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  • Top Picks: iTunes' online concerts, 'Star Trek Into Darkness' on DVD, and more

    Singer Plácido ­Domingo performs Verdi's baritone arias on his new album, Billie Jean King is honored on 'American Masters,' and more top picks.

  • 'Star Trek Into Darkness' is a satisfying sequel (+video)

    'Star Trek Into Darkness,' a movie which is a sci-fi blowout with overtones of the real world, would probably be met with approval by series creator Gene Roddenberry.

  • 'Star Trek': How well do you know the Trek universe?

    'Star Trek' is a story that's spawned TV shows, movies, and spin-off books. As the newest movie, 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' hits theaters, test your Trek knowledge!

  • 'Vulcan' and 'Cerberus' are favorite names for Pluto's moons

    The online poll for naming Pluto's moons – P4 and P5 – is now over and the winning names are 'Vulcan' and 'Cerberus.' This result, however, doesn't guarantee that P4 and P5 will actually get these names.

  • Star Trek: The Original Series: The 10 greatest episodes (+ video)

    Star Trek: The Original Series first aired 46 years ago Friday, and Google is marking the occasion with an elaborate, interactive doodle that includes a number of Trek tropes, including a doomed redshirt, a chief communications officer in soft-focus, a bulkhead full of tribbles, a generic rocky planet, and a whole lot of blinking and beeping and flashing lights.The doodle is based on a first-season episode titled 'The Arena,' in which Captian Kirk is transported to a planet that looks suspiciously like the outskirts of Los Angeles, where he must face off against a reptilian humanoid. By our calculations, 'The Arena' was the 17th greatest episode. Here are our top ten:

  • Horizons Star Trek: The Original Series' surprising role in US civil rights

    Google features a doodle for Star Trek: The Original Series – a nod to one of the most progressive television shows of its era. 

  • The Beloit College Mindset List for the class of 2016

    Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class views the world.

  • SpaceX takes Star Trek's 'Scotty' to the Final Frontier

    SpaceX: The ashes of the actor James Doohan, who played Scotty on 'Star Trek' were launched to space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The price?  $2,995 to launch 1 gram of ashes into Earth orbit.

  • TV Blog William Shatner says "Star Trek" is better than "Star Wars" (video)

    William Shatner made his name as leader of the "Star Trek" television series in the 1960s. The "Star Wars" movie series, begun in the 1970s, does not impress William Shatner.

  • The 9 weirdest things ever flown on the Space Shuttle

    The 9 weirdest things ever flown on the Space Shuttle

    When NASA's space shuttles launch into orbit, they don't just carry astronauts and supplies into the final frontier. There's a lot of other weird stuff that makes the out-of-this-world journey, too. NASA's last space shuttle mission will launch Friday, July 8 on the Atlantis orbiter to deliver spare parts to the International Space Station. The mission will be the 135th and last flight for the program, which began in 1981. But over the course of 30 years, the space shuttles have flown some peculiar objects into orbit. The list of odd stuff that flew aboard the shuttles is a long one, and includes the Olympic torch, a replica of the golden spike from the First Transcontinental Railroad, and rocks from the top of Mount Everest and the surface of the moon, just to name a few. Here nine recent space oddities carried into orbit on NASA shuttles: