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With little else to draw from, people turn to science fiction when thinking about the Space Force. CSA Images via Getty Images

Space Force sounds like a joke thanks to pop culture – that could be a problem for an important military branch

Science fiction has often had an inspirational and positive relationship with space endeavors. But the new US Space Force is struggling with a pop culture public relations problem.
Grogu, better known as Baby Yoda, has a name designed to sound soft and baby-like. (Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution)

Judge me by my name do you? The symbolism behind Baby Yoda’s name

How does Baby Yoda’s name measure up as a fictional character’s name? Research has shown that sounds carry associations — what does Baby Yoda’s name communicate?
The Disney brand, a major asset to establish itself among the players in audiovisual streaming. Photo Hall/Shutterstock

Disney takes on Netflix in the streaming wars

Netflix’s competitors are multiplying, and they’re ambitious. After Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, and a dozen others, Disney+ has lauched, and Netflix is clearly in the crossehairs.
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? IMDB

From Star Wars to Apocalypse Now, director’s cuts are all the rage. But do they make the films any better?

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?
Mahesh Yogi (seated in front) who gained a following in the United States with musicians and artists. Ben Merk/ANEFO, Nationaal Archief, NL

How Americans came to embrace meditation, and with it, Hinduism

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.

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