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  • Star Wars: Episode VIII now has a title The Last Jedi

    01/23/2017 10:59:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | January 23, 2017 | Anthony Breznican
    What was once Episode VIII is now The Last Jedi. When cameras started rolling last year on the eighth film in the Skywalker family story, writer-director Rian Johnson used the tongue-in-cheek working title Space Bear, and numerous rumors (most of them false) about the possible real title have circulated ever since.
  • A bright new star will burst into the sky in five years, astronomers predict

    01/06/2017 9:14:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies ^ | January 6 at 11:15 AM | Blaine P. Friedlander Jr.
    A team of astronomers is making a bold forecast: A binary star found in the summer constellation Cygnus the swan will burst into a red nova sometime in 2022. When the two stars in the binary system crash into one another, they will create a brick-red beacon so bright that sky gazers will see it with the naked eye, Larry Molnar of Calvin College said Friday at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Grapevine, Tex. As the constellation Cygnus glides gracefully along the Milky Way every late spring and summer, the cosmic birds left wing houses a faint binary star...
  • Kylo Ren Reviews Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (SPOILERS!)

    12/24/2016 4:56:02 PM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    You Tube ^ | December 22, 2016 | Auralnauts
    By popular demand, Kylo Ren shares his thoughts on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • Rogue One soars to second-best December debut with $155M

    12/19/2016 6:05:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 80 replies
    AP ^ | December 18, 2016 | Staff
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story soared to the top of the weekend box office as expected, scoring the second-best December opening ever with $155 million in estimated ticket sales.
  • Homeless Trump Supporter Guards His Hollywood Star from Leftists

    Homeless Trump Supporter Guards His Hollywood Star from Leftists
  • Vandal With Axe Breaks Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star to Pieces

    10/26/2016 8:33:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    KNBC-TV ^ | October 26, 2016 | Jonathan Lloyd
    Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was in pieces Wednesday morning after it was vandalized overnight by a man with an axe. The Republican presidential candidate and former "Apprentice" host received the star in January 2007. The star in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard, a prominent location on the Walk of Fame not far from the Hollywood and Highland Center, was broken into pieces overnight by a man with some type of hammer or axe, according to a boulevard street performer. Los Angeles police confirmed they are investigating the vandalism report, received at about 6 a.m....
  • Rogue One Second Trailer: Blame Mads Mikkelsen For The Death Star

    10/13/2016 7:53:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | Octobr 13, 2016 | Ross A. Lincoln
    Descending upon us like an opening crawl of text just over two months to the day before it debuts in theaters, its the (possibly) final trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The new spot debuted this morning during Good Morning America and you can watch it here now.
  • 'Alien Megastructure' Star Keeps Getting Stranger

    10/05/2016 5:46:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies ^ | 10/05/2016 | Mike Wall
    The more scientists learn about "Tabby's Star," the more mysterious the bizarre object gets. Newly analyzed observations by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope show that the star KIC 8462852 whose occasional, dramatic dips in brightness still have astronomers scratching their heads has also dimmed overall during the last few years. ... KIC 8462852 hit the headlines last September, when a team of astronomers led by Tabetha Boyajian of Yale University announced that the star had dimmed dramatically several times over the past few years in one case, by a whopping 22 percent. These brightness dips are too...
  • Researchers just found a second 'Dyson Sphere' star - But still no aliens

    09/02/2016 7:06:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 9/2/16 | Bec Crew
    When astronomers discovered a strange pattern of light near a distant star called KIC 8462852 back in October, it was like nothing anyone had observed before. When a planet passes in front of star, the stars brightness usually dips by around 1 percent, but KIC 8462852 has been experiencing dips of up to 22 percent, suggesting that something huge is zooming past. And now a second star with strange dips in brightness has been identified. Named EPIC 204278916, the star is estimated to be about the size of our Sun in diameter, but has only half its mass. It was...
  • New Documentary Is Wrong: The Star Wars Prequels Are Just Plain Bad

    08/31/2016 6:56:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 86 replies
    HeatStreet ^ | August 29, 2016 | Emily Zanotti
    A new documentary is challenging Star Wars fans to unlearn what they have learned about the awful prequels that ruined our childhoods and stole our innocence about future Star Wars films. Not that Im bitter. Anyway, a handful of prequels fans decided a few years ago to crowdfund The Prequels Strike Back, a documentary that is supposed to give people a fresh new perspective on The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, based on scholarly commentary from no less than arts expert Camille Paglia and Jonathan Young, a Joseph Campbell scholar.
  • BBC America To Air Star Trek [TOS] Marathon In Runup To Dirk Gently Premiere [ed]

    08/25/2016 7:22:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | August 24, 2016 | Denise Petski
    The Dirk Gently countdown has begun. Ahead of the October premiere of its anticipated original series Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency, BBC America will air a Star Trek marathon of uncut digitally remastered HD versions of the original episodes of the series first and second seasons. Theyll begin airing on Thursday, September 8, the 50th anniversary of the iconic series premiere on NBC, and run through Sunday, September 11.
  • Long queues at Singapore hawker stalls awarded with Michelin stars

    08/21/2016 4:19:53 PM PDT · by dennisw · 23 replies
    straitstimes. ^ | Jul 22, 2016,
    SINGAPORE - Less than 12 hours after his stall was awarded one star in the inaugural Singapore Michelin Guide, Mr Chan Hon Meng, 51, was back at work whipping up his signature soya sauce chicken dish for customers at Chinatown Complex. A queue of 10 people had formed at his Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle outlet even before it opened on Friday (July 22) morning. As of 10.30am, there were 21 people in the queue. Following his award, Mr Chan is considering introducing new dishes and opening another outlet. He told The Straits Times he has no...

    08/13/2016 7:23:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 12, 2016 | Auralnauts
    Who better to offer their perspective on the new Rogue One trailer than history buff Kylo Ren.
  • Tabbys Star: More weirdness

    08/11/2016 4:31:57 AM PDT · by samtheman · 32 replies ^ | August 10, 2016 | Deborah Byrd
    Remember Tabbys Star? Its the star that astronomer Tabetha Boyajian who reported its strangeness in a Ted Talk in February, 2016 famously called the most mysterious star in the galaxy. Its mysterious because astronomers have never seen another star do what this star does. One explanation for the strange dimming of its light is that the star has an alien-built megastructure a Dyson sphere around it. Does it? Will we ever know for sure? Those are unanswered questions, but, while youre pondering it, heres the latest on this wonderful star. On August 3, 2016, two astronomers...
  • In Cosmic First, Scientists Spy a Star's Snow Line

    07/14/2016 6:24:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | July 13, 2016 01:00pm ET | Sarah Lewin,
    For the first time, astronomers have caught a glimpse of the water snow line around a star the point in the young star's orbiting disk of debris where snow and ice first appear. Normally, that boundary huddles too close to the star for astronomers to see it, but this particular star had a sudden burst of brightness that superheated its disk, obliterating ice further out than usual. ... A newborn star is surrounded by an orbiting pancake of gas, dust and debris the raw materials from which its complement of alien planets will eventually form. Most stars are...
  • [Vanity] What Paul Ryan Really Said (Never Saw Star)

    07/05/2016 9:53:42 PM PDT · by Williams · 19 replies
    Kelly File
    I just watched Ryan on the Kelly File show. He was very clear that he could not see the Trump "star" image that she was displaying on the screen, AND that he had not seen it previously. He said that IF it was an anti-Semitic image, it should not have been used, that he believes a "flunky"at the campaign selected the image, AND that they have to get better control of their social media operation. He then went on to say he absolutely endorses Trump over Hillary Clinton. So Ryan never saw the image (that's his claim at least) and...
  • WIKIPEDIA: 6th Infantry Division (The New Silly Semiotics of Microagressions the Red Star controver

    07/04/2016 9:06:11 AM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 30 replies
    WIKIPEDIA ^ | 07/04/2016 | Vanity
    Trump posted a comment of the red star controversy a couple of hours ago on Twitter, so I guess the liberal media is pushing this nonsense for all it's worth. I've been doing armchair semiotical studies, researching insignia, signs, & symbols for over a day now, and could only find one match to the red star posted in a Trump tweet. And it's an exact match. It's the insignia of the U.S. Army 6th Infantry Division, especially in WWII.
  • Lewandowski: The media uproar over Trumps anti-Hillary tweet with a Star of David shape is....

    07/03/2016 4:10:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 104 replies
    Hot ^ | July 3, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    I passed on this yesterday because I agreed with what Lewandowski says here, more or less. It’s not a matter of political correctness or incorrectness, it’s a matter of “dog whistle” accusations being unfalsifiable. How do you prove that Trump, or whoever posted that image from his account, saw something anti-semitic in the shape of the star and tweeted it out hoping that others would see it too? As a matter of strategy, how would it benefit him to do something like that? White supremacists, presumably the target audience for the “dog whistle,” have been vocal about supporting him, but...
  • There's a disturbance in the force! Star Wars spin-off Rogue One is 'so bad Disney chiefs ordered F

    05/31/2016 6:08:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 31, 2016 | Mike Larkin
    It has a release date that is not so far, far away. But Disney bosses are apparently so alarmed at how bad the new Star Wars spin-off movie Rogue One is that they have ordered four weeks of expensive reshoots in a bid to salvage the project. After the money-making bonanza that was The Force Awakens, they are reportedly shocked at how the new film, which takes place shortly before the original Star Wars and features delicate English starlet Felicity Jones as a tough-talking maverick pilot.
  • A Rising GOP Stars Dilemma: Should She Back Trump?

    04/17/2016 9:03:54 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 199 replies ^ | 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 ^ | 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 · 59 replies ^ | October 28, 2015 | Mike Wall - 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 ^ | 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...