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King Herod's most ambitious project was Herodium, a fortified palace on top of a hill in the Judean desert. Honeycombed with passages and chambers, it also became his mausoleum. Now, archaeologists have found a resplendent, 65-foot corridor to provide the royal entourage direct entry into the palace courtyard.Read more...

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It's Toy Soul 2014 in Hong Kong this weekend, and that means there's amazing new toys to be seen from some of Asia's best collectibles makers. Here's some of the amazing new toys from the likes of Sentinel, ThreeZero, Hot Toys and more at the event.Read more...

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Repo Man came out 30 years ago, but it remains one of the weirdest, and most beloved, cult movies of all time. But how did this genre-smashing comedy, about a punk kid who starts repossessing cars only to find one very special car, ever get made in the first place? Join us on a look inside the strange journey of Repo Man.Read more...

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In the board game version of the popular Witcher video game series, you and your friends travel around a war-torn realm, completing quests for victory points. Though it has some very clever elements, the game is crippled by poor design decisions. Here's how I'd fix it.Read more...

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Finally! Our party is here to bring you the present you really want this season: Lots and lots of perfectly expressive GIFs.Read more...

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Deadspin Darko Milicic's First Kickboxing Match Came To A Gross End | Gawker "He's 12! He's 12!" Video Captures Plainclothes Cop Punching Suspect | Gizmodo The Weirdest Stuff We've Launched Into Space | Lifehacker What to Do When You're Stuck at Life's Loading Screens Read more...

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In December 1999, NASA launched the Terra satellite to collect climate data. It would be the first spacecraft in a fleet of 18 Earth-observing satellites that, over the last 15 years, have opened up a new era of exploration of our home planet. To celebrate, the space agency has compiled some of its most stunning gifs.Read more...

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Scientists exploring the deepest place on Earth — the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean — have captured footage of a never-before-seen fish at a record depth of 26,722 feet (8,145 meters). Read more...

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A casting call sheds a surprising light on Batman v. Superman's take on Bruce Wayne. Andy Serkis debunks a bunch of rumors about his Star Wars role. Evangeline Lilly says some intriguing things about Ant-Man, and there's a look at Jessica Chastain in Crimson Peak. Plus the first look at Neil Patrick Harris in American Horror Story. Spoilers now!Read more...

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Sony's just completed a deal that brings Robert Rodriguez's dream project — a live action version of Frank Frazetta's Fire and Ice — to the big screen. This is passion project for Rodriguez, who has been trying to make this homage to his friend for years. And it looks like it will finally happen.Read more...

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We love Krampus, the dark side of Santa, who punishes the naughty while Santa rewards the nice. But not everyone is aware of this Germanic folktale, leaving Christoph Waltz to act as an ambassador for the creature. He's right: the Elf on a Shelf just does not compare. Read more...

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What a difference a wavelength makes: On the left is the M82 Galaxy as seen in the visible light spectrum, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope — and the image we most associate with that galaxy. On the right is an x-ray image of the same galaxy, taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.Read more...

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Contrary to earlier rumors that Mark Wahlberg's first appearance in the Transformers franchise, Wahlberg himself has said that he's contracted for a "couple" more and that he expects to be back on the set "soon." Read more...

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As far as I know, we still haven't gotten the new Space Battleship Yamato 2199 TV/movie series in the United States, even after it aired a whole season in Japan. But now, there's a follow-up movie, Star-Voyaging Ark, in which the Yamato gets hit with a weapon called the Flame Direct Attack Cannon, that can "transcend space."Read more...

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In the distant future, humanity is enslaved, forced to fight in the gladiators' ring for the amusement of robot audiences. But something unexpected happens when the robots pit their ultimate warrior, Carl, against the humans' Space Jesus.Read more...

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posted about 21 hours ago on io9
The SpaceX cargo run to the International Space Station and associated attempt at soft-landing the Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge is delayed until January 6, 2015. The delay will allow for investigating a problematic static fire test, but will push back the flight until after the holidays.Read more...

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Maika Monroe — so great as the goth waitress in The Guest — returns to genre turf in writer-director David Robert Mitchell's It Follows. Behold the new, synth-tastically scored trailer, and see why the label "STD horror" so eerily applies.Read more...

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posted about 22 hours ago on io9
When you check into a hospital your risk of infection rises, and research suggests a major source for these infections are the safety railings on hospital beds. Researchers in Santiago Chile think they have a solution: Replace the usual bedrails with copper ones, which have anti-microbial properties.Read more...

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This little girl has a rather, well, unorthodox relationship with the Grim Reaper. If this image inspires you, write a story that tells us what on Earth is going on here.Read more...

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The world's most powerful computers can't perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease. Meet the neuroscientists who are starting to explain this remarkable abilityRead more...

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Money comes in every size, shape, and color imaginable. But your credit cards — though they may be remarkably different in how they work — are probably remarkably consistent in terms of size. Why is that?Read more...

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The U.K. is set to be the first country in the world to legalize a controversial three-parent reproductive technique. Read more...

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Science fiction and fantasy are supposed to be mind-expanding and thoughtful — but sometimes these genres fall prey to dumb stereotypes. So it's always thrilling when they manage to rise above and do something different. What's the best example of genre storytelling that avoids (or subverts) a stereotype?Read more...

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If any character has changed for the worse on The 100 while living on the ground, it's Finn. But this week's episode reveals that Finn has always done things for love that can get him killed. The question is whether he'll manage to survive this time around.Read more...

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So we didn't especially like Ascension's first chapter, which seemed to promise one thing and then deliver another. Fortunately, the second and third chapters had better pacing and some great moments... before ending with another huge moment of WTF. Spoilers ahead...Read more...

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