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Adventure Time has evolved a lot in four years. But the core of this whimsical post-apocalyptic fantasy cartoon has remained the same. Jake the dog has kids, but they don't change his life much. Princess Bubblegum gets young, then she's old again. But producer Adam Muto tells us the show is finally ready to make serious changes.Read more...

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Few (highly manageable) frustrations are more vexing than having an episode of your favorite TV show spoiled before you can watch it. You learn a pivotal plot point before you're ready and suddenly you're experiencing all the Kübler-Ross stages of grief. It's an ugly situation. Unfortunately, it's also an inevitable one.Read more...

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People often say that there's no such thing as an original story these days, but how right are they? Is it possible, maybe, that a good majority of western blockbusters are actually just homages or near re-tellings of anime? This post from The Daily Beast seems to think so.Read more...

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Zak Cheney-Rice at Policy Mic puts it simply: "Not one major Hollywood studio has released a 3D animated feature starring a black character." That's about to change with Home, a new DreamWorks Animation film hitting theaters in November. Read more...

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Are you caught up on Orphan Black? If not, you might want to finish your binge watching before tomorrow night's second season premiere—because it's going to spiral us into a whole new level of clone-based mysteries. Here's our spoiler-free review of Season Two's first episode.Read more...

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A fatal avalanche shook Mount Everest this morning, claiming the lives of at least a dozen Sherpa guides. Right now, geoscientist and Scientific American blogger Ulyana Horodyskyj is currently on the mountain documenting her team's ascent.Read more...

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Meet the real-life version of Walter White, a man who transported meth so he could afford treatment for his critically ill son. Unlike the famous Heisenberg from Breaking Bad, this guy has languished in jail for decades. Guernica has a great story about the effort to get him released.Read more...

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Up from the depths Thirty stories high Breathing fire His head in the sky Godzilla! Godzilla! Godzilla! And Godzookie....Read more...

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Scientists have created cloned embryonic stem cells using the nuclear material of adults. They did this by using somatic-cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), the same technique which produced Dolly the sheep. With this technique, all the genomic DNA is from the cloning target, while the mitochondrial DNA is from the egg donor.Read more...

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It's tempting to think of the universe as a meaningless repository for celestial objects like planets and stars. But an intriguing theory suggests there's much more to the cosmos than meets the eye — and that black holes play an integral role in what our universe is actually trying to achieve.Read more...

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The latest installment of Veritasium is all about the "Pyro-Board." This snazzy contraption is a mesmerizing, planar take on the Rubens' tube – a perforated tube of gas – hooked up to a gas jet and a speaker – that can turn music into beautifully patterned, leaping flicks of fire.Read more...

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Hollywood produced some 500 science fiction movies during the 1950s, and the stars of many of them were colossal mutant insects. Why were people in the mid-twentieth century obsessed with giant bugs? One economist sums up the dominant theories.Read more...

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We all know the story. The moment that computers with their lightning-quick processing power and interlinked systems gain sentience - it's judgment day. But would that really happen? Here are some psychological reasons why digital super-intelligence isn't going to be evil intelligence.Read more...

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We've been waiting for our first glimpse of Joss Whedon's tiny movie In Your Eyes for ages, and now here's a whole three minutes. The film, written by Whedon but directed by Won't Back Down writer Brin Hill, premieres this Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival. Watch the opening scene now!Read more...

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According to multiple sources, DreamWorks Animation is now developing a movie based on the Harvey Comics series Hot Stuff The Little Devil. That part isn't so shocking, since DreamWorks bought Classic Media, which owned the rights to all the Harvey Comics franchises such as Casper the Friendly Ghost and Richie Rich, back in 2011. What's interesting, though, is that sources, like the Hollywood Reporter, are suggesting the film could be DreamWorks' first CGI/live action hybrid.Read more...

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Military blogger CDR Salamander is perplexed by the breathless news coverage of the Navy's effort to turn seawater into fuel. Not only is the story two years old, there are lots of unanswered questions, such as the power requirements to make it happen, and what the EPA will say about the unspecified chemical leftovers.Read more...

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What went wrong with Transcendence? This movie was supposed to be the new science-fiction hotness. An original storyline about artificial intelligence and brain-uploading, the directorial debut of Chris Nolan's cinematographer Wally Pfister, a great cast... and yet, it's getting widely panned. Why did the A.I. revolution fail?Read more...

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There have been several recent attempts to remake the 1976 dystopian film Logan's Run, with directors like Oblivion's Joseph Kosinski and Drive's Nicolas Winding Refn attached to the project at various points. It appears that at least one of those attempts made it to the concept art stage, giving us these 21st century Sandmen.Read more...

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Scientists have found organic soil 10,000 feet beneath the ice sheet that stretches across 80 percent of Greenland. The discovery reveals that the central region of Greenland's tundra—once covered with forests—was locked away and preserved, even as the ice covering it was subjected to millions of years of global warming and cooling.Read more...

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After 8 months in space, the LADEE spacecraft mission came to a close last night when the spacecraft crash-landed into the moon's surface — just like scientists intended.Read more...

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Norwegian engineer Kåre Halvorsen has unleashed his latest creation, a spider-like robot called MorpHex MKII that can retract its six legs and transform into a rolling ball. Read more...

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It's the end of week, you know how this works: Your GIF Party is here! We want to hear all your week's news, stories, and updates all through our favorite medium of the interpretive GIF. Let the party begin!Read more...

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Few characters are as iconic as the Incredible Hulk... or so malleable. Over the years, the Hulk's been a thug, a genius, a cynical lump of cruelty; but he's best known as being the slow-witted brute. And now it appears he's changing things up again. Spoilers below on Hulk and Indestructible Hulk. Read more...

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The Curiosity Rover keeps on trekking. An image captured by the NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter offers a spectacular view of Curiosity's journey of discovery as it winds its way across the Red Planet. Read more...

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There are more rumors from Star Wars' Abu Dhabi set. Reviews are mixed for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Robopocalypse may happen soon. And the Orphan Black writers already have the endgame for the show in mind. Plus, details about the season finales of Arrow and Game of Thrones. Spoilers now!Read more...

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