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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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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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Last-minute Gift Guide for the everyday Star Wars fan

Last-minute Gift Guide for the everyday Star Wars fan

Today we've got a tree-full of Star Wars gift ideas for the absolute last minute - that's right now - before the end of the holiday season. This guide doubles as a "everything you missed" guide for the Star Wars fan. Oddities and stuff you never knew you needed. Electronics, Star Wars takes on essentials, and a selfie stick. And action figures. Don't you EVER forget action figures when it comes to Star Wars merchandise.

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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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BB-8 by Sphero Review Part II: 3 months later

BB-8 by Sphero Review Part II: 3 months later

Believe it or not, BB-8 remains part of our everyday lives three months after we published our first review. This little guy sits charging next to my television - I'm just a few feet away from him right now. That's a real rarity when it comes to reviews of oddities. With a smartphone, sure - it's not unheard of that I might stick with a smartphone for months and months. But a toy? In this case, even though I've reviewed products galore in the meantime, this BB-8 by Sphero toy has remained in heavy circulation.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack is now streaming on Spotify

Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack is now streaming on Spotify

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out pretty much everywhere now. I saw it last night, and will be putting up my spoiler-free review a little later on today. However, one of the things that is worth raving about is the music, which you can listen to right now.

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Star Wars 1313 may have EA hiring again

Star Wars 1313 may have EA hiring again

Battlefront has been out for a little while now, and while it's got the shooter aspects of Star Wars, it lacks any real substance. For me, Star Wars is far less about blasters and lightsabers, and more about the story. Thankfully, it would seem that there is a Star Wars RPG in the works, to satisfy people like me.

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Homemade lightsaber features a thin blade of fire

Homemade lightsaber features a thin blade of fire

Just in case you haven't had enough Star Wars-related news this week, here's something else to commemorate this special day among sci-fi movie fans. YouTube user Sufficiently Advanced managed to engineer a homemade lightsaber that produces a thin blue flame for a "blade," as opposed to, well, glowing light. But it goes far beyond just being a small handheld flamethrower, as it features an authentic looking lightsaber hilt that even makes sound effects.

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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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10 ways to celebrate Star Wars TFA without spoilers

10 ways to celebrate Star Wars TFA without spoilers

Despite the fact that the movie doesn't open to the public for roughly another day, there have already been a fair number of people who have seen the film. Big stars, and movie reviewers have been treated to a screening of the film, as tends to happen before it opens up to the general public. Unfortunately that means that spoilers are already out there. One company has already started sending out promotional tweets that give away details of the movie. So what do you do? If you want to avoid spoilers, you need to disconnect from the internet.

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Star Wars Yule Log time: Five hours of Darth Vader’s burning suit

Star Wars Yule Log time: Five hours of Darth Vader’s burning suit

This afternoon we happened upon a YouTube-based Yule log uploaded this month by one giant Star Wars fan by the name of Benjamin Apple. This fellow took the idea of Vader burning on the pyre, as a Yule Log for Christmas, and made it into a 5-hour-long epic. Here you can enjoy the fullness of the greatest villain of all time burning, burning on into the darkness, on your own Christmas Eve. There you'll be thinking about how long it'll be before you're able to see The Force Awakens once more - just 12 short hours. Or maybe 18.

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