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You might use GURPS to play a fantasy campaign, then try a cyberpunk campaign, then switch to superheroes next. Or you might just have a wizard with a machine gun alongside a psi-mutant cyborg on a Sherman tank. That’s the power of GURPS. Read more...

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The essential Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary Blu-ray is a steal at $10 today. [Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary, $10]Read more...

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On evolution, genetically-modified foods, animal research, and global climate change, America’s scientists are almost all going one way—and the general public is going the other. Read more...

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Gawker A Comprehensive List of Everyone Trying to Sever Ties With Donald Trump | Gizmodo What Are the Strange Spots on These Brand New Images of Pluto? | Jalopnik Here’s What You’ll Actually See When Driving Around Japan | Kotaku Sources: Warner Bros. Knew That Arkham Knight PC Was A Mess For Months |Read more...

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Puffer fish poisoning has claimed many victims. While the fish’s poison was well-known to the people who lived near its habitat, explorers ate it without a second thought. This proved bad for them, but much worse for their pigs.Read more...

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New Jersey’s eerie “Watcher” mystery has a precedent: In 1976, the citizens of Circleville, Ohio began receiving sinister handwritten letters. The anonymous author knew many personal details about each resident and claimed to be watching them. They were postmarked from Columbus, without a return address.Read more...

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Channing Tatum talks about preparing to play Gambit. Fear The Walking Dead is all about families. Syfy announces a strange new horror series. Plus, what’s to come on Zoo and Under the Dome, more Fantastic Four footage, a female director returns to Doctor Who, and Agent Carter hits Comic-Con. Spoilers get!Read more...

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Bad signs for Hannibal fans: the contracts for stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen have expired. Although both apparently love the show and would make a new deal if a home for the show was found, Deadline lists the number of challenges a fourth season faces. There are quite a few.Read more...

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This is a photo of Geophilus hadesi, a centipede found in caves that reach 4,7000 feet underground. The bug-phobic have every right to do a full body shudder right now. Read more...

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And yes, the prints are officially licensed by Lucasfilm. Read more...

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When a couple approached Singapore-based photographer Mezame Shashin-ka about doing a Star Wars-themed photoshoot, the results, which mingled real people, action figures, and a fair amount of post-production are damn impressive.Read more...

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Video editor Ryan Shukis has re-edited a bunch of Disney movies to create the trailers that would market Disney animated films to grown-ups. His latest is The Lion King, which takes on a much more heartwarming tone than in the original trailer.Read more...

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What would Herman Melville have made of Larry Niven’s huge space mega-engineering project? You don’t have to wonder any longer.Read more...

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The upcoming King Kong prequel, Kong: Skull Island, took a gorilla sized gut punch Wednesday when two of its leading actors, Michael Keaton and JK Simmons, left the project. Read more...

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A new report based on data from 34 countries finds many women around the world are severely mistreated during childbirth. “They are slapped and pinched during labor, yelled at, denied pain medicine, neglected and forced to share beds with other women who just gave birth,” the NYT reports. “And that is just a partial list.”Read more...

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This event probably never happened—but it’s such a cool visual that it has already been immortalized in art. A symbol of the thoughtlessness, the cruelty, and the profligacy of the Romans, this singular execution method was attributed to two different emperors.Read more...

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In the 1950s, physicist Chien-Shiung Wu was doing research at Columbia University when two other physicists approached her with a bold idea, but no way to prove it—until Wu found one.Read more...

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Getting 100% in Batman: Arkham Knight and unlocking the ‘true ending’ doesn’t necessarily mean seeing everything Arkham Knight has to offer. It’s actually pretty easy to miss something within said true ending. (Spoilers to follow!)Read more...

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Hope you haven’t already paid your July rent—because Mondo has another batch of beautiful posters for sale, both online and as exclusives at San Diego Comic-Con. Check out Flash Gordon, The Day the Earth Stood Still and Ant-Man posters, plus Aliens and Superman: The Animated Series vinyls.Read more...

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Archaeologists working in Spain have discovered several new cave etchings dating back 14,000 years to the Middle Magdalenian period. Using innovative methods of photography, photogrametry, and 3D laser scanning, the researchers were able to identify faint etchings of a bison, horse, and a possible doe and wolf. Read more...

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Perhaps if young Thomas Granger had been more discreet, more circumspect, his name would have long since vanished in the mists of history. But in Puritan times, his unusual crime so offended his community that it warranted the harshest of punishments.Read more...

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You’re looking at high-speed footage of a tennis ball being served at 142 miles per hour. The video (below) was recorded at 6,000 frames per second. In the span of twelve frames—two thousandths of a second—the ball transmutes from a sphere into a fuzzy green patty, all but disappearing behind the rim of the racquet.Read more...

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When a murder turns cold, it only enhances the horror of the tragedy—and the intrigue. Cases like the Black Dahlia slaying, the death of JonBenét Ramsey, and the 1922 double homicide known as the Hall-Mills Murder all had suspects, but to this day, nobody has ever been held accountable. Read more...

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Winter is, err, under construction? McFarlane Toys have announced that they are branching out their line of bizarre, yet totally awesome construction toys based on The Walking Dead to another humongous TV franchise: Game of Thrones. Once again, the idea is baffling, and yet also absolutely fantastic.http://toybox.io9.com/mcfarlanes-wal... Read more...

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Deadspin Jim Harbaugh, Colin Cowherd Combine For A Disastrous Interview | Gizmodo How Dangerous Is Airplane Turbulence? | Jezebel As Black Churches Burn, Feds Close In on Suspect in CVS Arson | Kotaku A Horror Game Hidden In The Darkest Corners Of The Internet | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...

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