Category Archives: Star Wars

New Species of Fish Named After Failed Bounty Hunter

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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:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Premiering Friday!

"Star Wars - The Force Awakens" Logo

In addition to being shown in select theatres across North America this Thanksgiving weekend, the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will also be premiering on iTunes Friday.

J. J. Abrams tweeted the following message on Tuesday, November 24:

Filming for the movie ended November 3. The trailer is premiering online 25 days after the end of principal photography. Posts Unfinished “The Clone Wars” Episodes

Great news for fans of The Clone Wars! Four episodes of the prematurely cancelled show have been released in their unfinished state on the website:

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In a video titled, “The Clone Wars Legacy”, the production team of The Clone Wars discuss the many unfinished storylines in the show, George Lucas’ involvement in the stories, and that they are now going to share a lot of their unfinished work through the website. They also mention Darth Maul’s story was adapted into the comic book “Darth Maul: Son Of Dathomir”

Be a Force for Change, and appear in Star Wars: Episode VII!

J. J. Abrams has a message from the set of Episode VII:

Disney and Lucasfilm have created “Star Wars: Force For Change”, a fundraising initiative dedicated to UNICEF’s innovation labs. Among many of the projects supported are:

  • Portable, solar-powered learning kits being built in China, Uganda, and Burundi to ensure underprivileged children in these countries have access to relevant, high-quality educational materials.
  • Mobile phone application developed in South Sudan and Uganda, and used in the Philippines, that helps reunite children with their families after an emergency.
  • A text messaging solution in Zambia that helps families receive infant medical test results from clinics, in half the time, through mobile phones.

A donation of as little as $10 enters a donor into a draw for a chance to be in a scene in Episode VII. The full grand prize includes:

  • Airfare and accommodations to London for one winner and a guest
  • Behind-the-scenes access on the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as VIP guests of J.J. Abrams
  • Winner will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast
  • Winner and their guest will then be transformed by makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII

For more information about Star Wars: Force for Change, visit
For more information about UNICEF Innovation, visit