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The Society of Biology has announced the winners of its 2014 photo contest. The annual competition is open to amateur photographers, but you'll scarcely believe it after looking at these stunning photos. Read more...

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Did you know that Paul Rudd killed Michael Myers? Also, Halloween 3 really didn't have anything to do with anything? Here is the entire Halloween franchise in two minutes. Read more...

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They never built castles like we were promised in the ads on the back of comic books, but it turns out that Sea Monkeys (a.k.a. brine shrimp) might have the power to move oceans and transport nutrients to deep underwater environments.Read more...

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Does someone in your life not want to do something? Do you not care, even the slightest bit, about their wishes? Here's how to force them to complete a task they don't care about, and even feel superior while you're doing it.Read more...

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Since its first announcement or teaser trailer is released into the wild, a game is bound to make certain changes up to launch. But it can be quite revealing to see just what was left out and added into the game by comparing marketing materials to the final product.Read more...

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When Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 was released a few months ago, it introduced full deckbuilding and cards only attainable through an additional purchase. We didn't like it. An expansion for the game makes those premium cards available simply by winning matches.Read more...

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A few behind-the-scenes photos reveal two major TV show characters meeting that haven't encountered each other in the books — at least not yet, anyways. Spoilers ahead, obviousl!Read more...

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Whether your library is digital or hard copy, we want to peruse it. Tell us what books you've been reading — and which ones are coming up next!Read more...

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A Doctor Who game being released by the BBC this week requires much more than a game controller or a computer mouse. Instead, players must solve puzzles through a series of commands that teach the basics of programming and coding skills. The fate of the universe depends on your ability to help a rogue Dalek survive.Read more...

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Deadspin Anonymous NBA Agents: Nobody Wants To Play With Kobe Bryant | Gizmodo No One's Buying iPads Because iPads Are Forever | Jalopnik I Saw Firsthand How Nuts Airlines Are Getting With Ebola Fear | Jezebel Author Stalks Anonymous Blogger Who Gave Her a 1-Star Review Read more...

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We know that a specific form of magnetic stimulation to the brain can render people unable to speak. But it can get a lot more specific than that. Brain lesions can get so selective, they can knock out a particular form of grammar.Read more...

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Peter Quill's aptly titled Awesome Mix has rocked the charts this year across a variety of formats, from Digital to CD to even multiple Vinyl pressings , but Guardian fans always asked - when is coming to tape? Well, now you have your answer: The Awesome Mix is coming to its true home format next month.Read more...

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And what's going on at the Batman v. Superman red carpet? Plus, David Ayer on Suicide Squad, James Gunn on already writing Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and Melissa McCarthy ends those pesky Ghostbusters rumors. And tons of information on the Arrow and Flash crossover and their new characters. Spoilers now!Read more...

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Sharknado 3: Has This Joke Run Its Course Yet? has announced its next target and it's, well, most of the southeastern coast of the U.S. It sounds like our leads are going to be running from a sharknado that chases them. Is this a tornado of Voodoo Sharks?Read more...

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Thanks to DC's Diamond Previews solicits for January 2015, the next person to step into the green boots of Batman's sidekick Robin has been revealed. Since it's a spoiler, the reveal is after the jump — but I do feel confident the new Robin's identity will not shock you. Something else will, however.Read more...

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A lot of fantasy writers and readers will tell you that magic needs to have a clear set of rules, so you don't just have a situation where magic can do whatever the author needs it to do. A system of magic. But go too far in that direction, and you end up with something too much like technology . Read more...

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If there's one thing I learned as graduate student of thaumaturgy, it's that sometimes you choose projects that are just too big for your level of expertise. Here's a hint, people: Don't decide your thesis project will focus on awakening omniscient eyeballs before you've learned the spell for sleep.Read more...

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How do you know whether a scientific study is bogus? Over at Popular Mechanics, there's a very simple guide. Keep their six-point test in mind next time you're reading about a "scientific" study that claims it's a great idea to close borders during an epidemic.Read more...

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Joe and Irene have been testing their product, a small device that can expand into an impenetrable panic room. But Joe fears that aliens are about to attack the Earth, and that the panic room won't prove safe enough. Is this prescience or paranoia?Read more...

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We may not have known what comets were until the late sixteenth century, but humans have been recording their impressions of these orbiting ice balls for thousands of years. Some of the most beautiful art ever made reveals how long comets have been inspiring our imaginations.Read more...

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News of a sequel of a movie that you love can feel a little bittersweet: On one hand you get to revisit a fictional world that you love. On the other, there's a not insignificant chance that visit will be unpleasant and awkward. Even worse, though, can be news of a prequel.Read more...

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When Warner Bros announced its large, large calendar of movies based on DC superheroes (and villains), there was one movie that as curiously absent — the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, which supposedly Joseph Gordon-Levitt was already in talks to star and direct. What gives?Read more...

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io9 hero Jim Munroe's new lo-fi scifi series, Haphead, is almost done. Filming is done, and the crew just needs a little more help to do the finishing touches on the production. Consider contributing to their Kickstarter!Read more...

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It's pretty much the biggest cliché in storytelling. Want to rejuvenate your character? Just add amnesia, and poof! They become a new person. But sometimes amnesia actually works as a plot device. Tell us about the one time you thought it was the perfect trope for telling a science fiction or fantasy story.Read more...

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The discovery of a massive debris pile in a giant sinkhole in the Hawaiian islands suggests that the region was hit by a mammoth tsunami about 500 years ago. It was larger than any in Hawaii's recorded history, so scientists are now worrying that a similar disaster could happen again.Read more...

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