Q: Why isn’t Billy Dee Williams playing Lando Calrissian in the new Star Wars trilogy? Jason Koch, of Belleville A: So many characters, so little time. That’s the only explanation Williams himself could surmise even though his work as the smooth-talking smuggler constantly ranks among the top dozen favorites in the “Star Wars” universe. “I do not know the reason,” he told Star Wars Interviews in 2015 as the previous installment, “The Force Awakens,” was being released.
Q: Recently, you ran a story about a supernova that, instead of exploding once and then fading, seems to keep pulsating dim and bright over and over. Is it visible to the naked eye and where is it in the night sky? A: Discovered in 2014, scientists thought iPTF14his (as it is officially known) was on it way out, but inexplicably it has grown faint and bright five times ever since. Even more remarkable, they found past evidence of an explosion at the same spot 60 years ago.
Q: A recent TV program emphasized the difference between an old three-window coupe and a five-window model. I couldn’t see a difference. Could you explain? A: It is indeed a numbers game. If you look closely, the three-window version of the 1934 Ford, for example, has two door windows and the rear window. Its five-window counterpart has two door windows, two quarter-panel windows behind the pillar and the rear window.
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".