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Replicants beware: Ford signs up for a ‘Blade Runner’ sequel

Mar 01, 15 Replicants beware: Ford signs up for a ‘Blade Runner’ sequel

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He has returned as Indiana Jones, and then as Han Solo in Star Wars. Now Harrison Ford is to reprise another of his early iconic roles - Rick Deckard, the maverick replicant hunter in the cult 1982 science-fiction classic Blade Runner.

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‘Star Trek’ tech: From dream to reality

Mar 01, 15 ‘Star Trek’ tech: From dream to reality

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Leonard Nimoy died Friday, but the legacies of his character and the related worlds of wonder live on. While we’re still years away from either instant teleportation or massive starships that can travel at light speed, many of the technologies seen in “Star Trek” have moved from fiction to fact, one way or another.

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Astronaut tweets Vulcan salute tribute to Leonard Nimoy

Mar 01, 15 Astronaut tweets Vulcan salute tribute to Leonard Nimoy

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International Space Station astronaut Terry Virts tweeted a photo of the Vulcan salute Saturday, as the ISS passed over Massachusetts, in memory of Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" franchise and was a Boston native, died Friday at the age of 83.

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Review: ‘The Nether’ is a complex cyber-detective story

Feb 28, 15 Review: ‘The Nether’ is a complex cyber-detective story

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In a dystopian near-future playwright Jennifer Haley has created a sophisticated detective story set in the world of virtual reality. Her play, "The Nether," envisions that much in our lives has become virtual. Verdant nature is scarce, and all schooling and most jobs take place in online realms called the Nether.

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Raising a new generation of sci-fi fans

Feb 26, 15 Raising a new generation of sci-fi fans

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Despite the malaise of the Cold War years during which I was watching, Captain Kirk and crew were proof that humanity had a future. The threat of nuclear war, issues of race and inequality, and the environmental challenges that plagued the late 20th century would somehow be resolved as we evolved.

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5 biggest Oscar mistakes of all time

Feb 24, 15 5 biggest Oscar mistakes of all time

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“Birdman” took home best picture Sunday night, and while nobody disputes the film deserved to be nominated, many believed “Boyhood” was the sure winner. This sparked a heated debate over which movie should have won the coveted Oscar, but it wouldn't be the first time the academy got things wrong. Here are the five most egregious Oscar 'mistakes' of all time.

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How Oscar-nominated movies control your brain

Feb 23, 15 How Oscar-nominated movies control your brain

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Going to the movies is a shared experience, whether you’re with friends or go stag. Directors create movies to communicate either a social, political, or sometimes humorous message that stimulates the viewer’s mind. The collective reaction heard from the audience in movie theaters all comes down to a science — neurocinema.

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Oscar genre bias is alive and well in 2015

Feb 23, 15 Oscar genre bias is alive and well in 2015

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Some genres get no love from the Oscars. While "Gravity" did not win a best picture Oscar, it at least was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won seven -- including for best director. For sci-fi, that was an exception to the rule as the genre rarely receives Oscar nominations for best picture. The same can be said for other genres such as comedies, horror and fantasy.

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Here’s why Neil Patrick Harris hosts everything

Feb 21, 15 Here’s why Neil Patrick Harris hosts everything

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In its own way, the 87th Annual Academy Awards has already earned a place in show business history, but not because of any of the movies battling for Best Picture. When Neil Patrick Harris takes the stage Sunday as host of the annual Hollywood spectacle, he’ll have added a notable notch to his increasingly crowded belt.

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Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

Feb 21, 15 Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

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The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday Feb. 9, to Sunday, Feb. 15, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

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