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  1. Relax and Let This 45 Minute Video of the Solar System Show You Just How Slow the Speed of Light Is

    It's not how big the solar system is, it's how you use it.

    Alphonse Swinehart's video Riding Light doesn't show us what it would look like if we moved away from the sun at the speed of light. Because once you get to that speed things get... well. Weird. But it does give you a sense of just how BIG our solar system is, so big that it can't even be dwarfed by the fastest thing in the universe. This video is forty five minutes long, and only manages to get a few light minutes past Jupiter.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Doctor Who & Wall-E LEGO Are Coming!

    We figured it was a sure thing but it's still cool to hear official word that LEGO will be selling official Doctor Who and Wall-E sets.

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  3. If We Had a Really Big Telescope, Could We See Star Wars?

    And then if we get the super-high-tech-laser from Paycheck, could we watch Firefly, too?

    Everyone likes watching Star Wars. They're awesome movies, and I think we've all had that majorly trippy moment when we realize "A long time ago" means that everything we're watching happened in the past. But if it was so long ago, and so far away, that the light is reaching us now-- does that mean we could theoretically watch Star Wars live?

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  4. Researchers Trap Light for One Full Minute, New Super Villain Weaponry Likely on Its Way

    The feat shatters the previous record and could mean big things for quantum memory.

    A team of scientists at Germany's University of Darmstadt have broken a major -- and bizarre -- record, bringing light itself to a full stop inside a crystalline structure and keeping it stopped for a full minute. The groundbreaking research could have major implications for storing information in quantum memory.

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  5. New Fiber Network Clocks in at 99.7% Speed of Light, 73.7 Terabits Per Second

    Fiber optic cable is responsible for some of the fastest data transfer speeds on Earth, and a new type of fiber just got even faster. University of Southampton researchers have created fibers that can transmit data at 99.7% the speed of light. That means data can be transmitted up to incredible speeds like 73.7 terabits per second, but what it doesn't mean is a faster Internet connection for us common folk.

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  6. MIT Develops Metamaterial That Slows Down The Speed of Light

    There's always a lot of fuss about getting other things to go as fast or faster than the speed of light. But what about changing the speed of light? Is there anything useful we could do by slowing light down rather than speeding things up? As it turns out, there are all kinds of benefits to be had from slowing light down and making it easier to capture, which is why MIT has been working on nanotech "metamaterials" that can do just that: Slow down the speed of light.

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