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Last night, scientists from around the world gathered at Harvard's iconic Sanders Theatre for the "24rd First Annual" Ig Nobel Awards, the wonderfully peculiar annual awards ceremony that recognizes those achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.Read more...

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Things may be better down where it's wetter, but when you plunge in the ocean depths, the marine life can get downright terrifying. In this video, The Little Mermaid's Sebastian the crab sings all about the often hideous and gargantuan creatures "Under the Deep Sea."Read more...

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I visited the cast and crew on the set of Sleepy Hollow to watch this supernatural show raise the dead and a little hell for Season Two. While there, I also had the immense pleasure of interviewing the cast, including Tim Mison who plays the defected Redcoat cursed to exist in our modern world, Ichabod Crane. And Mison had a lot to say about the new season. Small spoilers ahead. Read more...

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Yes, it's got quite the schnoz — but you probably wouldn't want to mess with this giant herbivore. The recently identified species of hadrosaur measured some 30 feet long and weighed over 8,500 pounds.Read more...

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This is a fascinating conversation between Scottish SF author Ken MacLeod (Intrusion, The Execution Channel) and British historian Francis Spufford, which took place just a couple of weeks before last night's historic vote on Scottish independence.Read more...

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It's clear that a lot of work and a lot of love went into this creepy eight-minute Spawn fan film. When a former witch and her son go into a grocery store, he has just the sort of encounter his mother had hoped to protect him from.Read more...

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New research suggests we're motivated to seek equal rewards — despite the disadvantages to ourselves — to prevent our partners from being unhappy and to avoid any negative outcomes that may follow. Read more...

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Massive galaxies in the universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead cannibalizing their neighbors, say astronomers, who also created this computer simulation of our own Milky Way being devoured by the much larger Andromeda Galaxy in the distant future.Read more...

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Until the day he died, physicist Samuel Cohen declared that his invention, the neutron bomb, was a "moral" and "sane" weapon that would kill enemy combatants, while sparing civilians and cities. But, despite the support of fans like Ronald Reagan, this weapon of not-as-much mass destruction proved to be a hard sell.Read more...

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Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, but before you get carried away with your ahoys, and your mateys and your timber-shivering, there's something you should know: Pirate-speak, as most of us know it, was invented by Disney; and pirates – real pirates, that is – probably sounded nothing like they do in the movies.Read more...

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The advent of synthetic biology and DNA synthesis has raised concern that amateurs will use these technologies to turn pathogens into weapons of mass destruction. But as experts point out, this may be far easier said than done. Read more...

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Relive the entire Jurassic Park Trilogy for just $30, the lowest price Amazon has ever listed. [ Jurassic Park 3D / The Lost World: Jurassic Park / Jurassic Park III, $30]Read more...

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There are tons and tons of webcomics on the Internet, but it's extremely rare that one gets adapted into a television show or a movie. We delve into the rich world of long-form webcomics and pick out a few we'd love to see on our TV screens.Read more...

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37% of Americans think the news media should be required to get government approval before reporting on national security issues. Among the factors contributing to this view: declining trust in the media (notably among conservatives) and the belief that the reporting of Edward Snowden's leaks "harmed public interest."Read more...

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Archaeologists working at the site of the Nazi extermination camp at Sobibor in eastern Poland have uncovered previously-hidden gas chambers in which an estimated 250,000 Jews were killed. Read more...

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Not wanting to be left out of the burgeoning superhero/comic TV show race, CBS has just issued a series commitment to Arrow and The Flash producer Greg Berlanti's new Supergirl show. This means that if CBS likes the pilot, the Supergirl series will get a certain amount of episodes ordered guaranteed.Read more...

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The parts of Maleficent we actually enjoyed were when Angelina Jolie went full villain. The rest, not to much. Specifically, we weren't fans of the odd, slapstick pixies whose backstory has been fleshed out in these recently released Maleficent deleted scenes. Read more...

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The star of The Maze Runner is the maze: a giant structure that towers over the boys trapped at the center of it. It's such a cool concept, you can see why the book was so popular. But the movie, while fun, doesn't quite do justice to this megastructure-driven story. Spoilers ahead...Read more...

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Most archeologists bristle at the mention of Indiana Jones, and for good reason. In this piece, originally featured at Last Word On Nothing, journalist Erik Vance takes a close look at the questionable professional ethics of Henry Walton Jones, Jr. and arrives at an unsettling conclusion: The man is a looter.Read more...

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You do not want to commit a crime anywhere near the Calgary headquarters of Nexen Energy. That's because not one, not two, but 542 Batmen work at the building, where they assemble to win the Guinness World Record for "Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Batman."Read more...

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By using its new dynamic lighting technology, GPU manufacturer NVIDIA has graphically recreated the Apollo 11 moon landing site — and the results are crushing a number of wild claims made by conspiracy theorists.Read more...

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3D printing company 3DPlusMe has partnered with Hasbro and Marvel to offer action figures of popular Marvel heroes with your own face printed on them at Walmart. It's a great idea for young superhero fans - unless you happen to be female and want a female character to have your head printed on.Read more...

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Horror anthology series V/H/S is back with another addition, titled V/H/S: Viral, and the new red band trailer does NOT disappoint. Mainly because one of the monsters appears to be folks with deadly genitals. Read more...

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The combined average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces this summer was the warmest since records began in 1880, according to a new report released by NOAA. August alone saw several record-breaking climate anomalies worldwide. If this trend continues, 2014 will be the warmest year ever recorded.Read more...

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Shaun of the Dead star Nick Frost will return to TV for the next Doctor Who Christmas Special, which will be Peter Capaldi's first holiday outing as the Time Lord. He'll be joined by a variety of guests stars, including Michael Troughton, son of actor Patrick Troughton, best known as the Second Doctor. Hmm... Read more...

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