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Science is currently running a special issue on "The End of Privacy." Topics range from drones the hackability of pacemakers to Facebook's freakishly accurate facial-recognition algorithm to the challenges faced by NSA recruiters looking to recruit mathematicians in a post-Snowden era. Check it out.Read more...

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There have been fewer than 100 confirmed sightings of the megamouth shark, an elusive deep-sea species that uses its huge maw to trap tiny bits of plankton and krill. So when a 15-foot specimen washed ashore in the Philippines this week, scientists were more than overjoyed.Read more...

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In this week's writing prompt, twisting tree trunks and girls in dresses coexist with giant, luminous fish. Tell us what kind of world this happens in and what is going on in this illustration.Read more...

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Time travel, as presented to us by Back To The Future, is basically a good deal: You get a hoverboard! You get to teach a gang of '50s teenagers how to rock! You get to drink sodas at completely un-ironic diners! But while a DeLorean ride through time may seem all fun and games, there's a grim fact at its center.Read more...

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Survey results published Thursday by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Academy for the Advancement of Science indicate most Americans hold science in high esteem, while revealing huge opinion gaps between scientists and the general public over issues like GMOs and anthropogenic climate change.Read more...

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Bill Gates has joined the growing chorus of concern over the potential risks of artificial superintelligence. He shared his thoughts in a recent Reddit AMA, writing: "I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don't understand why some people are not concerned." He has now added his name to an open letter warning of AI risks . Read more...

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Why does this galaxy have such a long curvy tail coming off it? That river of sunlike stars, going into deep space, was pulled away from NGC 7714 due to the gravitational pull of a galaxy passing by. Read more...

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There were a lot of great things going on in last night's The 100, but one of the most memorable aspects of the episode was pretty darn weird. While the Grounders and the Sky People prepare for a massive battle, their two girl leaders need to bond — over a very large, very hairy enemy.Read more...

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We've already ogled Mondo's fantastic new poster for Alien by Tyler Stout . But upon closer inspection the poster ALSO says, "Soundtrack Available On Mondo Records." Could we be getting a vinyl re-release of Jerry Goldsmith's Alien score? God, we hope so. [via Bloody Disgusting]Read more...

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Oh, man. As if casting David Tennant as the impossible sinister Killgrave on Marvel's upcoming Netflix TV series wasn't awesome enough, Grey's Anatomy's Rachael Taylor has joins the cast as the title character's best friend Trish "Patsy" Walker, best known as the ass-kicking supheroine Hellcat.Read more...

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With so many prominent scientists warning about the dangers of rogue artificial intelligence, and so many ethical concerns coming down the pike in A.I. research and computer science generally, how can computer experts educate themselves? By reading science fiction books.Read more...

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Gawker This Is What One Woman Learned from Reading BuzzFeed for a Day | Jalopnik Tesla Making Insanely Fast P85D Even More Insane With Software Update | Kotaku Nintendo's YouTube Plan Is Already Being Panned By YouTubers | Lifehacker Enhancement or Gimmick? Your TV's Advanced Picture Settings, Explained | Kinja Popular PostsRead more...

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"We have happy cows in Kansas," notes farmer and YouTube star Derek Klingenberg. His latest endeavor involves taking aerial images of his field as his cows mob together to create two eyes and a smiley face, guided by the almighty allure of a feed truck.Read more...

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The rise of the Lootcrate-style service for nerdy merch has just gotten big with announcement that Marvel and Funko are teaming up on a Bi-monthly subscription service to deliver toys and merchandise to your doorstep. But if you're a regularly collector of Funko's Pop! Vinyls, you might not want to get too excited.Read more...

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Yeah, you read that right. Mattel, begrudgingly admitting that maybe, just maybe, girls also like superheroes, has turned its flagship doll character into one herself. Thus when someone is in trouble, Barbie transforms from her ordinary, blonde, pink-wearing self to a super... blonde, pink-wearing superhero, I guess.Read more...

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NASA scientists have used ice-penetrating radar to create a remarkable visualization of the many frozen layers that constitute Greenland's expansive ice sheet.Read more...

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The first X-Men movie came out in 2000, long before all of our movie trailers started showing up on YouTube and clever marketing ploys could be forwarded with a click of the mouse. So the marketing department for X-Men decided to try something a bit silly: they played a joke on the people who open Congressional mail.Read more...

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Just how carefully did J.K. Rowling plot out her Harry Potter novels? Incredibly carefully, it turns out. Behold a chapter-by-chapter spreadsheet of Order of the Phoenix, covering the prophecy, Ginny and Cho, Snape, and a bunch of other stuff.Read more...

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Remember that ad campaign a while back, that was meant to show you that eggs weren't bad for you? Turns out, they understated the case. Eggs are desperately trying to save your life. The "green" on boiled eggs shows where they saved you from your own attempts at chemical warfare.Read more...

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I. "Hey Anna, do you like pizza?" I was just sitting down to dinner one evening this past November when I looked through some new Twitter notifications on my phone. My night, I realized regretfully, was about to get very, very stupid.Read more...

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For the first time in nearly a century (!), a Sierra Nevada red fox has been sighted in Yosemite National Park.Read more...

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Dammit, Ted 2 trailer, we didn't want to experience the shame of laughing at a guy knocking over a giant shelf of ejaculate. But we laughed, and now we hate ourselves for it. Read more...

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Alone on a strange planet, a solitary alien creature spots something unusual and decides to investigate. While this short film starts out trippy and strange, you'll want to watch it all the way to the end.Read more...

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Your sex characteristics were determined by X and Y chromosomes, same as most other creatures from humans to fruit flies. So why do birds and butterflies have ZW chromosomes instead? And more importantly, why does ZW produce a female bird while ZZ produces a male?Read more...

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Authors seldom discuss how much money they actually make writing science fiction or fantasy. But on her blog, Kameron Hurley breaks it down, listing all her advances and how much she actually ended up with. And she explains how winning an award can change the game, and why she won't quit her day job.Read more...

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