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If sci-fi films mirror the world's contemporary dystopian anxieties, then over the years Star Wars has gone from nuclear war to environmental collapse.
Martin Sheen in the original Apocalypse Now. A new director’s cut of the film is being released this week – but is this self-indulgence or part of the artistic process?
Francis Ford Coppola's 'final cut' of Apocalypse Now hits Australian cinemas this week. He joins a long list of directors who endlessly tinker with their work. But does it add anything to the films?
Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr. as Hawkeye and Iron Man
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As Marvel's 22nd blockbuster looks set to become the most successful film of all time, is Hollywood running out of original ideas?
A time-lapse image showing the plane flying across a gymnasium.
Steven Barrett, MIT
Ionic winds – charged particles flowing through the air – can move airplanes using only electricity; no propellers or jet engines needed. The scholar who led the project explains how it works.
Seasoned readers of US science fiction will have the uncanny feeling of having seen this all before.
Harrison Ford as Han Solo with his blaster in the old Star Wars triology.
Plasma physics suggests Star Wars blaster guns would be extremely deadly.
A young Han Solo with Chewbacca.
A young Han Solo gets to duck from those dodgy blaster shots that mostly miss their mark in any Star Wars movie. How does that happen and what of the rest of the science in Solo: A Star Wars Story?
World Book Day is about more than just fancy dress, it's about encouraging a love of reading in children and giving them the chance to be their heroes for the day.
Mahesh Yogi (seated in front) who gained a following in the United States with musicians and artists.
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In the 1960s many Americans may have only known Hinduism through meditation, but the story of this country's relationship with Hinduism is much longer and more complex.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi grooms and prepares our minds for violence and war.
Star Wars is a carefully crafted religious experience. Just like Game of Thrones and other epic stories between good and evil, these stories prepare us for violence and war.
When Rey met Luke.
Creaky crazy old leader, misdirection at every turn – is this beginning to sound familiar?
Players of video game
Star Wars Battlefront II can emulate a dogfight from the new film Star Wars: The Last Jedi in TIE and X-wing fighters.
Star Wars Battlefront II, which lets you play parts of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, ignited debate among gamers, industry and governments that may change how video games are played and make money.
Rey (Daisy Ridley), in
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, ponders the light and dark sides of the Force.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi leaves many questions about the saga in a galaxy far, far away unanswered. Fortunately, biology may offer a insights on the Force, midi-chlorians, clones, and Rey's lineage.
Watch out for that cloud, Rey!
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In Star Wars, 'force lightning' is a lethal weapon that can only be tackled with a lightsaber. But would it work in real life?
The Star Wars series looks to our past to tell our future.
(Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
Science fiction is a genre meant to imagine the future, but in the case of Star Wars, it also looks to the past—revisiting old imperialist battles.
The Star Wars franchise has become so familiar in 40 years that it's easy to forget it broke new ground in 1977.
BB-8 is an “astromech droid” who first appeared in The Force Awakens.
Star Wars' robots are much-loved characters, who can shed light on the future of automation. In the films, they exist mostly to assist rather than replace humans - and like us, they are prone to errors.
Actor Mark Hammill reemerged in ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Last Jedi.’
Nick Lehr/The Conversation via Lucasfilm
Why did most fans shun the prequel series, but embrace the recent spate of 'Star Wars' films? A recent study offers some clues.
Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, trains in the ways of the Force in
Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The Force in Star Wars may be a form of quantum entanglement. Here's how.
Kids love Angry Birds. But features in the latest version of the game allow exchange of cash for game progress.
In-app purchases and 'loot boxes' in mobile games deliver easy cash for developers and publishers of digital games - and kids are easily sucked in.