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New Star Wars: TFA movie footage explores Maz’s Castle in brief

New Star Wars: TFA movie footage explores Maz’s Castle in brief

With a bit of support from the new "The Star Wars Show" and to give a boost to the "Jabba Flow" music track, Lucasfilm has released additional The Force Awakens footage. This is a clip that's basically pickups - or B-roll. Extra footage. Stuff they might have used to show more diversity in aliens in Maz Kanata's castle if the need would have arisen. As it is now, it's just a bit of extra video that's not available on the DVD. More, I tell you, more!

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Man knocks drone out of the sky by throwing a spear at it

Man knocks drone out of the sky by throwing a spear at it

Drones are fun and all, but critics raise two big concerns: potential safety issues (remember the toddler who lost his eye?), and potential privacy violations. The latter, whether real or perceived, has caused quite a ruckus at times -- an entire legal case revolved around someone shooting a drone out of the sky, for example. Arguably the most interesting takedown to date, though, involves a Russian man and his spear.

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Drive up to Colorado’s huge tornado with this 360-degree video

Drive up to Colorado’s huge tornado with this 360-degree video

Want some of the thrills of heart-stopping adventure without, you know, the higher-than-typical odds of dying? Enter a new 360-degree video that shows storm chasers with a 360-degree video camera getting up close and personal with a big tornado in Wray, Colorado. The tornado just struck the other day and will live forever in the form of a surprisingly calm, entirely unnerving video 'near' the tornado's base.

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Mercury Transit sets planet against our sun

Mercury Transit sets planet against our sun

This morning the planet Mercury passed between our planet and our Sun, allowing us to see its silhouette with clarity. This is one of about 13 times the planet passes between ours and the sun per century - the last time this happened, you probably didn't have a smartphone - back in 2006. The image you see above comes from NASA and was captured by Bill Ingalls. NASA has also provided a time-lapse video showing the passing of the planet across the face of our sun.

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“The Empire Strikes Back” intro done in James Bond style somehow works

“The Empire Strikes Back” intro done in James Bond style somehow works

Two of the most iconic movie franchises in the world are James Bond and Star Wars. Each of these franchises is well known for opening sequences that follow the same formula for every film. Star Wars has its opening crawl with worlds that set up what the movie is going to be about. Bond films on the other hand always have a song that goes with the title of the movie and lots of naked ladies in the shadows.

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GoPro on rocket captures stunning videos in near-space

GoPro on rocket captures stunning videos in near-space

UP Aerospace Inc launched a 20ft. SL-10 rocket into space last November, and it did so with a GoPro action camera strapped to the side. That video was recently showcased by GoPro, showing stunning views of “near-space” as it reached an altitude of about 396,000 feet. In it, we see incredible views of Earth, space, and the rocket itself as its blasts free of its first stage.

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See SpaceX land a rocket at sea in 360-degree video

See SpaceX land a rocket at sea in 360-degree video

Back in early April, Elon Musk's SpaceX finally achieved its goal of landing its reusable Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea. Shortly after, the space agency shared some impressive photos of the landing, but now they've gone one step further and released an amazing 360-degree video of the event. The footage gives you a first-hand look at what it would be like to stand on the floating platform as the rocket touches down above you.

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VR Recording with Mixed Reality: Our First Trials

VR Recording with Mixed Reality: Our First Trials

Today we're going to talk briefly about what we're doing in virtual reality - specifically in attempting to capture what it's like to be IN the virtual realm. It's not enough, we think, to just show the flat feed - though we've had to do that already several times. It's also not enough just to show two screens - flat feed and a real view of the user with a VR headset on. That shows what's going on, certainly, but it doesn't go far enough in showing what the user is seeing, hearing, and experiencing.

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Guy’s homemade hoverbike is the real deal

Guy’s homemade hoverbike is the real deal

Tired of hearing about hovering somethings or others that, at the end of the day, don't hover at all? Feeling a bit jaded? Colin Furze’s latest creation will change all that -- he has a homemade hoverbike, and it is exactly what it's said to be: a bike that hovers over the ground thanks to a lightweight metal frame and two big spinning (probably lethal) rotors.

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FilmStruck is a new streaming service for film buffs

FilmStruck is a new streaming service for film buffs

If you've grown tired of the big streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, then you'll be happy to know that there is about to be yet another contender in the increasingly-crowded video streaming space. And this one is targeted straight at cinephiles.

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Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

The folks at Backblaze have released a system they call Storage Pod 6.0, and they've open-sourced the whole works. Their aim is to drive down the cost of creating a data storage server (your own personal cloud) while they improve the reliability and durability of said servers each time they release a new version. Their first model was Storage Pod 1.0, which was launched all the way back in 2009. Back then their costs were $0.11/GB for 67.5TB of storage in a 4U box. Fast forward to 2016 and they've reduced that cost again, significantly.

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Nintendo’s official Star Fox anime comes to YouTube

Nintendo’s official Star Fox anime comes to YouTube

Star Fox Zero, the long-awaited return of Nintendo's fighter jet-piloting space shooter series, is finally being released on the Wii U this week. To mark the occasion, Nintendo produced an anime short that serves as an introduction to the story told in Zero. The best part is that the 15-minute movie, titled Star Fox: The Battle Begins, is available to watch for free on YouTube.

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