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    Particle Beams in Space!

    If I exhale strongly, is that a matter beam?
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    Top 10 Saddest Anime Deaths

    Yes, omg and his son, off-screen. Also does Aeris from Final Fantasy VII count?
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    The Question?

    Solo was ok, but it stands on its own and wasnt really necessary. I think Ep3 is the best of all of them, maybe just for Obi1 owning Annakin so effortlessly.# FunFact: Do you guys know this? It might have been mentioned before. Ewan McGreggor has a brother who flew as a fighter pilot in the RAF. His callsign was, for a time, "Obi2".
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    The Question?

    I even quite like phantom menace. So what fight me.
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    Bad science in fiction Hall of Shame

    "#1: no way astronauts are that goodlooking"
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    Bad science in fiction Hall of Shame

    If Im understanding you correctly, I think that still implies superluminal energy transmission. You could make a row of light sources (like say, hot gas) light up in sequence to give an artificial impression of a superluminal "front", but if the energy to power the lighting is coming from a point source (the weapon), that energy would have to be superluminal to achieve this effect.
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    Bad science in fiction Hall of Shame

    Ergo - it *wasnt* light, it was something else - essentially magic as defined by Arthur C. Clarke, "Technology sufficiently advanced...etc" Im not sure if StarWars is relevant to this thread, its not really *science*fiction, its closer to a true fantasy. Closer to Harry Potter than The Martian. Now that I say that, I feel like I could list parallels between Harry Potter and StarWars all day. Child saviour discovers mysterious powers. Trained through a selection of wise old experts. Needs training montages and personal development plots to build ability to defeat mysterious BigBad with the help of a ragtag team of plucky friends, including big hairy friend and amusing malcoordinated friend. Also a parental connection (not the same kind, but familial connections definitely a big role). Could probably go on. A loved character with tiny body and big ears dies in arms of child saviour. Damn that last one is spooky! Also Hermione is Leieiaia. And both are 6-or-more part franchises with spin off movies still coming. Like, what, in StarWars *IS* scientifically accurate? Food, they need food and drink, so thats correct, and....buildings, they live in buildings, thats pretty accurate, shelter is a very real survival necessity....and I guess they sorta peripherally hint that humans cant breathe vacuum, cant really think of much else to be honest. None of this is criticism (plot holes and inconsistencies notwithstanding), StarWars is cool for a multitude of reasons, but hard accuracy has never been one of its aims. edit: Hang on! Theres even a hot-danged trench-run scene!
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    Thread to complain bout stuff

    Theres something a bit beautiful about this Err...I mean, ugh - the world eh? Amirite?
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    Thread to complain bout stuff

    Sigh. On the plus side, maybe if we act stupid enough, they will reset the simulation.
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    Geek cred

    Aw man! Why the driveby!?
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    Thread to complain bout stuff

    Just christmas break, retirement still approx 3 decades away D: You'll never go broke betting on the strength of human denial. "It wont happen to me" "I'll jump out at the last moment" "Ill notice way before its too late" But probably most appropriately: "I know how to swim, I even went to the pool 8 years ago, I can do the sea."
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    Thread to complain bout stuff

    13 days of work left
  13. IIRC, ice sheets make quite a lot of noise as they crack, grind and collide, I think you'd have tough time. BUT, if you drilled a hole through to the water you could lower a fully blown sonobuoy down there and get pretty good detection. However I will eat a metaphorical hat if the sea floor under the arctic ice isnt littered with US and Russian hydrophones already.
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    Bad science in fiction Hall of Shame

    Stop! Slow down you're making me dizzy! Please <sob> I want to get off!
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    Too Big For Twitter

    Its a neat, compact tale, I like it. But I gotta say, I hate that alien! War, famine, persecution, destruction of our own biome....but base ten is where it draws the line? And it didnt realise until it landed in your garden? Flippin tourists...