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Science fiction is supposed to be scientific, and science is supposed to be accurate. Yet some scifi movies feel it’s okay to ignore the facts of reality into order to tell a story — a story which may be momentarily entertaining, but at the cost of making its viewers stupider. Looking at you, Armageddon.Read more...

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The Marvel Universe we knew is dead. In its place is a new gestalt planet, stitched together from pieces of the preceding multiverse by the all-powerful will of Dr. Doom. This week, we’ll get our first real glimpses of the realms that make up Battleworld.Read more...

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Geeks been debating the use of rape as a storytelling device for years, but that debate has come back to the fore in the past couple days, for obvious reasons . Author John Scalzi (Lock-In) offers a useful perspective, based on a lesson he learned early on from a mentor.Read more...

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Feast your eyes on some truly glorious spaceship porn. Prepare yourself for Syfy’s latest foray into the big black with some exclusive concept art from Dark Matter, the new space series from the minds behind the Stargate franchise. Behold!Read more...

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Every ninety years twelve gods will take human form and live on Earth for no more than two years, an event called the Recurrance. What happens next is the story of my favorite Image Comics series- maybe by favorite comic book, period- in the past ten years- The Wicked + The Divine.Read more...

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Drought and extreme heat may significantly increase the risk of power shortages in the Western U.S. unless its utilities adopt “climate-proofing” measures, according to new research.Read more...

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Here, have a little weird futurism with your cosmetics! Apparently, L’Oreal is teaming up with a French “bioprinting” startup to develop 3D-printed skin for product testing. Very cool but speaking of skin, mine is crawling just a little. Read more...

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Upcoming comic anthology New World is all about civilizations clashing, and clash they do in this comic from the book, written by Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith and illustrated by O Human Star’s Blue Delliquanti, where a man visits in isolated space colony founded on an unusual belief.Read more...

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The lovely folks at StarshipSofa have started a new video podcast on YouTube called StarshipSofa HQ, looking at great books and authors in science fiction. One of their first episodes is a look at Isaac Asimov’s classic story collection I, Robot.Read more...

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Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan is probably best known for The Empire Strikes Back, but he’s also co-written The Force Awakens and is rumored to be working on the scripts for Episodes VIII and IX, too. So when Kasdan says Lando’s story might not be over, it’s worth paying attention to.Read more...

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During Prohibition, the US Government put toxic chemicals into any products that contained alcohol, just to make sure nobody would drink them. Now, Prohibition is long over... but the policy of adding poison to alcoholic products has never ended. Here are the deadly additives that are only there to keep you drinking stuff.Read more...

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A visitor from 100 years ago would be confused by our selfies and our strange toys — but they would understand the need to show off. Throughout history, people have had status symbols. Sometimes, these things have been gold and jewels. But sometimes, they’re a bit weirder. Here are 10 bizarre status symbols from the past.Read more...

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Yes, it’s the week you’ve all been waiting for. Months of anticipation! Excitment! Yes! The next piece of Destiny DLC is finally out! Oh, and maybe also The Witcher 3, the latest sprawling RPG set in the world of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novels. Getting your Witching on? Come tell us in Tuesday Game Room!Read more...

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Simon Pegg has written a thoughtful response to our article about his comments on science fiction and infantilization: “Maybe I was being a little bit trollish... [but] it’s good to ask why we like this stuff, what makes it so alluring, so discussed, so sacred.”Read more...

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Civilization: Beyond Earth—The Rising Tide expands, revises, and refines the original Civ: BE with new biomes, a brand new diplomacy system, and oceans full of resources and aliens that can be exploited and colonized. We talked with the lead designer to find out what this expansion has in store for Civ fans.Read more...

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Spending more time in space requires the right tools for the job — and since these tools need to stand up outside the bounds of our own atmosphere, we have to make new tools.And of course, before they go up into space, they need to be tested. Here’s how — and where — they do it.Read more...

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Using the OSIRIS camera aboard the Rosetta spacecraft, ESA scientists have discovered a strange formation of what appears to be balancing boulders on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Read more...

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Most of Marvel Comics’ attention right now is on their ongoing gigantic Secret Wars event. We’ve known what’s ending, but what about what happens after? At last weekend’s Atlantic City Boardwalk Con, the company lifted the lid on a few of the things that will happen when the dust settles later this year.Read more...

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Ever heard of thioacetone? If you live in Freiburg, Germany, you probably have. It takes a lot for people to forget a stink that once evacuated an entire city.Read more...

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The following excerpt is chapter one from Neal Stephenson’s new novel, Seveneves. Stephenson is also the author of the novels Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and Anathem.Read more...

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Scott Pilgrim first got introduced to the world 11 years ago, in a series of graphic novels that had the slacker bassist fighting off his girlfriend’s evil exes. Then came a beloved cult movie and retro-styled video game. Now, with a new color version of the final Scott Pilgrim book out in the world, it looks like the last time the character’s creator will touch Scott Pilgrim again.Read more...

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When you play a game of billiards, you’re usually hoping to hear the satisfying clack of the balls. You’re probably not hoping to hear a sound like gunfire as your cue ball connects with the eight ball. But if you got your hands on some of the earliest plastic billiard balls, that was a chance you took.Read more...

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My one worry about The CW’s third DC TV show, Legends of Tomorrow, was that it would steal great characters like the Atom and Captain Cold away from the original series. Apparently, I don’t have to worry, because Flash star Grant Gustin has revealed that some of Legends’ stars will be appearing on all three DC TV series. Read more...

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Some scientific ideas click right into place almost immediately, but some concepts take longer — and a lot of help — to land. Today we want to know about what finally made you get some of the more difficult-to-grasp concepts.Read more...

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