October 31st, 2012
03:49 PM ET

New Star Wars to be done by Disney

Like it or not, there will be new Star Wars films. Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015. There will likely be many more to follow.

And they'll be made by Disney.

The "House of Mouse" has acquired Lucasfilm in a blockbuster deal.

What do you think of this mega-merger?

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Filed under: Cult classics • Movies
October 29th, 2012
06:54 PM ET

Understanding Hurricane Sandy

As of 2 pm EDT, Hurricane Sandy packed 145 kph (90 mph) winds. At the time, 23 states had issued a Warning or Advisory for wind related to Sandy’s circulation.

The storm is expected to make landfall later Monday evening.

Based on pressure, Sandy is likely to be the strongest storm to make landfall north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

When it hits, Sandy will be undergoing a transition from a "tropical cyclone" to a "wintertime cyclone." Mari Ramos explains the difference.

Sandy’s field of tropical storm-force or greater winds extends nearly 620 1,600 kilometers (1000 miles). That's roughly twice the size of the U.S. state of Texas.

To put it another way, if that wind field were a country, it would be the 20th largest country in the world.

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Filed under: Data • General • Weather
October 12th, 2012
12:55 PM ET

Space shuttle makes slow L.A. journey

It will take two days for Endeavour to get from the Los Angeles International Airport to its final home at the California Science Center.

No other space shuttle has ever traveled on city streets before. Preparing the roads have been a big "Endeavour," pardon the pun.

Still, it's hard to imagine such a huge object on the road. So we used Google Earth to get a better idea.

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Filed under: Space • Technology
October 9th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

Skydiving from the stratosphere

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner is set to freefall faster, longer and from higher than anyone. Ever.

If things go according to plan, he'll jump from 120,000 feet and break the sound barrier on the way down.

Only one person really knows what it will be like. Joe Kittinger set the previous record with his big jump. He reached an altitude of 102,800 feet, and describes a hostile environment.

He told CNN, "You know that right outside of you is a vacuum of space and without the protection of that pressure suit, you cannot live. And that's an interesting thought."

Baumgartner's jump is being called "Mission to the Edge of Space." It's catchy, though not entirely accurate.

The Kármán line is the accepted boundary between our atmosphere and outer space. It's 100 kilometers up. Baumgartner won't be close. He aims to free fall from 36.5 kilometers.

But who cares. He'll fly through the heavens without a vehicle separating him from the sky. That sounds incredible on its own.

Filed under: General