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Author Karen Traviss has published a slew of successful books, from her own Wess'har Wars series to a number of Star Wars, Halo and Gears of War novels. But for her new techno-thriller Going Grey, she decided to walk away from a mainstream publishing contract and self-publish. She explains why.Read more...

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Christians in America have been worried about surveillance technology for the past two centuries. Go read this terrific essay by Daniel Salas in The Appendix, about how Christians connected Satan with surveillance, starting in the mid-nineteenth century. Read more...

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In a national survey, U.S. residents said that the biggest global threat to the country today will come from extremist militant groups or nations. But they nevertheless said that other big threats include pandemics and global climate change.Read more...

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Yeah, I'm not proud of writing "feels under the Weather Wizard," but I'm too excited about the premiere of The Flash to really care. Every new bit of footage looks great, and you know Barry is going to have to dissipate a tornado by running around it in the opposite direction. That's classic Flash, my friends.Read more...

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An unprecedented genetic study of more than 150 ancient human remains has turned up new clues about the sudden extinction of Paleo-Eskimos, the earliest-known settlers of the Canadian Arctic.Read more...

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Falling Skies' latest (and penultimate) season got off to a rocky start, with Nazi reeducation camps, Tom Mason as a masked superhero, and Tom's daughter Lexi as a creepy cult-leader. But over the past few weeks, this show has seemed to find its groove again. At least somewhat. Spoilers again... Read more...

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The past and the future seem to collide in this week's writing prompt. Why is this giant mechanical creation outfitted like a medieval knight?Read more...

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Chickens tend to produce eggs in one of two colors, white and brown. But is there any nutritional difference between them? And what accounts for the difference in shell color in the first place?Read more...

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Sometimes, knowing the origin of where a character comes and how he or she got there forms an essential backdrop for a story to take place against. And sometimes, it just gets in the way.Read more...

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Hot-air balloons went from mode of transportation to relative novelty, but throughout their history, these floating vehicles have been very odd. From a balloon built for lifting a person on horseback to the hot-air balloon replica of Christ the Redeemer, here are some of the weirdest balloons ever.http://io9.com/the-most-astou... Read more...

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We've all experienced the sense of impending loss that comes when you realize a book is almost over — and you're not ready for it to end. But which science fiction or fantasy novel do you wish would just never end? So you could keep reading it for the rest of your life?Read more...

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What if the world suddenly lost the ability to go to sleep? What if the population was no longer tired? How long can the people of this hypothetical future function without sleeping? This is the premise of the new Fox series based on the novel Nod. Read more...

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Good news for people who love tiger news: This 25-day-old black tiger exists. The unnamed, cute-as-hell cub resides in Hangzhou, eastern China, where it uses a dog as a wet nurse and "owns the color of black due to pseudo-melanism," according to ChinaFotoPress.Read more...

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Growing nerve tissue and organs is a sci-fi dream — but one that's poised to become a reality. Here's the remarkable story of a pioneering researcher who has actually figured out how to grow eyes and brain cells.Read more...

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We used to have white flight. Now, in city centers, we have something that one policy researcher calls white infill. So what happens when a bunch of white people start moving in? The changes are a lot more profound than getting a new Starbucks on the corner.Read more...

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The Devil just wants to buy a few souls and call it a day, but he's constantly wrapped up in red tape. At least in this short film, he can slip away for a massage—but can he relax even there?Read more...

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The much-delayed fantasy movie starring Jeff Bridges titled Seventh Son has had three previous release dates, but now it appears to be finally ramping up for a release. And with this new monster-filled trailer, we're seeing the serious side to Seventh Son. Read more...

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Nobody explains things better than Morgan Freeman. No matter how nonsensical, crazy or profound, everything sounds better when he explains it. We only use 10 percent of our brains? Sure. A mystical prophecy? Makes sense. But just to prove it, here are nearly 40 clips of Freeman explaining stuff.Read more...

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A cautionary tale. This Buzzfeed video about "If Geek Girls Acted Like Geek Guys" may be more instructional than outright funny, but it's definitely worth watching to see the hassle that some nerdy men needlessly put nerdy women through in reverse. Read more...

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Our hearts have forever been melted by the giant singing volcano from Pixar's new short, Lava. This is but a mere glimpse, but we're already charmed. Read more...

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The number of coral species with protected status just took their biggest jump ever, from just two species to 22. NOAA described the drastically updated list as their "most extensive rulemaking ever undertaken." You can check out all 22 threatened species right here.Read more...

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Hey, remember yesterday when we heard the oddly believably rumor that Warner Bros. had instituted a "no-jokes" policy for its DC superhero movies ? Well, apparently it's actually a "no joy whatsoever" policy, if this rumor about Scoot McNairy's character is to be believed. Possible spoilers ahead...Read more...

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By studying the behavior of sheep dogs, scientists have come close to unraveling a mystery that stretches back millennia. How do these dogs get their sheep to go in one direction? The surprisingly complex answer could affect the way we deal with human crowds, too.Read more...

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Josette just started working at the crumbling and mysterious Blackford Manor, where she never sees the master and has only the other grim servants for company. But when she pokes her nose where it doesn't belong, she sees something bloody and wonders if something has befallen her master.Read more...

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