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'MythBusters' tackles 'Star Wars' lightsaber science

Still wondering what sort of tactical advantage "Star Wars" character Obi-Wan Kenobi was boasting about when he informed friend-turned-foe Anakin Skywalker that their long lightsaber battle was over due to his "higher ground" positioning? Is it possible for a lightsaber to deflect blaster fire? If …

Life in the Slow(er) Lane: Revisiting the Long-Lost Giant Cheetah

For the most part, a cat is a cat is a cat. Large or small, domestic or wild, most are agile ambush predators that subsist almost entirely on meat. But then there’s the cheetah. It’s a cat that hunts like a dog. The felid’s claws are more like cleats than the retractable armaments of its relatives, …

13 ANIME YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY WATCH BEFORE YOU DIE- PART II

6) Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magicka<p>This anime series is done by the one and only Gen the Butcher. Although it may appear like a regular magical moe type …

Could 'Catios,' a.k.a. 'Cat Patios,' Prevent Cats from Destroying the Planet?

It might sound like something out of "Portlandia," but advocates say these enclosures can prevent cats from killing birds en masse.<p>There are an estimated 50 million feral cats living in America right now. That's not <i>outdoor</i> cats, the ones who roam the neighborhood but whose owners call them in at …

Pets

Strange 'Haloes' On Pluto Puzzle NASA Scientists

This dwarf planet in the farthest end of our Solar System is one of the least known planets known to mankind more so due to its distance from …

Cat stationmaster Tama mourned in Japan and elevated as goddess

The calico cat was appointed stationmaster at the Kishi station in western Japan in 2007 and died early last week. Now she has been mourned by company officials<p>Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a …

Custom ‘Star Wars’ X-Wing Starfighter and ‘Star Trek’ U.S.S. ‘Enterprise’ Coffee Tables Handcrafted From Wood

Tennessee-based furniture designer Barry Shields has handcrafted two beautiful custom coffee tables from wood that look like an X-wing starfighter …

Furniture

How To Walk Your Cat On A Leash, And Why You Should

Have you ever seen a cat being walked on a leash? It is one of the most perplexing but delightful sights.<p>As it turns out, walking a cat on a leash isn't some senseless gimmick. Many felines find great pleasure in time spent outside, enjoying the sounds of birds chirping and the scent of freshly cut …

Pets

The Most Hilarious Robo-Falls from the DARPA Robotics Challenge

More like DERPA robotics challenge<p>DARPA's Robotics Challenge is a collection of some of the most brilliant minds on the planet, and the brilliant and unique machines they build and command.<p>If you haven't already been watching, the finals kicked off on Friday. And in it, 25 teams with 25 robots …

CatCon Is Coming To Los Angeles And Bringing A Whole Lot Of Cat Art With It

Jason Edward Davis, "Camping Incident"<p>"It's like Comic Con, but for cat people," writer and CatConLA organizer Susan Michals explained to The Huffington Post. Not that the phrase "CatCon" isn't comprehensible enough -- both cats and conventions are staple elements of nerd culture in the United …

Pets

Han Solo mini-fridge lets you store your drinks in carbonite

This fridge is alive and in perfect hibernation. ThinkGeek is out with a Han Solo mini-fridge that lets you encase your very own nerf herder in carbonite.<p>"I love you," you say. "I know," says your fridge.<p>ThinkGeek has released an amazing mini-fridge that's sure to please "Star Wars" geeks, as it …

Han Solo

Watch The Wildly Different Reactions Of Wild Animals Seeing Themselves In A Mirror

One of the most justifiably beloved Internet memes in existence is Unlikely Animal Friendships. (Now also available in TV show-form!) As a new video proves, though, the most unlikely animal friendship of all is just might be with one’s own reflection.<p>French photographer Xavier Hubert Brierre …

Animal pictures of the week: 29 May 2015 - Telegraph

Ornithology

Paralyzed Kitten Walks Again Thanks to a 3D Printed Wheelchair

Over the past year or so, we have reported on numerous stories of dogs with missing or disabled limbs who have been given a second chance on life, …

3D Printing

Giraffe has zig-zag spine (but don't worry, all the other giraffes treat him normally)

The Masai giraffe is believed to have suffered with a wonky neck for five years after being injured in an accident<p>A giraffe with a broken neck has proved its survival instinct after surviving for five years with a zig-zag spine.<p>The Masai giraffe was discovered by photographer Mark Drysdale whilst …

Black Angel: Empire Strikes Back short film found on YouTube

<i>Black Angel</i> was the opening act for one of the most popular films ever made, but unless you saw <i>The Empire Strikes Back</i> overseas you probably never …

Everything You Need to Know About Nikon AF Modes

If you’re a Nikon shooter who wants a better grasp of how your camera’s autofocus settings work, check out this 11-minute video by Steve Perry of …

27 Perfectly Hilarious Star Wars Memes

"May the 4th be with you." You're going to hear that a lot that day, because May 4th is a magical, 24-hour window in which all manner of fans -- aficionados, diehards, 'shippers, collectors, geeks, Princess Leia lookalikes, etc. -- come together (IRL and online) to celebrate their love for George …

Movies

Manly Art: 18 Virile Artists from the Past to the Present | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This post was a collaboration between AoM and Sam Gambino, a manly artist in his own right.</i><p>My first exposure to art was in grade …