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It may not be a true holodeck, but scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Science have managed to create their own version with an Oculus Rift headset and a room full of cameras. Oculus is used to replicate the experience of being in a Star Trek holodeck, which means their users can still walk around the room unhindered, thanks to multiple infrared cameras setup around the room, which communicate with the wireless headset. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Star Trek fans rejoice! Now you can boldly go beyond ordinary TV remote controls with this replica Star Trek phaser by The Wand Company, which was built using access to the original weapon first used nearly 50 years ago in the original series. This gadget has a 36 channel memory and makes 10 authentic phaser firing sounds. Continue reading for a video of a previous model and more information on this one.

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James Tiberius "Jim" Kirk is a fictional character in the Star Trek media franchise, appearing in numerous television episodes, films, books, comics, and video games. As the captain of the starship USS Enterprise, Kirk leads his crew as they explore "where no man has gone before". The town of Riverside, Iowa, petitioned Roddenberry and Paramount Pictures in 1985 for permission to "adopt" Kirk as their town's "Future Son". Paramount wanted $40,000 for a license to reproduce a bust of Kirk, but the city instead set a plaque and built a replica of the Enterprise (named the "USS Riverside"), and the Riverside Area Community Club holds an annual "Trek Fest" in anticipation of Kirk's birthday. Continue reading for more.

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Scottish researchers claim to have developed the most powerful version of a tractor beam to date using the power of sound. That's right, it uses ultrasound energy to pull a hollow triangular object towards the energy source. In a different project, researchers demonstrated another piece of sci-fi technology - Dr Who's sonic screwdriver - could also be created using a similar ultrasound array. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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What happens when you're a major Star Trek fan and have hundreds of millions of dollars to spend on a home? This custom-built mansion in Boca Raton, Florida of course. It's owned by Broadway producer and FriendFinder.com founder Marc Bell. At 34,000 square-feet, it boasts 8 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, 3 dining areas, a Star Trek home theater, complete with Starship NCC-1701 controls, but unfortunately, no holodeck...yet. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a real F1 car weaving in and out of traffic.

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Ever wonder what the Star Wars characters do in their spare time? If so, then look no further than this geeky photo series by Malaysian photograper Zahir Batin, who "combines his talent for photography with paper art and miniature figures to reinterpret the Star Wars universe in his own way," according to Bored Panda. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a mom's sneeze with unexpected results.

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Are you a Star Trek fan who needs to be immersed in the Enterprise world? Then you could be like Canadian fan Line Rainville, who created an entire Star Trek-themed home, complete with an Enterprise bathroom. Plus, there's a bedroom styled like Spock's quarters, and even her own transporter room. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Star Trek usually showcases technologies that fans can only dream about, but little did they know that many of the devices, such as cell phones and tablets, have become a reality. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a video tutorial showing how to make the perfect slime.

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For the non-Trekkies, Gene Roddenberry drafted a proposal for the science fiction series that would become Star Trek around 1964. Although he publicly marketed it as a Western in outer space he privately told friends that he was modeling it on Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, intending each episode to act on two levels: as a suspenseful adventure story and as a morality tale. The item you see above would definitely be something you'd only see in a fanatic's home, or so we think. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS and funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a video of a professional golfer taking on a robot.

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Yes, you guessed it, today is May 4th, and it's considered a holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture, books and honor the films. It is called Star Wars Day because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a video showing why children shouldn't get too close to camels.

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