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.
The droid K-2SO from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Rebel fighters in the latest Star Wars movie are helped by a droid that was captured from the enemy and reprogrammed. Could that happen in real life with today's autonomous weapons?
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Star Wars offshoot Rogue One was originally intended to be darker – but it looks like it might be rather vanilla.
Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso and Diego Luna as Captain Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, set for release on December 15.
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The next Star Wars film, which opens on December 15, will be a prequel to the first one, made in 1977. Just how much Star Wars can the world stomach? And is looking backwards to move forwards such a good idea?
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Films set in the ancient world can no longer adequately live up to the demands of the 'epic'. Instead, we should look to films set in space.
How long will it be before we can open doors and send emails with just our minds?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been praised for avoiding computer generated effects, but why does CGI deserve such a bad name?
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A growing vocal minority blame poor computer generated images for 'ruining' the movies. But digital effects can co-exist with real sets and stunts - and films have always been fake.
You may want to be careful with that, Darth!
Warning: you'll never watch a lightsaber duel in the same way again after you read this ...