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+ - Alternate Star Trek:TOS pilot found, and to be rel->

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Raver32 (978821) writes ""Star Trek" fans know there were two pilots for the original series.

The first, "The Cage," was rejected by NBC for being "too cerebral" (ah, some things never change).

The second, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," replaced the actor who played the captain with William Shatner and was more action driven. That pilot had an alternate version which was largely lost and has never aired. Apparently, a film collector in Germany acquired the print and "recently brought it to the attention" of CBS/Paramount. CBS is now releasing this version on Blu-ray Dec. 15."

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Movies

+ - SPIDER-MAN 4 Villain Revealed->

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Raver32 (978821) writes "Mania.com has heard from reliable sources that Sam Raimi and company have begun the process of casting the villains and supporting players of 'Spider-Man 4'.

We can exclusively reveal that actress Rachel McAdams has met with the producers of the film for a major role. McAdams (of 'Wedding Crashers' and 'Sherlock Holmes' fame) is said to be a top contender for the role of Felicia Hardy, known to comic fans as The Black Cat."

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The Military

+ - US Navy Shoots Down Missle in Space->

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Raver32 (978821) writes "The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully shot down a short-range ballistic missile in space in a July 30 test, agency officials announced Friday. The Navy's USS Hopper and USS O'Kane destroyers detected and tracked a missile fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Kauai in Hawaii during the test, which was latest demonstration of the U.S. military's Aegis Missile Defense system. The USS Hopper fired one Standard Missile-3 block 1A missile and destroyed the target 100 miles (160 km) above the Pacific Ocean about two minutes after launch, MDA officials said in a statement. The test marked the Aegis system's 19th successful intercept in 23 attempts, including an operational mission in 2008 that destroyed a malfunctioning satellite as it re-entered the atmosphere, MDA officials said."
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The Military

+ - Russian Submarines Probe American Coast->

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reporter
reporter writes "According to a report published by the "Wall Street Journal", two Russian submarines probed the East Coast of the United States. "Although Pentagon officials monitoring the subs' movements didn't consider them threatening, one senior military official said the patrols were unusual, given the weakened state of the Russian navy and the failure of Moscow to conduct such missions in years.

[...] The senior military official said the two Russian vessels were nuclear-powered Akula class submarines, which were used during the Cold War to track North Atlantic Treaty Organization vessels and, in the event of war, attack enemy subs and ships with torpedoes and missiles. Only larger ballistic-missile subs are used for nuclear-weapons launched.
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Additional information is available in a report by the "Times Online" and a report by the "New York Times"."

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Space

+ - Social Networking Reaches New Heights in Orbit->

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Raver32 (978821) writes "An American astronaut has brought social networking to new heights aboard the International Space Station, where he is "tweeting" about the ups and downs of life onboard a $100 billion laboratory that flies 220 miles above Earth. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra is the latest active spaceflyer to use the Twitter microblogging site, and he's the first to do it from the space station as an Expedition 20 flight engineer. He was dropped off at the station by the space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission, which landed July 31. Kopra is due to return home to Earth aboard the shuttle Discovery's STS-128 flight in early September. "What a fun shuttle mission — especially w 13 people on board station. Life here is amazing — still getting used to floating!" Kopra tweeted Tuesday under the name "Astro_Tim.""
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Medicine

+ - SPAM: Is Genius I.Q. Linked to Psychosis? 2

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destinyland
destinyland writes "New research suggests a genetic mutation linked to psychosis (and schizophrenia) could also be related to genius IQs. This supports the pscyhological theory that genius "blends intelligence with just the right amount of psychoticism" (which creates unconventional thinking). Evolution may even have favored schizophrenia and bipolar syndrome because the same gene also boosts creativity. But one geneticist still believes exactly the opposite. "Madness is often madness — and doesn't have as much genetic association with intelligence.""
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Announcements

+ - The Pirate Bay Going Legal?->

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Raver32 (978821) writes "Software company Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) says it is in the process of acquiring The Pirate Bay and file-sharing technology company Peerialism. GGF claims to have the biggest network of internet cafés and gaming centers in the world. The changeover of ownership is scheduled for August 2009, whereby GGF will take over the operation of the site. The company says that after it has completed the acquisition it will launch new business models so that copyright owners get paid, which is clearly a huge diversion from TPB's previous modus operandi. "We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site," said Hans Pandeya, CEO GGF. "The Pirate Bay is a site that is among the top 100 most visited Internet sites in the world. However, in order to live on, The Pirate Bay requires a new business model, which satisfies the requirements and needs of all parties, content providers, broadband operators, end users, and the judiciary," said Pandeya."
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Comment: Re:I'm thankful I live in Canada (Score 3, Interesting) 589

by Raver32 (#28052087) Attached to: FCC Reserves the Right To Search Your Home, Any Time
You say this like its a bad thing . . . My phones aren't tapped regardless of the law My government doesn't torture prisoners My laptop or PDA can't be seized upon entering Canada without just cause The police state that the US became under Bush is an embarrassment to all your founding fathers stood for. Thankfully you seem to have a new President that has intelligence and morals, and can go a long way towards fixing your broken system.
Math

+ - 3/3/09: Math fans to celebrate Square Root Day->

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Raver32 (978821) writes "Dust off the slide rules and recharge the calculators. Square Root Day is upon us. The math-buffs' holiday, which only occurs nine times each century, falls on Tuesday — 3/3/09 (for the mathematically challenged, three is the square root of nine). "These days are like calendar comets, you wait and wait and wait for them, then they brighten up your day — and poof — they're gone," said Ron Gordon, a Redwood City teacher who started a contest meant to get people excited about the event"
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Sci-Fi

+ - Battlestar Galactica Webisodes coming->

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Raver32 (978821) writes "SCIFI.COM announced the launch of a new 10-part series of Battlestar Galactica webisodes, "The Face of the Enemy," starting Dec. 12 at noon ET. Two webisodes will debut weekly, leading up to the on-air return of the series on Jan. 16, 2009. Each of the three- to four-minute chapters will complement and enhance the action broadcast on SCI FI and give viewers more insight into characters and events from the fourth and final season."
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Space

+ - Astronomers Claim Discovery of Earth-like Planet->

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Raver32 (978821) writes "A team of astronomers announced they have discovered the smallest and potentially most Earth-like extrasolar planet yet. Five times as massive as Earth, it orbits a relatively cool star at a distance that would provide earthly temperatures as well, signaling the possibility of liquid water. "The separation between the planet and its star is just right for having liquid water at its surface," says astronomer and team spokesperson Stephane Udry of the Observatory of Geneva in Versoix, Switzerland. "That's why we are a bit excited." But researchers do not yet know if the planet contains water, if it is truly rocky like Earth, which might make it hospitable to life as we know it, or whether it is blanketed by a thick atmosphere. "What we have," Udry says, "is the minimum mass of the planet and its separation" from its star."
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