The lightsaber is supposed to be an elegant weapon from a more civilized age. It inflicts wounds that are tidy and survivable, it can melt through blast doors without melting its wielder’s hands, and it’s purported to be not as clumsy as a blaster. But if a lightsaber really could do all the things we see it do in the Star Wars films, death by lightsaber would be anything by tidy. In my latest Because Science, I’m breaking down the real world consequences of getting slashed by a plasma sword.
Though there has been some confusion, it looks like when SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy finally launches early next year, it will carry arguably the nerdiest payload in human history. According to Elon Musk, the payload for the first Heavy launch might be Musk’s midnight cherry Tesla roadster, complete with a copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in the glovebox, a towel, a sign that says “Don’t Panic,” and a sound system blaring David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Top that, Bezos.
Star Wars is arguably more science fantasy than science fiction, but the franchise has nonetheless gone on to influence everything we want to see in our sci-fi films. We want space weapons that look like blasters and lightsabers, and if we ever get the technology to build a small, effective starfighter, we’re going to want it to look like an X-Wing. But if we really had the means to make one of these ships, how would we do it?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".