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Google Like A Jedi With 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' App Themes

This is the Android you're looking for<p>Disney is promoting <i>Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens</i> any which way it can. Pre-ticket sales during Monday Night Football, Force Friday for fans of Star Wars mercy and numerous TV spots have those done their part to get everyone excited. Hype levels this …

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 …

Bill Hader And Ben Schwartz Cameo In 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

A surprising twist behind the voice of BB-8<p>We've already shared our spoiler-free impressions of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>, but without revealing any plot details, the film's biggest twist came during the title credits. Voicing BB-8, the latest, lovable droid in the George Lucas franchise, are …

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 …

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Q&A: How 'Star Wars' Creators Made BB-8 Into A Robot Icon

R2-D2 finally gets a robotic rival<p><i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> doesn’t hit theaters until December 18, but it already has a breakout star: BB-8, the endearing ball droid that made its debut in the movie trailer this summer. Rather than rely on computer graphics, director J.J. Abrams asked the …

Raytheon Pitches New Weapons To Fix 'Star Wars' Military Flaws

This time it's about the movies, not the missile systems<p>Raytheon is one of America’s defense giants, known for making cruise missiles for ships, putting radar on blimps, and proposing a space-based anti-missile defense system. This week, in anticipation of a little-known art film called <i>Star Wars:</i> …

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How The Original 'Star Wars' Was Covered In 'Popular Science' In 1977

A long time ago...<p>You definitely don't need the Force to know that the staff of <i>Popular Science</i> is a bunch of nerds, and that we've been more excited than most for the arrival of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens.</i> But that wasn't always the case. Here's how we covered the movie that started the whole saga …

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 …

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 …

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Fanboy Review: The Best Since 'Empire Strikes Back'

Spoiler-free<p><i>Popular Science photo director Thomas Payne is a lifelong Star Wars fan, and he was one of the lucky few who saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens last night, before its official release date of December 17, 2015. Read on to discover his initial thoughts and appraisal. We've kept his review</i> …