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We know they're not sugar, but artificial sweeteners still have a way of making us taste sugar (or at least something close to it). But just how do they do that?Read more...

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The Pentagon funnels billions of dollars into a handful of defense contractors. But the technology that the military really wants is largely being produced by commercial companies with cutting-edge R&D departments. The military-industrial complex as we know it is coming to an end.Read more...

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For the first time ever in humans, neuroscientists have penetrated the stubborn barrier that protects the brain from toxins in the bloodstream. The breakthrough means that doctors can now deliver drugs to previously inaccessible parts of the brain, making it easier to treat cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. Read more...

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Attack on Titan, Part 2: Limited Edition is down to $52 today, and the deal on the standard edition from earlier in the week is still around.Read more...

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The ancient Egyptians built the pyramids to inspire awe, but could they have known that they would also inspire idiocy? For millennia, individuals have gazed upon these edifices, seeing them not as they are, but as projections of their own beliefs. Here are ten of the strangest theories—no aliens required.Read more...

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As the collector's market for action figures has grown, it's been unsurprising to see the rise of toys based on 'adult' properties - almost everything has action figures these days. But after a Florida mother saw Breaking Bad toys in her local Toys R Us, media attention has seen the figures pulled from shelves.Read more...

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The latest installment of MinutePhysics tackles the enduring question of why the sky appears blue, and the less common (albeit related question) of why the sun appears yellow.Read more...

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Researchers from the NOAA have discovered two sunken vessels from a Second World War convoy battle about 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina. The German U-boat 576 and a merchant ship, Bluefields, were found just a few hundred yards apart. The find shows just how close the war came to American shores.Read more...

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While the variety of candies seems endless, all of them fall into two main categories: crystalline (typically soft and creamy) and non-crystalline (generally hard and brittle). The deciding factor is how the preparation process manipulates the sucrose molecules within sugar. Mmm, crystallization.Read more...

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Last week, we discussed if Marvel Studios was finally doing something wrong . This week, we discuss if DC Comics is about to do something very right. The end times are truly approaching, my friends! Also, I answer a GamerGate question in a discussion that hopefully won't want to make you kill yourself. Read more...

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Abandon all hope, all ye who enter here. This is the first look at Disney's Into the Woods Big Bad Wolf, and that is definitely Johnny Depp in a zoot suit with wolf ears. YIKES. Everyone else looks great, though. Read more...

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In nature, it usually pays to pack on the pounds, especially if you're male and competing for a female. But a treasure of a paper explains why male anacondas have to fight for their ladies while staying small.Read more...

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Last night's episode of Agents of SHIELD was jam-packed with twists, and huge reveals. Everybody learned at least one major bombshell, and we found out who Lance Hunter's ex-wife was. Plus both SHIELD and Hydra gained new allies, and the stakes got massively raised. Spoilers ahead...Read more...

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What is it like to date a Drow, one of the matriarchal, subterranean-dwelling dark elves of a fantasy realm? In this webcomic, the grump gnome Newman finds out when he's assigned one as his monster extermination partner and finds himself quickly falling for her.Read more...

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Last year on Halloween, "Glowy Zoey" the LED light baby toddled into our hearts and basically stole Halloween from all babies everywhere . And now this glowing cherub has returned, and she can talk! *Clutches chest* The cuteness, it's overwhelming! Read more...

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When astronomers found two planets orbiting a pulsar in 1992, it was considered the first definitive detection of planets outside our solar system. But new research reveals that, nearly a century ago, a young astronomer discovered evidence of an extrasolar planetary system — he just never realized it at the time. Read more...

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Call it "snakes on the plains." A Canadian wildlife rescue group recently collected — get this — 102 garter snakes from a single Regina, Saskatchewan home after the serpents sought shelter there for the winter. The largest snake was about three feet long — and there are still more inside the house. Read more...

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Warner Bros. has just amped up their newly named digital division Blue Ribbon Content, and with the announcement of this creation comes a whole slate of new webseries that will make you go, "Sure, why not?"Read more...

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Whether you want to cast your lot with a videogame, a card game, an RPG, a puzzle or logic game, or just a classic boardgame, we want to know your picks for the very best game of all time.Read more...

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Deadspin Video Finally Surfaces Of Willis Reed Fighting The Entire Lakers Team | Gizmodo 7 Things You Can Make Out of Yourself When You Die | Jezebel Texas Is About to Elect a Complete Wackadoo as Its Lieutenant Governor | Lifehacker How to Plant Ideas in Someone's Mind Read more...

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According to the Associated Press, Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema has spent a staggering $745 million to make the three Hobbit movies, and it's not quite done — that figure only takes us to April or so, meaning the last eight months of post-production work on The Battle of Five Armies hasn't been included yet.Read more...

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There's yet another round of Star Wars spoilers. Sean Bean gets not one, but two new roles. Interstellar is already getting rave reviews. Could two more surprising characters meet on Game of Thrones? And when will Bruce and Selina meet on Gotham? Plus major spoilers from the creators of Syfy's 12 Monkeys TV show. Spoilers now1Read more...

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For two weeks, a channel in Germany and Austria will play nothing but Star Wars. From Dec. 1 to 14, Sky Deutschland's Sky Hits digital channel will show all the six films, featurettes, and documentaries on a 24-hour loop. Enjoy the early Christmas gift, German-speakers. [The Hollywood Reporter]Read more...

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posted about 16 hours ago on io9
Three. Three deaths. Also, raise your hand if you're surprised that Henry was involved in the Jack the ripper case. Oh, no one? Good job establishing your tropes early, Forever.Read more...

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posted about 17 hours ago on io9
First contact wasn't made by some ambassador from a spacefaring species. It was just a guy out in his brand new ship, who crashed into something that shouldn't have been there. Translated, his words are "You permission from the spaceway commission to build that. THERE ARE RULES."Read more...

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