Just how prophetic was Star Trek? Based on a recent discovery, it seems a lot. Astronomers have recently discovered an exoplanet orbiting 40 Eridani A, a star known to hard-core Star-Trek fans as Spock’s home planet, Vulcan. While no one is actually suggesting that any pointy-eared aliens live on this newly discovered exoplanet, the discovery is undeniably coincidental.

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Over three decades of service, Justice Antonin Scalia became one of the most polarizing members of the United States Supreme Court--so much so that, according to recent conspiracy theories, it may have gotten him killed… by Leonard Nimoy.

Nimoy died last year at the age of 83 after a long battle with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Yet even spoof internet conspiracy theories had many folks believing that, rather than dying, Nimoy assumed leadership of the elusive Illuminati, an organization that allegedly conspires in global affairs. Choosing to fake his own death, according to these theories, was an important part of his plan to consolidate power over liberal groups.

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Leonard Nimoy, the iconic and beloved actor who gained a worldwide following for his portrayal of the ever-logical and resolute Mr. Spock on Star Trek, passed away on Friday in his home in Los Angeles. Nimoy was 83.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, who confirmed his death was caused by end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy had been fighting this disease after years of smoking, despite having given up the habit three decades ago.

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