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This experiment involves two liquids and a machine that will jiggle them. That’s all. So how does it create a family of “worms” that branch out from and interact with each other? Check out this incredible video.Read more...

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Just off the coast of Noli, Italy, tethered twenty feet below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea, hover five bulbous biospheres filled with plants, light, and warm, wet air.Read more...

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Given the vastness of space, it may only be a matter of time before we make contact with intelligent extraterrestrials. But how might an alien civilization react to such a monumental meet-and-greet, and can we possibly know their intentions? Here’s what we might expect.Read more...

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Some of the coolest movies ever made are short animated features. In a shorter film, without the constraints of live-action, you can let your imagination run wild. That’s why it’s totally worth giving your support to the Animation Show of Shows Kickstarter campaign, which ends in 11 hours.Read more...

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One of the most iconic elements of Magic: The Gathering is the tiny snippets of lore written on the bottom of each card, known as “flavor text” to fans. These bits of story are frequently funny, but just as often they can be haunting. Here are 12 bits of flavor that turn good Magic cards into memorably creepy ones.Read more...

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I was twelve the first time I read Stephen King’s The Stand. My dad read it before I did. We were on vacation, and I saw him with the paperback, the edition with the silver binding and blue-black cover. There was a face on the cover—a mysterious, spooky sort of face, creepy and weirdly beautiful. I saw that face, and it worried at me, the way grown-up things always worried me back then. The sort of worry that’s like an itch you can’t help scratching.Read more...

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In 1957, the Nevada Test Site saw a series of nuclear explosions that, according to legend, launched a manhole cover into space. Except it probably didn’t. Here’s where the story came from—and why the inadvertent source of the story has been trying to stop its spread for years.Read more...

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First of all, I should preface this by saying I’m no rocket scientist. Anyone who has ever seen me attempt to open a carton of milk can attest to this. But that doesn’t mean I can’t daydream. And today I’m daydreaming about how China could land on the moon as quickly and cheaply as possible. Within five years, let’s say.Read more...

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We’ve seen a few promo shots and lots of paparazzi shots but now, for the first time, photos from the actual movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are online.Read more...

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After 76 hours of solar-powered flight, pilot Andre Borschberg has set a new record for the longest non-stop solo trip without having to refuel.Read more...

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You might use GURPS to play a fantasy campaign, then try a cyberpunk campaign, then switch to superheroes next. Or you might just have a wizard with a machine gun alongside a psi-mutant cyborg on a Sherman tank. That’s the power of GURPS. Read more...

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The essential Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary Blu-ray is a steal at $10 today. [Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary, $10]Read more...

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On evolution, genetically-modified foods, animal research, and global climate change, America’s scientists are almost all going one way—and the general public is going the other. Read more...

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Gawker A Comprehensive List of Everyone Trying to Sever Ties With Donald Trump | Gizmodo What Are the Strange Spots on These Brand New Images of Pluto? | Jalopnik Here’s What You’ll Actually See When Driving Around Japan | Kotaku Sources: Warner Bros. Knew That Arkham Knight PC Was A Mess For Months |Read more...

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Puffer fish poisoning has claimed many victims. While the fish’s poison was well-known to the people who lived near its habitat, explorers ate it without a second thought. This proved bad for them, but much worse for their pigs.Read more...

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New Jersey’s eerie “Watcher” mystery has a precedent: In 1976, the citizens of Circleville, Ohio began receiving sinister handwritten letters. The anonymous author knew many personal details about each resident and claimed to be watching them. They were postmarked from Columbus, without a return address.Read more...

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Channing Tatum talks about preparing to play Gambit. Fear The Walking Dead is all about families. Syfy announces a strange new horror series. Plus, what’s to come on Zoo and Under the Dome, more Fantastic Four footage, a female director returns to Doctor Who, and Agent Carter hits Comic-Con. Spoilers get!Read more...

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Bad signs for Hannibal fans: the contracts for stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen have expired. Although both apparently love the show and would make a new deal if a home for the show was found, Deadline lists the number of challenges a fourth season faces. There are quite a few.Read more...

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This is a photo of Geophilus hadesi, a centipede found in caves that reach 4,7000 feet underground. The bug-phobic have every right to do a full body shudder right now. Read more...

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When a couple approached Singapore-based photographer Mezame Shashin-ka about doing a Star Wars-themed photoshoot, the results, which mingled real people, action figures, and a fair amount of post-production are damn impressive.Read more...

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Video editor Ryan Shukis has re-edited a bunch of Disney movies to create the trailers that would market Disney animated films to grown-ups. His latest is The Lion King, which takes on a much more heartwarming tone than in the original trailer.Read more...

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What would Herman Melville have made of Larry Niven’s huge space mega-engineering project? You don’t have to wonder any longer.Read more...

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The upcoming King Kong prequel, Kong: Skull Island, took a gorilla sized gut punch Wednesday when two of its leading actors, Michael Keaton and JK Simmons, left the project. Read more...

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A new report based on data from 34 countries finds many women around the world are severely mistreated during childbirth. “They are slapped and pinched during labor, yelled at, denied pain medicine, neglected and forced to share beds with other women who just gave birth,” the NYT reports. “And that is just a partial list.”Read more...

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