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Xerxes figured that if they wanted to rob the Himalayan hydrogen station, all they'd need would be one gun, one tank, and a lot of gumption. Which — at least one of those things was true.Read more...

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We love Raiders of the Lost Ark... but in the end Indiana Jones just wins by closing his eyes. Check out the climax of Ark of the Sun God, the Italian Raiders knock-off, in which shit just gets crazy. Read more...

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Sometimes it's a good idea to remember the wisdom of the ancients, especially when they are criticizing the wisdom of the ancients. Read more...

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Worldwide, bats are responsible for spreading an unusually wide variety of diseases that infect other animals and humans. What makes these small mammals such efficient viral incubators? According to one new study, their immune system gets a metabolic boost whenever they fly.Read more...

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Superman turned 75 last year, and he celebrated by starring in this short animated tribute. He flies through his media history, from his first appearance in Action Comics to Man of Steel.Read more...

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Iapetus is one of the weirdest moons in the solar system , and one of its weirdest features is its prominent, equatorial mountain range. Now, Popular Science reports on a new theory as to the origins of this peculiar ridge: The mountains, researchers posit in a study recently published in arXiv, fell from spaaaaaaaace. Read more...

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Earlier today, scientists announced they'd discovered an insect with a new kind of female sex organ. It looks a bit like a penis, and is called a gynosome. But almost every news outlet covered the story by describing the insects as "females with penises." This isn't just painfully wrong — it's bad for science.Read more...

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In a dimly lit workroom, a robotic artisan goes about its daily task of working on other robots. Tell us your tale about this tinkerer.Read more...

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Wanna see something cool? Check out the moves on this pit crew. I don't care if you're not a Formula 1 person, a car person, or even a transportation person – if this video comparing F1 crews past and present doesn't blow you away your spark plugs may need changing. Read more...

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At this point, the strange dynamic between Doctor Who's time-traveling loner and his endless series of female compatriots has been dissected in a thousand essays, rants and blog posts. But you still have to read Katherine Murray's new essay, for her incisive observations about one of spacetime's most dysfunctional dynamics.Read more...

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That these movies — featuring Oscar the Grouch taking the Hulk as a mentor, Gene Kelley fighting the matrix with dance, and Indiana Jones taking a Ferris Bueller style day off — don't really exist is a box office travesty. Fortunately, we still have the posters.Read more...

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The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin is becoming an e-book at last! Celebrate by reading an excerpt over at Slate.Read more...

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A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that the majority of Americans are optimistic about the future. But when asked about specifics, they demonstrated a pronounced nervousness about some of the most plausible and beneficial advancements. Read more...

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We had pretty high hopes for The Anomaly when we learned that Mickey Clarke (Doctor Who) was directing and starring in a film about brain-hacking, co-starring The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder. But the trailer looks seriously kick-ass, and there's a neat spin on the "ticking clock" idea. Read more...

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For nearly a hundred years, people have built hospital ships, the size of a city block, on the ocean. And these floating infirmaries have saved countless lives and helped heal travelers on the ocean.Read more...

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What an insane episode of The 100. Last night's episode contained everything I loathed and everything I love about this series. And man, oh man, The 100 certainly wasn't afraid to go full gut punch — and that's a good thing! Massive spoilers ahead. Read more...

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We can't know who will end up sitting on the Iron Throne at the end of George R.R. Martin's book and television saga — but now, Martin is showing us more of how the first King got to sit on that pointy seat of power. Martin has released a samplefrom The World of Ice and Fire, his guide to Westeros.Read more...

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First contact can be a delicate business. When humans encounter aliens (or fairies, or other creatures) for the first time, it can easily go very, very wrong. Any first meeting between two peoples can turn bloody at a moment's notice. But what's the most horrific first contact scenario in science fiction and fantasy?Read more...

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About 14.6 million years ago, a meteorite over half a mile wide smashed into the Earth, creating a massive crater of melted rock. Although temperatures there were as high as 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit, researchers have found that life took hold there soon after.Read more...

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This cross-section of the universe, snapped by the Hubble, takes us about halfway to the universe's observable end — showing us things that you could only see with your eyes if your eyesight's power was magnified by a billion.Read more...

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Summer is rapidly approaching, and with that comes the annual blooming of plants big and small. In the ocean, this means phytoplankton blooms. These microscopic floating plants are the basis of the marine food-chain, feeding everything from krill to whales. Read more...

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David Michod, the director behind the very well received Animal Kingdom, has helmed a brutal post-apocalyptic moviecalled The Rover, starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce. The premise is simple: Pattinson's brother steals Pearce's car and leaves Pattinson for dead. He's not — road trip! Read more...

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died today aged 87, did not invent the genre of magical realism — but he helped to popularize it and advance it with novels like One Hundred Years of Solitude and Autumn of the Patriarch. Speculative fiction still hasn't risen fully to the challenge of Marquez's work, and he's impossible to replace. Read more...

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British scientists have finally figured out how sperm is able to connect with an egg. The process is facilitated by a molecule dubbed Juno, a protein that allows sperm to dock to the surface of an egg. The discovery could introduce new fertility treatments and birth control.Read more...

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