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The Science of Star Wars

Droids, lightsabers and the Force return to theaters August 15th in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Get the lowdown on the science behind it all.

I, Clone

The Three Laws of Cloning will protect clones and advance science

April 1, 2003 — Michael Shermer

Space Wars - Coming to the Sky Near You?

A recent shift in U.S. military strategy and provocative actions by china threaten to ignite a new arms race in space. But would placing weapons in space be in anyone's national interest?...

March 1, 2008 — Theresa Hitchens

Monkey Think, Robot Do

A rhesus monkey uses thought to make a robot walk, paving the way for paralysis victims to move using brain-powered prosthetic limbs

January 15, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

A Bus Between the Planets

Gravity-assist trajectories between Earth and Mars would reduce the cost of shuttling human crews and their equipment

March 1, 2000 — James Oberg and Buzz Aldrin

Power for a Space Plane

Creating a revolutionary jet engine that could propel a space plane to orbit affordably and routinely is a tough but seemingly achievable task

August 1, 2006 — Thomas A. Jackson

Android Science

Hiroshi Ishiguro makes perhaps the most humanlike robots around--not particularly to serve as societal helpers but to tell us something about ourselves

May 1, 2006 — Tim Hornyak

The Truth and the Hype of Hypnosis

Though often denigrated as fakery or wishful thinking, hypnosis has been shown to be a real phenomenon with a variety of therapeutic uses -- especially in controlling pain

July 1, 2001 — Michael R. Nash

Are Aliens Among Us?

In pursuit of evidence that life arose on Earth more than once, scientists are searching for microbes that are radically different from all known organisms

December 1, 2007 — Paul Davies

The Will to Win

More and more athletes are engaging in mental workouts to give themselves that extra edge

April 1, 2005 — Steve J. Ayan

A Robot in Every Home

The leader of the PC revolution predicts that the next hot field will be robotics

January 1, 2007 — Bill Gates
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