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Jet Skiing Through A Canyon Looks A Lot Like Podracing In Star Wars

Video: This GoPro video shows Christian Yellott zipping through the incredible narrow canyons of Lake Powell but if I squint a little bit, I can convince myself that I’m watching kid Anakin podracing in Tatooine. Either way, it’s pretty awesome.


New Oculus Rift Game Allows You To Train Like A Real Jedi

Without a doubt, the Oculus Rift will be the be-all and end-all of our most cherished nerd fantasies (until the holodeck comes.) Example: This game to train like Luke Skywalker in Star Wars – a remote floats around you firing stun blasts that you have to deflect with your lightsaber.


Star Wars Original Trilogy Blu-rays: Has The Time Passed?

Rumours swirled over the weekend that fans of Star Wars may finally see the original trilogy released on Blu-Ray without all of George Lucas’ “improvements” on board. It’s a long shot, and I’m left wondering if it’ll ever happen.


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.


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

Computer graphics and digital effects are integral to blockbusters like Guardians of the Galaxy, but back in 1976 when Lucas created his visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic to help realise the original Star Wars, miniature models were the tools of the trade for special effects — as this limited edition version of Sculpting A Galaxy beautifully illustrates.


Slip Into The Sweet, Ambient Sounds Of Science Fiction

A specific number of variables need to be in place so I can shrug off procrastination and get some real work done. Chief among them is setting the right aural mood. Now, I love listening to music, but the kind of audio I consume — mostly hardcore and post-punk rock — is only a distraction. It’s hard to focus on the words in front of you when a band screams its existential crises and unending nihilism straight into your ear canal. I need something more nuanced.


This Industrial Paper-Cutter Sounds Like A Star Wars Blaster

Video: Just listen to this thing. YouTuber Michael Asher’s dad has a print shop, equipped with this very scary but totally mesmerising paper cutter. It zips through a ream of paper like a hot Storm Trooper Blaster through the air around Han Solo.


Disney Is Reportedly Building A Major Star Wars-Themed Attraction

Star Tours! You’re gonna have company! After hints last year of a potential Star Wars Land in the works, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced today that the theme park(s) would be getting new attraction(s) tied to everyone’s favourite space saga, and the elusive plans will be revealed next year.


Japan Is Creating A Militarised 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 will fight on the “fourth battlefield”.


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 $US20 timer, counting off anywhere from one to 60 minutes with a quick twist of his rotating dome.


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