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We don’t know much about Strato of Lampsacus. None of his books survived to the present day. But he might have turned western civilization towards the sciences, by teaching just the right guy in just the right way.Read more...

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Nope, it’s not a home-brewing experiment gone horribly awry in the ISS. It’s an attempt to test the resilience of kombucha, by throwing it directly against the void of space.Read more...

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One of the big takeaways when the first trailer for The Walking Dead season six was released was a role for Ethan Embry. You know him. The ’90s darling who starred in Empire Records, Can’t Hardly Wait and more? Well, we now know who he’s playing, as well as two other new characters.Read more...

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An 8-year-old boy has become the youngest recipient of a double-hand transplant. Four surgical teams worked in shifts for 11 hours to perform the operation at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Zion Harvey will have to remain on medications for the rest of his life, but his new hands are expected to function and grow as he ages. Read more...

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Fifteen years ago, researchers used high speed video to show that when a drop of water coalesces into a layer of the same liquid, it does so not instantaneously but in a matryoshka-like cascade , with each step generating a smaller drop. Now, a newly published study finds that soap bubbles do something similar.Read more...

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Serious Sam was released in 2001, but the game’s been hiding a secret for more than a decade. A player wasn’t able to put it together until they were hired by the game’s developer and asked the CEO for help.Read more...

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One of the biggest surprises of Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary special was the brief moment that Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor joined all 13 Doctors in saving Gallifrey—but now it looks like the next season of the show will explore that cameo even further, thanks to some wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey shenanigans.Read more...

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So you’ve met an awesome person who has definite boyfriend or girlfriend or just friend-friend potential. Things are going great! Until the convo turns to favorite movies, and you realize not only do your tastes completely clash ... the other person utterly hates the one film that’s most shaped your life.Read more...

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This is Caterina Sforza, one of the most infamous people of Renaissance Italy. She had many feuds, the most prominent of which was with the Borgia family. This feud resulted in an interesting rumor—that she weaponized the Plague, and tried to assassinate the Pope with it.Read more...

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If there’s one thing we can definitely say about the future of Ghostbusters, it’s that we don’t know what’s going on. The Paul Feig movie is shooting but after that, rumors have continually surfaced then been debunked. Now, the Channing Tatum Chris Pratt team up rumor has risen from its grave.Read more...

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The recent Suicide Squad footage gave us a glimpse of Batman’s cameo in the film —but there’s even more to it than we realized. A new interview with Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder and his collaborators has revealed a lot more about how these films will connect up.Read more...

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This week, an open letter was presented at an AI conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina calling for a ban on autonomous weapons. The letter has been signed by nearly 14,000 prominent thinkers and leading robotics researchers, but not everyone agrees with its premise. Here’s the case against a ban on killer robots, and why it’s misguided.Read more...

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Zoo, the show about mysterious animal attacks around the globe, has shown signs of taking itself too seriously—but deep down, this show knows it’s ridiculous. Exhibit A: the punny title of last night’s episode (“Blame It on Leo”), along with its somewhat lighter tone.Read more...

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What if I told you that half of the studies published in scientific journals today – the ones upon which news coverage of medical advances is often based – won’t hold up under scrutiny? You might say I had gone mad. No one would ever tolerate that kind of waste in a field as important – and expensive, to the tune of roughly US$30 billion in federal spending per year – as biomedical research, right? After all, this is the crucial work that hunts for explanations for diseases so they can better be treated or even cured.Read more...

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The cream inside your Twinkie is not the same thing as the cream inside that eclair at the fancy French bakery—we know that, because real cream goes bad after a while, and can’t sit on shelves for months. So what’s really inside that Twinkie? (And are you sure you really want to know the answer?)Read more...

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Today, the crimes of Hannah Ocuish would be readily explained, if not outright forgiven. Her childhood incorporated all the clichés and every demographic of the youthful offender: poverty, neglect, ignorance, discrimination. Taken together, they ensured that Hannah would be a naughty little girl indeed.Read more...

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The fifth Mission Impossible movie comes out on Friday—and you’ve already seen the absolutely batshit, life-threatening stunt where Tom Cruise hangs off an airplane in flight. The without-a-net, potentially deadly stunts have become a trademark of the series—see for yourself, with our video roundup.Read more...

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Edge of Tomorrow is one of those movies we haven’t stopped thinking about since we saw it. It seems the same is true for Tom Cruise. In a new interview, the film’s star admitted he has an idea for a sequel, which he recently pitched to the film’s writer and director.Read more...

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You may have noticed something a little odd happening at your meat counter. Most meat prices, especially for chicken and pork, are down—but beef prices are surging. Just what’s going on here?Read more...

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Paleontologists have known for years that Tyrannosaurus Rex and other closely related theropods had jagged teeth to help them chew through flesh. But close inspection of crack-like features at the base of these serrations has revealed there’s more to these fearsome teeth than previously believed.Read more...

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What makes a hero? Is it bravery? Sympathy for others? Uncompromising morals? Or is it just having really terrible parents? I’m not sure about the latter, but being raised by horrible people clearly doesn’t hurt. Here are 10 moms and dads that being a good guy clearly isn’t genetic.Read more...

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There’s some damn good reading over at Popular Science right now—they’ve collected ten stories by some of science fiction’s best writers, imagining possible futures. Read more...

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Legendary Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki has created some of the most beautiful animated films—but this video tribute takes some of Miyazaki’s most-loved characters and puts them into a 3D world. The result gives you Miyazaki like you’ve never seen him before.Read more...

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A group of chimpanzees has been observed eating clay. Scientists think that they’re after the clay because it contains a very important element that helps neutralize problematic parts of their diet.Read more...

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