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#McQuarrieMonday - This early McQuarrie city concept eventually became Lothal's Capital City on #StarWarsRebels. http://t.co/9lU2QCjECH

Astromech Droid

Astromech droids are a series of versatile utility robots generally used for the maintenance and repair of starships and related technology. These …

Repairs

APOD: A Laser Strike at the Galactic Center (2013 Dec 01) Image Credit: Yuri Beletsky (ESO) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131201.html Explanation: Why are these people shooting a powerful laser into the center of our Galaxy? Fortunately, this is not meant to be the first step in a Galactic war. Rather, astronomers at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) site in Chile are trying to measure the distortions of Earth's ever changing atmosphere. Constant imaging of high-altitude atoms excited by the laser -- which appear like an artificial star -- allow astronomers to instantly measure atmospheric blurring. This information is fed back to a VLT telescope mirror which is then slightly deformed to minimize this blurring. In this case, a VLT was observing our Galaxy's center, and so Earth's atmospheric blurring in that direction was needed. As for inter-galaxy warfare, when viewed from our Galaxy's center, no casualties are expected. In fact, the light from this powerful laser would combine with light from our Sun to together appear only as bright as a faint and distant star. http://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1036a/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131201 #APOD

Mother hurt in Alaska plane crash leaves dying infant to lead searchers to site

After phoning for help in resuscitating her baby, a 25-year-old woman on a plane that crashed in remote southwest Alaska led searchers hampered by cold and fog to the crash site.<p>The single-engine aircraft carrying 10 people went down Friday night near the village of Saint Marys, killing four people …

Thai troops deployed in Bangkok as second demonstrator is shot dead in continuing unrest

Dead toll from political violence in Bangkok rises to two as army deploys troops to protect official buildings from anti-government protesters<p>A "red shirt" Thai government supporter was shot and killed early on Sunday, raising the death toll to two from political violence in Bangkok as protesters …

The $299 Blu Life Pro is aimed at the selfie set with a 5-megapixel front cam

When we first spotted the decently spec'd Blu Life series, it seemed like a nice Android handset option for folks on a budget. However, the times they have a-changed, and the former KIRF company's latest device, the Blu Life Pro, is now looking decidedly less cheap. Spec-wise, it's packing a 720p …

Microsoft appears set to abandon Windows RT

Operating system based on ARM chips for tablet devices could be killed off in 2014<p>Microsoft look set to ditch Windows RT, its version of Windows for tablet which runs on Arm-based processors rather than Intel, according to comments made by a senior executive at the company.<p>Julie Larson-Green, …