Stories tagged Star Wars

There's actually a lot of real science here: A lot of the medical science, such as prosthetics, that were science fiction in the 1970s are turning into science fact today.
There's actually a lot of real science here: A lot of the medical science, such as prosthetics, that were science fiction in the 1970s are turning into science fact today.Courtesy Steve Carter
Scientific American has done a nice little feature on the science of the new Star Wars film, The Clone Wars. The feature has some images from the film too, as well as an interview with Jeanne Cavelos, the author of book, The Science of Star Wars. Personally, I keep waiting for the day when we can actually make a real lightsaber. I know all the reasons why they are just totally impossible (like, making light travel five feet and then just stop) but they are just so cool. Tons of interesting links and so forth - worth checking out!

Apr
02
2008

Vader smells like ashtrays and bug spray: I wouldn't feel safe either.
Vader smells like ashtrays and bug spray: I wouldn't feel safe either.Courtesy greeneyedzeke
There has been another Jedi battle in England.

First off, this isn’t science news so much as science-fiction news, but I am convinced that you will find it relevant, what with the Star wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit on its way to the SMM.

Jedi Master Jonba Hehol—known to some as Barney Jones, hairdresser—of Holyhead, England, was in his backyard giving an interview for a documentary when the Sith lord himself, Darth Vader, vaulted over Jonba’s garden fence, and proceeded to battle Master Hehol, the founder of the first British Jedi Church.

Now, when I say “battle,” what I mean is “assault with a metal crutch.” Hehol’s Jedi powers, one assumes, are suited more for hairdressing, and, Master though he is, he was soon laid low by the crutch-wielding Vader. The dark Jedi—who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol—then proceeded to attack the camera crew.

“This wasn’t a joke,” claims the cowed Helol. “This was serious.”

Serious indeed. And just imagine how serious things would have been if Vader had thrown down with his lightsaber instead of a crutch. All sorts of stuff would have hit the fan then. Limbs and things.

Jan
07
2008

A reenactment of last week's battle: Observe how the young Jedi holds the hilt of his saber with his lips as well as his hands. An ancient and effective technique.
A reenactment of last week's battle: Observe how the young Jedi holds the hilt of his saber with his lips as well as his hands. An ancient and effective technique.Courtesy linkswamp
Is everyone excited about the Star Wars exhibit coming to the museum this summer (June 13-August 24)? Of course you are. Some things are almost universally loved, things like tee ball, ninja turtles, thin mints, and, naturally, Star Wars.

Sure, you can dress up as an ewok for the exhibit, or as everyone’s favorite effete robot, and if you play your cards right (see the link above) you can get yourself some early tickets, but, as far as I’m concerned, you’ll be hard pressed to prove your devotion to the series after the events of the last week.

Yes, a little boy in England has just proven himself to be a most courageous Jedi by defending his mother with a toy lightsaber. Where did this happen? Where all epic battles happen – on the street, the street in front of a bakery.

As the boy and his mother were walking to their car, a strange man approached them and verbally abused and punched the mother, provoking a “Star Wars-style attack” from the eleven-year-old boy. Clearly finding himself out matched, the attacker soon fled down the street.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, this would have made a lot more sense. Still, it’s pretty awesome here on Earth.

As a special treat, and a Science Buzz exclusive, we have obtained actual footage of the young man practicing his lightsaber fighting techniques. Check it out. And come see Sar Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination this summer. Everyone who’s anyone will be there.

Sep
05
2007

The crew of STS-120: Image courtesy NASA.
The crew of STS-120: Image courtesy NASA.
NASA space shuttle mission STS-120 this October will be brining more to the International Space Station (ISS) than the Harmony module, which will provide attachment points for European and Japanese laboratory modules. In addition, it will bring the original prop lightsaber from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The prop is being flown to the ISS to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise, which began with 1977’s Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

As both a Star Wars nut and a fan of most things space related, I read this story with mixed feelings. Is this more a PR opportunity for Star Wars or NASA? Star Wars can almost do no wrong in my mind (except possibly with Jar-Jar Binks) and I wonder if this story, while giving props to Star Wars, isn’t really more of a boost to NASA for being associated with something cool like Star Wars. Personally, I think a lot of stuff NASA does is cool but I know a lot of people who could care less about NASA and space in general (I call them “space haters”).

And, hey, its something fun. I’ve read a few blogs that are accusing NASA of wasting funds on this, but I doubt this cost NASA much in terms of money, and probably has exposed them in a fun and positive light. I’m all for it.