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New 3D 'holograms' are inspired by Star Wars

* 3D-holograms.jpgStar Wars-inspired 3D holograms powered by clever chemistry could have engineering applications.

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Admiral Ackbar and Storm Troopers launch amazing Star Wars-themed maize maze for 40 year anniversary

* Maize-maze.jpgAn amazing Star Wars themed maize maze has been launched to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first film. Wheat farmer Edward Gowler, of Fenland, who came up with the design for the 12 acre maze 14 years ago has now turned it into a reality, the Cambridge News reports.

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When Han met Chewie: Leaked photos from the set of upcoming Star Wars spin-off show the iconic duo back together again

* Han-Chewie-clip.jpgLeaked photos from the upcoming Star Wars flick about Han Solo show one of the franchise's most iconic characters is set to feature in the film.
Pictures from the set of the movie show Woody Harrelson's character, Beckett, standing with Han Solo - played by Alden Ehrenreich - and everyone's favorite wookie, Chewbacca.

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Star Wars Identities

* Identities.jpgWhen you think of Star Wars, psychological analysis is probably not the first thing that pops into your head, but for Star Wars Identities, a sprawling exhibition of props and sketches from both the original and prequel series (As this is a Lucasarts exhibitions, the new-fangled Disney editions don't get much of a look in) the various motivations and formative experiences of Obi-Wan Kenobi are as important as his lightsabre.

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CARRIE FISHER: 'Personal Property' Auction NOT ALL HER STUFF

* Carrie.jpgCarrie Fisher's most prized possessions are about to hit the auction block ... but behind the scenes there's a scramble because turns out some of the items weren't hers at all. There's a lot of intrigue over what happened, so let's tell it like a movie:

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Amazing Star Wars-themed maze - but how many characters can you see?

* Maze.jpgThey are among the most recognisable figures from film, but here are Star Wars characters as you have never seen them before. An a-maze-ing maize maze is causing much a-maze-ment in the Cambridgeshire countryside. With 1.8 miles of pathways in a 12-acre field, the family attraction near March is the largest maize maze created by Skylark Maize to date.

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Seminal sci-fi magazine 'Galaxy' is now free online

* Galaxy.jpgThe archive contains issues from 1950 - 1976 and includes early stories from heavy-hitting authors.

The next time you watch a big blockbuster sci-fi film like Alien: Covenant, you can thank the original pulp magazines.

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Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill named Disney Legends

* Disney-Legends.jpgThe STAR WARS stars become Disney Legends in an emotional ceremony. Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, Princess Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, were both named Disney Legends in a ceremony at D23 Expo today. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends Awards, given to those who've made a significant impact on the Disney legacy.

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Alan Austen - The Star Wars Interview with Bernd Lorenz

* Screen-Shot-Alan-Austen.jpgAlan Austen began his acting career in 1979. He appeared in many films as a supporting artiste, including notably as one of the Stormtroopers responsible for placing Han Solo in the carbon-freezing chamber in The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

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Here is what 'Star Wars' Land will look like, according to Disney's model at The D23 Expo

* Star-Wars-Land.jpgAre you itching to be Han Solo's shipmate and hop aboard the Millennium Falcon? Or take part in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance?
The Walt Disney Co. lifted up the curtain of the much-anticipated "Star Wars" land, unveiling a 50-foot-wide model showing the land and its attractions to the media and special guests on the eve of Friday's kickoff of the D23 Expo, Disney's three-day biennial fan convention at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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From science fiction to science fact: Microsoft's plan for augmented reality

* AR.jpgOnce a concept reserved for the annals of science fiction, Augmented rRality technology is now firmly available in real life and is being hailed as the future of computing by tech luminaries like Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Sweeney and others.

While most people's exposure to AR has been through disposable gimmicks like Pokemon Go and Snapchat filters, the technology has received a significant amount of attention from major tech firms. Microsoft in particular is betting big on augmented, virtual and mixed reality technologies.
"Microsoft has been very clear, from Satya right down, in articulating that mixed reality is the future of computing," Leila Martine, Microsoft UK's director of new devices, tells IT Pro, "and when you think about it, that is a really ambitious statement."

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The A-Wing makes an appearance in Disney's Star Wars Land!

* Star-Wars-Land2.jpgD23 Expo just unveiled a scale model of the upcoming Star Wars Land for Disneyland in Southern California. Not only do we get to see what the final attraction will look like, we also get to see what may be some sort of a spoiler for the upcoming Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi.

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D23 2017 Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge revealed as name of Star Wars lands in Disney Parks and more

* Galaxys-Edge.jpgAttention, Disney Parks and Star Wars fans: set your hyperspace coordinates for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

At D23, Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, announced that the highly-anticipated Star Wars-themed land will be called Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in 2019, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will allow guests to visit a remote trading port "on the edge of wild space," while promising a truly immersive experience.

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Jodie Whittaker and the other sci-fi women breaking the glass ceiling

* Girls-in-sci-si.jpgIt looks like Jodie Whittaker was prepared for the criticism that she might get as the first female Doctor. "I want to tell the fans not to be scared of my gender," she said. "This is a really exciting time." It is an exciting time and not just for Jodie - female leads have been cropping up with increasing regularity on the big and small screens.

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Diamond Select taking a trip to The 'Pacific Rim'

* Pacific_Rim-toys.jpgDiamond Select Toys are diving deep to bring fans of Guillermo Del Toro's giant-robots-versus-monsters franchise 'Pacific Rim' a whole lot to look forward to! Announced this week ahead of San Diego Comic Con 2017, Diamond Select has officially revealed that they have obtained the license for 'Pacific Rim: Uprising', the long awaited sequel to the 2013 hit!

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Why business leaders need to read more science fiction

* Biz-sci-fi.jpgAt the end of the 19th century, New York City stank. One hundred fifty thousand horses ferried people and goods through the streets of Manhattan, producing 45,000 tons - tons! - of manure a month. It piled up on streets and in vacant lots, and in 1898 urban planners convened from around the world to brainstorm solutions to the impending crisis. They failed to come up with any, unable to imagine horseless transportation.

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Comic Review: John Carpenter's Tales Of Science Fiction: Vault #1 By James Ninness

* Science-Fiction.jpg"There are moments when all of humanity goes to the same three words... What the F*ck?"

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My Science Fiction and Fantasy loves - by Dave Bradley

* Surface-Detail.jpgI spent 10 years editing the sci-fi media mag SFX. I'll be eternally grateful for all the books that landed on my desk, and all the authors I got to meet, during that time. But my love of genre fiction goes back much further, all the way to my youth.

Hungry for robots and rocket ships after being exposed to Star Wars on the big screen, I found my father's copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy... and immediately realised there's so much more to science fiction. It's the perfect genre for exploring the human condition. In asking "what if...?", it pushes us to our extremes. What better way of contemplating loneliness than to narrate the experience of the last human alive? In aliens, can we see the perfect outsiders, or refugees, or colonists?

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This archaeologist found the long lost 'Star Wars' sets

* DW-Reynolds.jpgDavid West Reynolds has visited a galaxy far, far away and wants to share it with you. That galaxy is the Sahara Desert of Tunisia, where he was the first to find the original - supposedly lost - Star Wars filming locations using a combination of his fanboy status and archaeological talents.

Not only that, he filmed it all and is making a documentary of his trip, where he takes audiences to iconic Star Wars settings like Luke Skywalker's underground dining room and the Jundland Wastes, where Jedi Knight Ben Kenobi rescued Skywalker in a canyon.

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