Category Archives: Star Wars

Star Wars Fans Send an X-Wing Into Space!

Two Star Wars fans from Essex, UK, launched a toy X-Wing into near-orbit and shot footage of it in the hopes of getting the attention of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J. J. Abrams (and possibly scoring tickets to the movie’s premiere). See the video below!

New Species of Fish Named After Failed Bounty Hunter

greedo vs s. greedoi

A new species of catfish has been discovered, and researchers in Auburn University in Alabama named it Peckolita greedoi. A paper published last week describes several newly discovered catfish including P. greedoi, and explains the etymology:

Named for Greedo of Rodia, a bounty hunter killed by Han Solo in Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina in the movie “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (Lucasfilm, Twentieth Century Fox, 1977) with whom this species shares a remarkable resemblance.

The full paper, Three new species of saddled loricariid catfishes, and a review of Hemiancistrus, Peckoltia, and allied genera (Siluriformes) is available online: