12 Days of Geek | Day 12 | Who put the TIE in TIE Fighter?

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Q. In Star Wars, what does TIE stand for in “TIE Fighter”? TIE fighters and other TIE spacecraft are seen throughout the original Star Wars trilogy as well as throughout the expanded Star Wars universe. Other TIE craft include the TIE Advanced, TIE Shuttle, TIE Bomber, TIE Interceptor, TIE Hunter, TIE Mauler, TIE Defender, TIE Clutch,… Continue Reading12 Days of Geek

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12 Days of Geek | Day 11 | The fate of the sun

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Q. What is the earth’s sun expected to become at the end of its life? One day our Sun will die. At 4.6 billion years old, it’s currently about halfway through its life. While too small to go out in a giant supernova bang, 5 billion years from now, as it runs out of hydrogen fuel,… Continue Reading12 Days of Geek

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12 Days of Geek | Day 10 | Iconic toys of 1978

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Q. What iconic toy was introduced at the legendary Studio 54 in 1978? The gameplay might have been inspired by the Atari console game Touch-Me, but the revamped music and mobile form factor made it a completely new experience—one worthy of a midnight party release at the iconic Studio 54. Unlike the grating electronic sound effects… Continue Reading12 Days of Geek

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12 Days of Geek | Day 9 | Pour me a hot cup of C8H10N4O2

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Q. C8H10N4O2 is a molecule geeks love. Why? “It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.” –Dave Barry The science behind the pep comes in the form of C8H10N4O2—the chemical formula… Continue Reading12 Days of Geek

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12 Days of Geek | Day 8 | 2001: A Space Odyssey Massacre

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Q. What was the name of the computer that killed much of the crew in 2001: A Space Odyssey? Author Arthur C. Clarke and director Stanley Kubrick worked together on the future-fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film and novel were both released in 1968 and depicted the exploration of a mysterious black monolith in… Continue Reading12 Days of Geek

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12 Days of Geek | Day 7 | Computing for the masses

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Q. What is the name of the world’s first mass-produced commercial computer? The history of computing hardware is global and intensely interesting. From the early mechanical calculators, like the 1640s Pascal’s calculator, to the punch card data processors of the 1880s, continuous innovation has led to faster and more universal computing devices. The first commercial… Continue Reading12 Days of Geek

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