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So you're on a date, and the conversation turns to ghosts and UFOs, and the other person flatly declares he or she doesn't believe in that woo-woo crap. Awkward! But fear not — now there's The Amazing Kreskin's Supernatural Dating Society, aimed at making love matches 'twixt paranormal enthusiasts.Read more...

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We've got some kind of evaluation happening in this week's Concept Art Writing Prompt, by artist Johannes Holm. So what's going on? And what happens to the humans who are pulled out of line?Read more...

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If you get chemicals, from iodine to detergents, in the form of tiny little pellets, chances are they have been "prilled." What's prilling? Think about what this strange process could be. And whatever you're thinking, it's even simpler than that.Read more...

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Daryl Gregory's novels inspire reflection and conversation, but above all else they are just different and so much fun. His new book, Harrison Squared is fresh and enjoyable, and proves that he's a writer to be reckoned with.Read more...

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Starling murmurations are some of nature's eeriest and most impressive displays. But something about the in-flight behavior of this geometrically synched flock in Scotland is particularly transfixing.Read more...

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Author Brian K. Vaughan took over the Panel Syndicate Twitter feed yesterday to answer questions. He shared info on his past and upcoming projects (including a "Y for yes" on whether there's been movement on that Y: The Last Man adaptation!!), but he also dispensed a wise bit of writing advice.Read more...

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Trajan's Column in Rome commemorates Emperor Trajan's victory over Dacian Wars in 155 bas relief scenes. This stop-motion video outlines the current theory on how the towering structure was built.Read more...

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The computer revolution didn't come into people's homes overnight. There was a long period when the public was still discovering all the things they could do if they owned a computer — and this led to some truly outrageous TV ads. Check out the most hilarious and creative classic home computer ads ever made.Read more...

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On Friday, asteroid 2014-YB35 is expected to make its closest approach to Earth. Traveling at over 23,000 mph (37,000 km/h), NASA says the 6.2 mile (1,000 meter) asteroid won't get any closer than 2.7-million miles (4.4 million km). That's nearly 12 times the distance from Earth to the Moon – so relax.Read more...

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When you play Rani Mahal, you win or you die. I think. Actually, all I really know is that "Rani Mahal" is the title of an upcoming Indian TV drama — which is reportedly "inspired by" George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones.Read more...

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Ten Years ago tonight, Doctor Who returned and changed the face of British science fiction. Many elements can be credited for its continued success, but one person can never get enough credit. Christopher Eccleston, who seldom gets his props, was really the best Doctor of them all.Read more...

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Despite both being big hits on The CW, it's taken a while for Arrow and The Flash to get some great toys (we're still waiting on that Felicity Smoak from Toy Fair !). Funko are stepping in to fill the void with some new figures based on the shows... but you might want to hold off on being excited for them.Read more...

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There are definitely plenty of economists who love science fiction — Paul Krugman comes to mind immediately. But economics could still benefit from more attention to the genre, argues economist Ha-Joon Chang from Cambridge University. But Chang's reasons for recommending SF might be a bit surprising.Read more...

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Lately, it seems that there are few words in the English language that stir up as much semantic ire as "literally" does. As more and more people have been using "literally" to mean "really," some English speakers fret that the meaning of the word will change. But the truth is that it would hardly be the first.Read more...

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The new Star Wars series starring the Dark Lord of the Sith is finding a lot of success in one small conceit: Darth Vader is a lot deeper than anyone thinks.Read more...

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I can do an entire posting of nothing but why Astro City is the best super-hero comic out there. It's the history you feel of a universe that seems so long-lasting. It's the "man on the street" perspective. It's the fun of the stories and how they make you feel like these are characters around for decades. But to me, the true reason is how Kurt Busiek is nothing short of a genius when it comes to taking the classic tropes of comic books and putting a unique spin on them. And nothing shows that better than this. Read more...

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It's kind of amazing how well Alien works as a sitcom. All you have to do is add the laugh track. Read more...

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Philadelphia-based Analog Watch Co. has unveiled its latest product, a watch-like accessory that houses anywhere from three to five harvester ants. The company calls it a "living conversation piece," but it's probably just an April Fool's joke. (Please let it be an April Fool's joke!)Read more...

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We constantly get our hopes up for upcoming movies... and then they let us down. It's easy to get sucked into the hype cycle, as people talk up their projects — but sometimes, you can tell just from the way people talk about a film that it's probably not going to work. Here are eight key phrases that usually indicate danger.Read more...

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Or has Felicity Jones found her first co-pilot? Deadline reports that Ben Mendelsohn, star of Netflix's new series Bloodline and the somewhat less prominent Daggett in The Dark Knight Rises, is close to being the next actor cast in Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off Rogue One.Read more...

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Ever been a guest at a wedding and thought, "Oh, I wish this would last forever!" No? This episode will make you think that. The wedding is wonderful. The rest is very bad indeed.Read more...

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A new D&D adventure comes out on April 7th, pitting players against the forces of elemental evil in "Princes of the Apocalypse." Gale Force Nine gave us an exclusive look at the process of creating the miniatures being released to accompany the adventure, from concept art to completed mini.Read more...

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Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, gets put on the spot in this video. She's asked to describe an episode of The Real Housewives of Westeros, and it includes a romance between Sansa and Margaery Tyrell.Read more...

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If the recent news that purported samples of "Yeti hair" were actually sourced from ordinary Himalayan brown bears is still bumming you out, here's a novelty item to cheer you up: canned air from Azasskaya Cave, ground zero for Abominable Snowman sightings in Siberia. Read more...

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