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Mark Hamill felt forced into returning for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Hamill said he, his wife, and Carrie Fisher were invited to a lunch by George Lucas' people while at a "Star Wars" event.<p>It struck Hamill as a bit odd. The actor figured it meant something big was going on; however, he never imagined it was another trilogy.<p>"George had told me specifically, he …

5 High-Powered Animal Celebrities Who Earn More Than You Do

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>On Sunday, the British tabloid <i>The Daily Express</i> made headlines the world over with its report that Internet meme sensation Grumpy Cat (née Tardar Sauce) had earned approximately $100 million since fall of 2012, when a picture on Reddit …

APOD: Io in True Color (2014 Mar 30) Image Credit: Galileo Project, JPL, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140330.html Explanation: The strangest moon in the Solar System is bright yellow. This picture, an attempt to show how Io would appear in the "true colors" perceptible to the average human eye, was taken in 1999 July by the Galileo spacecraft that orbited Jupiter from 1995 to 2003. Io's colors derive from sulfur and molten silicate rock. The unusual surface of Io is kept very young by its system of active volcanoes. The intense tidal gravity of Jupiter stretches Io and damps wobbles caused by Jupiter's other Galilean moons. The resulting friction greatly heats Io's interior, causing molten rock to explode through the surface. Io's volcanoes are so active that they are effectively turning the whole moon inside out. Some of Io's volcanic lava is so hot it glows in the dark. http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/galileo/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140330 #APOD

The aerial artistry of starling mumurations - video

I've seen huge gatherings of European starlings -- known as murmurations -- many times, but I never tire of watching them: the marvelous shapes that these large clouds of birds create in the sky, and their astonishing ability to avoid colliding with each other -- a catastrophe that would certainly …

No-Kill Caviar Aims To Keep The Treat And Save The Sturgeon

Caviar was once the food of kings and czars — and for a sturgeon, it meant death.<p>But a new technique of massaging the ripe eggs from a female sturgeon — without killing or even cutting the fish open— could make caviar more abundant, more affordable, and more accessible to all.<p>Best of all, says …

X-flare of Saturday, March 29

Solar flares are short-lived but powerful bursts of radiation. They are our solar system’s largest explosive events, lasting minutes to hours on the …

Dwarf Planet Discovery Hints at Hidden World Orbiting Solar System

Plenty of dwarf planets hide out beyond Pluto, perhaps steered by something much bigger.<p>Discovery of an icy "dwarf" world beyond Pluto hints that a much bigger planet may hide even farther out in the dim reaches of the solar system, astronomers suggested on Wednesday. (Read "Our Solar System" in</i> …

Is Earth Special?

Comments<p>Posts: 8<p>March 14, 2014<p>I'm a engineer. I don't "believe in" luck or chance. I want hard facts and plausible hypothesis. I don't accept a …