Seven science bloggers took a crack at Star Wars' planet Tatooine last week, exploring real-life issues like megafauna, apex predators, water cycles and evolution through the lens of the desert world featured in 5 out of 6 Star Wars films.
You won't find any joyless nitpicking in these pieces. Instead, the authors lovingly explore the fictional world to write about bigger issues in science, as an introduction to concepts that carry over to our own planet. The results are really fun.
The complete list:
- David Ng shares a draft report from the Tatooine Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (put together entirely by droids).
- John Hutchinson explores Tatooine's megafauna from the inside out (with plenty of dissection notes).
- Adrienne Roehrich examines the water situation on a "desert" planet that supports so much life.
- David Shiffman puts the blame for Tatooine's desertification squarely on the decline of an apex predator (and subsequent bantha overgrazing).
- Maggie Koerth-Baker wonders what all those big animals on Tatooine are eating (okay, this one has some nitpicking).
- Malcolm Campbell imagines space-Darwin arriving on Tatooine instead of the Galapagos.
- Joe Hanson gushes over the incredible biology of the sarlacc.
The "blog carnival" was organized by Matt Shipman, who shares his thoughts about the project here.
Via Malcolm Campbell's contribution. Image is a screenshot from Return of the Jedi, and is hoped to be "fair use" in this context.