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The baobab tree is one of nature’s weirder creations. With its branches high overhead like a set of upside down roots, it looks like it was plucked straight from a Dr. Seuss book. But something even weirder is happening inside.Read more...

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Following on last year’s beautiful animated short “Duet,” Google just pushed out a sweet little short from Justin Lin, best known as the director of several films from the Fast and Furious franchise.Read more...

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In the wake of news that scientists in China modified the DNA of human embryos , a number of scientists and bioethicists have called for a global moratorium on experiments that could alter the human germline. The White House has come out in support of such a ban — for now. Read more...

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The question “What would you do if you traveled back in time?” is often synonymous with the question “What would you change about the past?”. But time travel is a rich subgenre, and some of its most interesting stories aren’t about changing the past — they’re about exploring it, so we can better understand ourselves and our history.Read more...

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Earlier this year, five people went to Iceland with a mission: take some of the best, most unique cosplay photos on the planet. What they came home with does not disappoint.Read more...

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Box jellyfish are probably best known for their sting – the venom from a few species’ nematocysts, or stinging cells, can kill a person. Nematocysts are usually found on tentacles, but a new study suggests that one species has made them an integral part of their sexual system.Read more...

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“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it ricocheted around the internet and beyond, making news in more than 20 countries and half a dozen languages. It was discussed on television news shows. It appeared in glossy print, most recently in the June issue of Shape magazine (“Why You Must Eat Chocolate Daily”, page 128). Not only does chocolate accelerate weight loss, the study found, but it leads to healthier cholesterol levels and overall increased well-being. The Bild story quotes the study’s lead author, Johannes Bohannon, Ph.D., research director of the Institute of Diet and Health: “The best part is you can buy chocolate everywhere.”Read more...

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Ready your “Holy Tilda Swinton!” gifs, because Holy Tilda Swinton: The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Tilda Swinton will have a part in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. It’s for none other than Stephen Strange’s mysterious magical teacher, the Ancient One!Read more...

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You really can find anything on the Internet, and in the case of Toril Orlesky’s webcomic Hotblood!, that’s a pretty cool phenomenon. After all, where else are you going to the tale of a centaur trying his luck in the American West and his attraction to his caddish, amoral employer?Read more...

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Leaving the house is overrated. Sure, there are like, flowers, and friends, and fun things to do out there, but also you have to wear sunscreen, and spend money to do the fun things, and sometimes you have to talk to strangers when you don’t feel like it. And WORSE, you can’t always wear the exact outlandish amazing makeup you’re in the mood for because of stuff like “professionalism” and “appropriateness;” dreary awful things that plague the outside places. But at home? You are free! Free to wear all the facepaint you please, and it’s all for you, baby: you, your mirror, and any fortunate souls you happen to share a pic with online. Too much? For you? NEVER.Read more...

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I know they’ve been ridiculed. I know some people think they’re ew . Thing is, I don’t believe in judging things on blind emotion. I believe in data. So I recruited two of my friends and their partners, all of whom have a really good sense of humor, to test some female condoms for me.Read more...

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I mean, Alien or not, what else are you going to put eggs in other than an egg carton?Read more...

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Star Wars Battle Pod might not be good enough to justify paying $35,000 to have at home, but there’s no denying it’s the most fun I’ve had with an arcade game in years.Read more...

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Earlier today, a NYC judge heard arguments on the rights of two chimps being used for science experiments. During the two-hours of proceedings, the president of the Nonhuman Rights Projects described the chimps as “autonomous and self-determining beings.” A decision on their fate is expected in one to two months. Read more...

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Ever read about the discovery of a new protein in a virus coating, and think, “I know that must matter to someone, but who?” It matters to the people who make antivirals. Each newly discovered protein could allow them to take control of viruses like puppeteers. Here’s how anti-virals work, and why they’re amazing.Read more...

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Over at Barnes & Noble’s science fiction blog, regular io9 contributor Andrew Liptak writes about the origins of the Expanse series. (And visiting the set of the TV show!) And he explains how Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham (aka James S.A. Corey) began this world as a role-playing game.Read more...

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The Montreal Protocol of 1987 placed strict controls on the release of ozone-depleting substances. A new study now shows what would have happened to the ozone layer in the absence of this critically important international treaty — and it wouldn’t have been pretty.Read more...

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What would it really be like to eat how our ancestors ate? If you’re envisioning hot loaves of bread, greens plucked from the ground, and chicken fresh from the yard, then Rachel Laudan’s piece on the history of fast food’s earliest precursors will expose you to a table much darker and more complicated than expected.Read more...

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DC heroes and villains alike are ditching their old wardrobes for snazzy new threads ahead of the company’s new post-Convergence wave of comics releasing next month. Cyborg is the newest character to have a makeover — one that looks uncannily that slick new Terminator from Terminator Genisys.Read more...

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If you poke around online, you’ll find someone claiming authoritatively that humans can distinguish 10,000 odors. Unfortunately, that’s not true. It’s based on an experiment from the 1920s, that tried — and failed — to quantify smell. But here’s how it became a pop fact.Read more...

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After a certain age, reading aloud pretty much comes to a dead halt and this is mostly a pretty good thing. There are some books, though, that make you want to make an exception.Read more...

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In this NSFW Comedy Central video, Bill Nye — with the help of some familiar faces — explains how the Universe is a force that sends “cosmic guidance” to white women their 20s.Read more...

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ merchandising extravaganza begins three whole months before the film is out — but before that, there’s the inevitable leak of figures onto eBay from Chinese manufacturing facilities. And such a leak, if true, may give us our first look at a Force Awakens action figure.Read more...

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