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Today, the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan is relatively remote, known mostly for its magnificent medieval ruins. But over a millennia ago, it was one of the richest cities on the infamous trade route known as the Silk Road. Back in the 600s CE, that route was called simply "the road to Samarkand."Read more...

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The one thing Maleficent has going on for herself is style. The cape, the face, the accessories and a mean headdress. And now you can buy fashion pieces "inspired" by Disney's best big bad. Now take my money and give me that headband! Read more...

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We've seen the grim future our X-Men must face, now see what happens when they send the Wolverine back in time to save them all. It's time to get the band back together. Read more...

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Humans have been rendered obsolete, at least where the paper airplane is concerned. This machine will fold a plane and launch it, sending it straight into the recycling bin.Read more...

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Salem sees American Horror Story and raises it one blood-vomiting witch in a harness. This new supernatural historical drama looks really, really ridiculous. Read more...

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Star Trek fans proclaim their favorite series to have been sophisticated and mature — and, above all, brimming with huge philosophical questions. But was Star Trek ever really that smart? A Trek fan asked over at TrekBBS, and the responses are illuminating.Read more...

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Inspired by the drawings of cartoonist Skottie Young, Luigi Monaldi imagines Baby Hulk, Baby Wolverine, and Baby Sue Storm, but as they might look in a CG-animated film. That would be one chaotic daycare.Read more...

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Matthew Vaughn may be done with the X-Men, and Kick-Ass, but that doesn't mean he's done with comics movies. In fact, he's producing the new movie adaptation of Mark Millar's Superior — a story about a boy with multiple sclerosis who has the chance to become a superhero, if he gives up his soul. Read more...

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Just because a television show is ostensibly for children doesn't mean that the over-18 set should be forced to miss out. What are your favorite kids' shows that keep you glued to the screen, regardless of age?Read more...

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Why, he's the new Green Lantern of Sector 2813, according to Smallville Season 11: Lantern #1! But how can Clark balance his duties as Superman with being a Lantern? Plus a brand-new Ultimate Fantastic Four debuts, Kurt Cobain's alien obsession and more, in this week's comics!Read more...

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The super-skyscraper has been a dream of city planners for over a century. And these plans for mega-structures, if they ever come to fruition, would be some of the most awe-inspiring buildings the world has ever seen. Take a glimpse at the future of architecture in this gallery.Read more...

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We're used to hearing Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales translated into modern English, but what do modern stories sound like in Middle English? Medieval scholar Michael Livingston translates John Scalzi's novel Old Man's War into the language of Chaucer.Read more...

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Poor Taylor — she can't help leading aliens on. She's just constantly being misunderstood. First she's trying to seduce Drake, and he thinks she's a secret Trag agent and "let's get naked in the bathroom" is code for "let's unleash Black Cyber." Now she tries to bond with Sophia, but Sophia thinks "bond" is code for "get naked in the bathroom."Read more...

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Gawker New Photos Reveal True Purpose of Mysterious Boston Marathon Roof Man | Jalopnik This Is What It Looks Like When You Drive Through A Building | Jezebel Your Partner Knows When You're Faking That Orgasm | Kotaku Everything Wrong With The Matrix? This Could Take A While. | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...

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The worst moment in the Transcendence trailer was never filmed. The bit in the Transcendence trailer where Morgan Freeman intones that the "the fate of mankind" is at stake? That was never in the film, says director Wally Pfister. "I'd never write something like that." The marketing people recorded that line and added it.Read more...

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A new study suggests it's all downhill after our mid-twenties. By comparing the performance of 3,305 StarCraft 2 players aged 16 to 44, researchers say we reach the peak of our cognitive motor performance at the age of 24. On the positive side, they say older plays can still find ways to compensate.Read more...

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Here's a question we never thought to ask: how would Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera about the life of Jesus play with the Muppets? Now we know, thanks to the Muppet Christ Superstar album, with Kermit as Jesus, Gonzo as Judas, Miss Piggy as Mary Magdalene, and a chorus of clucking proto-Christian chickens.Read more...

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How is Reese going to get inside the secret plot to boot up the potentially evil Machine known as Samaritan? Find out, in this exclusive clip from tonight's episode of Person of Interest on CBS.Read more...

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It's not just the flavor of chocolate that appeals to the senses, it's the texture. But how is that texture achieved? It's as much a chemistry problem as a kitchen one. Read more...

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Video games based on movies, TV shows and other media are notoriously terrible, as a rule. There's just something about a game based on a story from another medium that befuddles game designers. Or maybe it's the tight deadlines. But what's the worst tie-in game ever released?Read more...

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We didn't realize how much we'd missed Warehouse 13 until it came back. And then we remembered: the previous season ended by hinting at some really dark stuff, leaving us expecting a season opener with some sharp edges. Instead, we got a return to the show's usual warm fuzzy tone. Which is what we should have expected all along.Read more...

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Fitness landscapes are an effective way of showing how well organisms are doing at reproducing. Traditionally, however, these models are static snapshots of processes that often take millennia to unfold. Now, computational biologists have created a video that visualizes these adaptive landscapes over time. Read more...

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Are you comfortable with uncertainty? Are you willing to take money from those who aren't comfortable with it? Then I have just the rigged game for you! Make money from people's uncertainties with the Ambiguity Effect.Read more...

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Space Battleship Yamato hits blu-ray April 29th, and you can pre-order for just $10. For those not keeping score, that's really, really cheap for a new release blu-ray. [Amazon]Read more...

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Last night, Dancing With the Stars went full Disney. Unfortunately there was no Fox and the Hound contemporary dance, but they did make time for Ariel to shake her mermaid-shell bra around for the kiddies. So we've ranked all the Disney dances from best to worst! Read more...

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