Baby Proto-Planets in Orion are Doomed Because of Massive O Type “Death Stars”
In the Orion Nebula, there are hundreds of proplyds; think of them as baby stars. Give it time and these young protostars will eventually go on to form planets. Unfortunately, some of these adolescent stars don't ever get the chance to blossom because they're in close proximity with "death stars", and no, not the Death Star that Skywalker blew up.Read on...
The 501st Legion Is Crowdfunding Imperial Code Cylinder USB Drives, Someone Crowdfund a Rebel Base!
When someone tried to fund a Death Star on Kickstarter we may have had some unkind words about it, but this Indiegogo campaign to fund Imperial Code Cylinder USB drives? This we kind of love-- Unless it's the first step in a plan by the 501st Legion to build a Death Star and rule the galaxy.Read on...
Cassini Spacecraft Snaps Beautiful Image of Saturn’s Pac-Man/Death Star Moon Mimas
If you don't have a favorite moon of Saturn, let us make a case for Mimas. Thermal images make it look like Pac-Man, but regular pictures like this new one from NASA's Cassini spacecraft make it look like the Death Star. It shows Mimas passing by its little oblong-shaped buddy Pandora. Space is pretty.Read on...
Kickstarter Campaign Tries to Fund X-Wing Squadron to Combat Kickstarter Campaign to Fund a Death Star
Thursday I wrote about a Kickstarter campaign that was trying to raise money for Death Star research, and I called it the crowdfunding site's jump-the-shark moment. My concern was that if Kickstarter starts letting stuff like that through, it would soon be overrun with nothing but joke campaigns. Now there's a campaign to fund an X-Wing squadron to stop the Death Star campaign. This is exactly the kind of thing I was talking about.Read on...
Kickstarter Jumps the Shark, Offers Campaign to Fund a Death Star
Fifty years from now, when we all look back at what once was, and we fondly remember how Kickstarter used to be a great way for artists and inventors to fund projects that might not otherwise be possible, we could very well remember this campaign as Kickstarter's jump-the-shark moment. After the White House refused to build a Death Star, someone started a joke Kickstarter campaign to build one anyway, and it already has more than 1,000 supporters.Read on...
This Isn’t the Article on the White House’s Death Star Petition Response You’re Looking For
As you may or may not be aware, there's a petition over on We the People, which is where folks post petitions to potentially receive an official response from the United State government, requesting that the Obama administration "[s]ecure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016." Like, Star Wars Death Star. Ordinarily, this would just be an amusing blip on the radar, covered by our sister site The Mary Sue back in December. That was before Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, penned an official White House response to it.Read on...
What at first appears to be just one man having a little fun outside of his Minnesota home after a blizzard suddenly becomes a brilliant homage with the addition of special effects that can only be described as "impressive; most impressive." (Michael P. Nelson via Laughing Squid)Read on...
Unintended Consequences of Star Wars
Alternate endings have been making their way through the great tubes of the internet, and none more chillingly prophetic than this one. Remember, kids, the next time you blow up a battle station the size of a moon, move it away from the planet inhabited by adorable teddy-bear creatures. It is worth noting, however, that if this is how the movie had ended, no one would have suffered through those Ewok spinoffs. (Via The Daily What)Read on...
John Gruber on Apple antenna guy's ouster (Daring Fireball)
Which illegal activities get a pass from you? (Consumerist)
Bermuda Triangle fueled by methane? (Salem News)
5 real historical Death Stars, complete with baffling security flaws (Cracked)
Stock market "crop circles" (Nanex)
125 rare photos of famous people (AcidCow)
Wikipedia's "list of unusual deaths" page (Wikipedia)
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