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Another week, another Doctor Who story that stretches the limits of the show's format — to the point where it's hard to say if it's a total work of genius, or just kind of a weird mess. Unfortunately, this week's "In The Forest of the Night" chases a ton of ideas that it never quite catches up with.Read more...

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Lo-fi scifi auteur Jim Munroe worked with three artists, Mathew Borrett, Terry Lau and Sanford Kong, to create these gorgeous images of a fallen Toronto. It's just in time for the Canadian election, where notorious politician Rob Ford's older brother Doug is currently polling pretty well in the Toronto mayoral race.Read more...

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If you were a child of the 90's, looking at the picture above will probably illicit the response of 'Yeah, Power Rangers!' - but you're only kinda-sorta right. These are really the Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, and they're making their way to the west for the very first time.Read more...

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One of the particularly great things about Legend of Korra Book 4 is the way it has managed to, ahem, balance the show's enormous cast. In this week's episode, Tenzin's kids take center stage when they journey to find Korra. And, in the meantime, we learn exactly what made Korra's former antagonists villains.Read more...

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Current medications for depression, like SSRIs, do little to address a patient's inability to experience pleasure, a symptom known as "anhedonia." But ketamine – a recreational drug and common veterinary anesthetic – seems to offer sufferers of depression a renewed capacity for enjoyment .Read more...

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Should we ever find the world in its death throes, one of the first orders of business will be establishing a new value system. Read more...

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The sun is spoiling us for superlatives. Last night, giant sunspot AR 2192 – the largest sunspot astronomers have observed in nearly 25 years – erupted in an X3.1-class solar flare, the most powerful of four flares to burst from the region since October 19th. Read more...

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As if you needed more excuses to watch the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron on loop this week, but here's another one anyway: Turns out, the trailer goes pretty fantastically with more than just creepy Pinocchio songs.Read more...

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More than a century after Captain Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition , the photographic notebook of George Murray Levick – a surgeon, zoologist, and photographer on that voyage – has been discovered at Scott's final expedition base at Cape Evans, on Antarctica's Ross Island. Read more...

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I was going to call "Master Chief and Arbiter (Gods Among)" by Sita Navas fan art, but the "fan" label feels cheap when applied to this Maya-style masterpiece. This is just art. Read more...

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The internet's desperate bid to ensure every part of Firefly makes its way into real life (I'm sure there's a Browncoat somewhere out there building their own Firefly-class in their shed) continues with a new card game based on the weird Space-fruit-poker the crew of the Serenity play on the show. Tall Card, anyone?Read more...

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While all of her classmates dreamed of being astronauts, the thought of space terrified Sonia. It wasn't the vastness of the black, but the idea that skeletons were somehow floating past the stars, their empty eyes staring out of their spacesuits.Read more...

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That's a crucial lesson that you'll learn from the movie Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood. A lot of this movie is on Youtube thanks to MovieClips, and it actually looks worse than its criminally insane predecessor Leprechaun 5: In Tha Hood.Read more...

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Last night's Vampire Diaries had a pretty interesting set of metaphors for what it's like to be immortal and yet bound by the past. On the one hand, Stefan tries to explain to Elena the need to start a new life every 30 years. On the other, we see how badly Damon's attempt at a "clean slate" turned out.Read more...

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A partial solar eclipse was visible from much of North America yesterday afternoon , resulting in a flood of gobstopping astrophotography. This shot comes from the folks at Joshua Tree National Park. For more, we recommend SpaceWeather.com and the eclipse hashtag on Twitter.Read more...

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Move aside, Felix Baumgartner. Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, fell from the top of the stratosphere this morning, plummeting nearly 26 vertical miles in the span of about 15 minutes. In doing so, he has broken Baumgartner's 2012 record for world's highest-altitude free fall – and by a pretty sizable margin.Read more...

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Unearthing the fossilized bones of dinosaurs without destroying them is already a pretty fiddly process, one that requires time, patience, and many, many delicate brushes. But when you're talking not about bones but the even more delicate tracks that dinosaurs left behind, the process gets that much trickier.Read more...

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Getting engaged is OK, but do you know what's even better? Getting your own, personal TARDIS to sweeten the deal. And that's exactly what happened to this adorable couple.Read more...

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When Ben Edlund joined the writing staff of the Batman prequel show Gotham some months ago, it was an encouraging sign. Besides creating The Tick, Edlund wrote some of the best Firefly, Angel and Supernatural episodes. And his first credited Gotham script is also excellent.Read more...

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One of the best horror RPGs ever is coming back, after a 20-year absence. Chill 3rd Edition puts players in the roles of international agents fighting against supernatural forces of darkness — forces that have had the upper hand for too long.Read more...

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Richard Belzer has played Detective John Munch in numerous TV shows, from Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order to The X-Files and 30 Rock. But what if he appeared in a superhero series, perhaps with a superpowered partner?Read more...

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Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has announced that a new Spawn animated project is on the horizon, and shared a few peeks at the concept art, including two of the characters and a grimy city street.Read more...

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The best science fiction and fantasy stories capture our imaginations in all sorts of ways — with cool visuals, with neat ideas, with clever worldbuilding. But sometimes the most powerful thing of all can be just one person, speaking eloquently. What's the greatest speech in any work of science fiction or fantasy?Read more...

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If you've splashed around in the creeks of Appalachia, you may have been close to the largest salamander in North America, the Eastern hellbender, but you probably wouldn't have known it. Learn about this magnificent critter in a short documentary produced by Freshwaters Illustrated and the US Forest Service.Read more...

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When The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies finally comes out on December 17th, its ending will be suitably epic. In fact, the titular battle will apparently last 45 minutes, and is so huge and complicated that director Peter Jackson had to diagram it out. However, this diagram isn't quite as epic as the battle probably will be.Read more...

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