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Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a pretty successful movie — but it wasn't the blockbuster Sony was hoping for, and Amazing Spider-Man 3 got delayed. Meanwhile, we keep hearing some off-the-wall Spidey spin-off ideas . But over in Forbes, Scott Mendelson says there's one easy way to save the Spidey movies.Read more...

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House cats often appear aloof and indifferent toward their human companions. But it's not just an act — they actually don't care. A recent study of the domestic cat genome reveals why.Read more...

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Feeling lucky? Events such as Comet Siding Spring's encounter with Mars in October only happen about once every eight million years, according to NASA.Read more...

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Health Canada has issued a stern warning to licensed commercial growers across Canada, telling them to revamp their advertising — or else, they might receive a suspension or revocation of their licenses. The problem? Apparently they're making marijuana look too good.Read more...

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Okay, so it's magnets and not paper like the dress-up-dolls of your childhood, but now you can stick your very own Hero of Canton on the fridge - and dress him as you see fit!Read more...

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Watch one climber ascend the 919-foot chimney in Pitesti, Romania — from his point of view. Just watching this makes my arms tired. Read more...

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If you need a good happy-cry, take a few minutes to watch Playground, the sweetly animated short film by Ryosuke Oshiro. A boy who has always considered himself a "lone wolf" gets into a competition of imagination with a classmate who, like him, dreams of superpowers, magical forests, and grand cities.Read more...

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It appears that our planet's built-in force field is much stronger than we thought. Scientists studying the Van Allen belts have discovered the presence of a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents some of the fastest and most powerful "ultrarelativistic" electrons from reaching the surface.Read more...

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At a cost of $1.4 million per patient, Glybera will be used to treat a rare genetic disorder that clogs the blood with fat. After years of development, gene therapy is finally arriving. But as to who will be able to pay for it, well, that's another issue. Read more...

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Astronauts on the space station get holiday feast, although the adjectives are less "juicy" and more "irradiated." The menu is irradiated smoked turkey, thermostabilized candied yams, freeze-dried green beans, mushrooms, and cornbread dressing, and a thermostabilized cherry-blueberry cobbler for dessert.Read more...

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The Internet is gearing itself up for the hype-explosion that is the very first trailer for The Force Awakens coming tomorrow . But what were our first glimpses of Star Wars movies like - and in turn, what can they tell us about what we might expect from tomorrow? Let's take a look back at the teasers of Star Wars past.Read more...

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New Zealand filmmaker Anthony Powell spent 10 years working on Antarctica: A Year on Ice, a striking documentary that makes use of special cameras designed to withstand extreme temperatures. We talked to Powell about the incredible challenges of filming in the relentless cold.Read more...

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We've been excited about Madeline Ashby's futuristic thriller Company Town since she wrote an essay for us about it last April . This book was supposed to be out in October, but was delayed (along with some others) due to Angry Robot's sale to entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld. But now Ashby tells us Company Town has a new publisher, Tor Books.Read more...

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Sometimes our favorite movies and TV shows feature some hideously ridiculous dialogue. And this nonsensical and melodramatic speech is part of why some movies are such a guilty pleasure. Here are the 10 awesomest lines of unintentionally funny dialogue from science fiction and fantasy movies and television. Read more...

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Finally some news to be thankful for! Independence Day 2 is officially greenlit. And now we can catch up with all our favorite characters. Like President Bill Pullman, the Levinson family and grown up Mae Whitman (who played the president's daughter). However, there's also some bad news. Read more...

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Holiday traveling couldn't be easier, thanks to the fact that I'm from the future and have access to insanely advanced matter-teleportation technology. And even though all of you reading this are disgusting, backwards simpletons, I'm delighted to give you my Top 10 Turkey-Day Teleporter Travel Tips! Hang on!Read more...

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Ever since Star Wars, the special effects industry has taken us to amazing new worlds and recharged our sense of wonder. It's also grossed us the frak out. Exploding heads, severed limbs, strange mutilations... Here are the 20 most disgusting special effects of all time. Warning: NSFW!Read more...

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Yesterday BBC News' 'Magazine' section posed an interesting question: has Lego's growing success stifled the toymaker's imagination-driven products?Read more...

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We'll probably never run out of things to say about video games. Which games are interesting, which games are maddening, which games are provocative, which games are boring. That's all well and good, but sometimes, you just want to know which games are best.Read more...

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The discovery is a boost for the Panspermia Hypothesis — but it's a potential nightmare for scientists concerned about interplanetary contamination. Read more...

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Psychologists and sociologists point out all the ways that human beings are far less rational than we like to consider ourselves. Sometimes, though, their analysis is blind to some of the factors humans consider automatically. And this paradox proves it.Read more...

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When IDW's new Jem and the Holograms comic arrives in March, the princesses of pop-rock will be sporting a brand new style, courtesy of artist Ross Campbell. Check out the cover for the first issue and the new looks of Jem, the Holograms, the Misfits, and more!Read more...

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It's Thanksgiving, which means it's time to be thankful for morons who attempt to fry their own turkeys. Here they are: The very best of the biggest Turkey Fryer Fails we found on the internet. Be safe!Read more...

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As if the freakishly advanced Antikythera Mechanism wasn't astounding enough, a new analysis suggests the astronomical device is older than archaeologists assumed.Read more...

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Oh thank the Maker. After a great deal of posturing that they were only going to release the trailer for one of the most anticipated movies of all time in a mere handful of theaters, Disney has finally admitted — or relented — that the Star Wars Episode VII trailer will be available online tomorrow, too.Read more...

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