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Martin Luther King Jr.

  1. Here’s How Not to Celebrate the Anniversary of MLK’s Famous Speech, Courtesy of the Golf Channel

    Hoo boy.

    People choose to commemorate important events in different ways. Here at Geekosystem, we thought to honor the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech by wondering how far the original broadcast has since travelled into space. Over at the official Twitter for the Golf Channel, they had other... ideas. About golf.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Mark Hamill With His Old Friend the Rancor

    Things We Saw Today

    I don't want context. I don't need context. Knowing that this picture exists is enough. (Nerd Approved)

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  3. How Far Into Space has MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech Traveled?

    We dream of space.

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. There's no shortage of coverage to mark the day, but we were wondering how far the original broadcast has traveled into space. We sat down and got all geared up to do some serious space-math. Here's what we came up with.

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  4. Pacifists Face Off: Gandi Takes On Martin Luther King Jr. In Epic Rap Battle

    When two dead historical figures have a beef with one another, the only way to settle it is through an epic rap battle. Thankfully, there's a whole YouTube channel dedicated to just such resolutions. When we last checked in on the Epic Rap Battles of History channel, we saw Snoop Lion rapping as Moses to settle the score against Santa Claus. Now we have Keegan-Michael Key as Gandhi up against Jordan Peele's Martin Luther King Jr. It does in fact get pretty epic, but it also gets a little NSFW for some language.

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  5. Scientists Code All 154 Shakespeare Sonnets and MP3 Files With DNA

    I recently picked up a 32 gig micro-SD card, and I was impressed by how much data could fit into something so small, but that's nothing compared to the research being done in DNA data storage. Science has been able to code information with DNA, but the amount of data capable of being stored was low, while the error rate was high. New techniques have allowed scientists to encode large amounts of data into DNA, including all 154 Shakespeare sonnets, a photo of their lab, a PDF file, and an MP3 of a portion of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, and to decode the information from the DNA successfully.

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  6. Today, Civil Rights Icon Myrlie Evers-Williams Becomes the First Woman to Deliver a Presidential Inaugural Invocation

    Today in Awesome

    Today is Inauguration Day in America, when President Obama will be sworn in for his second term. It's also, as chance would have it, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. So it's a good time to get to know Myrlie Evers-Williams, a civil rights leader, former chairperson of the NAACP, and—as of today—the first woman to deliver a prayer at a presidential inauguration.

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  7. When Nichelle Nichols Met Star Trek Fan Martin Luther King, Jr. [Video]

    To Boldly Go

    Not too long ago, we posted about Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura on Star Trek, reading for the role of Spock before the show became the show that we know and love today. But after the first season of the show, she was getting ready to quit when she met a very famous Star Trek fan -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We don't have to tell you what happened, but we will let you hear her tell the really wonderful story of how the man we're celebrating today convinced her to stay on board the Enterprise. Previously in Star Trek

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  8. There Is An Alternate Universe Where Nichelle Nichols Played Spock Instead of Uhura

    To Boldly Go

    Rod Roddenberry (son of Gene Roddenberry)'s documentary Trek Nation, which aired this Wednesday, was filmed in as a son's pursuit of discovering what made his father famous, after spending years resisting the Roddenberry legacy and the fandom that surrounds it. But, in the middle of a Huffington Post interview with participants in the documentary, there's something we've certainly never heard before in the statements of Nichelle Nichols. Namely, that she was asked to read for the part of Spock.

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  9. In Defense of Geekery: Why Society Needs SF/F

    Essay

    I have recently discovered Star Talk Radio, a podcast by delightful astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. I've been working my way through the archives, finding the show to be good company while I cook dinner. The other day, I listened to “A Conversation with Nichelle Nichols” (aka Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek). I knew from the title that I was going to dig it. What I did not expect was to find myself standing there, my halfway-constructed lasagna lying neglected before me, as the lovely Ms. Nichols brought me to tears. I was familiar with part of the story she was telling, but...well, allow me to share.

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  10. Bryan Singer Talks Extensively About X-Men: First Class

    Ain't It Cool News, as usual, has quite a few big reveals for us from Bryan Singer, producer of X-Men: First Class, the X-Men prequel/reboot of which we've heard so much casting news lately. Reveals about the 60's. And James Bond. And the Hellfire Club. Well? Click through already!

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