of the otherworldly glow, the distinctive hum, the (illogical, but who cares?) weight of the blade. For the Jedi, a lightsaber is a symbol of their innate exceptionalism; for Luke, it’s a connection to his father; for the Sith, it’s one more way to assert their dominance...
  • Fox News star sides with Obama on gun violence

    12/03/2015 7:21:41 AM PST · by rktman · 83 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 12/3/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Even as others in the media – including liberal MSNBC host Chris Hayes – decried President Obama for telling a Paris-based climate-change audience mass shootings only happen in America, one Fox News talking head came out in support of that White House mantra, saying only national television, post-San Bernardino massacre: this is unique to our country. Sheppard Smith said, of the mass shooting that left 14 dead and 17 injured, Obama was quite right in calling for gun control.
  • The Star Wars folding screens just unveiled at Kyoto’s Kiyomizu Temple are amazing

    12/02/2015 6:15:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Rocket News 24 ^ | December 1, 2015 | Preston Phro
    These Star Wars folding screens, unveiled at Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, are based on a traditional Japanese design…and they’re pretty awesome too! The folding screens pictured below were revealed on Monday at Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, one of Japan’s most famous and iconic Buddhist temples. How Disney arranged this, we have no idea, but we have to say that they’re certainly present a unique take on the originals!
  • George Lucas Explains Why Greedo Shoots Han Solo First in Star Wars (in revised edition)

    12/01/2015 12:46:37 PM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Time ^ | November 30, 2015 | James Hibberd
    Deep inside a compelling Washington Post profile of George Lucas is the Star Wars creator defending perhaps his most infamous bit of Special Edition tinkering: having Greedo shoot Han Solo first rather than the scruffy-looking smuggler taking a pre-emptive action.
  • NASA Says Indian Scientist's Theory Is Correct, Black Holes Don't Really Exist

    11/29/2015 4:24:52 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 49 replies
    India Times ^ | November 27, 2015 | Bobins Abraham
    American space agency, the NASA had recently observed flares of X-rays from a black hole, which goes against the conventional notion that they are compact particles with such huge gravity that even light can't escape. Last month NASA announced that two of its space telescopes caught a huge burst of X-ray spewing out of a super massive black hole. These flairs appeared to be be triggered by the eruption of a charged particle from the black hole, which according to conventional belief doesn't let anything out. The latest findings are in accordance with the theory of Indian astrophysicist Abhas Mitra...
  • George Lucas says if he could be any 'Star Wars' character, he'd be Jar Jar Binks

    11/19/2015 11:31:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 19, 2015 | Anjelica Oswald
    Of all the characters in "Star Wars," creator George Lucas says he'd be Jar Jar Binks in a video for Vanity Fair. "I like all the characters," he said when posed the question of which character he'd want to be, before making his unusual choice.
  • Surprise! Star Wars - The Force Awakens international trailer debuts with new images of Rey [tr]

    11/06/2015 8:05:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 6, 2015 | Heidi Parker
    An international cut of the Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer was released with no warning on Friday. The teaser, which can be seen on the Japanese version of the official Star Wars website, includes new images of Rey, played by British actress Daisy Ridley, as well as Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia. There are also plenty of new actions shots and dialogue.
  • 5 Reasons 'Star Wars' Tanks Make Absolutely No Sense

    10/31/2015 10:39:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 30, 2015 | Joe Pappalardo
    There are no shortage of ways in which a person could take issue with the war machines in the Star Wars universe. But instead of the illogical design of the lightsaber or the TIE fighter, we want to focus on the armored vehicles. Even in a universe of magical space samurai and moon-sized space stations, tanks are ever-present as alpha predators of ground battle. Yet the way the filmmakers imagined them violates many tenets of common sense weapons design.
  • 9 Reasons The Jedi Are Actually The Bad Guys In ‘Star Wars’

    10/30/2015 8:11:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 22, 2015 | Jonathan V. Last
    Editor’s note: The release of the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens reignited prior debates about the general nature of the goodness of the Jedi and the villainy of the Empire. We reached out to the author of the definitive piece making the case for the Empire, Jonathan Last, to offer reasons that the Jedi are actually the bad guys. 1. Midi-Chlorians Oh, you thought you could totally be down with the Force if you just reached out with your feelings and did-or-did-not? You thought the Force would be with you if you appreciated the worth of all...
  • The destruction of Alderaan was completely justified

    10/30/2015 6:07:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2015 | Sonny Brunch
    The Daily Beast’s Asawin Suebsaeng recently noted that “neoconservative Twitter” loves the Intergalactic Empire, the putative villains of the “Star Wars” universe, prompting much harrumphing from people who think this is nothing but petty trolling. As I always say, it’s not trolling if it’s true. Honestly, I have a hard time understanding why more people haven’t seen the light, so to speak, about the dark side of the Force.
  • 'Alien Megastructure' Mystery May Soon Be Solved

    10/28/2015 12:56:27 PM PDT · by ETL · 57 replies
    Space.com ^ | October 28, 2015 | Mike Wall - Space.com Senior Writer
    The mystery behind a strangely dimming star could soon be solved. Astronomers around the world are keeping a close eye on the star KIC 8462852, which has dimmed dramatically numerous times over the past few years, dropping in brightness by up to 22 percent. These big dips have spurred speculation that the star may be surrounded by some type of alien megastructure a hypothesis that will be put to the test if and when KIC 8462852 dims again. "As long as one of those events occurs again, we should be able to catch it in the act, and then...
  • Hottest, heaviest touching double star

    10/21/2015 3:19:56 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 49 replies
    EarthSky.org ^ | 10/21/15
    Hottest, heaviest touching double star Astronomers say the two stars might be heading for catastrophe. They will likely either merge to create a single giant star or form a double black hole. This artists impression shows VFTS 352 hottest and most massive double star system known to date where the two components are in contact and sharing material. Image via ESOWe know that many stars in our galaxy are in double or multiple systems, but here are two stars so close they touch. An international team of astronomers said this week (October 21, 2015) that this system known...
  • Why Conservatives Love the Galactic Empire

    10/21/2015 10:11:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | October 20, 2015 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    Heres a fun little secret about Politics Twitter, a very narrow, very coastal, very annoying corner of the Internet of which I am regrettably a part: Every time news about the Star Wars franchise has flared up over the past few years, Politics Twitter takes the opportunity to debate whether or not the Galactic Empire is evil. I am being serious. This is how we journalists spend our time, usually during work hours. Anyway, the Star Wars news this time around was the new trailer that dropped on Monday for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.
  • The Force Awakens? Sorry, but Star Wars has sucked for 40 overrated, overhyped, preposterous years

    10/21/2015 8:59:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 75 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 20, 2015 | Piers Morgan
    Last night, a very strange thing happened. I was lying in my Los Angeles bed when the earth moved in a way I havent experienced since a large quake knocked me onto the floor five years ago. Only this time not literally, more virtually. I was the unwitting victim of a televisual, cyberspace phenomenon; the single most exciting thing many Americans appeared to have witnessed since the lunar landing in 1969.
  • The New Star Wars Trailer, Analyzed (Revisionist History)

    10/21/2015 6:21:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 20, 2015 | Ben Domenech
    The internet is full of impressive amounts of very important news today, as per usual Joe Bidens will he or wont he crescendo is reaching its apex, Canada elected its Obama, the CIA directors personal email account was hacked, Gilmore Girls is coming back but there is nothing, NOTHING, more important than Star Wars, so today lets talk about the new trailer for The Force Awakens, less than two months away from release, which dropped during an edition of Monday Night Football featuring frequent Manningface. You have already seen it, so watch it again. And prepare for some analysis...
  • Star Wars Proves Targeted Killings Dont Work

    10/21/2015 6:18:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 20, 2015 | Matthew Gault
    The end of Return of the Jedi is one big party. Fireworks explode over the capital cities of the galaxys major planets, ewoks dance with wookies, Han and Leia kiss and Luke sets fire to his fathers corpse while the ghosts of his mentors watch. And why shouldnt they all be happy? In a stunning military operation, the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Empires major weapons system while Luke assassinated its two highest-value individuals. The deaths of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader meant the end of the Empire, right?
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ticket Presales Crash Fandango & Others

    10/19/2015 8:45:17 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    deadline.com ^ | 10-18-2015 | Ross A. Lincoln
    The months and months of hype have paid off for Disney and Lucasfilm this afternoon, as theater chains began offering advance ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which hits theaters two months from today on December 18. Perhaps a little too well, however. Legions of Star Wars fans immediately rushed to online ticket sellers to secure their seats but alas, the force is not strong with them. The sudden rush of demand from Jedi-happy fans has caused loading issues and site outages on purchasing platforms including Fandango, the Alamo Drafthouse, and AMC Theaters. Fandango was most seriously affected...
  • Did Astronomers Find Evidence of an Alien Civilization? Probably Not. But Still Cool.

    10/15/2015 8:55:50 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 30 replies
    Slate ^ | October 14, 2015 | By Phil Plait
    The paper doesnt mention aliens, and it doesnt even imply aliens. Not directly, at least. But the astronomers found a star so odd, with behavior so difficult to explain, that its clear something weird is happening there. And some of the astronomers who did the work are now looking into the idea that what theyve found might (might!) be due to aliens. But dont let this idea run away with you. The scientists involved are being very skeptical and approaching this the right way. The star is called KIC 8462852, and its one of more than a hundred thousand stars...
  • How Star Wars Will Blow Up The Record Books With A $615M+ Global Opening

    08/27/2015 6:21:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | August 26, 2015 | Anthony D'Alessandro and Nancy Tartaglione
    When Disney revives the long slumbering Star Wars franchise on December 18, The Force Awakens will take the global tentpole opening to a history-making high. How high? Many are already predicting a record $615M worldwide opening, and they have plenty of reason to be confident in that number. The first Star Wars in 1977 gave birth to the blockbuster era of filmmaking and grosses.
  • Astronomers find star with three super-Earths

    07/31/2015 10:02:33 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 30, 2015 | Staff
    This artist's rendition released by NASA on July 30, 2015 shows one possible appearance for the planet HD 219134b ======================================================================================================================== Astronomers said Thursday they had found a planetary system with three super-Earths orbiting a bright, dwarf starone of them likely a volcanic world of molten rock. The four-planet system had been hiding out in the M-shaped, northern hemisphere constellation Cassiopeia, "just" 21 light years from Earth, a team reported in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. It comprises four planetsone giant and three super-Earths orbiting a star dubbed HD219134. Super-Earths have a mass higher than Earth's but are lighter than gas...
  • Wicket the Ewok Is Coming Back in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Whether You Like It or Not

    06/09/2015 9:38:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    The Mary Sue ^ | June 8, 2015 | Dan Van Winkle
    Lots of Star Wars fans hate marketing-friendly Ewoks from Return of the Jedi with a passion (related: lots of Star Wars fans apparently hate everything that is good in life) and were likely holding out hope that Warwick Davis return in The Force Awakens didnt necessarily mean that Ewoks would be back. But theyre about to be disappointed: new promotional materials indicate that Davis will reprise his role of Wicket the Ewok.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- When Vega is North

    05/08/2015 4:16:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | May 08, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: In only about 12,000 years Vega will be the North Star, the closest bright star to our fair planet's North Celestial Pole. By then, when you fix your camera to a tripod long exposures of the night sky will show the concentric arcs of star trails centered on a point near Vega as Earth rotates on its axis. Of course, presently the bright star conveniently near the North Celestial Pole is Polaris, but that will change as the Earth's axis of rotation precesses, like the wobble of a spinning top with a precession period of about 26,000 years. If...
  • New exoplanet too big for its stars

    05/01/2015 9:10:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05/01/2015 | Provided by Australian National University
    The Australian discovery of a strange exoplanet orbiting a small cool star 500 light years away is challenging ideas about how planets form. "We have found a small star, with a giant planet the size of Jupiter, orbiting very closely," said researcher George Zhou from the Research School of Astrophysics and Astronomy. "It must have formed further out and migrated in, but our theories can't explain how this happened." In the past two decades more than 1,800 extrasolar planets (or exoplanets) have been discovered outside our solar system orbiting around other stars. The host star of the latest exoplanet, HATS-6,...
  • Obama still won't refer to the Armenian genocide by name. He should end the charade

    04/24/2015 8:16:52 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 17 replies
    Guardian ^ | Thursday, 23 April, 2015 | Ali Gharib
    The Armenian genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence, said a US senator named Barack Obama in 2008, before he sought to be elected to the highest office in the land. He was right then. He is so very wrong now. On 24 April 1915, near the end of the Ottoman empire, more than 200 Armenian intellectuals in Istanbul, most of whom were in government custody, were killed. More than a million of their kin were killed in the following...
  • Star Wars: The Nostalgia Awakens

    04/21/2015 10:05:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 21, 2015 | David Sims
    J.J. Abrams, the director tasked with bringing Star Wars back to the top of the crowded franchise heap, has always been happy to borrow. When he set out to make a new Star Trek and drag that moribund cinematic franchise back into blockbuster territory, he cheerfully swapped in some very familiar visual language to help it over the hill. Early on in the film, James Kirk (Chris Pine), nursing a desire to transcend his farmboy life, rides a motorcycle to see the U.S.S. Enterprise being built at a shipyard, and gazes up at it longingly. Star Wars fans would connect...
  • Could 'Star Wars' Open at $500 Million? The Force Is Strong

    04/21/2015 9:56:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 21, 2015 | Pamela McClintock
    As one executive puts it, if Star Wars: The Force Awakens doesn't score the biggest debut ever when it hits theaters Dec. 18, he'll "run up and down Sunset Boulevard naked." So how high could J.J. Abrams' reboot fly? The top U.S. opening is The Avengers, which launched to $207.4 million in May 2012 from 4,349 theaters. Disney's sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1), could become the new champ, but many believe Force Awakens has every chance of outrunning them both, even with the distraction of Christmas. Globally it could rake in nearly $540 million, topping the three-day record...
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

    04/16/2015 1:16:07 PM PDT · by grundle · 35 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 16, 2015
  • Its real and its spectacular: The new Star Wars trailer is out (2nd Teaser Trailer)

    04/16/2015 1:12:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 16, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Voiceover by Luke Skywalker? Cameo by gray-haired Han Solo? Another cameo by the black Stormtrooper? Not gonna lie. I plotzed.
  • Star Wars VIII gets a May 2017 release date as spinoff Star Wars: Rogue One begins shooting [tr]

    03/13/2015 8:20:41 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2015 | Heidi Parker
    Two pieces of Star Wars news were confirmed on Thursday during Disneys shareholder meeting in San Francisco. Star Wars VIII will be released on May 26, 2017, and will be written and directed by Rian Johnson of Looper fame. The film continues the saga after the events of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Disney's Bob Iger also revealed the spinoff movie Star Wars: Rogue One will start shooting this summer.
  • Harve Bennett Dies: Producer Of Star Trek Movies & TV Classics Was 84

    03/05/2015 5:47:35 PM PST · by Monty22002 · 24 replies
    deadline ^ | 3/5/2015 | Patrick Hipes
    Harve Bennett, the producer who helped guide four of Paramounts Star Trek movies in the 1980s and produced TV series Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, died Wednesday in Oregon. He was 84 and becomes the latest key figure lost from the seminal Star Trek franchise following Leonard Nimoys death February 27.
  • Leonard Nimoy, Spock of Star Trek, Dies at 83

    02/27/2015 9:16:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 229 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 27, 2015 | Virginia Heffernan
    Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut Star Trek, died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.