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Warp Speed: This Is What You’d Really See

What would you see if you approached the speed of light? If Star Trek and Star Wars are anything to go by, the stars in front of you will get bright and turn into streaks. There might even be some psychedelic fun with weird colors. And wormholes if you’re lucky. Forget the wormholes, we’ll talk about those later. Sadly, sci-fi is wrong. You’d actually see a bright blog surrounded by darkness. Don’t take my word for it, those spoilsport physicists have ruined our star trekking dreams again. Read more…

White House Rejects ‘Death Star’ Petition

In a wonderful White House statement titled “This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For,” Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, responded to a petition submitted to the White House’s “We the People” website. The petition was created on Nov. 14, 2012, urging the President to “secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.” Read more…

(The White House may be against blowing up planets, but where does that leave Pluto?)

A wonderful bit of retro moviemaking for your weekend viewing pleasure: Filming the Millennium Falcon (via retronaut.com)

Star Wars Icons Made into Origami

Software engineer Martin Hunt, who lives in London, has found a way to fold Star Wars ships, droids and other characters into origami. He started when he was studying math at Southampton University.He has created 20 designs already, which you can see on his website, Starwarigami, and has planned a list of 83 more designs which will be coming from a galaxy far far away.

In October, Hunt showed some of his paper versions at the London MCM Expo and Comic Con, and currently he’s seeking a publisher for a book.

does this look like star wars’ Sarlacc to anyone else?

mad-as-a-marine-biologist:

Peek inside a Leatherback Turtle’s (Dermochelys coriacea) mouth: How to eat jelly fish when your mouth is an exquisitely evolved jellyfish deathbed. 

We know turtles like to eat jellyfish, and the Leatherback likes them most of all. However, this is the biggest turtle, consuming a prey that extremely low nutritional value, therefore it has to nom on a lot of them. As it does so, it takes in saltwater as well. The jellies and the saltwater get stored in the esophagus. 

What happens next you ask? Is it to do with the horrific looking backwards facing spines that don’t look comfortable in anything’s mouth? 

But of course! Because that is the beauty of evolution, the refined logic of adaptation. 

The muscles of the esophagus squeeze the seawater out of the mouth and the spines, which get progressively larger down the esophagus, hold the jellyfish in place. Once all the water is gone, the jellies are passed into the stomach. 

This is one of the many *awesome* characteristics of the leatherback turtle - trawling for jellyfish on this earth for over 90 million year. 

Trawling for fish/shrimp (by humans, not leatherbacks), is one of the reasons Leatherbacks are classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List. 

Source: Evolution FB

Maybe it wasn’t so long ago in a galaxy quite so far, far away.

Star Wars-Like Planet With Two Suns Spotted

Most stars like our sun are not singletons, but rather come in pairs that orbit each other. Scientists had found planets in these binary systems, so-called circumbinary planets with two suns like Tatooine in the “Star Wars” universe.

Intriguingly, the outer planet lurks in the system’s habitable zone, where a rocky planet like Earth is the right temperature to have liquid water on its surface.

One of the stars is much like our sun, and the other is about a third its size and 175 times fainter. The inner and outer planets are respectively 3 and 4.6 times Earth’s diameter — the smaller planet is the smallest circumbinary planet seen yet.

drink the blue milk…

"Think of it as lowering the threshold of flight, down to the domain of ATV’s."

Who wants one?! (I do!)

Hover Vehicle Being Tested For All-Terrain Use

The lack of hovercrafts in this day and age is often lamented in the tech community. But now Aeroflex, a high-tech company based in California, is testing an aerial vehicle that uses two ducted rotors to hover above the ground.

ride one…

Person 1: “That’s no moon, it’s a planet-vaporizing free satellite militarized carrier station.”
Person 2: “I think we’ll need a better name for it.”
Person 1: “How about the The Killer Komet! The Grey Glob! The Scheiße Satellite! The Planetary ANnihilating-Neutralizing Ball!”
Person 2: “Plan B?”
Person 1: “Yeah. PLAN B.”
Person 2: “No.”

Vaporizing Planets in the Name of Science

One sure-fire way to grab an audience’s attention is to vaporize a planet, amirite?
We saw the destruction of Vulcan in Star Trek, the end of Krypton in the Christopher Reeves-era Superman, and the Death Star vaporized Alderaan in Star Wars. Even in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams went all in, vaporizing the Earth right off the bat, all because an alien race known as the Vogons want to make way for a hyperspatial express route. All this destruction begs the question…

could we really do it…?

Beautiful view of the Perseids meteor shower

I dislike the term “spaceship earth,” but it’s hard to deny we’re spinning like a top, zooming around the sun on an arm of a revolving galaxy thats flying through the universe. We’re movin’ man!

This long exposure composition of the Perseid meteor shower will take your breath away. It doesn’t hurt to have a Star Wars reference in there.

jkottke:

Perseids Composite

There’s nothing like a composite photo of the Perseids meteor shower to hammer home the realization that the Earth is hurtling through space like the Millennium Falcon making the Kessel Run.

This involves geekitude on so many levels. Everything from knowledge of the planet Hoth, to forensics and Newton’s Law of Cooling. Not to mention the assumed rectal temperature of tauntaun.

Oh, science. We love you.

jtotheizzoe:

Science Proves Luke Skywalker Should Have Died In The Tauntaun’s Belly

Forensic Tauntaunologists use Newton’s Law of Cooling and the diagnostic criterion of hypothermia to determine whether Han actually accidentally left him for dead in the icy Hoth wilderness.

(via io9)

Princess Leia-Like Hologram Coming Soon

At a recent tech forum, Microsoft Research unveiled a prototype of an augmented reality application called Holoflector.

The system includes an LCD panel a few feet behind a large, translucent mirror equipped with a motion-detecting Kinect camera on top.

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