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'Star Wars' Black Friday Deals: Best of 2017

From a galaxy far, far away, we’re bringing you the best Black Friday deals on “Star Wars” merchandise.  With the Dec. 15 premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi ” nearly upon us, there are lots of new items that tie in with this latest entry to the franchise, as well as plenty of toys, […]

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How to Use Mobile Apps to See the Solar System's Ice-Giant Planets

For the next several years, Uranus and Neptune will be conveniently positioned for observation during autumn and winter evenings. They are moving slowly in front of the stars in the constellations Pisces and Aquarius, respectively. These two distant planets are too small to locate without binoculars and telescopes. Sky-charting apps such as SkySafari 5 can […]

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Birth of the Bug: See How Artists Built the 'Starship Troopers' Alien Warrior (Video)

[embedded content] If you’re a fan of the 1997 sci-fi cult classic “Starship Troopers ,” Christmas just came a little early. The visual-effects company Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. (ADI) has released a nearly 6-minute video showing how its artists and technicians built a “warrior bug” for the film. “To celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘Starship Troopers,’ […]

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What in the World? Flat-Earthers Gather at First Conference

Many flat-Earthers believe the Earth is a disc surrounded by an ice wall. A conference aimed at disputing the idea that the world is round just wrapped up in North Carolina. The first-ever 2017 Flat Earth International Conference (FEIC) was held in Raleigh on Nov. 9 and 10, featuring some of the big names in […]

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