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  Star Wars   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Star Wars stresses the self-destructive nature of anger and hate, summed up in Yodas words ("'Fear is the path to the Dark side: fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering"), as well as placing one's feelings for certain people aside.
The galactic Setting of Star Wars is never given a name and is called simply "the galaxy." Since the characters never venture beyond the galaxy and the power of both the Republic and the Empire ends at its borders, the galaxy can be said to serve as a microcosm of both Earth and a country.
Star Wars Combine is another MMORPG it has the basics of Star Wars and is under constant development however it does not follow any set time line.
star-wars.iqnaut.net   (5334 words)

 Physics and Star Wars - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki - A Wikia wiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Physics and Star Wars - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki - A Wikia wiki
For example planets in Star Wars are mostly monolithic, containing a single climate or condition on all of their surface, irrelevant whether it be the equator or the poles.
Star Wars, like much science fiction, has sounds that are transmitted from one ship to another.
starwars.wikia.com /wiki/Physics_and_Star_Wars   (824 words)

 Star Wars - Gurupedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Star Wars is the name of a science fantasy movie and literary franchise, based on the ideas of writer/director George Lucas, which consists of numerous
Many Star Wars fans first saw the films as children, and their (for the time) revolutionary special effects and simple, Manichean story made a profound impact.
Many fans of the original Star Wars movies reject the literary works of the Expanded Universe, and insist only the films or statements George Lucas has made interpreting his own works, can be accepted as canonical.
www.gurupedia.com /s/st/star_wars.htm   (1031 words)

 Star Wars - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki - A Wikia wiki   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Star Wars: X-Wing was the first PC game of the 'new generation' of officially released by LucasArts games in 1993.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, published in 2003, won Game of the Year recognition from several prominent gaming magazines, websites, etc. A sequel, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, was released for the Xbox in December of 2004 and the PC in February of 2005.
Star Wars: Battlefront was released in 2004 and is a vehicle-based first/third person shooter game capable of online play where you can play in both trilogies on places like Hoth, etc. You can also play as Republic clone troopers, Rebel soldiers, Confederate Battle Droids, and Imperial Stormtroopers.
starwars.wikia.com /wiki/Star_Wars   (4833 words)

 Star Wars Chicks: The Politics, Community, and Treatment of Female Fans of the Star Wars Universe
Star Wars is not just a film, or a trilogy, or a trilogy and two prequels.
Star Wars' story is appealing and accessible to women; it is only its characters that are not.
Female Star Wars fans, though primarily ignored or patronized by the media, have formed tight communities through the Internet, in which they can creatively politicize their fandom, create new identities for themselves and participate in the world of make-believe that is science-fiction film.
www.starwarschicks.com /media/swcpaper.shtml   (3587 words)

 Ape Culture - The Real Science of Star Wars
Oddly, though, in the Star Wars movies we frequently see ships moving through space with their engines glowing brightly and therefore presumably generating lots of thrust – yet the craft don’t appear to be accelerating.
What is galling about Star Wars spaceships is that they’re asymmetrical – that is, they have definite “top” and “bottom” halves which makes no sense at all for spacecraft, even if you accept Star Wars physics.
So, we should not be hearing spaceships go “whoosh” as they fly past the camera, we should not be hearing laser guns go “zap” as they shoot at those spacecraft, and we should not hear the explosions go “boom” when the laser guns find their targets.
www.apeculture.com /movies/swscience.htm   (2931 words)

 Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy: SPOILER Review: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Stars are fairly faint, while the Earth (or the Shuttle, or astronauts floating in space) are very bright.
Giant stars don't last long on the time scales of stellar lifetimes, and so it is a coincidence that we happen to have a habitable planet orbiting a companion to one.
If the two stars are, say, 50 million kilometers apart the mutual gravity is too small to see any effects with the eye (using a very rough back-of-the-envelope gravity calculation).
www.badastronomy.com /bad/movies/starwars2.html   (2459 words)

 club jade: archives: star wars
Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark are among the movies profiled for the Opening Shots project at Jim Emerson's Scanners.
It could be that the appearance of “Star Wars” on a syllabus is not as populist a gesture as it initially seems.
Star Wars appears to be the 100-pound gorilla of movie-related searches, according to Google Zeitgeist.
www.clubjade.net /archives/cat_star_wars.html   (7066 words)

 Physics and Star Trek - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Star Trek is first and foremost a vehicle for entertainment, and the primary aim of the writers is to deliver drama, not science.
In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode entitled "Starship Mine", the Enterprise docks at a space station to remove "baryon" particles, which supposedly build up on the hull of the spaceship during warp travel, necessitating periodic cleaning.
Some aspects of Star Trek technology that were once thought of as pure fantasy are getting closer to reality every day; the remarkable similarity between cellular telephones and the communicators of the original series is one example.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Physics_and_Star_Trek   (1885 words)

 UA Physics - Physics Alumni Lecture Series - P.A.L.S.
It's a free event for the public where Physics Department members (faculty, staff, students, and friends of the department) present various physics experiments and demonstrations "without the lecture." Due to popular demand, this event was recently expanded to two nights.
Physics Phun Nite is sponsored by the UA Physics Department and is the department's most popular event (see local news coverage for more.) Activities are free and can only be described as a showcase of the most fascinating physical principles.
Daughters of UA employees and students enjoyed an hour-long presentation of demonstrations relating to the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey." Physics Department members, dressed as astronauts, invited the audience to learn and discover many aspects of the physics of space.
www.physics.arizona.edu /physics/outreach/annual.html   (378 words)

 STAR WARS: Astrophysical Concerns
A hundred billion star systems is typical of a galaxy of this size, and the total number of stars would be somewhat larger since a majority of stars are in binary or multiple systems.
Therefore the Death Star is not revolutionary so much for the power it expends as for the fact that such a wealth of energy is concentrated and devoted to a single weapons system, rather than the sustenance of the hyperdrives of a starfleet or the industries and domestic appliances of numerous inhabited worlds.
A star which is massive enough to go supernova has a very short lifespan, less than a few million years, so there is insufficient time for the development of indigenous life on any planets in the doomed system.
www.theforce.net /swtc/astro.html   (11199 words)

 Star Wars Episode III [XP]
Never mind that all Star Wars movies have used an unrealistic WWII naval air battle model in which small fast craft attack slower behemoths.
Even with the unrealistic battle physics, the original Star Wars had panache; Episode III does not.
Okay, apologists will no doubt have a lengthy explanation, from a Star Wars publication of some type, for why the cannons are not 20th-century-style, but the facts remain: the cannons ejected empty artillery shells; they recoiled; they shot something that exploded on contact.
www.intuitor.com /moviephysics/starWarsE3.html   (1343 words)

 Crockett's Public Speaking   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
"The Physics of Star Wars," lecture given at University of Vienna in Vienna, AUSTRIA on December 12, 1985 (co-sponsored by Pugwash and Physicians for Social Responsibility).
"Star Wars" given at National Freeze Conference in Chicago, IL on November 16, 1985.
"Star Wars" speech given at Rotary Club, followed by an interview on KIMT, in Mason City, IA on October 7, 1985.
www.physics.uiowa.edu /~cgrabbe/speaking/speakingrecord   (433 words)

 Star Wars: Biography | Liam Neeson
Neeson next received critical acclaim, starring opposite Cher as a deaf and mute Vietnam veteran in Peter Yates' courtroom drama Suspect; as the passionate Irish sculptor opposite Diane Keaton in The Good Mother; and as scientist "Peyton Westlake," whose disfiguring accident forces him into hiding in Sam Raimi's fantasy-thriller Darkman.
Neeson then starred in David Leland's gritty contemporary drama Crossing the Line, based on William McIlvanney's acclaimed novel The Big Man about an unemployed Scottish miner desperate for money who is thrust into the high-stakes world of bare-knuckle boxing.
In 1992 he starred as both a Nazi engineer in David Seltzer's adaptation of Susan Isaac's best-selling novel, Shining Through opposite Michael Douglas; and as a disgraced policeman accused of murder in the erotic thriller Under Suspicion.
www.starwars.com /bio/liamneeson.html   (626 words)

 Daughters on Campus Day 1997: The Physics of Star Wars: The Movie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Discover the difference between science fiction and science fact when the Department of Physics presents "The Physics of Star Wars: The Movie." At this demonstration, you will learn how a spaceship orients itself and see how a rocket propels itself through space.
Clips from the movie will be shown to demonstrate various principles of science, and there will be special appearances by several of your favorite Star Wars characters, who will be on hand to help you learn about the physics of the film.
Be the first kid on the block to be able to explain what is right and wrong with your favorite movies.
www.physics.arizona.edu /physics/public/dcd97.html   (205 words)

 Physics and Star Wars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In Episode V, after the Battle of Hoth, the Millennium Falcon is pursued by imperial ships through a dense asteroid field.
Such a densely packed field could exist if it is either “young and transient” or “dominated by an external force”; there are a few clues that either might be happening in this scene of the movie.
Sound is commonly found in science fiction portrayals of space, as sound lends to more interesting and engaging battles.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Physics_and_Star_Wars   (623 words)

 Star Wars: Blogs | Educated Star Wars Fan
Though I am a Star Wars fan, it is also a like/dislike attitude I have about it.
First off, I am a well-read enough layman in science that I can recognize which laws of physics Star Wars violates, and second of all, why so many things make no logical sense whatsoever, even if it were possible.
That is would be completely pointless, since the ships in question would ruin themselves, when they could just disable one another with stand-off (far beyond visual range) precision strikes, where the attacker is at minimal risk.
blogs.starwars.com /d_swensondaly   (133 words)

 Star Wars: Blogs | TiaWyn's Star Wars Blog | Buzz Droids - Followup
Star Wars Galaxies Diaries: Life in the Galaxy Far, Far Away
I don't know that much about the physics of Star Wars but I do know that if you think about it too much it will drive you insane!
I liked the idea that Obi-Wan saw the future and he knew he was going to make it to the Invisible Hand so he didn't bother too much with the buzz droids.
blogs.starwars.com /TiaWyn/3   (517 words)

 Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy: SPOILER Review: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
I was 13 when "Star Wars" came out, and to me that movie will always be the Star Wars.
And speaking of bad tactics, it seems like major characters in the Star Wars saga would learn to avoid high platforms, especially over molten rock or in the rain.
This is simply asking for a light saber duel, and someone having to cling to dear life from the edge of the platform.
www.badastronomy.com /bad/movies/starwars_sith_review.html   (2840 words)

 STAR WARS: Extragalactic Incidents
It may be a galaxy which underwent very little star formation after the first stellar generation, so there may be comparatively few planets, and those which exist may be metal-poor.
According to its lone surviving occupant, the ship is the last remnant of a civilisation destroyed in a terrible war in another galaxy.
As seen in the flashback recollection of the war, and judging by a helmet glimpsed on one of the ship's chambers, the builders were a human or at least humanoid species.
www.theforce.net /swtc/exgal.html   (1080 words)

 Star Wars Lab
During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.
And thus begins STAR WARS, the movie that re-invented the way science fiction is broadcast to a large audience.
When Han is making the calculations for the "jump to light-speed" he claims he must be very careful to avoid crashing into stars or a supernova.
physics.uwyo.edu /~stark/outreach/StarWars   (999 words)

 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace [XP]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Not only are the physics in this movie not from around here, they're not even logical.
For instance, we have a force field around an underwater city which keeps water out but which a human who is over 80% water can walk through.
The battle scene was only one of many which depended on comic book physics.
www.intuitor.com /moviephysics/starwars1.html   (433 words)

 Star Wars next Gen (amazing game physics) VideoSift
Star Wars next Gen (amazing game physics) VideoSift
Dr Michio Kaku talking about "Star Wars" technologies
Hardware Wars (Original 1977 Star Wars Parody) Special Edition Part TWO
www.videosift.com /story.php?id=6190   (466 words)

 Star Wars vs Star Trek: Physics and Astronomical Constants and Errata
Star Wars vs Star Trek: Physics and Astronomical Constants and Errata
Speed of light in vacuum c = 3E8 m/s
Neutron star core ~ 1017 to 1018 kg/m³
www.stardestroyer.net /Empire/Science/Science_Constants.html   (239 words)

 Star Wars: Message Boards: Physics Questions
starwars.com > Community > Message Boards > Community > The Cantina > Physics Questions
Date Posted: Feb 06, 2005 07:37 PM If the speed of sound is 340 meters per second and a bat emits a shreik whose echo reaches it 0.025 seconds later, how far away is the object that reflected back the sound?
Date Posted: Feb 07, 2005 10:53 AM Argh.
forums.starwars.com /thread.jspa?threadID=206168   (320 words)

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