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When King Louis XVI was beheaded in the early days of the French Revolution, it is said that a handkerchief soaked in his blood was placed in this gourd (pictured). Now a group of Spanish geneticists have sequenced DNA in the blood, to find out whether it's truly from the king.Read more...

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Our favorite science fiction and fantasy films seem to have burst into existence fully formed, already perfect. So it's weird when you realize that a lot of the best movies had the biggest false starts and dead ends. Here are 12 much-loved movies that had very different storylines early on in their creation.Read more...

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HBO is teaming with director Ridley Scott to make Pharaoh, a show about aliens hanging out in ancient Egypt, making pyramids, and presumably getting worshipped as animal-headed gods by the local populace.Read more...

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Oh my god, last night's episode, "Seeing Red," was amazing! That was the kind of crazy, twisted episode that completely jolts an entire season. I can't even go on without spoilers, so let's just go to the recap. I mean, damn!Read more...

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posted about 12 hours ago on io9
During the 1940s, the denizens of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, worked for the Manhattan Project, developing atomic weapons in their government-owned city. They went about their daily lives in the shadows of billboards exhorting them not only to support the war effort, but also to keep quiet about their jobs.Read more...

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Space is full of mysteries, but one in particular has been weighing on our minds lately: How's the food up there? We're taking a look at how space meals get made, the best astronaut food hacks, and the experiment that showed just where the best french fries in the galaxy would really be found. Read more...

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It looks good! Everything is really awesome in the first-ever clip from all Lego-ized Simpsons episode (wait a few minutes into the video; the clip is at the end). Read more...

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The Air Force is simplifying how it grades nuclear-missile officers who are authorized to key in launch codes. The service has "made the monthly [certification] test pass-fail," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh announced, though he declined to say what percentage of correct answers would be needed to pass.Read more...

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posted about 13 hours ago on io9
We had assumed that Rob Letterman's (Gulliver's Travels) Goosebumps movie would contain a few monsters. Instead, it will feature ALL of the classic Goosebumps monsters. We also did not expect horror author R.L. Stine to play a major character in the movie!Read more...

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Countries in Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa are witnessing a surge in violence. A major challenge confronting global efforts to prevent and reduce these conflicts is curbing the availability of small arms and light weapons. The full scope of that challenge is revealed in this astonishing interactive infographic.Read more...

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In the short film Bulb, a very small man lives in a model solar system where all of the planets orbit along physical tracks. So when an object comes hurtling toward his miniature world, he has to get to work.Read more...

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There's a reason that the first word in the next game based on 20th Century Fox's sci-fi horror franchise is singular. Alien: Isolation will be taking its cues from Ridley Scott's slower, more atmospheric 1979 original. That means no space marines and no P5000 power loader. Just you and one big, scary Xenomorph. Which you won't be able to kill.Read more...

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In the mid-1950s, Dr. Lyle B. Borst—a physics professor at the University of Utah who had formerly been a reactor designer with the Atomic Energy Commission—and his students in his Physics 280 Nuclear Technology course had a great idea. Read more...

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Winter may be over, but Lake Superior is unexpectedly still covered in ice, which is up to 18-inches thick in some spots.Read more...

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As suspected, the third Hobbit movie is officially getting its subtitle changed from "There and Back Again". But instead of the rumored "Into the Fire," New Line has announced the movie shall henceforth be known as The Battle of the Five Armies. Peter Jackson explains...Read more...

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There's not a ton of new footage in this new international trailer for Godzilla. Also, it's weirdly heavy on the Aaron Taylor-Johnson for some reason. But I'm reasonably certain the new shots included here will still blow you away.Read more...

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Last week, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) ended its mission as planned, by smashing into the far side of the moon. But even though LADEE is deceased, it's not alone. Other spacecraft — including parts of some we might not know about — share the same resting place.Read more...

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Gawker George Clooney and Steve Wynn Got in a Big Drunk Fight in Las Vegas | Jalopnik Here's Some Stuff No One Else Will Tell You About The Lambo Aventador | Jezebel Chase Bank Is Shutting Down Porn Actors' Bank Accounts | Lifehacker Is Buying a Home Worth It?Read more...

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Mark Ruffalo tweets from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Director Matt Reeves explains what Dawn of the Planet of Apes is really about. Max Brooks is bringing Extinction Parade to television. Plus, a behind-the-scenes look at Jurassic World. Spoilers now!Read more...

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posted about 17 hours ago on io9
A shallow magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit offshore of Vancouver Island, British Columbia on Wednesday night. That's larger than the Christchurch earthquake and was felt hundreds of kilometers away in Vancouver, yet no damage or injuries were reported. Why? Location, location, location.Read more...

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Artist Nychos has already dazzled us with his grand anatomical murals . Now he turns his paintbrush to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, stripping our heroes of their skin and shells and show us their mutant innards.Read more...

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Aw, this trailer for the comedy short The Portal is adorable. And not just because it has Tahmoh Penikett and Erin Karpluk in it. Yes they are both cute, but their little bantery "wizard stuck in a weird mundane world" shtick is adorable. Read more...

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Maximum water levels in New York harbor during major storms have risen by nearly two-and-a-half feet since the mid-19th century. That means the chances of water spilling over the Manhattan seawall are at least 20 times greater than they were 170 years ago.Read more...

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Star Wars fans should count themselves lucky that George Lucas found talented sound designer Ben Burtt to bring the audible portion of his scifi universe to life. Because as this video proves, Star Wars would have been a much different movie with a less talented foley artist in charge.Read more...

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