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It was back in July that Marvel announced the new Thor would be a woman, and now it seems that Thor’s hammer is being altered to match the new character. Previously it was inscribed, “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor,” which is a bit gender specific.

When the new female Thor debuts in Thor #1 on October 1st, her hammer will read, “Whosoever holds this hammer, if she be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” Now that works a little better in this case, don’t you think?

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For the record, Thor’s hammer–aka Mjölnir–was NOT made from a dying neutron star, but was in fact forged inside of one. But with that said, what if you did make your very own Mjölnir out of a dying star? What would happen? Youtuber Vsauce has the answer in his latest video, and trust me, it isn’t good.

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Superhero movies aren’t necessarily full of adorableness, but they have their moments. Thor has a few, like the moment when Darcy calls his hammer mew-mew. It’s close enough to Mjölnir to count, right? Etsy seller TwinsGeekShop has taken the nickname and created these amazing Mew-Mew hammers. The fabric hammers look like kitties, and they’re made for playfully beating up your friends or decorating your couch.

If you’re thinking about Mew-Mew Mjölnirs as Christmas gifts, order soon! The seller is based in Russia so shipping to the U.S. takes around 21 days.

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There’s no way any of us mere mortals could wield Mjölnir but Tony Swatton has forged a version of Thor’s Hammer that breaks that rule. He built this replica based on the version of the hammer that Thor uses in the upcoming Thor: The Dark World which opens in the US this week. It looks just gorgeous, but it weighs less than 20 pounds so we can all easily wield it like Thor. Except for the flying part. I don’t think it’s got that particular feature.

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Mjolnir is mighty. This is known. Many a geek has wanted to wield the mighty hammer and now you have the chance in a way you never imagined.

This Thor Lightning Energy Hammer from ThinkGeek is both a nightlight and a metal detector. When it’s in the base, it lights up while it charges. Once it’s powered up, you can use it to detect metal. Not only that, once it locates metal, it lights up, plays a tune and crackles and sizzles to simulate lightining.

It also comes with a poster of the real world science of Thor and Mjolnir.

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Hold all your nerdy books in place with Mjolnir and you can be sure they’ll stay put. This 10.25” H x 6.5” W x 7” D Thor’s Hammer Bookend is digitally sculpted and hand-painted. It’s also individually numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Preorder now for delivery in the second quarter of 2014.

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I hesitate to even type that title because, dang, who really thinks they’re smarter than Neil deGrasse Tyson? The answer is materials scientist Suveen Mathaudhu who says that Tyson got it all wrong when he estimated Mjolnir’s weight. The disagreement arose over this tweet from Tyson.

According to Mathaudhu, Tyson has made a flawed assumption in stating that the hammer is made of neutron-star matter, so his estimate isn’t even close.

“The critical mistake Tyson makes is thinking that Mjolnir was forged of the core of a dying star, when it was actually forged in the core of a dying star. It’s well documented that the hammer is made out of ‘Uru,’ a fictional metal from Thor’s native realm of Asgard.”

He then goes on to cite the official Marvel “Thor’s Hammer” trading card which states that Mjolnir weighs all of 42.3 pounds. So how could Uru possibly be so light and strong? Mathaudhu proposes the following theory:

“Perhaps Uru is the ‘holy grail’ of high-pressure physics: a form of metallic hydrogen,” Mathaudhu says. “Some predictions of the density of metallic hydrogen fall into this range, it requires extreme conditions to form, and could be a tremendous energy source. It’s thought to be present at the core of planets, such as Jupiter, and at the core of suns – which are stars, after all.”

It’s okay, Neil, we all still love you anyway.

(North Carolina State via io9)

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Neil deGrasse Tyson has calculated that if Mjolnir was truly forged from a collapsing star, it would weigh roughly as much as 300 billion elephants. Measuring in elephants is now the gold standard for scientific accuracy apparently.

Later on, Neil received the actual hammer from Thor himself (pictured above) so he could “make the proper measurements”. It seems he is worth of lifting it. We’re not surprised.

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