The forest moon of Endor , is a moon in the Star Wars universe. It is a forested world covered by giant trees. It first appears in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, in which it is the body in whose orbit the second Death Star is constructed, and is the home of a race of furry aliens called Ewoks. The moon later appears in the Ewok TV movies Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, as well as the animated Marvel Comics series Star Wars: Ewoks. It also inspired the exterior queue for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 20, 2017
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Editors' note: As the 40th anniversary of Star Wars approaches, we continue our look at the many ways the sci-fi mega-franchise has impacted our lives. I'm 35. So unlike some of my more, ahem, senior colleagues, I didn't have the pleasure of seeing the original Star Wars trilogy for the first time in the cinema. I saw the first three movies on the big screen when they were re-edited and rereleased though, because they had made a big impact on me at a young age. We got a VHS machine when I was about 7. It was one of the first front-loading models and weighed about as much as a small car. Suddenly a world of prerecorded entertainment was open to me at our grubby local video store. This was long before the internet, of course, a more innocent, less heavily marketed time. The media wasn't a viciously efficient machine for wringing cash out of parents. I didn't have many toys based on TV shows -- Tygra the Thundercat with realistic whip action, but that was it -- and my friends and I in small-town England hadn't really heard of Star Wars. As a kid you don't know what's "good" -- at least critically speaking. More importantly, my parents didn't know what was good either. They were too old to be into stuff like Star Trek and Star Wars and just wanted me to watch nice things that wouldn't make me violent. So among all the tapes of "Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers", I picked out a fantasy-looking thing. It was "Ewoks: The Battle for Endor". Oh, sweet summer child. I don't remember the cover, but a Google Image search turned up this (the "U" is the kid-friendly universal certificate in the UK) and it looks right. There's a monster with a sword and a guy with a gun and some funny-looking creatures. I reckon I was trying to pick something that looked grown-up and my parents let me have it because of that U. Now, if you haven't heard of this opus, I don't blame you. It's a 1985 made-for-TV sequel to the better known but widely derided "Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure". (I rented that too, I remember, and didn't like it as much.) Despite being poorly regarded in general, it has some serious talent -- Wilford Brimley from "The Thing", Sian Phillips from "Dune", Paul Gleason from "Die Hard". George Lucas is credited with the story and executive-produced it, though both "Ewoks" movies were stricken from the official Star Wars "canon" when he sold Lucasfilm to Disney. Co-writers and directors Ken and Jim Wheat went on to create "Pitch Black" and the Riddick universe. It must have made a big impression because I got my poor parents to rent the crap out of that thing. My most abiding memory is the battle around the family's ship at the beginning. The young heroine Cindel is hiding. She has a bracelet with coloured lights for each of her family members and looks in terror as the lights go out one by one. (What a horrific concept, by the way. Like Mrs. Weasley's clock but much more terrifyingly binary: your family is alive or dead.) Then there's the adorable Wicket, the plucky little fuzzball with a leather cap, a little spear and sass up to his elbows. (Having not seen "Return of the Jedi" I was unaware Ewoks are willing to eat humans.) He rescues Cindel and they find a grumpy old wizard guy and they help each other ... that's about as much as I remember. There's a witch, I think? Like "Anne of Green Gables" with blasters. And that's the key. The blasters. It was the production design, copied and pasted from Star Wars proper, that captured my imagination. The mix of sci-fi and fantasy, pew-pew lasers and wizards in the woods, was a heady combination for my little mind. Long before Star Wars became a cultural juggernaut, I bumbled across this odd little corner of it, a wild, wooly offshoot. And even though it was rubbish, it still had enough of that magic to ensnare and ensorcel me. Later, I saw the original trilogy on TV (I remember wearing out a recording of "Empire Strikes Back" with Christmas ads) and loved it, and eventually in the theatre. But only grudgingly would I admit these movies were superior to "Battle for Endor", my first taste of that galaxy far away. Batteries Not Included: The CNET team shares experiences that remind us why tech stuff is cool.


News Article | May 8, 2017
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There's no one true type of Star Wars fan. Here at CNET, we range from people who saw the first film when it came out in 1977 to one patient reporter who was forced to see "A New Hope" a couple of years ago, for work! As part of our monthlong special series celebrating four decades of Star Wars, we share our most enduring memories of seeing the movie that kicked off the global phenomenon. Begin the opening crawl -- and be sure to share your own memories in the comments section. I watched the first three movies back home in Barcelona when I was a little girl. I actually watched them when they aired on TV, dubbed in Catalan. Whenever I think about Han Solo I still can hear his Catalan voice and not Harrison Ford's. I was already a big fan of the original trilogy when I moved to Los Angeles. In 2007, a friend of mine was visiting and we got tickets to see "Episode IV: A New Hope" at the ArcLight Cinemas. George Lucas was presenting it. I can't remember a single thing Lucas said, just the excitement we felt. We were kids from Barcelona, in Hollywood, at an event with one of our favorite filmmakers. And we were about to see -- on the big screen and not dubbed in Catalan -- one of our favorite childhood movies. -- Patricia Puentes, San Francisco I was in the first grade in 1977 when about 40 of us went to see "Star Wars" for my friend Jason Stern's birthday party. We'd heard about how great "Star Wars" was from the older kids and how there was this bad guy who wore shiny black (Vader) and a big life-sized muppet (Chewy). We were blown away by the music, the sabers and the Stormtroopers. I went from collecting DC and Marvel comics action figures to gathering those tiny Kenner figures that I could stuff in my coat pocket. I lost a lot of those little sabers. -- Terry Collins, San Francisco I don't remember a lot about the film itself (or, at least, details of that 1997 Special Edition screening that haven't blurred into every other viewing since then). But what made the experience so great was seeing it with my dad. I knew Star Wars was important to him, and being asked to go along was a Big Deal. Even as a young padawan, that opening fanfare felt momentous -- like I was being let in on a major cultural moment. When I got invited to the premiere of "The Force Awakens" 18 years later, Dad flew up to Sydney to see it with me. I was a professional nerd for CNET now, so the new film was a big deal for me. But when that overture blared out through the IMAX theater, I still grabbed his hand! -- Claire Reilly, Sydney I grew up watching action adventure films with my dad, who loved epics like "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (with Errol Flynn) and "The Thief of Bagdad" (the 1940 version). So when I watched "Star Wars" for the first time, it was just like my favorite movies, only set in space! Good guys, bad buys, an evil emperor, a scary henchman with a scary voice, a wise-cracking pilot, a Wookiee, robots, a fearless princess. What's not to love? The movie also inspired one of my first maker projects. I know I should say it was a homemade lightsaber, but I admit I spent a lot of time with earmuffs and pink foam rollers, trying to replicate Princess Leia's hair for Halloween. I ended up co-opting one of my mom's best white tablecloths so I could dress up and repeat Carrie Fisher's best lines, including my favorite: "Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy." -- Connie Guglielmo, San Francisco In the summer of 1977, my mom asked me if I wanted to see a movie. "It's like 'Star Trek,'" she said. I told her I didn't want to. I was 7 years old and enjoyed "Star Trek" reruns. Maybe I was just being contrary. I went anyway with her, my grandma and a friend. I remember almost nothing else about that day except the movie itself. Was this like it was for a much earlier generation seeing a "talkie" for the first time? It was that earthshaking. It attached itself to me. Over the years, it became like a family member whose flaws are apparent, but you love them deeply anyway. That may sound completely silly to say about a movie. But you've seen it, right? I never said "no" to another Star Wars movie again. -- Anne Dujmovic, Portland, Oregon The origins of my deep love for Star Wars are a little hazy, and I can't even recall whether I watched it in a theater, a drive-in (yes, that was a thing back then) or on VHS. I do remember being freaked out by the trash compactor scene and the weird one-eyed monster (which I only later learned was called a dianoga) floating around our heroes. Was this a sci-fi adventure or horror film? I scared easily back then. I have stronger memories of reading Star Wars picture books at my local library (that too was a thing back then) and my older cousin's model X-Wing. The massive Star Wars marketing machine sunk its claws in me at an early age -- I didn't stand a chance. -- Roger Cheng, New York It was 1997 and my brother and I were given the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition VHS box set as a joint Christmas present. We'd never even heard of Star Wars before, but the shiny gold box intrigued us, and on Dec. 26 we begged and pleaded with our parents to crack it open. That evening we sat down as a family to watch "A New Hope" in our pajamas (and only "A New Hope" -- my mum was very firm on this -- after that it was bedtime). Over six hours later we finally trundled off to bed. For me it was the beginning of a lifelong passion for both Star Wars and binge-watching things late into the night even when I'm doolally and need to sleep. -- Katie Collins, London I was only 3 when "A New Hope" first premiered, so I didn't see it until the rerelease. The scenes on Tatooine were my favorite. I thought the Jawas were funny and the shots of the Sandcrawler and of C-3PO and R2-D2 fleeing in the escape pod fascinated me. That's why my first Star Wars toy was Kenner's "Land of the Jawas playset." It probably took me until "Return of the Jedi" to get hooked on the series (my family had just gone to the Redwoods on vacation so I loved the speeder bike chase on Endor), but my husband was captivated right away. He tells a great story about what it was like to see "A New Hope" in 1977 while growing up in a small town in northern Wisconsin where there wasn't much around. From the very first scene when the massive underside of the Imperial Star Destroyer passed overhead, he immediately got the chills -- this was like nothing he had ever seen before. He went back to see it 12 times. -- Kent German, London I started working at CNET in 2012 with a dirty secret -- even though I worked for a tech publication with plenty of "geeky" co-workers, I'd never seen a Star Wars film. In fact, one of my first assignments was writing about Star Wars and I had to tell my editors I couldn't include film references because I'd never seen it. Fast-forward to early 2014, when I was relocating to CNET's San Francisco bureau. My colleagues in New York surprised me with a screening of "Star Wars" on one of my last days in the office. We all crowded into CNET's TV review lab, with its comfy couches and optimal viewing environment, to watch the film displayed by a fancy 4K projector. All I could say at the end was, "Where was Yoda?" When I arrived at my new desk in San Francisco, I was greeted with a sign that said, "Welcome to the Dark Side." -- Shara Tibken, San Francisco I was still quite young in 1979, not yet 5 years old, but I remember going to a drive-in to see a rerelease while visiting family down in Southern California. I recall being excited as soon as it started. My memory is mostly seeing the title on the big screen and the opening crawl (before the Episode IV bit was added) and leaning in toward the speaker on the car window to hear the music. -- Jeff Sparkman, San Francisco I'm guessing it was about 1979, definitely before "Empire" arrived, when a babysitter's movie-nut brother busted out an actual projector and showed us "Star Wars." An actual projector, pointed at a wall in their house in suburban Sydney, showing me "Star Wars" for the first time. My mind was blown. My most vivid memory was the opening scene of Stormtroopers storming the Corvette before Vader marches in. I don't remember much after that. Maybe my babysitter's brother only had the first reel of film? It was enough. My 3-year-old brain had already melted with delight. -- Seamus Byrne, Sydney We saw it on its rerelease in 1979 when my brother and I were very small. I remember big crowds, my parents deciding whether to take us to this "Star Wars" instead of "The Muppet Movie." The trash compactor scene terrified me! Along with the more obvious stuff like the Jawas' sandcrawler, I vividly remember the medal ceremony at the end. I think I thought Leia, Han and Luke were getting married. -- Kelsey Adams, San Francisco When "Star Wars" came out in 1977, it garnered buzz very quickly, even though the internet wasn't around. My parents took me to see the movie in San Jose, California, and the theater was packed. People were sitting in the aisles. Despite the crowds, I was engrossed from the very beginning. "Star Wars" portrayed a kind of adventure I'd never seen on film before, although I was reading plenty of science fiction at the time. And it all rose to a perfect ending when Luke, with the assistance of Han and a ghostly Obi-Wan, dropped his torpedoes down the exhaust port in the Death Star. I, and the entire theater, gave a collective gasp of relief when he made it. -- Wayne Cunningham, San Francisco I don't remember seeing "Star Wars" for the first time. Isn't that weird? It's something that's pervaded my life as a child and as an adult, and I don't know how it started. I was too young to see the original movies at the cinema, and we weren't big on videos -- the television is free, as my dad pointed out -- so I guess the first time I saw it must have been on TV. I do remember the TV series "Droids." Thirteen animated episodes of R2-D2 and C-3PO getting into scrapes, broadcast in the UK in 1986. The main character had the brilliantly fun-to-say name "Mungo Baobab" -- when's he going to get a spinoff movie, that's what I want to know. Growing up a sci-fi geek in the '80s was a strange experience, when the subject of my obsessions -- the actual Star Wars movies, Star Trek episodes, Doctor Who -- were largely absent. I devoured novelizations, comics, episode guides, making-of books, but the actual films and TV episodes were out of reach. Today, I can watch any one of them inside 10 seconds, on a phone in my pocket. Honestly, geeks these days don't know they're born. -- Richard Trenholm, London I was 9 in 1996 when I first saw any "Star Wars" film, and it was actually "Return of the Jedi!" At summer camp, my counselor picked it for us to watch on a rainy day ... maybe because the cute appearance of Ewoks was a good way to break us in before showing us the slightly more murderous events in the earlier two films. We eventually watched all three films on VHS that summer, and a year later I was happy to get to experience the trilogy in theaters for its "Special Edition" release. While I always enjoy the films, it's the parodies I appreciate most of all ... I mean check out Animal Vader from the "Muppet Babies!" --Mike Sorrentino, New York I wasn't even born when "Star Wars" first came out, and honestly I don't remember when I first watched it, but I recall bits and pieces from television growing up. Over the years, I found myself watching "Star Wars" on the PC -- illegally, of course -- along with the rest of the trilogy. I've since read most of the now Legends novels, rewatched the movies countless times after, and shed a tear or two when Chewbacca died (in the novels). It's only when I watched the remastered Special Edition in the theaters that I fully appreciated the cinematic experience -- though I must point out that Han Solo still did shoot first and no amount of retconning is going to change that for me. -- Aloysius Low, Singapore Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here's your place for the lighter side of tech.


News Article | June 22, 2017
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Endor, a predictive analytics startup based on revolutionary MIT research, today announced that it has been included in the list of "Cool Vendors" in the Cool Vendors in Analytics, 2017(1) report by Gartner, Inc. Endor is the first predictive software platform that lets business users ask any predictive question and get high-quality results in minutes instead of months. It requires no coding, data cleaning, knowledge of machine learning, or PhDs, and far less data history than standard machine learning methods. Endor’s predictive platform is based on Social Physics: A new science that uses big data to build a predictive, computational theory of human behavior. Social Physics originated in MIT through years of groundbreaking research by Prof. Alex Pentland, creator of the MIT Media Lab and one of the world’s most cited scientists, and Dr. Yaniv Altshuler. Endor extended Social Physics using proprietary technology into a powerful engine that is able to explain and predict any human behavior. “We are honored to be named a Cool Vendor by Gartner and be recognized for our innovative solutions,” said Doron Alter, Co-Founder and CEO, Endor. “Endor’s platform continues to help organizations overcome major barriers in leveraging predictive analytics. With our solution, companies can become predictive within days.” Gartner Disclaimer Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About Endor Endor (http://www.endor.com) offers the first predictive software platform that lets business users ask any predictive question, and get high-quality results in minutes. Based on the emerging field of Social Physics developed at MIT, Endor’s new predictive intelligence platform re-invented and automated the process of answering predictive business questions. (1) Gartner “Cool Vendors in Analytics, 2017” by Joao Tapadinhas | Carlie J. Idoine | Cindi Howson | James Laurence Richardson | Rita L. Sallam, 24 May 2017


News Article | June 15, 2017
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Endor, a predictive analytics startup based on revolutionary MIT research, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “technology pioneers”, a selection of the world’s most innovative companies. Endor’s predictive platform is based on Social Physics: A new science that uses big data to build a predictive, computational theory of human behavior. Social Science originated in MIT through years of groundbreaking research by Prof. Alex Pentland, creator of the MIT Media Lab and one of the world’s most cited scientists, and Dr. Yaniv Altshuler. Endor extended Social Physics using proprietary technology into a powerful engine that is able to explain and predict any human behavior. The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers community are early-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. The 30 technology pioneers that made it to the final selection are active in artificial intelligence, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, biotechnology, blockchain, cybersecurity, the (industrial) internet of things, and other pioneering technologies. Following its selection as Technology Pioneer, CEO Doron Alter of Endor will be participating in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions. This meeting, also dubbed “Summer Davos” will be held in Dalian, China, June 27-29. Many Pioneers will also attend the Annual Meeting in Davos, in January 2018, and continue to participate in dedicated Technology Pioneer community events in the course of the next two years. “We welcome Endor in this group of extraordinary pioneers,” says Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. “We hope that thanks to this selection, the World Economic Forum can facilitate greater collaboration with business leaders, governments, civil society and other relevant individuals to accelerate the development of technological solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.” “It’s an honor to be acknowledged as pioneer by the World Economic Forum, and join the ranks of other revolutionary technology leaders”, said Endor CEO Doron Alter. “It is a confirmation our technology is among the most unique in the world. Endor’s platform continues to help organizations overcome major barriers in leveraging predictive analytics. With our solution, enterprises can become predictive and proactive within days.” The Technology Pioneers were selected by a selection committee of more than 60 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives. Notable members of the committee include Geoffrey Moore (Adviser, Geoffrey Moore Consulting, USA), Yossi Vardi (Chairman, International Technologies, Israel) and Lee Sang-Yup (Distinguished Professor and Dean, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea). The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact and leadership. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Scribd, Spotify, Twitter and Wikimedia. All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here: http://wef.ch/techpioneers17 More information on past winners can be found here: http://www.weforum.org/community/technology-pioneers. About Endor Endor (http://www.endor.com) offers the first predictive software platform that lets business users ask any predictive question, and get high-quality results in minutes. Based on the emerging field of Social Physics developed at MIT, Endor’s new predictive intelligence platform re-invented and automated the process of answering predictive business questions. About World Economic Forum: The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (http://www.weforum.org).


Some of the planets discovered around stars in our own galaxy could be very similar to arid Tatooine, watery Scarif and even frozen Hoth, according to NASA scientists. Sifting through data on the more than 3,400 confirmed alien worlds, scientists apply sophisticated computer modeling techniques to tease out the colors, light, sunrise and sunsets we might encounter if we could pay them a visit. Some of these distant worlds are even stranger than those that populate the latest Star Wars film, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." And others are eerily like the fictional planets from a galaxy far, far away. A real planet in our galaxy reminded scientists so much of Luke Skywalker's home planet, they named it "Tatooine." Officially called Kepler-16b, the Saturn-sized planet is about 200 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus. The reality of its two suns was so startling, George Lucas himself agreed to the astronomers' nickname for the planet. "This was the first honest-to-goodness real planetary system where you would see the double sunset as two suns," said Laurance Doyle, an astrophysicist with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute and Director of the Institute for the Metaphysics of Physics, who discovered the planet using NASA's Kepler space telescope. A person on Kepler-16b would have two shadows. In a storm, two rainbows would appear. Each sunset would be unique, because the stars are always changing their configuration. Building a sundial would require calculus. Astronomers have discovered that about half of the stars in our Milky Way galaxy are pairs, rather than single stars like our sun. So while Kepler-16b aka Tatooine is probably too cold and gaseous to be home to life, or a hopeful desert farm boy, it's a good bet that there might be a habitable Tatooine "twin" out there somewhere. George Lucas has a fondness for desert planets, and at least one NASA scientist thinks he's on the right track. "Desert planets are possible. We have one right here in our solar system in Mars. We think desert planets elsewhere could be even more habitable than Mars is," said Shawn Domagal-Goldman, an astrobiologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He likes Lucas' proliferation of arid worlds because he believes it might reflect the galaxy we live in. "The recurring theme of desert worlds in 'Star Wars' is really interesting, because there is some research that shows that these would be likely habitable worlds to find," said Domagal-Goldman, who is, among other things, a climate scientist. Desert worlds are not only a very real possibility, but they are probably very common, he said. They could be hot, like Tatooine and Jakku, or cold, like Mars and Jedha in "Rogue One." "The lack of water on a desert planet might be what makes it more habitable. Water amplifies changes to climates and can cause planets to end up being really hot like Venus, or really cold like Europa," said Domagal-Goldman. There is a world named Hoth in our galaxy—an icy super-Earth discovered in 2006. It reminded scientists so much of the frozen Rebel base they unofficially nicknamed it after the planet that appears in "The Empire Strikes Back." The planet's scientific designation is OGLE 2005-BLG-390L, after the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) that found it. Our galaxy's Hoth is too cold to support life as we know it. But life may evolve under the ice of a different world, or a moon in our solar system. On Earth, it's been found inside volcanoes, deep ocean trenches, even the frozen soil of Antarctica. NASA is currently designing a Europa mission to look for life under the crust of Jupiter's icy moon Europa. And Saturn's moon Enceladus also contains an underground ocean that could harbor alien life. For the scientists who characterize exoplanets, the most important planet to study is Earth-the only known planet with life. And life on Earth began in the ocean. "We need Earth climate science to help us understand planetary habitability and the potential diversity of life on exoplanets," said astrobiologist Nancy Kiang, a research scientist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. As an astrobiologist, her job is to model the kind of plant life that might exist on planets around other stars—also known as exoplanets. We haven't confirmed the existence of ocean worlds like the perpetually rainy Kamino in "Attack of the Clones," or worlds with oceans, like the beachy Scarif from "Rogue One." But we have found frozen ocean worlds in our solar system, in the moons Europa and Enceladus. We may even be able to glimpse an ocean on an exoplanet in the not-so-distant future. "Ocean glint can be detected over large distances," said Victoria Meadows, a professor at the University of Washington and director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute's Virtual Planetary Laboratory. Such a glint was first observed reflecting from the liquid methane seas on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. Both the forest moon of Endor, from "Return of the Jedi," and Takodana, the home of Han Solo's favorite cantina in "The Force Awakens," are green like our home planet. But astrobiologists think that plant life on other worlds could be red, black, or even rainbow-colored. A few months ago, astronomers from the European Southern Observatory announced the discovery of Proxima Centauri b, a planet only 4 light-years away from Earth, which orbits a tiny red star. "The star color would be peachy to the human eye," Meadows said. "And the planet would appear dark purple to light purple, looking at it from a spacecraft." From the surface of Proxima b, the sky would appear to be periwinkle. The light from a red star, also known as an M dwarf, is dim and mostly in the infrared spectrum, as opposed to the visible spectrum we see with our sun. The planet also doesn't have sunrises or sunsets like Earth: one side always faces its sun. "If you have photosynthetic organisms, they would always get fixed amounts of light all the time. It would be a permanent sunset around the planet. You would see a gradation of color," Kiang said. Just as seaweed changes color from green to dark brown as you dive deeper into the ocean, plants on a red dwarf planet may brilliantly change color from the day side to the night side. And that could mean rainbow plant life. Just about any 'Star Wars' planet In the "Star Wars" universe, Lucas and company envision scores of worlds bustling with intelligent beings. In our galaxy, we know of only one such world so far-Earth. But NASA exoplanet scientist think we have a fighting chance of finding life beyond our solar system. The next few years will see the launch of a new generation of spacecraft to search for planets around other stars. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will attempt to determine what's in the atmospheres of other planets. Then, in the next decade, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) will bring us images of exoplanets around sun-like stars. That's one step closer to finding life. "The idea of life on other planets resonates with people on a very personal level," Doug Hudgins, NASA's program scientist for exoplanet exploration, said of the "Star Wars" films' enduring popularity. "They portray this image of a universe that is teeming with life." "We are at our heart explorers," he said. "We want to know what's out there. Through the imaginings of George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry, we get to feel for a bit of time like we really can go out and explore the stars." Explore further: Tatooine worlds orbiting two suns often survive violent escapades of aging stars


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP.2011.1.4-1 | Award Amount: 9.56M | Year: 2012

It is vital that nanomanufacturing routes facilitate an increase in production whilst being green, sustainable, low cost and capable of producing high quality materials. Continuous hydrothermal synthesis is an enabling and underpinning technology that is ready to prove itself at industrial scale as a result of recent breakthroughs in reactor design which suggest that it could now be scaled over 100 tons per annum. Academic specialists with international reputations in reactor modelling and kinetics and metrology will develop the know how needed to scale up the current pilot scale system. Selected project partners with expertise in sustainability modelling and life cycle assessment will quantify the environmental impact and benefits of a process that uses water as a recyclable solvent, whilst producing the highest quality, dispersed and formulated products. In addition to scale up production, the process will be improved through case studies with industrial end users in four key areas printed electronics with SOVY; surface coatings with CRF, PPG and SOVY; healthcare and medical with ENDOR and CERA; hybrid polymers and materials with TopGaN and REPSOL. Further value will be added to the Project by working on new materials that have been identified as key future targets but cannot be currently made, or made in significant quantities. The consortium is founded on the principle that the whole value chain (from nanoparticle production to final product) must be involved in the development of the technology. This will not only inform the development stages of the production process but also maximise market pull, rather than simply relying on subsequent technology push.


This invention discloses a new conjugate compound that comprises at least one HA oligomer derivatised through one thiolated linker, whereby it binds to at least one metal nanoparticle, such as, for example, a gold nanoparticle. Moreover, it discloses methods of obtaining it, as well as the use thereof in a cosmetic treatment, and cosmetic compositions that contain them.


News Article | July 2, 2015
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Any "Star Wars" fan will tell you that the Battle of Endor was a crucial moment for Rebel forces trying to overthrow Darth Vader and his attempt to build a second Death Star. If it wasn't for Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO and R2-D2 helping to take down the Empire -- not to mention the countless Ewoks who ended up giving their lives that day -- where would we be today? As part of its new "Real Fake History" series that parodies History Channel shorts, YouTube channel Machinima takes a closer look at the Battle of Endor from "Star Wars Return of the Jedi." Ken Burns-like documentary-style interviews feature two co-pilots who were also in the Millennium Falcon cockpit with Lando Calrissian and Sullustan smuggler Nien Nunb that fateful day when they attacked the second Death Star and lead the Rebels to victory. The former Rebel pilots, Bill Bendix and Mark Stargazer, talk about the stressful mission that almost didn't succeed. "We don't know what to do," Bendix said in the video. "We didn't have any training. They just put us in uniforms and threw us in there and said, 'Help out Lando.' And to make matters worse, I don't speak Sullustan. So I had absolutely no idea what Nien Nunb was saying." "Who the hell brings in a co-pilot that doesn't speak the same language as everybody else?" Stargazer asked. "It's unprofessional! What are you saying?! We're under attack!" He's got a good point. Not everyone can speak alien languages, especially during a war. Han Solo understands the Wookiee language of Shyriiwook, and of course, Huttese. Luke Skywalker can decipher droid beeps and Jawaese. And C-3PO knows all the languages including Ewokese (though technically some of those phrases are Tibetan). Luckily, Lando perfectly understood Nunb's native tongue of Sullustese (which is derived in real life from a mix of Kenyan languages Haya and Kikuyu), even if the other pilots didn't, and they ultimately helped the Rebels win the war again Darth Vader and the Empire, once and for all. More historical events to be dissected in upcoming "Real Fake History" episodes include the Battle of Castle Black from "Game of Thrones," the Battle of New York City from "The Avengers" and the Battle of Hong Kong from "Pacific Rim," just to name a few. New episodes of "Real Fake History" air Tuesdays on Machinima.


News Article | December 2, 2016
Site: www.techradar.com

If you grew up with Star Wars you probably had dreams of becoming a pilot and flying epic space battles. Well now Propel is bringing this dream from a long time ago and a galaxy far away to reality with Star Wars Battle Quad drones. After launching in the UK, Propel’s Star Wars Battle Quad are now officially available in the United States. Retailed for $239 Brookstone and other retailers, you’ll have your choice between a T-65 X-Wing, Tie Advanced X1 (Darth Vader’s personal whip) and 74-Z Speeder Bike picked from the forest moon of Endor. Propel tells us a Millennium Falcon model is in the pipeline but isn’t available yet as the company is still working out the kinks of making what is essentially a pointed frisbee fly right. Each drone isn’t a cheap knock off either. They’re all carefully sculpted with intricate panel lines and details like a high-end collector’s model. That said, Propel had to make some concessions to turn these classic Star Ships into air worthy quadcopters. The X-Wing has a pelican-like gullet to make room for a battery along with two offshoots protruding from the main fuselage to support the two front rotors. Meanwhile, the Speeder Bike is nowhere as sleek as its film adaptation. The Tie Advanced X1 makes the smoothest transition to drone form as the body of the model simply stand on its rotors like four peg legs. On top of taking the shapes of your favorite childhood spaceships, the Battle Quads are a ton of fun to fly around. Able to reach a max speed of 40mph and accelerate from 0 to 35mph in three seconds, these things really zip around quickly. What’s more, these drones firing freaking lasers. You’ll be able to play out dogfights thanks to each drone being equipped with infrared sensors and emitters. Of course, no one just automatically becomes an ace pilot overnight. And so Propel has created a training program within to help drone fliers both young and old slowly ramp up their flying skills. An upcoming smartphone app will include a virtual training simulation that teaches users how the controls work and how to fly the drone. From there, users can switch the drone into a mode that keep the drone level and limits the speed to 10mph until they feel safe to take the training wheels off. At a launch event in New York, we got to play around with the drone in safety mode that was fun, but we can’t wait to really take this thing outside and fly about. The only negative thing we can pick out from these drones so far is you only get 6 to 8 minutes of flight time out of the batteries and fully recharging takes about 30 minutes. The good news two extra batteries are included in the box. Speaking of which, even the collectors box each drone comes in is special. Upon opening the package you’ll be greeted with a light up panel reminiscent of the Death Star interior and a speaker sounding off with the classic Star Wars fanfare. Overall, we think this is the drone Star Wars fans have been waiting for. The Battle Quads are also one of the best drones to pick up for kids if the training modes can really prevent them from crashing the drone immediately.


If you are a Star Wars fan, then getting one of Propel's battle drones is an absolute essential. Now, you can recreate the famous speeder bike chase scenes in Endor from Return of the Jedi and immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe by playing one of Propel's toy drones. The collection features three remote-controlled drones that can fly at blistering speeds of up to 30 miles per hour in just 3 seconds. Choose from the classic T-65 X-Wing Starfighter, Darth Vader's TIE Advanced X1, and the Empire's 74-Z Speeder Bike. But if you are a Han Solo fan, you'll have to wait for next year to get the Millennium Falcon drone. Aside from the three vehicles, Propel's Star Wars collection also includes an Imperial Scout trooper and comes in a special limited-edition packaging. The battle quads are packaged in a wax-sealed box that is shaped like the grid-like interiors of an Imperial ship from the movies. When the box is opened, it lights up and plays a soundtrack from the movie. The toys stand out because they are highly detailed. Every ship is handpainted, and even the screwdriver used to install the toys' batteries comes in the shape of a lightsaber. "We want to keep them as true to the ships in the Star Wars films as possible," says Jack Bishop, head of development at Propel. If you are a total amateur to drone flying, you can use the T-mode setting of the toy, which allows you to set a limit to how high it can fly so it does not go off too far, or fly over the fence. There is also a simulator app that you can choose to play first to familiarize yourself with the game's controller. How To Play With Star Wars Battle Drones Just like in the movies, the drones fire lasers at each other in an aerial combat. Each game can have up to twelve drones fighting each other simultaneously. The battle drones communicate with each other in real time. Once your toy gets hit in the battle, it will be broadcast and everyone will know how many lives you have left. You get to have 7 minutes of flying for every charge, but you can swap it out with the extra battery to make the flight (and fight) time longer. Now, you can have a Star Wars-themed holiday season by watching Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and buying this toy collector's item from Propel. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

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