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In honor of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the folks at Air New Zealand have updated their Hobbit-studded flight safety video with even more special effects madness and costumed flight attendants—plus cameos from Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, and Sylvester McCoy.Read more...

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Did that swirl of gas and dust just face-palm a pulsar? System PSR B1509-58 has a history of inspiring pareidolia , and this latest infrared and x-ray composite image is just calling out for creative interpretation.Read more...

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[Updated] The trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron has arrived online a bit early, showing off Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor and Ultron himself in creepy, creepy action—along with the MCU's version of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.Read more...

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The disappointing changes made in the on-screen adaptations from some of our favorite books have been well catalogued. But what about the times when the on-screen adaptation diverted from its source material, for the best?Read more...

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Reason number 5,000,000,000 to wish you'd gone to MIT... There's a great article in MIT News Magazine about the MIT Science Fiction Society, with its incredibly awesome library. Which started with a wooden crate dragged between dorm rooms in 1949 and is now a massive storehouse of awesome.Read more...

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'Cosplay did not suddenly appear,' says Nobuyuki Takahashi. He should know: Takahashi helped invent the word itself.Read more...

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You may have seen the first Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance of Bobbi Morse, the agent codenamed Mockingbird, in last night's Agents of SHIELD . But you haven't seen her in her official Mockingbird superhero outfit, because Marvel just released the first pic — and it's damn near perfect.Read more...

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These gorgeous illustrations from the late nineteenth century reveal what people imagined air combat would be like in the future. It's pretty spectacular — and weirdly prescient, too.Read more...

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Republican candidates are poised to gain next month from new election laws in almost half the states in the U.S., where additional requirements defy a 50-year trend of easing access to the polls. This infographic shows where it's the most difficult to cast your ballot.Read more...

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Ever wondered how marble is harvested? The process, documented in this stunning short by Italian artist and filmmaker Yuri Ancarani, is utterly transfixing.Read more...

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Earlier this year, the fat-burning effects of green coffee bean extract – an extract touted by daytime TV's Dr. Oz as a "miraculous" weight-loss aid – were called into question by the Federal Trade Commission. Now, the 2012 study purporting to demonstrate the extract's effectiveness has been retracted.Read more...

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Death adds real stakes to a fictional universe. If nobody ever dies, then nothing feels real. And yet some deaths don't just diminish us all, they just plain ruin a series. For good. Which science fiction or fantasy series lost its heart, or just became less good generally, when one character died?Read more...

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It's less than 10 days to go till Halloween, and that means there's weird, wonderful and just plain awful 'sexy' costumes out on shelves everywhere - but this trio of lovely Lord of the Rings-themed designs by MJ Alexander are for characters who don't usually get the Sexy treatment.Read more...

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Deadspin Here's How 9/11 Truther Pete Carroll Would Have Prevented The Iraq War | Gizmodo The Hoverboard Is Real, and I Rode It | Jezebel Overanalyzing 'Basic' Is the Most Basic Move of All | Lifehacker How Piracy Benefits Companies, Even If They Don't Admit it | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...

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Still worrying over Halloween decorations? We've got you covered. We scoured the Internet for the best of the best Halloween goodies and brought you a list of the greatest gags and boos. Some are simple, DIY, cheapy-cheap creations; others may take a bit of finesse. But they are all sensational. Read more...

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Gail Carriger has been burning up the bestseller lists with her Finishing School series, and now you can read an exciting excerpt from book three, Waistcoats & Weaponry. Warning: Bladed fans ahead!Read more...

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At first, The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl seems to be an animated nature film, explaining the life and ecology of its subject. But after the cartoon turns tragic, it becomes clear that you don't want to mess with this burrowing owl.Read more...

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For a period of 15 days, a cooled copper mass enclosed in a cryostat container may very well have been the coldest object in the Universe. At -273.144 degrees Celsius, it nearly achieved absolute zero. The technique, which resulted a world record, could produce important new insights into exotic particle physics.Read more...

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The former star of Firefly has joined Gotham as Leslie Thompkins, a doctor who cares for Gotham's neediest, a friend of the deceased elder Waynes, and a surrogate mom-to-be of young Bruce Wayne. Thompkins will be a recurring character in season 1, but Baccarin will officially join the cast full-time in season 2.Read more...

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Even in a year with some pretty notable superhero films, Birdman is a pretty significant movie about superheroes. This darkly surreal satire about an aging actor struggling with his superhero past is full of magical-realist touches and tugs at our national obsession with big heroic narratives. And here's why superhero fans really ought to see Birdman.Read more...

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This comic by Construction Paper and Tears is short and simple, but no less affecting. It serves as a miniature picture book, recasting the dance of life and death as a romance. Go read it and have a good sigh.Read more...

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Game of Thrones' book reading fans were given a bit of a shock yesterday when set pictures from the TV show's upcoming season revealed another huge change from the source material - but amid the concern, there was some hope. Sometimes, change can do us all some good when it comes to adapting our favourite works.Read more...

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Halo: Nightfall is a live-action, five-part digital series that leads up to Halo 5: Guardians. This trailer introduces the backstory of Halo 5's new playable character Jameson Locke as he and his team are caught up in a horrific terrorist attack.Read more...

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It appears that eating all that cheese last week may be hazardous to the Flash's health. Because this week the metahuman/supervillain/freak Barry must battle can turn himself into a cloud of poison gas — but the real danger may be some seriously substandard scriptwiring.Read more...

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A Tale of Momentum & Inertia is just one minute long, but it contains the sort of drama and humor we always hope to see in CG feature films. A rock monster tries to stop a falling boulder from crushing the village at the base of a mountain.Read more...

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