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A team of 17 divers from the NOAA has returned from a 33-day mission to remove marine debris from Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. You're not going to believe the amount of crap they had to pull out. Read more...

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In Horns, Ig Perrish grows a pair of horns, and gains a superpower that's also a terrible curse. In Joe Hill's novel, this turns into an exploration of the darkness in human nature, including misogyny and jealousy. But the new movie version, while fun, never brings enough depth to support its misanthropic premise.Read more...

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Just what are all those tiny, swirling dots swooping gracefully around the Earth? Are those pinprick points the ghosts of far away stars? Perhaps they are the gaseous remains of some far away nebula? Or, maybe, it's just a giant orbital swarm of trash. Read more...

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Is Halloween complete without some mysterious lights in the sky? Learn the theory behind the Hessdalen Lights, and why the reality might be scarier than visiting UFOs.Read more...

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Your first Halloween treat has arrived: J.K. Rowling has released a brand new short story all about the character you love to hate, Dolores Umbridge.Read more...

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Watching a movie is like playing roulette: we have no idea which ending we'll be seeing. Will it be the original, or another version inspired by a failed test screening, or "creative differences"? Sometimes the change is for the better; sometimes not. Here, we rank 13 alternate horror film endings from worst to best.Read more...

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For the past year, archaeologists have been working in a 2,000-year-old tunnel at the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan. The dig has yielded thousands of new relics and the discovery of three chambers that could hold more important finds. Read more...

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Lurch on over here, GIFs! We're throwing you a party.Read more...

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It's no secret the Marvel Cinematic Universe is slowly building to an all out Captain America vs. Iron Man. This is why Captain America's third movie is called Civil War. And in this brand new Avengers: Age of Ultron clip, you can see the tension mounting. Read more...

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As NASA's Cassini spacecraft soared past Saturn's moon Titan, it recently caught a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off hydrocarbon seas. In the past, Cassini had captured, separately, views of the polar seas and the sun glinting off them, but this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view.Read more...

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Ars Technica's Andrew Cunningham got a chance to try out a pair of RocketSkates, a motorized pair of step-in, battery-powered skates that recently brought in over half a million bucks in Kickstarter funding. We'll admit, these things look like they could be pretty fun to use – once you got over the learning curve, anyway.Read more...

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There are tons of pictures, storyboards and new details for Terminator: Genysis. And what could make Game of Thrones end after a seventh season? Plus new reveals for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII, Skull Island and American Horror Story. Spoilers now!Read more...

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Courtesy of the wonderful QI Elves on Twitter, here's a graphic showing real entries in an 1848 contest for the best way to determine if someone was really dead or not. It's so good that they had the competition, how would anyone have come up with "check for heartbeat with a stethoscope" otherwise?Read more...

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Weapons are a major part of fantasy literature of every kind. That's why there's a whole category called "Sword and Sorcery." But as fantasy stories have proliferated, some fantasy weapons tropes have taken over the genre. Here are the ten we'd like to see retired.Read more...

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Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are joining with Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues on the upcoming thriller A Man in the Dark. Read more...

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As always, Key & Peele are on point. In time for Halloween, the comedy duo brought us the tale of a serial killer who is way too committed to the standard hall of mirrors chase gag. Read more...

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Once again, it's time to bask in the stunning wonder of our universe. This is the Tarantula Nebula, and my most recent excuse to bask in endless, encompassing joy.Read more...

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Switzerland based photographer Fabian Oefner specializes in combining art and science. Here, you can watch him manipulate a ferrofluidic art piece (comprising oil, watercolor, and magnetic, nanoscale iron particles) commissioned by Guster for their forthcoming album, Evermotion. Read more...

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Arsenic in drinking water is causing health problems — but not the ones you might expect. In fact, new research into arsenic ingestion has led doctors to believe that it's a possible cause of cardiovascular disease. Over at the New York Times, Deborah Blum reports on the connection between pollution and heart disease. Read more...

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American Horror Story finally stopped singing and delivered an actual story. Thank goodness for Halloween, the one time of year this series delivers. Read more...

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Time to get your horror ideas flowing! For Halloween week, we have a monstrous Concept Art Writing Prompt. Do you have an idea for a story inspired by this illustration? Write it up and share it here!Read more...

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A survey of more than 3,000 Montreal-area men has found those who reported having had more than 20 female sex partners are 28% less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who had slept with only one woman. Cue the avalanche of spuriously justified sexual decisions!Read more...

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Directed and animated by artist Sharon Liu, Geronimo! is a whimsical, watercolor-illustrated reminder of the "epic movement we miss in every drop" of water. If you're familiar with the fluid mechanics of water droplets, you'll understand the reference; if you're not, it's high time you learned about coalescence cascades . Read more...

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We know how (and where) franchises go to die, but what turns a one-off movie or a standard TV series into a franchise that can go on, sometimes even for generations? Read more...

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