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There's a wonderful hidden 'Indiana Jones' reference in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

In an interview with Nerdist, Matthew Wood, supervising sound editor, and David Acord, supervising sound editor and sound designer, revealed how they created some of what you hear in the film.<p>"When the Rathtar is rolling down the hallway after Han and Chewie, I put in the sound of Ben Burtt's …

Star Wars

Swirling mystery of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

The Great Red Spot has been swirling wildly over Jupiter for the past 150 years, but scientists still aren’t sure what causes the gigantic storm’s …

Astronomy

What black holes like to eat

Astronomers have caught a monster black hole in the act of eating a star. But, they say, stars are not standard fare for black holes.<p>Gigantic black …

Wikileaks docs offer insight into Saudi diplomats’ world

At the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, diplomats talked about airing the grievances of disenchanted local youth using Facebook and Twitter. At the embassy in Khartoum, they reported anxiously on Iran's military aid to Sudan.<p>Meanwhile the Saudi mission in Geneva was stuck dealing with a multi-million …

Middle East

DARPA is working on something way better than GPS

When your location marker on Google Maps is pinging all over the place, it's usually due to temperamental GPS signal. DARPA thinks this isn't cutting it anymore, and is developing a "radically" new tech that will offer real-time position tracking -- something that'll work despite blind spots or …