Science Of Star Wars

An Ugly Underwater Worm That Eats Bones is Named After Jabba the Hutt

Since 2002, marine biologist Robert Vrijenhoek has studied a type of bone-eating worm he discovered out near the Monterey Bay...

Jonathan Kesh
Thursday, 10 May 2018 - 6:30PM

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Hyperdrive Scene is Mostly Scientifically Possible

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi below.No matter how long ago Star Wars is supposed to take place, we're still a long ways away...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 23 December 2017 - 11:17AM

Watch the Death Star's Construction in This Incredible Time-Lapse Video

If you've ever imagined what it would take to actually build the Death Star, you finally have an answer. Despite having its own...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 - 11:49AM

SpaceX Rocket Carries Shipment of 'Star Wars' Patches to the ISS

Friday, December 15 marked the day that Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters, but it also marked another Star Wars milestone:...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 17 December 2017 - 3:53PM

How to Build a Life-Size TIE Fighter from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

YouTube star Colin Furze is both an inventor and a daredevil, usually combining those two qualities when he builds things like real...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 10 December 2017 - 5:07PM

How The Fastest Ships In The Universe Stack Up

While Elon Musk works on getting us to condos on Mars with SpaceX or, at the very least, trying to close the temporal gap of coastal...

K.S. Anthony
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 - 2:33PM

How ‘Hollywood Weapons’ Green Beret Host Terry Schappert Would Train The Rebel Alliance in ‘Star Wars'

During a conversation with retired Green Beret Master Sergeant Terry Schappert, you could find yourself talking about anything. He is...

K.S. Anthony
Monday, 02 October 2017 - 3:55PM

New 'Science and Star Wars' Episode Shows How Close We Are to Having Real-Life Droids

The droids of Star Wars may not seem like the most spectacular element of the franchise's mythos, but they're actually...

Matthew Loffhagen
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 11:36AM

Maker Faire: Fan Filmmakers Explain How to Make Props Cheaply

Until the day comes when we can make real speeder bikes from Return of the Jedi, or a Rick and Morty portal gun, we'll have to...

Jonathan Kesh
Saturday, 23 September 2017 - 2:41PM

Official 'Science and Star Wars' Web Show Launches on Facebook

It's pretty clear that Lucasfilm is well aware of the importance of good online content.It wasn't unwarranted for The Star Wars Show...

Matthew Loffhagen
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 - 6:46PM

Infographic: The Top 10 Most Powerful Energy Sources in Sci-Fi

The folks over at SaveOnEnergy have put together an infographic comparing the power of different sci-fi power sources, from the Death...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - 3:54PM

The Real Life Equivalents of Famous Sci-Fi Weapons

Ever wondered what goes into creating a crazy science fiction weapon like a phaser or a lightsaber? Being fictional, they all had to...

Jonathan Kesh
Sunday, 03 September 2017 - 6:20PM

UK Special Forces Test Out a Bullet-Proof 'Boba Fett' Helmet

From the Space Corps to laser weaponry, life is beginning to feel a little bit more like Star Wars than the 21st century. So it's...

Chelsea Gohd
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 - 12:55PM

Upcoming 'Star Wars' VR Experience at Disney Parks Will (Apparently) Explore Darth Vader's Castle

For those of us who had life-affirming experiences playing Star Wars video games (Knights of the Old Republic, Jedi Knight, Shadows...

Matthew Loffhagen
Friday, 04 August 2017 - 10:16AM

Fake Scholarly Article on Midi-Chlorians Tricks Professional Scientific Journals

Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?If so, you might have been reading the International Journal of Molecular...

Matthew Loffhagen
Monday, 31 July 2017 - 10:17AM

PatchBOTS Creator Shows You How to Create a Working BB-8 Droid

Last month, we featured a working BB-8 droid created by PatchBOTS, a new YouTube channel focused on creating movie-accurate props and...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 - 4:30PM

Top Questions From Our "Science of Star Wars" Panel at Silicon Valley Comic-Con

When you wade into the Star Wars fandom and ask the hard-hitting questions (Why does C-3PO have a red arm in TFA? What's Palpatine's...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 - 3:30PM

Outer Places Is Coming to You Live From Silicon Valley Comic-Con 2017!

When Jon Kesh (our night editor, pictured left) and I (right) arrived in sunny San Jose for Silicon Valley Comic-Con, we had two goals...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 21 April 2017 - 6:58PM

Star Wars Fan Creates His Own Working, Full-Size BB-8 Droid

After Kenny Baker's legendary performance as R2-D2, we were really hoping BB-8 would have a person rolling around in it....

Super User
Friday, 07 April 2017 - 1:57PM

How "Rogue One" Made Gritty, Old Technology Cool

With all the recent technology-heavy sci-fi movies like Passengers, Independence Day: Resurgence, and Arrival, Rogue One stands...

Noelle Phansalkar
Thursday, 05 January 2017 - 4:40PM