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Chile Calbuco Volcano

For the first time in over 42-years, Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted, creating a mesmerizing scene of smoke plumes and ash shooting into the sky. There was a second eruption that shot red-hot rocks skyward, producing an extraordinary display of volcanic lightning. The volcano sent ash more than 6 miles skyward, increasing concerns that the dust could contaminate water, trigger respiratory illnesses and halt more flights. Authorities evacuated 4,000 people and they closed access to the area around the volcano, which lies near Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Ice Cream Burrito

What do you get when you combine the classic burrito shape with freshly-made ice cream? Ben & Jerry's "BRRR-ito." Simply put, this sweet concoction contains two scoops of your favorite Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and then it's topped with a fudge drizzle as well as crispy cookie crumbs before being rolled up into a chewy waffle wrap. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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New Star Wars Trailer
Star Wars Force Awakens

J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy kicked off the 2015 Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California today with a brand new trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." It opens on the same sand outlook shown in the first teaser, and a landspeeder headed for a crashed Star Destroyer appears. "The force is strong in my family," says a voice as we see the battered helmet of Darth Vader. "My father has it." Continue reading to watch.

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Large Hadron Collider Restarted

Scientists at Europe's physics research center CERN on Sunday restarted their "Big Bang" Large Hadron Collider (LHC), after 2-years of maintenance, embarking on a bid to probe into the "dark universe" they believe lies beyond the visible one. However, it will be 2 more months before particle collisions - miniature versions of the Big Bang primordial blast that brought the universe into being 13.8 billion years ago - begin, and at least a year more before any results can be expected. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Furious 7 Plane Drop

No, they didn't use CGI for the car drop scene in Furious Seven, but rather real vehicles. They hired 30-year stunt veteran Spiro Razatos to make it happen. He says: "For the fourth film ("Fast & Furious") they kind of relied too much on CGI. So they realized they wanted to do less. That's what I do." Razatos is also responsible for the scene in Fast Five when the crew dragged a giant bank vault through the busy streets of Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading for two video featurettes and more information.

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Pac-Man Google Maps

Google is always coming up with quirky ways of sprucing up their services, and their latest project is PAC-Maps. This turns any Google Maps view into a playable game of Pac-Man, and to launch it, just find the desired location and activate the game by pressing a button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen next to the Google Earth button. Or, just select the Pac-Man pin on the map where available. Try it out here. For those who don't have access to Google Maps for whatever reason, continue reading to see what it looks like when played on a smartphone using the app.

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Solar Eclipse Today

Here's a mind-boggling picture of Danny MacAskill performing bike tricks during the solar eclipse at the Quirrang on the Isle of Skye, Scotland on March 20, 2015. This amazing shot was created by "friend and photographer Rutger Pauw who came up with the idea after seeing that one of the best views would be on the rider's home soil, where 98% of the sun was at one point obscured," according to Twisted Sifter. Continue reading for more.

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Pi Day 2015

Math geeks rejoice! The day you've been waiting so long for has finally arrived...March 14, 2015. Why? Saturday, March 14, 2015 is a very special Pi Day, a celebration of the irrational number that describes the ratio of a circle's diameter to its circumference. Pi is approximately 3.141592653 (to infinity) and at 9:26:53 a.m., the date and time will read 3.14.15 9:26:53, or 10 digits of pi. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Harrison Ford Crash

Harrison Ford's characters have battled Darth Vader, Nazis and other evil-doers in movies, but in the real world, he's a licensed pilot who has the freedom to take to the skies at will. But with adventure comes some risk, just as Han Solo, Indiana Jones and other daring movie characters brought to life by Ford realized. Yesterday, Ford's plane crash-landed on a golf course near the airport where he houses the craft. Fortunately, there were no life-threatening injuries, as he was then taken by ambulance to a hospital in a condition described as fair-to-moderate. Continue reading for two more videos - including the air traffic control audio - and more information.

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Leonard Nimoy

Three decades ago, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel. He played a variety of other stage and screen roles, wrote poetry and pursued photography, but his portrayal of Star Trek's Mr. Spock remained indelible and inescapable. Nimoy died Friday, age 83, of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home, with family at his side, said his son, Adam Nimoy. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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