Entertainment 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Who are Rey’s parents?

WARNING: Spoilers from Star Wars: The Last Jedi below. When viewers were first introduced to Rey in The Force Awakens, she was working as a scrap metal scavenger in the baron wastes of Jakku.  Rey (Daisy Ridley) was abandoned on the desert planet by her parents for a reason unknown to her and she grew up under the assumption that they would one day return for her.  After meeting Finn (John Boyega) and joining the Resistance, Rey discovered that she had the ability to use the Force, sparking rumours that…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars Last Jedi explained: Six storyline essentials you NEED to know before watching

Those who didn’t see Episode 7, or just need a quick refresher, can catch up on everything you need to know below. Don’t panic – there are no spoilers from Episode 8 itself. 1. Luke Skywalker has been hiding for a REALLY long time Much of Episode 7 was spent wondering what happened to Luke Skywalker – the main hero of the original trilogy. What we did find out was that he was training the next generation of Jedi until one of his students, nephew Ben Solo (Adam Driver), went…

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Science 

Michael Gove's green makeover is promising, but not the revolution we need

Many of us who care for the natural world were deeply concerned when Michael Gove became environment secretary in June. Few in the teaching profession have anything positive to say about his time as education secretary, while many feared he saw the post merely as a stepping stone to revive his career – rather than an opportunity to pursue a great personal passion for the environment. But, after six months in the job, there are encouraging signs that those grave misgivings may have been misplaced. Already there has been positive…

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Top Stories World 

Have America’s CEOs stopped standing up to Trump?

The outdoor recreation industry responded last week with a unified repudiation of the White House’s announcement to sharply reduce the size of two national monuments, but there is little indication that this — or other controversial positions, ranging from H-1B visa cutbacks to the still-unsettled fate of DACA “Dreamers” — would prompt America’s corporate leaders to sever ties with President Donald Trump. “You’ll see most companies, unless it’s something directly affecting their business, will try to stay out of the fray,” Andrew Ward, an associate professor of management at Lehigh…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi review, Star Wars’ most unpredictable film yet (SPOILERS)

LUCASFILM Star Wars: The Last Jedi takes a completely new direction, but it works wonders The franchise’s excellent eighth “episode” is the most unpredictable yet. Writer and director Rian Johnson offers twists, red herrings, shock deaths and one very unexpected resurrection. After the fun but very familiar The Force Awakens, a much-needed element of surprise has been returned to the galaxy far, far away. The biggest shock is Skywalker (Mark Hamill) himself. When Harrison Ford returned to the franchise two years ago, his mission was to supply retro thrills to…

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Technology 

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ best and worst: Our global review – CNET

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has finally landed in theaters, and CNET writers and editors the world over made the Kessel Run to go see it right away. Opinions? Star Wars fans, with opinions? You know it, and we aren’t holding back, so be warned that the impressions we share below are full of spoilers. Haven’t seen the movie yet but need details now? Click on our official, spoiler-free review and head over to our guide outlining everything we know about the film. And here’s another warning: You WILL find spoilers ahead, so if…

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Technology 

How to spot the huge asteroid behind the Geminid meteor shower – CNET

An asteroid-like object called 3200 Phaethon is the source of the debris that becomes the Geminid meteor shower. B. E. Schmidt and S. C. Radcliffe/UCLA/NASA The 2017 edition of the spectacular Geminid meteor shower is past its peak, but you can still spot the ginormous space rock thought to be the source of all those shooting stars. The asteroid (or perhaps extinct comet) 3200 Phaethon is making its closest pass by Earth since the discovery of the “rock comet” in the early ’80s, and you may be able to see…

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Space 

Rocket Lab postpones Electron launch to early 2018

WASHINGTON — Stymied by poor weather and technical glitches, including one that aborted a launch just two seconds before liftoff, Rocket Lab said Dec. 16 it will delay its next Electron launch attempt until early 2018. In a statement, the company said it had corrected the latest problem to postpone the launch, a power fault that scrubbed a launch attempt Dec. 14 (U.S. time) from the company’s launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula. However, it said, “with only one day remaining in the launch window Rocket Lab has made…

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Technology 

Between ‘Get Out’ and ‘Thor’, originals and sequels can coexist – CNET

“The Last Jedi” rounds out a year of some very good blockbusters (and a lot of mediocre ones). Disney Hollywood, eh? It’s all sequels and remakes! Where’s the imagination? This year at least, it seems a fair bit of the imagination went into those very sequels and remakes. The devastating “Logan“. The heartstopping “War for the Planet of the Apes“. The wondrous “Wonder Woman“. The uproarious “Thor: Ragnarok“. The dazzling “Star Wars: Last Jedi“. You don’t have to be a fan of sci-fi, fantasy and geeky flicks to love these…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars 8 The Last Jedi: Did you spot Rogue One director Gareth Edwards’ cameo?

In recent years famous Star Wars fans have managed to bag themselves small blink-and-you’ll-miss it roles in the latest films. While James Bond star Daniel Craig has played a stormtrooper alongside Tom Hardy, Prince William and Prince Harry, the directors have been appearing in each other’s movies. The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson was seen in the firing chamber of the Death Star in Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One and has now returned the favour. In The Last Jedi’s final act on Crait, Edwards is seen preparing to defend the Resistance’s…

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