How to build a lightsaber and power up a Death Star: The science behind Star Wars

Star Wars
A physicist from Hamilton takes a look at how soon some of the technology from a fictional galaxy far, far away could be coming to your home planet.

Ever wanted to build your own Death Star and blow up a planet? Now science knows exactly how much energy you’ll need to power the weapon. Thanassis Psaltis is a graduate student in Nuclear Astrophysics at McMaster University in Hamilton. He tells us about the science behind Star Wars.


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