27 Feb '12, 6am

Build the Death star! We need more credits!

NEW YORK - Star Wars fans hoping to build a real Death Star had better get saving - economists have worked out it would cost more than £541,261 trillion (S$1.1 quintillion) just for the raw materials. Is seems that while you should never underestimate the power of the Dark Side, you should also pay attention to the depth of their pockets. Economics students at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania have calculated that it would require one quadrillion tons of steel to build a Death Star like those that featured in the movies. It would cost 13,000 times the world's gross domestic product to supply the steel for such a structure while labour and other construction costs would send the price even higher. They also worked out it would take more than 833,315 years at current production levels to supply enough steel for the 87 mile diameter space craft. In a tongue-in-cheek report on...

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