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The forthcoming release of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-Ray really gets our nerd juices flowing, and some übernerds (we say that with respect and a little bit of jealousy) have gone through scene by scene and taken note of a bunch of the cool new stuff that you can see in the remastered episodes that you couldn't see before. For example, did you know that there's a little shout-out to Star Wars hidden in one of the props in Encounter at Far Point? Yeah, neither did anyone else, but thanks to the magic of high-res Blu-Ray, we can see it now.
 
In what's probably the most fully realized nerd cave ever, Britain's Tony Alleyne turned his one-bedroom apartment into an insanely detailed recreation of the bridge of the Starship Voyager, after he and his wife split up in 1999. Well, apparently she's the one who owns the apartment, and she's asking him to retire and dismantle his beloved command and all its Star Trek goodness.
 
Watch George Takei — the only actor to work on both Star Trek and Star Wars — broker peace between William Shatner and Carrie Fisher. In this video, Mr. Takei also identifies a "mutual threat" both sides can work together to overcome.
 
With so many new ways of disposing of cremated remains, space burials may seem old news. It could undergo a renaissance if legislators in the state of Virginia have their way. They are reportedly considering a bill that provides an income tax deduction for those who choose to go orbital.
 
The halls and rooms of the Enterprise (I'm picturing TNG, here) would look more or less like some moderately fancy hotel it if weren't for those sweet automatic sliding doors. It turns out that you don't have to wait until the 24th century to get some pneumatic doors of your own, it just takes some skill, patience, and DIY knowledge.

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