While the holidays are top of mind for most people right now, arguably the latest installment of the Star Wars  saga – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – is a close second. Whether you have seen the film one, two or ten times, as our colleagues in Thomson Reuters IP & Science found, some of the world’s top scholars may be cheering on the galaxy’s greatest heroes next to you in the theater.

Christopher King, editor of stateofinnovation.thomsonreuters.com, compiled a list of the most cited academic studies that note the Star Wars saga, including research from a U.S. and Japanese team that produced a nano-sized version of a TIE Fighter – a design that can also harvest energy from light – to another study that looks at whether Jawas are kleptomaniacs, hoarders or both.

For more, click here. And if you are curious as to which characters appear in which episode, check out this Reuters infographic.

And may the Force be with you.

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