Roundup: Bind matter, create lightsabers? Science!

ESB: Bespin duel

SCIENCE! Physicists have discovered “photonic molecules,” which could allow something like a lightsaber to really exist. “When these photons interact with each other, they’re pushing against and deflect each other,” Harvard Professor of Physics Mikhail Lukin says. “The physics of what’s happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies.” Lukin and his colleague, MIT Professor of Physics Vladan Vuletic, have published their findings in the scientific journal Nature.

Episode VII. IMAX CEO tells IMAX investors that they’re “talking to J.J. Abrams” about filming the new Star Wars in IMAX. Alrighty then.

Whedon. Entertainment Weekly asks Joss Whedon if he’d turn down a Boba Fett movie if offered. “I can’t say for sure, because that’s a tasty morsel,” he answered. “But right now my heart doesn’t go that way.” Ugh. Lucasfilm, if you ever do decide to call up Joss Whedon, please don’t waste him on a Boba Fett movie.

Video. This “open letter” to J.J. Abrams is gorgeous and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

5 Replies to “Roundup: Bind matter, create lightsabers? Science!”

  1. Is it me, or is “hopes for the sequel trilogy” just the same old “complaints about the prequel trilogy” we’ve been hearing for over a decade now?

    Star Wars is hurtling into the future, yet all its fans seem to be stuck in the past. Which would be fine if they focused on the bits of the past they actually liked.

    And besides, as many of the commentators on io9 pointed out, the video is completely about the superficial elements. If making a good film were that easy, everyone would do it.

  2. >>Is it me, or is “hopes for the sequel
    trilogy” just the same old “complaints about the prequel trilogy”
    we’ve been hearing for over a decade now? It’s not just you. I
    especially liked the whole “Star Wars needs a frontier setting”
    part. Yes, Star Wars is pretty cool when it’s out in the wild, wild
    outer rim, but please don’t even try to tell me the eternal pod
    race (“on the frontier”) was more exciting than Palpatine’s
    intrigue (“in the boring galactic core”). Anyway, it was well made
    but badly argued. And I say that as somebody who finds the prequels
    fairly mediocre. And still hopes that the sequels won’t just copy
    the classic trilogy. Because if I want to watch 4, 5 and 6… I
    WATCH 4, 5 AND 6! ;-)

  3. I’m just bored to tears of hearing the same complaints over
    and over again. Some of them valid, some of them ludicrous. But
    none of them at this point original, or even particularly
    insightful. There are some people who just insist of bringing up
    their complaints any time anything about Star Wars is mentioned.
    What happened to putting your time and energy into the things you
    like, rather than the things you dislike? Here’s a message to all
    the SW fans out there: next time you’re about to post a complaint
    about the prequels (or the EU, or the Special Editions), just stop
    a moment and think: has this been said before? Does it need to be
    said again? Will it make any change to the world, or is it just

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