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What an amazing year for cosplay! Hot dam,n you are all so talented and clever and creative it almost makes us mad. But we love you and all the great cosplay we saw this year. So as a tribute, here is a collection of our favorite cosplay moments from 2014.Read more...

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Four years ago, an account named "PewDiePie" uploaded a video to YouTube. It was about Minecraft. The video featured what sounded like a young man laughing heartily at an unlucky zombie that had gotten stuck in a tree. The commentary wasn't in English—it was in Swedish.Read more...

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Some family dramas are stranger than others. After suffering a tragedy, a grieving mother orders orders a mysterious product from the Internet. The result is that her life and her husband's go much differently than either of them planned.Read more...

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Iain M. Banks is one of my favorite science fiction writers, and we've done a guide to his Culture novels, but I still learned some new stuff from this in-depth profile of him in Kirkus Reviews by io9 contributor Andrew Liptak.Read more...

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This year, humanity landed on its first asteroid, a child was born to a woman with a transplanted womb, and a fossilized sea shell forced us to reconsider our conceptions of human culture. Those are just a taste of the 20 achievements, innovations, and advances we've selected for our roundup of 2014's biggest scientific breakthroughs. Read more...

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Meet Les Baugh, a double amputee from Colorado who lost both his arms in an electrical accident nearly 40 years ago. He's now entered into the history books by becoming the first person to ever receive two shoulder-level prosthetic arms that he can control with his mind. Read more...

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This year two big Superheroines have gone through major redesigns - Batgirl and, this week, Spider-Woman . Both designs shared a similar mantra: ditch the spandex, and get practical. But are they first steps in revitalising superhero designs into something more feasible in the 21st Century?Read more...

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A recent study out of UC Berkeley has discovered that tiny golden-winged warblers can predict impending storms — or rather, they can actually hear them approaching. Scientists hope to use what they've learned to help save lives ahead of violent weather.Read more...

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These baby Bat-eared Foxes were rescued by a farmer who discovered them when he was building a dam on his property. When the dam collapsed, they were seen struggling in the water, so he scooped them up and attempted to locate their den and/or their mother. He wasn't able to find either, so he brought them to the Cango Wildlife Ranch in South Africa for urgent care. They were only two weeks old at the time.Read more...

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The State Department has blocked the release of declassified documents about the CIA's role in the 1953 coup that overthrew Iran's democratically elected prime minister, due to the ongoing negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program. But some historians think this is a dumb decision, that could actually backfire.Read more...

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English is rich with clinical, silly, and sometimes filthy words for our naughty bits and the things we do with them. But when did words like "fart," "prick," "spunk," and "moon" enter the English language?Read more...

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Long a staple of science fiction, the idea of creating weapons that can disrupt or alter the cognitive processes of enemy combatants is starting to become reality. Inspired by recent advances in neuroscience, the U.S. military is considering the potential for "neuro-cognitive weapons". Here's what you need to know about this fascinating and frightening prospect.Read more...

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Person of Interest just ended its fall season with a hell of a cliffhanger. What happens next? We won't know until January 6, when the next episode airs. But Amy Acker, who plays Root, tells us that episode was their most challenging to film. And she also tells us the big question that lies beneath the show's fourth season.Read more...

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Don't care about those exclusive covers? You can save by preorder the standard edition of Game of Thrones Season 4 as well. [ Game of Thrones Season 4]Read more...

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Humans didn't invent the idea of combining sex and commerce. Plenty of animals are willing to mate, only if the price is right. Here are 10 animals who will offer sex for reasons other than just preserving the species.Read more...

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It's the last Crowdfund This of 2014! Let's send it off with a bang, including cool card games, awesome sci-fi and fantasy fiction, and yes, even a Harry Potter fan film.Read more...

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Researchers at the British Library have inadvertently stumbled upon what appears to be an "eccentric" architectural plan drawn by King George III. Drawn during his period of madness, it offers a bizarre glimpse into the long-reigning monarch's deteriorating state of mind. Read more...

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Last night, a cast of Hollywood actors performed a live reading of The Empire Strikes Back, with Ellen Page reading the role of Han Solo opposite Jessica Alba's Princess Leia. And when it got to the moment when Leia confesses her love to Han, the audience got to hear Han deliver his famous response.Read more...

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Star Wars: The Old Republic has never been exactly what we want it to be. Though some of us have stuck with it since its launch in December 2011, we know it's still not ideal in 2014. And so does BioWare.Read more...

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Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb begins within the Egyptian tomb of its title, but since this is the third Museum flick, there are precious few secrets left. The big reveal this time around is that the magic is wearing off — which seems a good metaphor for this joyless sequel, itself. Spoilers ahead... Read more...

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Astronaut Barry Wilmore needed a socket wrench, but there was just one problem. Wilmore is currently on the ISS, over 200 miles above the nearest hardware store. So, what did NASA do? Easy, they emailed him one.Read more...

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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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