Sesame Street's Star Wars Parody Is Predictably Adorable

Remember that classic scene in Star Wars where Only One Cannoli tells Flan Solo to "Use the Four"—a simple counting trick—as a surefire method to curb his craving for his sidekick Chewie? No? Oh wait, yeah—that's from Star S'mores, this perfect parody brought to you by the lovable muppets of Sesame Street. » 9/12/14 12:42pm 9/12/14 12:42pm

The new stormtrooper helmets for Star Wars Episode VII

The new Star Wars hardware keeps trickling out. This is the new stormtrooper helmet, an updated model that looks way more modern but also less menacing than the original one. The left one is an actual unit in a warehouse. The right one is a render. They look nice but I have a question for all of you: » 8/15/14 11:15pm 8/15/14 11:15pm

A Star Wars Making Of Book That Focuses On Models, Not CG

Computer graphics and digital effects are integral to summer blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy today, but back in 1976 when Lucas created his visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic to help realize the original Star Wars, miniature models were the tools of the trade for special effects—as this limited… » 8/14/14 5:00pm 8/14/14 5:00pm

Japan Is Creating a Militarized Program To Deal With Space Junk

Last week, the world was transfixed by the story of a gecko sex satellite that Russia lost contact with after it was knocked by some space debris. Apparently, it was the wake up call we needed as a species: Japan has announced the creation of a program aimed at monitoring space debris, a military-based project that… » 8/04/14 11:04am 8/04/14 11:04am

The US government spent $1 billion in the 1980s trying to build Skynet

Believe it or not, the U.S. government actually spent about $1 billion in the 1980s trying to build a program like Skynet from the Terminator movies. DARPA — an agency that's sometimes called the "mad science" research arm of the Defense Department — worked on developing driverless vehicles, a pilot's assistant like… » 8/01/14 11:34am 8/01/14 11:34am

Being a Kitchen Timer Is R2-D2's Latest Side Job

As far as resumes for droids go, the skills and experience section on R2-D2's must be at least 100 holograms long by now. This latest Star Wars tie-in sees Artoo back in the kitchen as a simple $20 timer, counting off anywhere from one to sixty minutes with a quick twist of his rotating dome. When the time's up a… » 7/30/14 5:00pm 7/30/14 5:00pm

Skip the Gnome and Put a Fallen AT-AT On Your Lawn

The exact reason why people feel the need to adorn their lawns and gardens with ceramic gnomes may never be known, but maybe it's a not-so-secret way to show their allegiance towards a race of tiny human-like fantasy creatures? If that's the case, why not instead display your loyalties for something a little more… » 7/24/14 5:00pm 7/24/14 5:00pm

That's No Moon or Space Station, Just a Fantastic Death Star Rug

What's this? A piece of Star Wars-themed decor that doesn't look like a grade eight craft project? There's a chance that folks who've never even seen Star Wars might actually want this Death Star rug in their living room, since its asymmetrical design doesn't scream 'science fiction movie prop'. » 7/22/14 5:00pm 7/22/14 5:00pm

Cool new X-Wing Mark II revealed in new Star Wars VII video

A new J. J. Abrams' Star Wars VII video shows a new version of the X-Wing starfighter. It may look like a Z-95 Headhunter because it doesn't appear to have the classic s-foils that open to give it it's X attack shape, but this official tweet says it's the real thing. So, ladies and gentlenerds, behold the X-wing Mark… » 7/21/14 9:39am 7/21/14 9:39am