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Top 10 Star Wars Fight [The StarWars.com 10]

In this installment, we’re looking at the galaxy’s best scraps and tussles - usually involving lightsabers, blasters, and the occasional flame thrower.

For this list, we’re focused on fights from the Star Wars films only, ranking them on inventiveness, choreography, and emotional impact.

10. Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs. General Grievous, Revenge of the Sith

9. Mace Windu Vs. Darth Sidious, Revenge of the Sith

8. Yoda Vs. Count Dooku, Attack of the Clones

7. Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs. Darth Vader, A New Hope

6. Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs. Jango Fett, Attack of the Clones

5. Luke Skywalker Vs. Darth Vader, Return of the Jedi

4. Yoda Vs. Darth Sidious, Revenge of the Sith

3. Obi-Wan Kenobi Vs. Anakin Skywalker, Revenge of the Sith

2. Luke Skywalker Vs. Darth Vader, The Empire Strikes Back

1. Obi-Wan Kenobi & Qui-Gon Jinn Vs. Darth Maul, The Phantom Menace

Anime Things That Would Get You In Trouble In Real Life

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Inside the Middle East Comic Con in Dubai

It’s no secret that the world of comic books is a total sausagefest—especially at the Comic Con gatherings around the world. It’s all guys. And a big group of guys who like comic books is hardly a honey trap for the ladies. But that may be about to change, and not where you’d expect it. Comic Con Dubai is a feminist revolution in the comic book world.

To many Westerners, Dubai is a conservative city in a conservative Arab state, which makes it an odd place for a convention of risqué Lycra-obsessed cosplayers and over-the-top entertainment. Even more bizarre: In a culture where ladies are told to cover up, Comic Con is attracting women in their droves. And they’re not just there to gawp—there were actually more women artists at Dubai Comic Con than male artists, which is in stark contrast to American Comic Con, which is often criticized for its lack of women.

On the floor, local women in traditional hijabs rubbed shoulders with scantily clad women who would fit in just fine at Comic-Con International in San Diego. And, perhaps appropriately, one of the biggest topics of discussion this year was Marvel’s introduction of a new female Muslim superhero, Ms. Marvel. Many Muslim attendees saw the new character as a progressive step for the comic book industry.

(story from Vocativ)

Science: Why Does Your Voice Sound Different on a Recording?

Greg Foot tells us exactly why we hate the sound of our own voice on answering machines and such like in this science video.

When we make a recording of our own voice then play it back, we are hearing it more or less as other people do. The sound waves travel as a series of vibrations through the air and meet our ear drum. The ear drum in turn sets three tiny bones vibrating - the incus, malleus and the stapes and they send vibrations into the cochlea. The cochlea translates the vibrations into nerve signals and those are sent to the brain. Why then does that sound so different to what we perceive as our own voice?

When you speak you hear your own voice in two different ways. The first is as above, vibrating sound waves hitting your ear drum. The second way is via vibrations inside your skull actually set off by your vocal chords. Those vibrations travel up through your bony skull and again set the ear drum vibrating. However as they travel through the bone they spread out and lower in pitch, giving you a false sense of bass. Then when you hear a recording of your voice, it sounds distinctly higher and the comparison can be quite surprising.

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