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Actor Charlton Heston has died at 84

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news.com.au: Charlton Heston, the Oscar-winning actor who achieved stardom playing larger-than-life figures went on to become a best-selling author, a contentious Hollywood labor leader, an unapologetic gun advocate and darling of conservative causes, has died. He was 84. For us geeks, he is probably best known for barking the order, "Get your paws off me you damn dirty ape!"

Sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke is dead

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news.com: Science fiction impresario Arthur C. Clarke is dead, according to published news reports. Clarke was the author, or co-author, of dozens of fiction and non-fiction books. But he will likely always be best known for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax dies at 69

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Associated Press: The man who co-created the game Dungeons & Dragons and helped start the role-playing phenomenon is dead.

Marcel Marceau, Renowned Mime, Dies at 84

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nytimes: Marcel Marceau, the wiry French mime who mostly performed as the chalk-faced Bip and did much to revive the art of pantomime, died Saturday in France. He was 84.

A bid farewell to Singapore's open source advocate

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ZDNet: He wasn't one who went with the flow, and was widely regarded as an outspoken advocate of the open source movement in Singapore. Cheok Beng Teck, CIO of the country's Ministry of Defense (Mindef), chartered the way that saw the government body embrace--almost unabashedly--an open source strategy that few in the public sector would have been as comfortable adopting.

Manhattan Project Scientist Dies

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AP via Physorg: Samuel Isaac Weissman, a professor and chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project, has died, his wife said Friday. He was 94.

Mr. Wizard Dies at 89

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Washington Post: Don Herbert, 89, who as television's Mr. Wizard was for many years one of the nation's foremost popularizers of science, particularly noted for his ability to attract, inspire and hold the interest of children, died June 11 at his home in the Los Angeles area.

Astronaut Wally Schirra dies

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One of the original seven Mercury astronauts, Walter Schirra Jr., has died of a heart attack at the age of 84.

Kurt Vonnegut, Writer of Classics of the American Counterculture, Dies at 84

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Kurt Vonnegut, whose dark comic talent and urgent moral vision in novels like “Slaughterhouse-Five,” “Cat’s Cradle” and “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” caught the temper of his times and the imagination of a generation, died Wednesday night in Manhattan. He was 84.

Fortran developer John Backus dies at 82

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John W. Backus, who led the team at IBM that created the computer language Fortran, died Saturday, at age 82.

Fortran, released in 1957, was considered a major step forward in computer programming languages. It was used for intensive supercomputing problems, and thanks to the creation of multiple compilers, was one of the first languages to be widely used across different architectures.

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