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A community paralyzed with fear, not knowing when an unseen presence will claim its next victim. Are we describing an epidemic or a supernatural predator? The similarity is not a coincidence in the horror story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, whose author, Washington Irving, fled a yellow fever outbreak in New York.Read more...

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo experienced an "in-flight anomaly" shortly after takeoff this morning. The suborbital space plane was conducting its first rocket- powered test-flight since January . California Highway Patrol now reports one fatality and one major injury following the accident.Read more...

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Happy Halloween, people! Tonight is the night — so paint on the makeup and get out your lattes and brooms, you Basic Witch. Here are the most jaw-dropping Halloween costumes we've found posted on the Internet this year.Read more...

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Marvel's Cinematic Universe is getting a hell of a lot bigger in the next 5 years , with new heroes joining the likes of Captain America and Iron Man in Cinemas. Don't know your Doctor Strange from your Doctor Who? Who the heck is Blackagar Boltagon? Here's your handy guide to Marvel's latest Silver Screen Superheroes.Read more...

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Halloween music is one of the greatest gifts this time of year gives us. So we've compiled 50 of our favorite scary songs — but we're fully aware we're leaving out some of the greats. If we missed your favorite, or if you have a song that must, must, must be played today, let us know!Read more...

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We have a winner. You may think that you've seen pictures of the most impressive Jack-O-Lanterns this Halloween season, but nothing could top this pumpkin illuminating a replica of the famed Rosetta Stone, which enabled scholars to finally translate Egyptian hieroglyphics.Read more...

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Happy Halloween! There's one extra Friday in this month — just enough time to sneak in one more dark story for this dark time of year.Read more...

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Halloween and this deal are both today only. [ Halloween Complete Limited Edition, $90]Read more...

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A pair of Russian scientists are proposing a radical new propulsion technique that would accelerate a rocket while in flight, by using a ground-based laser. Should it work, it could push aircraft to go beyond Mach 10. Read more...

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Fantasy epics are full of weapons with mystical powers and strange destinies. It makes sense — everybody loves a weapon with some cool attributes. But as fantasy has grown, you see the same ideas over and over. And here are 10 story ideas about mystical weapons that have been done to death.Read more...

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When you grow up in Asgard, certain Earth customs might seem perplexing. And when Thor is in the US for Halloween for the first time, it's a bit of a disaster.Read more...

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The (4.5-) million dollar question is: Should it be?Read more...

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A team of 17 divers from the NOAA has returned from a 33-day mission to remove marine debris from Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. You're not going to believe the amount of crap they had to pull out. Read more...

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Happy Halloween, people who aren't going to sleep tonight!Read more...

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In Horns, Ig Perrish grows a pair of horns, and gains a superpower that's also a terrible curse. In Joe Hill's novel, this turns into an exploration of the darkness in human nature, including misogyny and jealousy. But the new movie version, while fun, never brings enough depth to support its misanthropic premise.Read more...

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posted about 16 hours ago on io9
Just what are all those tiny, swirling dots swooping gracefully around the Earth? Are those pinprick points the ghosts of far away stars? Perhaps they are the gaseous remains of some far away nebula? Or, maybe, it's just a giant orbital swarm of trash. Read more...

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Is Halloween complete without some mysterious lights in the sky? Learn the theory behind the Hessdalen Lights, and why the reality might be scarier than visiting UFOs.Read more...

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Your first Halloween treat has arrived: J.K. Rowling has released a brand new short story all about the character you love to hate, Dolores Umbridge.Read more...

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Watching a movie is like playing roulette: we have no idea which ending we'll be seeing. Will it be the original, or another version inspired by a failed test screening, or "creative differences"? Sometimes the change is for the better; sometimes not. Here, we rank 13 alternate horror film endings from worst to best.Read more...

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Let's plays of horror games are popular for good reason: watching someone else lose it over a jump scare can be hilarious, and, in case you're a huge coward (like me), even therapeutic. There have been lots of really good videos over the years—and what better time to take a look back than Halloween?Read more...

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posted about 17 hours ago on io9
For the past year, archaeologists have been working in a 2,000-year-old tunnel at the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan. The dig has yielded thousands of new relics and the discovery of three chambers that could hold more important finds. Read more...

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Lurch on over here, GIFs! We're throwing you a party.Read more...

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It's no secret the Marvel Cinematic Universe is slowly building to an all out Captain America vs. Iron Man. This is why Captain America's third movie is called Civil War. And in this brand new Avengers: Age of Ultron clip, you can see the tension mounting. Read more...

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posted about 18 hours ago on io9
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft soared past Saturn's moon Titan, it recently caught a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off hydrocarbon seas. In the past, Cassini had captured, separately, views of the polar seas and the sun glinting off them, but this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view.Read more...

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Ars Technica's Andrew Cunningham got a chance to try out a pair of RocketSkates, a motorized pair of step-in, battery-powered skates that recently brought in over half a million bucks in Kickstarter funding. We'll admit, these things look like they could be pretty fun to use – once you got over the learning curve, anyway.Read more...

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