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Mind Meld is a 2001 American documentary film in which actors William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (pictured) discuss the Star Trek science-fiction franchise and its effects on their lives. They talk about differences they had with Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, and about the strained relationships between Shatner and some of the other cast members. It was in this film that Nimoy first publicly revealed that he had struggled with alcoholism while he was acting in the 1960s Star Trek television series. Mind Meld attracted some notoriety because of an unintended sound in one scene that became a popular subject of flatulence humor among Star Trek fans and on morning zoo radio programs. Shatner denied being the source of this sound in interviews. Scott Brown of Entertainment Weekly said that the only people likely to watch the film were extreme Star Trek fans and people interested in hearing Shatner's supposed flatulence, while Laurence Lerman of Video Business praised the film for avoiding familiar territory and for dealing with alcoholism, career difficulties, and conflicts on the set of Star Trek. (Full article...)

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Two hundred two episodes of the American science fiction-supernatural television series The X-Files aired over nine seasons. The series originally ran on the Fox network from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002. The X-Files centers on FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), who work on cases linked to the paranormal, called X-Files. Mulder is a believer in the paranormal, and the skeptical Scully is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder's discoveries which could ultimately be used to discredit his work. Throughout the series the two develop a close friendship. The show's premise originated with Chris Carter (pictured), who served as an executive producer along with many others. Filming for seasons one to five took place primarily in Vancouver, British Columbia, and for the remaining seasons in Los Angeles, California. Episodes were broadcast on Fridays at 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) for the series's first three seasons; the remaining six seasons aired on Sundays at 9:00 pm EST. (Full list...)

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The ChS8 is an electric mainline passenger locomotive used in Russia and Ukraine. Built between 1983 and 1989, it was developed for pulling long passenger trains (28–32 carriages) at speeds of 100 kilometres per hour (60 mph) or faster. Since 2010 Russia has switched to more energy-efficient designs, such as the EP10 and EP20.

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