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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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Mars One 100

Mars One, the Dutch-based venture, announced yesterday that it's slimmed down its list of applicants to just 50 men and 50 women who will compete for the chance to take a one-way trip to the red planet. For those who haven't been following the Mars One project, they plan to put on a reality-TV competition to select 24 prospective crew members for missions to Mars, starting as early as 2024. Winners would be expected to start up a permanent colony on the Red Planet. Tens of thousands signed up for Mars One consideration in 2013, and the 100 competitors were chosen after going through interviews with chief medical officer Norbert Kraft who says: "Being one of the best individual candidates does not automatically make you the greatest team player, so I look forward to seeing how the candidates progress and work together in the upcoming challenges." Continue reading for a video and more information.

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TransAsia Plane Crash

TransAsia Airways announced that one of their planes with 58 passengers and crew on board crashed into Keelung River shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport on Wednesday, killing at least 23 people and leaving two dozen missing. Currently there are 15 known people survivors, including a small child, after the plane lurched between buildings, clipped an overpass with its port-side wing and crashed upside down in the shallow water. Continue reading for a video of the survivors and wreckage.

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Super Bowl LEDs

People around the world are now watching the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks at The University of Phoenix Stadium right now, but did you know that the game is being lit with 780 metal halide fixtures using 44,928 Cree XLamp MK-R LEDs? Those ultra efficient LED fixtures require just 310,000 watts of power to glow, compared to the 1.24 million watts required by the metal halide bulbs. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Unboil an Egg

UC Irvine scientists and Australian chemists have managed to unboil egg whites, and they say that this innovation could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the $160 billion global biotechnology industry. Gregory Weiss, UCI professor of chemistry and molecular biology & biochemistry, says: "Yes, we have invented a way to unboil a hen egg. In our paper, we describe a device for pulling apart tangled proteins and allowing them to refold. We start with egg whites boiled for 20 minutes at 90 degrees Celsius and return a key protein in the egg to working order." Continue reading for a video of the process and more information.

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Facebook Down

Both Facebook and Instagram went down Tuesday for unknown reasons, with the former saying it's working on fixing the issue: "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can." Users across the US as well as countries in Asia and Europe reported that they were unable to log on to the website and mobile apps. The anonymous hacker group, called "Lizard Squad", apparently has taken responsibility for the downtime. They were the ones who brought down the Malaysian Airlines website, along with Xbox Live and PSN on Christmas Day. Continue reading to see some of the Tweets abut this Facebook outage.

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Chipotle Sofritas

Even before the free burrito promotion started, social media was already chattering about the 1-day-only (Jan. 26) sofritas deal Chipotle is offering. The fast food chain first introduced Sofritas - the chain's vegan, braised tofu option - early in 2013, but it really hasn't taken off, until now. For those who've never tried braised tofu, think of it as tasting like scrambled eggs. Promo page. If you're on the west coast, order online now to skip the lines, since many locations are open until 10pm. Continue reading for a video review and how to get one if your local store has run out of sofritas

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H1Z1 Early Access

If you've never heard of H1Z1, it's basically a survival MMO sandbox video game in development by Sony Online Entertainment. This free-to-play game is currently being developed in Early Access Alpha release for Microsoft Windows on Steam, and later due for full release on PlayStation 4. It's set a short while after a zombie apocalypse in rural United States, in which players will have to survive against the natural elements, hordes of undead, and thousands of potentially hostile survivors through interaction, scavenging for resources, building shelters, and crafting. Continue reading to watch "The Beginning" gameplay, more screenshots and additional information.

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Unfriended

First shown on July 20, 2014 at the Fantasia Festival, Unfriended stars Shelley Hennig as one of several people terrorized by an anonymous person online. Entertainment Weekly summed it up by saying: "It's a horror film for everyone who can't remember life before Facebook, with an I Know What You Did Last Summer meets Pretty Little Liars plot that picks up a year after a teenager named Laura Barns committed suicide when an embarrassing video of her went viral." Continue reading to see why this movie has been the talk of the internet for these past few days.

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2016 Acura NSX Official Detroit

Unlike its predecessor, the 2016 Acura NSX is more than just a mid-engined supercar, as it uses a twin-turbo V6 engine, paired with 3 electric motors to achieve a blistering 550-plus-horsepower and mated to a 9-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Acura Vice President Erik Berkman says that it will be priced at around $150,000, and the company will begin taking orders this summer. Continue reading for the 35-minute unveiling event from NAIAS, more live pictures and additional information.

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