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A physicist just wrote a paper on why destroying the Death Star would have wiped out the Ewoks

That's the disturbing first line of a white paper a physicist exclusively submitted to Tech Insider.<p>With "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" storming movie theaters, we had to know if George Lucas overlooked a critical moment where the last film in the series, "Return of the Jedi," left off 32 years ago.<p>…

Physics

NASA shows the sharpest ever close-up photos of Pluto

I can practically hear you groan -- <i>more</i> Pluto photos? Well, these are kind of special: they're the sharpest pictures the New Horizons probe took during its closest flyby in July, and NASA believes these may be the best snapshots of the dwarf planet we'll see for decades to come. These series of …

Bright orange monkey born at Sydney's Taronga zoo is a rare François’ langur

Sydney’s Taronga zoo has announced the birth of a bright orange François’ langur, one of the world’s rarest monkeys.<p>The male infant, named Nangua – the Mandarin word for pumpkin – was discovered in his mother Meili’s arms by keepers on 7 November.<p>François’ langurs are born with bright orange fur …

Apes

Astronomers discover new distant object in the solar system

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a miniature planet that is the most distant body ever found in the solar system, scientists said on Wednesday.<p>"We can't really classify the object yet, as we don't know its orbit," said Scott Sheppard, an astronomer …

Astronomy

800-square-mile Texas ranch for sale; all yours for $725 million

For sale: the biggest American ranch ever put on the block -- larger than Los Angeles and New York City combined -- nearly 800 square miles of north Texas prairie, cattle pasture and, of course, oil fields.<p>Price tag: $725 million, more than quadruple the biggest public sale of a U.S. ranch to …

Nasa images of cosmic catastrophe give glimpse of Earth's ultimate fate

The destruction of a solar system has been captured for the first time by astronomers who said the violent events provide a grim glimpse of Earth’s ultimate fate.<p>Images taken by Nasa’s Kepler 2 space mission reveal the rocky remains of a world that is being torn apart as it spirals around a dead …

Universe

Are Those Really Alien Megastructures? How Astronomers Plan To Investigate

There's something weird happening around a faraway star.<p>Skywatchers have noticed something "bizarre" in the data from the planet-hunting Kepler telescope. Located 1,480 light-years away, a star named KIC 8462852 has something big circling around it, and it's not a planet.<p>Usually when a planet …

Universe