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Fans Build Full-Size Millennium Falcon Replica

Unpaid debts to Hutts not included<p>Huntsville, Alabama is a lot closer to space than most places on the planet. Not, like, literally--the elevation is just 620 feet above sea level--but culturally and metaphorically. During the space race, Huntsville tested and developed many rockets for the Apollo …

Google's Project SkyBender Is Another Internet-Firing Drone

What about the balloons?<p>It seems if you control a large portion of the internet, you have vested interest in getting the internet to more people. Both Facebook and Google have been testing aerial devices that would be able to provide reliable wireless internet access in remote locations. Until now, …

You Can Now Pilot The Millennium Falcon In Google Street View

Not available on Coruscant, sadly<p>Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon may be among the fastest ships in the <i>Star Wars</i> universe, but it’s never had to contend with London traffic. In time for the hotly anticipated <i>Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens</i> coming out next week (December 17), a fan has released …

Government Scientists Neither Confirm Nor Deny 'Star Wars' Starkiller Research

They do know a suspicious amount about energy and force in space<p>Running a Galactic Empire requires a lot of energy. Actually, that’s true for every faction in <i>Star Wars</i>: legions of electronic droids need some sort of power supply, and even the Rebel Alliance has to worry about sustaining secret …

This Professor Calculated The True Cost of Destroying The Death Star

The Star Wars superweapon is an economic catastrophe as well as a planetary one<p>Everyone, from President Obama down to a lowly moisture farmer on Tatooine can agree that planet-destroying weapons are bad news. Barring a few Imperial hold-outs, it’s clear that not only is the Death Star massively …

These fighter jets inspired the aircraft in 'Star Wars'

From WWII to long ago and far, far away.<p>During George Lucas’s childhood in the 1950s, World War II was still very much a part of popular culture despite being safely in the rearview mirror. Action heroes frequented the silver screen in large numbers, and none were more glamorous than fighter …

Scientists Try to Grow Peruvian Potatoes on "Mars"

The potato, whether fried, roasted or mashed, is one of the most popular foods in the world—not only is it delicious and versatile, it also needs …

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Small Asteroid to Pass Close to Earth March 8

<b>UPDATED ON FEB. 25 AT 2:40 P.M. PT:</b><p>Additional observations of asteroid 2013 TX68 have been obtained, refining its orbital path and moving the date of …