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Star wars has been a worldwide phenomenon, entertaining almost three generations and has been the inspiration of many toys, video games and much more. But how has this film franchise become what it is today? Star Wars was created by a director called George Lucas, who owns a film company called LucasFilm. The first film he made was called A New Hope and was released in 1977. At that time Mr Lucas did not know the phenomenon it would become so he did not use the fanciest effects. In fact the lightsaber that Luke Skywalker used was made of a bike handlebar, a rod and finally a camera shutter for the button to switch it on. The same lightsaber is used in The last Jedi which is coming out this week. After the fans' reaction to the first film it became clear that George Lucas and his team would have to make a sequel. Not soon after, there were three films : A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. Those films made their director think in greater depth about the story line, so number one became number four and two became five and three became six. Three prequels were made and they all made fans crazy about this new franchise, it was like that for a few years. Nothing really was made except for a couple of new toys and video games until Disney (a much loved film company) decided to buy the company which Mr Lucas owned. By then, all the famous Star Wars actors such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil and Carrie Fisher had aged so they not only had to ask them to join again but had to summon a cast full of fresh new faces. Since then two films have been made : The Force Awakens (another sequel) and Rogue One (a spin off). The Last Jedi is released in the UK on Friday the 15th of December. Buckle up your seat belts, Star Wars fans, because Disney are planning to make at least four more films.  Will you watch them all? By : Inigo  
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A new super strain of malaria has been found in parts of Cambodia and parts of Thailand, Laos, and now southern Vietnam - and it's causing alarm amongst scientists because the parasite causing it cannot be killed with anti-malaria drugs. The biggest fear is that it can spread further and eventually jump to Africa, where 92% of all malaria cases take place- and then further around the world. Malaria infects over 200 million people a year, particularly children. It is normally treated with artemisinin in combination with piperaquine, however, the parasite has evolved to resist both. Michael Chew, from the Wellcome Trust medical research charity, said: "The spread of this malaria 'superbug' strain, resistant to the most effective drug we have, is alarming and has major implications for public health globally. Around 700,000 people a year die from drug-resistant infections, including malaria. If nothing is done, this could increase to millions of people every year by 2050. The good news is that in November, top researchers have succeeded in breeding a malaria-resistant form of mosquito using gene-editing. The genetically modified Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes -- normal versions of which are a common carrier of the disease in India and the Middle East -- can't carry or pass on the disease.  This Californian study, if successful, would provide great news to combat one of the deadliest diseases of all time.        
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The answer was a resounding 'yes! ' when Prince Harry asked (American girlfriend) Megan Markle to marry him last month. Harry and Megan had been a couple for sixteen months and are clearly meant for each other : both keen humanitarians and fun, kind individuals. But they had spent a lot of time apart, traveling a lot to see each other : she lived in Toronto, Canada until recently when she moved to Kensington Palace, London, so that they could be together after she finished filming the latest series of legal drama 'Suits' in which she has starred for the last seven seasons. Happily for them they will not be apart much longer : Harry and Megan will get to spend Christmas together at Sandringham with the Queen. This is the very first time this has happened. Usually you have to be married to a member of the Royal family before you are invited to spend Christmas with them. But things are changing fast and the royal family seems happy to embrace new ways of thinking and doing things. We know they will get married in May 2018 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle and there are sure to be thousands of people cheering them on from both America and the UK as they have lots of fans. There will no doubt be lots of speculation about what the dress will look like and who will design it...Also will George and Charlotte be pageboy and flower girl? When Kate and William got married in 2011, the country celebrated by holding thousands of street parties in their neighbourhoods so will happen this time round too?      
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Blue Planet 2 was finally released on the 29th October to huge acclaim and its last episode aired on BBC last night. The new series, filled with underwater adventures and eye - opening animals caught on camera, was still narrated by Sir David Attenborough.  Over 10.3 million viewers tuned in every Sunday, beating the audience watching the X-factor. Some of its most amazing sequences showed a type of fish which changed its gender from female to male . Another amazing sequence showed a fish that caught a clam, then carried it by using its teeth to the nearest rock where it would smash it until it would open. This demonstrated that some fish are clever enough to use tools. Above all, the series raised awareness about climate change and how the ice is melting at rapid speed. The animals are dying and will no longer have a home if we do not stop polluting or over-fishing. A sequence showing the damage caused by plastic waste in our oceans was particularly distressing. So please if you haven't already, watch the series on I-player and help protect the environment and our oceans.