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.’
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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 suggests it 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.
Kyle Tingly as Star Wars droid C3PO while braving heavy rain at a 4th of July Parade Georgia, USA, in 2015.
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When it comes to robotics, the future is not two-legged.
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Audience research suggests Star Wars has still 'got it'.
Leia's little-known academic standing can help challenge patriarchal notions about gender roles.
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
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As it turns 40, it's worth remembering that Star Wars was more than just a space film, it reframed America's troubled history.
The Star Wars saga is interlinked with its merchandising success.
Star Wars moisture ‘vaporators’.
Scientists have found a way to pull water from the air using only energy from the sun.
On location in Edinburgh for Avengers: Infinity War.
After Brexit, we can expect a tax-breaks bonanza for the UK film industry. This has big implications for Scotland and the EU.
In the face of recent political events in Britain and America, sci-fi imaginings of the 'citizens of the future' have taken on a new resonance.
Peter Cushing in Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope.
Despite the furore over the 'ghosting' of Peter Cushing in Rogue One, directors will continue to push for improved technology enabling digital replication of actors.
Star Wars fantasy or effective weapon system of the future?
An electroconvulsive therapy machine is seen at an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London in 2012.
Critics have portrayed ECT as a form of medical abuse. Yet many psychiatrists, and more importantly, patients, consider it to be safe and effective. Few medical treatments have such disparate images.
Debbie Reynolds poses with her daughter Carrie Fisher backstage after accepting her Lifetime Achievement award at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
After the deaths of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher in the last days of 2016, the release of a new documentary about their lives, Bright Lights, feels serendipitous. Already shown to some film festivals…
The force is not strong enough for the Charity Commission.
Jediism is not a religion? Tell that to its worshippers.
It’s all happening.
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The latest Star Wars films stirs up topical themes of resistance, empowerment and activism in the face of large-scale injustices.
That’s no moon.
Scientific breakthroughs in graphene production and nuclear fusion may help us build the super space stations of the future.