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Leonard Nimoy suffering from chronic lung disease

Leonard Nimoy who is famed for his portrayal of Spock in the original series of Star Trek has announced on Twitter that he is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The 82-year-old actor blamed smoking for his health problems and signed off the tweet with his best known phrase 'Live Long And Prosper' (LLAP).

COPD is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.

Famous Georges respond to royal baby's name

Following news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son has been named Prince George, a number of famous Georges took to Twitter to express their delight.

The Chancellor wrote:

'80s pop sensation Boy George tweeted:

Star Trek actor and I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! finalist George Takei said:


Ashes of Star Trek creator and 'Scotty' set for space

The ashes of both Star Trek's creator and the actor who played Scotty in the sci-fi fantasy television series will blast into the final frontier next year.

Gene Roddenberry's cremated remains, along with those of his wife Majel and actor James Doohan - who played engineer Scotty in the original 1960s series - will be launched into space in November 2014.

James Doohan who played engineer Scotty in Star Trek. Credit: REUTERS/Gene Blevins

The memorial spaceflight company Celestis will take their ashes as part of a cargo which will also feature other cremated remains, written messages and samples of DNA in capsules sent by the general public.

Celestis spokeswoman Pazia Schonfeld said: "What's very cool about this is that it's science fiction meeting reality".

The spacecraft, which is called a solar sail, is powered by sunlight and is set to orbit around the sun, with its journey streamed live online.

Members of the public are invited to join Roddenberry and Doohan on Celestis' Sunjammer Voyager Mission but sending cremated remains into deep space starts at $12,500 (just over £8,000).

Benedict Cumberbatch on 'terrifying' first day filming Star Trek

Benedict Cumberbatch described his first day on set as "terrifying". Credit: Daybreak

Benedict Cumberbatch has described his "10-year-old excitement level" of appearing in upcoming film release of Star Trek Into Darkness.

The Sherlock star told Daybreak: "I loved being part of a huge film. It was the first time that I'd ever had that experience and I relished it."

Mr Cumberbatch called his first day on set of the big budget film "terrifying".

"I was very late casting and flew over not long after getting the role by auditioning on an iPhone.

"I literally got off the plane, jet lagged went straight to the studio and I literally thought at any moment someone would go 'so sorry, it's not worked out. We thought you were the other Benedict.'"

The actor explained revealed his method of eating "4000 calories a day for two to three weeks" and "being able to do handstand press ups" in attempts to get into the role of super villain John Harrison.

Addressing rumours that he could be the next Doctor Who, the 36-year-old said: "Really? Oh no I am not aware of those rumours,other rumours but not that one.

"Let's talk about Bond. No I'm joking!"

Captain Kirk's phaser gun sells for £155,000 at auction

A phaser gun made for Star Trek's Captain Kirk has sold for a record $231,000 (£155,000) at an auction in Los Angeles.

The laser rifle from the second pilot of Star Trek was made by toy inventor Reuben Klamer at the request of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s.

Captain Kirk holds his laser rifle

It was sold inside its original custom-made case and came with a signed letter from Mr Roddenberry to Mr Klamer, dated March 16, 1966.

The gun was sold at a Hollywood memorabilia auction Credit: Reuters


Miniature version of Star Trek's 'tractor beam' created

A miniature version of the Star Trek "tractor beam" has been created by a team of scientists and could be used in medical testing.

A light beam is converted into a pulling device, that gathers micro-objects just like when using a chain. Credit: University of St Andrews

In the popular science fiction show, a "tractor beam" was a method of using a beam of light to pull spaceships and other large objects.

Light manipulation techniques have existed since the 1970s but researchers said this is the first time a light beam has been used to draw objects towards the light source, albeit at a microscopic level.

A team of scientists from the University of St Andrews and the Institute of Scientific Instruments in the Czech Republic said they have found a way to generate a special optical field that efficiently reverses radiation pressure of light.