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Max Barry's book Lexicon was voted fourth best science fiction novel of the year by Goodreads, and now he's put together a (mostly serious) list of steps you'll want to take to become a writer of great science fiction.Read more...

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Remember Falling Skies? It's coming back, in a couple months. And this time around, the Second Mass is even more bedraggled than ever, judging from this promo. Also, Tom and Anne's half-alien daughter is apparently already fully grown, and still creepy. Read more...

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The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array consists of 66 individual 12-meter diameter and 7-meter radio telescopes that can be moved to zoom in on a patch of sky. But how do they move those beasts around the desert?Read more...

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Last night, the television adaptation of Game of Thrones changed an already disturbing scene from the books into an even upsetting moment on screen . And now, book author George R.R. Martin is weighing in. Read his response. Warning: Spoilers ahead!Read more...

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Yes, "The Web of Fear" is the most recent Doctor Who serial to be rediscovered, and now it's available for viewing for the first time since it aired back in 1969. Plus the best Spider-Man cartoon ever, giant surfing robots and more, all in this week's home video releases!Read more...

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For over a hundred thousand years, humans evolved in small, roving bands of a few dozen people. But then, about ten thousand years ago, we started living in cities that were far bigger than any tribe or band. Our minds had to change to cope with the population overload.Read more...

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Are cats geniuses? No doubt you believe firmly in Fluffy's dolphin-like IQ, but it turns out that science just doesn't have a very good sense of how intelligent cats really are. Because cats are as cooperative with scientists as they are with the rest of us puny humans. Read more...

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Transcendence was just the latest piece of pop culture to depict wrongheaded scientists playing God, and a lot of people complained about its anti-science message. But that made us wonder: Does a cautionary tale about science have to be anti-science?Read more...

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President Obama goes full monster face while reading Where The Wild Things Are to a group of children during the annual White House Egg Roll. Wonderful. Read more...

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Typically, astronomers observe the dimming of a star whenever an exoplanet passes in front of it. But what could possibly cause a star to periodically increase its illumination when an object passes in front? The answer, say scientists, is a newly confirmed phenomenon known as "self-lensing."Read more...

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Can a corporation claim to have religious beliefs? The Supreme Court will rule on that contentious question later this year. To answer, the justices may also have to address whether human life begins when an egg is fertilized, or when that egg is implanted in a womb.Read more...

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Per Johansen's photographs of meat and vegetables stuffed into clear bottles are at once fascinating and grotesque, showing foods in arrangements that may make you lose your appetite.Read more...

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There's the "big 5" of African game animals: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Most people area also obsessed with giraffes and zebras, and occasionally crocodiles and meerkats and hyenas. But for such a large charismatic critter, folks tend to forget the noble hippo.Read more...

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Many people have made light of Captain James "Alien Banger" Kirk, and his crotch-first approach to diplomacy. It turns out that he might have the right idea. Attraction very often helps us come to a peaceful solution during conflicts.Read more...

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Batman's next straight-to-DVD animated adventure is set in the Arkham Asylum videogame universe, although you'd be hard-pressed to tell from this trailer. Still, watching the Suicide Squad get caught between Batman and the Joker seems like a good time no matter what.Read more...

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Yesterday the folks over at Vox published an article arguing that generations should be defined by the technology they use, rather than by age. They included a graph that purported to show how American society is "adopting new technology more quickly than ever before." The graph is garbage. And here's why.Read more...

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Grave of the Fireflies is among the best anime and best war movies ever made. Powerful and essential. Get the Blu-ray today for $13. [Best Buy]Read more...

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15% of the American public has doubts about the safety and efficacy of childhood vaccines; 51% question the validity of the Big Bang theory. These are among the most noteworthy findings from a newly-published survey that asked people to rate their confidence in several statements about science and medicine.Read more...

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We've seen fan filmmaker remakes of Star Wars and RoboCop , and now a huge group of animators are doing the same thing for Sailor Moon. They are pooling their talents to remake every shot of a single episode of the show in a variety of styles.Read more...

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In 1907, food manufacturers used sulfuric acid to control the pH of molasses and fermented drinks derived from molasses. As food regulation got tougher, these manufacturers had to prove that their additives were not dangerous. Read more...

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Of the many horror stories we hear about GMOs, few are as heart-rending as the one about how nearly 300,000 Indian farmers have killed themselves over failed cotton crops. What's also horrible is that the story is a complete fabrication.Read more...

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M.R. Carey's new novel The Girl With All The Gifts comes to the United States in June — but it's already gotten massive acclaim in the U.K., and it's one of our favorite books this year. In a special essay, Carey explains why there are so many creepy dead children in horror, and what they mean.Read more...

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When a robot finds himself low on battery life, he decides to "borrow" a little juice from a much larger mech. But the massive mechanical creature is none too pleased about being used as a charging station.Read more...

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In less than 20 years, the internet went from the provence of the very few to the kingdom of the many. This map shows just how the internet spread, quickly and across borders, all around the globe.Read more...

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Traditionally, it's damsels who need saving, what with their pretty dresses, bosoms and emotions. Men, on the other hand, are theoretically strong and self-sufficient… which is why it's so satisfying whenever these tables turned. Here are seven dudes who would be dead without their infinitely more competent damsels.Read more...

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