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Dear Neil deGrasse Tyson: this is why Han Solo says “Parsecs”

Dear Neil deGrasse Tyson: this is why Han Solo says “Parsecs”

This morning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to speak about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He took time to pay extra attention to Han Solo's claim of "making the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs." Han Solo makes this claim all the way back in Star Wars: A New Hope, then repeats his claim in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Rey suggests that he's heard the ship has made this run in 14 parsecs. There's a problem with that, suggests Tyson. We disagree.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s science on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s science on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This morning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson shared his observations of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. "With only mild spoiler alerts," he said. As such, we're rating this article "Mostly Spoiler Safe" - but have applied the "SPOILER ALERT" sticker anyway. All that said, you might begin to rage almost immediately when you hear that on Twitter, NDT has demoted R2-D2 to "Dwarf Cute" status, the same way he famously demoted Pluto to "Dwarf Planet." The good news is that it's for a good reason - BB-8 is clearly cuter, and he's made it public that that's his opinion, too.

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Surf champ Kelly Slater builds perfect wave machine

Surf champ Kelly Slater builds perfect wave machine

Kelly Slater is an eleven-time world surfing champion and last week he announced that he and his company called Kelly Slater Wave Company has created the ultimate wave machine. According to Slater the machine allowed him to create the longest, ridable open-barrel man made wave in the world. He even posted a video of himself riding the massive wave.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens breaks records over the weekend

Star Wars: The Force Awakens breaks records over the weekend

By now it shouldn't probably come as a surprise. Stars Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh chapter, formally episode, of one of history's greatest sagas, has broken box office records over the weekend since it premiered. And it wasn't just in the US alone. The film raked in hundreds millions of dollars across the globe, save in some countries where the film was met with strong local competition or was completely delayed to January. The figures mean a great deal not just to fans but to the prospect of Disney spinning out even more content and products in the years to come.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review (spoiler free)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review (spoiler free)

I've never been shy about calling myself a Star Wars nerd. As a kid, I would watch the original trilogy over and over again, and attempt to use the force to call objects to me. When I was a teen, I got to experience my first ever Star Wars movie in a theater. But last night, I feel like I truly got to experience Star Wars in a theater for the very first time. I'm going to share my spoiler-free review of that experience with you, below.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens wallpapers for your iPhone 6s and Galaxy S6

Star Wars: The Force Awakens wallpapers for your iPhone 6s and Galaxy S6

In preparation for - or perhaps in celebration of - your first visit to the theater for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, today we've got a batch of wallpapers for your phone. These wallpapers work for basically any phone you might have, but we've called out a couple of the most popular in the world right this minute to make certain we're up to speed with sizes. Chances are you've got an iPhone 6s (or smaller) or a Samsung Galaxy S6 (or smaller) - have a peek!

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Wu-Tang Album now FBI item of interest

Wu-Tang Album now FBI item of interest

The Freedom of Information Act is a funny thing. Because of this act, everyday average citizens are able to send requests to the government to attain documents that, by all legal means and rights, aught to be public. As such, once the nefarious individual known as Martin Shkreli was arrested by the FBI earlier this week, geographer Andrew Wiseman sent a request to the FBI to release to him the Wu-Tang Clan album "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin." Why? Because Shkreli has it.

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Ghostbusters black posters revealed alongside “first” cast picture

Ghostbusters black posters revealed alongside “first” cast picture

While we might be a little bit confused about which photo is the first official cast photo, today we've got something that'll really knock your socks off in the Ghostbusters universe. Four massive poster images from the source. We're still about a half a year away from the premiere of this film, but it's time to get up close and personal with some of the details - the gear and the retro look, quite specifically. Nothing doing on that logo.

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Star Wars Bad Lip Reading adds Jack Black, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader

Star Wars Bad Lip Reading adds Jack Black, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader

The Star Wars content you're about to witness has nothing to do with the "s" word, nor is it in celebration of The Force Awakens. It might be a LITTLE bit in celebration of The Force Awakens, but not directly. Unless you count the fact that Bill Hader helped create the voice for BB-8, but that's completely beside the point. Right now you're going to watch some Bad Lip Reading, or BLR, for all three of the original Star Wars movies. This is an entirely new epic.

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