Welcome Back, Star Wars! Science Fiction Science

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You can’t have science fiction without science, right? You can’t have movies without science and technology either! In honour of the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we’ve brought together CurioCity content about some of the science of Star Wars, from lasers and spaceships to clones and killer robots, as well as the magic of filmmaking. May the Force be with you this holiday season!

1) STAR WARS TECH: THE PHYSICS OF DEATH STARS AND LIGHTSABERS

Would developing Star Wars technologies actually require breaking any laws of physics? Surprisingly, the answer is often no.

2) KILLER ROBOTS – FACT OR FANTASY?

What do you think: are you worried about killer robots? The United Nations is!

3) SHOULD SCIENTISTS CLONE EXTINCT SPECIES?

What could be more thrilling than cloning dinosaurs and letting them roam free on an island?

4) HOW TO BUILD A STARSHIP

Ever wonder how to build a spaceship? There are a lot of things to consider, but thankfully Michio Kaku is here with some of his ideas to help.

5) SOUND EFFECTS IN THE MOVIES

Ever wonder how movies get all their sounds (an even some of the unrealistic ones)? Read on to learn about the work of Foley artists.

6) BLUE SCREEN TECHNOLOGY

Bluescreen technology is a major component of most modern special effects. The technique results in composite pictures or pictures made of separate images that are put together to generate one image. The composite images are what we see on the screen.

7) JOHN ROSENGRANT - OWNER, LEGACY EFFECTS

John designs and create characters & Live Action Animatronic and Prosthetic Effects for Film, Television and Commercials

8) CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG - SCIENCE EVENT COORDINATOR

Charlotte coordinates events that celebrate science, nerd culture, and science fiction.

9) SOME CLEVER FILM WIZARDRY!

"Four" filmmakers discuss ways to duplicate an actor for an upcoming science fiction film.

10) RIP RAY HARRYHAUSEN

Ray Harryhausen, master of stop-motion animation & one of the most influential special effects artists of all time, died May 7 2013. Ray animated all of the monster models in his films by hand, 24 frames/second! Check out some of his work.

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