Star Trek actorr Anton Yelchin has been killed by his own car at his home in Los Angeles, police say.
The Russian-born actor played Pavel Chekov in the new Star Trek movies.
The car struck Anton Yelchin after rolling backwards down the steep drive at his Studio City home, pinning him against a brick postbox pillar and a security fence.
Anton Yelchin, 27, died shortly after 01:00 on June 19.
The actor also appeared in such films as Like Crazy (2011) and Green Room (2015).
Anton Yelchin played Pavel Chekov, the role originally made famous by Walter Koenig (now 79), in Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
A third movie with Anton Yelchin in the role, Star Trek Beyond, is due for release next month.
News of Anton Yelchin’s death led Twitter trends in Los Angeles and beyond on June 19.
Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the series, wrote on Instagram: “our dear friend. our comrade. our anton.
“One of the most open and intellectually curious people i have ever had the pleasure to know. so enormously talented and generous of heart. wise beyond his years. and gone before his time. all love and strength to his family at this impossible time of grief.”
Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols has been hospitalized after suffering a mild stroke, her agent announced.
Nichelle Nichols is best known for her role as Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek.
Zach McGinnis wrote on Facebook: “Last night while at her home in LA, Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke.
“She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts.”
Nichelle Nichols, 82, was handpicked by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry to appear in the original 1960s TV series.
Her casting as fourth in command of the USS Enterprise broke many racial barriers, with Nichelle Nichols becoming the first black woman to share a kiss with a white man (William Shatner who played Captain James T. Kirk) on US television in 1966.
Up until that point, African-American actresses had typically been cast in servile roles, playing housekeepers or maids. Fans of Nichelle Nichols’ Star Trek role reportedly included Dr. Martin Luther King.
In an updated post on Facebook, Zach McGinnis reported that Nichelle Nichols was “awake, eating, in good spirits and able to have full conversations.”
Zach McGinnis wrote: “Her right side has shown minor signs of mobility loss but she is not showing any signs of paralyses.
“We greatly appreciate all of the love and support her fans are showing at this time.”
The original Star Trek series ran for three years and continues to have a cult following.
Nichelle Nichols went on to star in several Star Trek movies, between 1979 and 1991, including The Wrath of Khan and The Final Frontier.
Star Trek actress Grace Lee Whitney has died at the age of 85.
The actress died on May 1st at her home in Coarsegold, California, her son told The Fresno Bee.
Grace Lee Whitney played loyal yeoman Janice Rand, the personal assistant who served Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) aboard the USS Enterprise during the first season of Star Trek.
The actress reprised her role as Janice Rand in four Star Trek films and in a 1996 episode of Star Trek: Voyager.
Grace Lee Whitney also appeared in two Billy Wilder films that starred Jack Lemmon: 1959’s Some Like It Hot (as one of the members of the all-girl band) and as Kiki the Cossack in 1963’s Irma la Douce.
She had roles on such TV shows as The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, The Real McCoys, The Outer Limits, The Rifleman, Batman (as King Tut’s pretty accomplice) and Bewitched.
Grace Lee Whitney also did a pilot episode for Police Story, a drama that never made it to series; it was written by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and that led her to being cast as Janice Rand.
Leonard Nimoy has been buried in Los Angeles in a private funeral.
The 83-year-old Star Trek actor died on February 27 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is often caused by smoking.
It is Jewish tradition for the dead to be buried within 24 hours but, as the practice is forbidden on a Saturday, the actor was laid to rest at 09:00 PST on Sunday, March 1.
Leonard Nimoy was most famous for playing Spock, the science officer and first officer on Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise.
His career also took in acting, directing, writing and photography. The tributes were led by President Barack Obama, who said in a statement: “Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy.
“Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his time and talents.
“And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the centre of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.”
The details of Leonard Nimoy’s memorial service were deliberately kept private, foiling the Westboro Baptist Church, which had planned to picket the event.
The group is known for its aggressive campaigning, often protesting outside the funerals of celebrities and servicemen and women.
However, the Westboro Baptist Church tweeted on March 1 it could not locate the actor’s funeral and was cancelling its plans.
According to US media, the service was restricted to close family and friends including Leonard Nimoy’s wife, Susan, the couple’s children Adam and Julie, and the star’s stepson Aaron Bay Schuck.
Although fans could not attend, they paid their respects in other ways.
A moment of silence was held at the Long Beach Comic Expo, a two-day comic book convention in California, with many attendees also dressed as Spock.
Meanwhile, Leonard Nimoy’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was adorned with flowers, photographs and messages of condolence.
Canadian fans have been altering the $5 bill to show Leonard Nimoy’s face, after Canadian Design Resource encouraged people to “Spock” their cash.
The note, which normally depicts Canada’s seventh prime minister, Wilfrid Laurier, can easily be defaced with Spock’s distinctive hairstyle and eyebrows.
Following the funeral, Leonard Nimoy’s family posted on his Facebook page: “Thank you for all the love and kind words to Leonard.
“We lost a wonderful, talented, sweet man, a great father, husband, grandpa, and friend.
Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura on the iconic sci-fi show, was detained at LA Airport after law enforcement officials allegedly caught the 81-year-old’s travel companion with drugs in his luggage, reports TMZ.
Authorities discovered “meth and drug scales” after the companion’s suitcase spilled open in the American Airlines terminal, the website reported.
The companion’s luggage, which had Nichelle Nichols’ luggage tags on it, was reportedly attached to the actress’ bags.
Nichelle Nichols played Uhura on the iconic sci-fi show Star Trek
After the discovery, the man was allegedly arrested for drug possession.
According to Nichelle Nichols’ rep, her companion, who was identified as a male in his twenties, has been serving as her assistant.
Nichelle Nichols’ rep also denied the allegations and said that all authorities found was an e-cigarette.
The authorities briefly detained the former ’60s television star but concluded that she was innocent of any wrongdoing. After being cleared, Nichelle Nichols boarded the flight solo.
Australian physicists warn that the reality of faster than light Star Trek’s “warp drive” might be rather different, after simulating what a “real” warp drive might do.
“Any people at the destination would be gamma ray and high energy particle-blasted into oblivion,” claims a new paper by University of Sydney physicists.
However, “boldly” Captain Kirk might go and the TV series would have made considerably less interesting viewing.
The physicists analyzed how matter might behave around a theoretical “warp drive” known as an Alcubierre drive.
The simulating found that particles would cluster lethally around the bubble in space-time used to “jump” through space.
The real problems start when the Enterprise hits the brakes.
“The region of space infront of a ship decelerating from superluminal velocity to subluminal velocity is blasted with a concentrated beam of extremely high energy particles,” say the physicists.
Australian physicists warn that the reality of faster than light Star Trek’s “warp drive” might be rather different, after simulating what a “real” warp drive might do
The Alcubierre drive is a theoretical faster-than-light drive dreamt up by physicist Miguel Alcubierre in 1994, where a bubble of “negative energy” around a craft expands space and time behind it, while compressing space in front of it.
The drive could make faster-than-light travel possible – at least in theory.
But it now seems that it also would be very unwise.
“Interestingly, the energy burst released upon arriving at the destination does not have an upper limit,” the University of Sydney’s Brendan McGonigal told Universe Today.
“You can just keep on traveling for longer and longer distances to increase the energy that will be released as much as you like, one of the odd effects of General Relativity. Unfortunately, even for very short journeys the energy released is so large that you would completely obliterate anything in front of you.”
Since Mankind has yet to unlock the secrets of faster-than-light travel, it might seem odd that “serious” physicists might be researching “warp drives” at all – but the research warns of what could happen.
Creating a bubble of negative energy is also currently completely impossible – so we won’t be hitting “Warp Factor Ten” for some time anyway, regardless of possible consequences.
A $10 million prize was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for whoever can create a Star Trek-like medical “tricorder”.
The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize has challenged researchers to build a tool capable of capturing “key health metrics and diagnosing a set of 15 diseases”.
It needs to be light enough for would-be Dr. McCoys to carry – a maximum weight of 5lb (2.2kg).
According to the official Star Trek technical manual, a tricorder is a portable “sensing, computing and data communications device”.
The kit captured the imagination of the show’s millions of viewers when it was first used in the cult series’ first broadcast in 1966.
In the show, which was set in the 23rd Century, the crew’s doctor was able to use the tricorder to diagnose an illness simply by scanning a person’s body.
According to the official Star Trek technical manual, a tricorder is a portable "sensing, computing and data communications device"
The award organizers hope the huge prize may inspire a present-day engineer to figure out the sci-fi gadget’s secret, and “make 23rd Century science fiction a 21st Century medical reality”.
“I’m probably the first guy who’s here in Vegas who would be happy to lose $10 million,” said X Prize Foundation chairman Peter Diamandis.
While the tricorder is obviously the stuff of science fiction, other X Prizes have become science fact.
In 2004, the Ansari X Prize for a privately funded reusable spacecraft was awarded to the team behind SpaceShipOne.
Much of the technology they developed was subsequently utilized by Virgin Galactic.
Prof. Jeremy Nicholson, head of the department of surgery and cancer at Imperial College London, told the BBC there are already medical devices which detect chemical signs of illness to assist diagnosis.
However, he warned that bringing this technology together into one tricorder-sized piece of equipment would be a very daunting challenge.
“The most likely sort of technology would be something that detects metabolites,” Prof. Jeremy Nicholson said.
“What we use in our laboratory is big – the size of a Mini. The challenge is sticking it all into one device.”
Prof. Jeremy Nicholson thought “grand challenges” like the tricorder prize helped stimulate innovation, and are “good fun”.
But he doubted the Qualcomm Foundation would be awarding the prize any time soon.
“The challenges are: What is it you detect, what are the samples you can get and how do you put it all together in one gizmo?
“I don’t think there’ll be many people getting that prize in the near future.”
Even if the device could be made, he continued, testing and obtaining approval for medical use might take much longer.
However, for Peter Diamandis the mere fact the prize exists could transform healthcare.
“It’s not a single point solution. What we’re looking for is to launch a new industry,” he said.
“The tricorder that was used by Spock and Bones inspires a vision of what healthcare will be like in the future.
“It will be wireless, mobile and minimally- or non-invasive.
“It may use digital imaging, it may be sequencing your DNA on the spot to tell you if you are allergic to something you just ate.”
That may seem like an impossibly ambitious set of goals, but fortunately, for those trying to win the prize, one feature of the Star Trek tricorder is not needed.
“We don’t have a requirement that it makes the same noise,” Peter Diamandis said.
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