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Owing to the extreme conditions on the Venusian surface, it's going to be quite some time before a human ever steps foot on that planet. That's why NASA is developing a plan to deploy human-occupied airships in Venus's upper atmosphere. And yes, permanent occupation is the ultimate goal. Read more...

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The good news: For those who are worried that the nation is more divided than ever, there's finally one contentious issue that a majority of Americans agree upon. The bad news: Most people are okay with the CIA torturing suspected terrorists.Read more...

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A red-and-green rock stuffed with "30,000 teeny-tiny diamonds" was unveiled this week at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting. Though the sparklers are too wee to have value as gems, the unique rock, discovered in Russia's Udachnaya mine, may help geologists better understand how diamonds are formed.Read more...

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We are beyond thrilled that Kelly Thompson is writing the comic book adaptation of the beloved 1980s cartoon Jem and the Holograms. We're debuting the second comic cover featuring the rocking Misfits, and chatted with Thompson and series artist Ross Campbell about how they've updated the outrageous Jem.Read more...

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The idea of Black Mirror, the twisted British dystopian series, having a Christmas special might seem odd. But while White Christmas does give us a dark near future that's not all tinsel and lights, its trio of tales is really all about a truly Christmassy message of compassion and empathy. Spoilers ahead...Read more...

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Science-visualization wunderkind Eleanor Lutz continues to raise the bar for animated infographics with her latest creation, a hypnotizing guide to embryonic development. Read more...

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A comprehensive review of the state of the Arctic reveals some troubling information about rising temperature rates, which are more than double those of anywhere else on Earth, as well as some strange new habitat changes for polar bears. Read more...

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This was a weird year for movies. The box office was weak, but also, most films didn't deserve love or hate. They were just... okay. But the genre movies that did stand out were either brilliant experiments, or horrible misfires. Here are the 10 best and 10 worst science fiction and fantasy movies of 2014.Read more...

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Because the final season of Parks and Recreation is set in 2017, the producers have announced that the show will now be "very gently scifi." And we get a small taste of the science fiction seeping into the sitcom in this trailer for the farewell season. Plus, there's karate Chris Pratt!Read more...

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The must-own Cowboy Bebop Complete Series Blu-ray has dropped back down to its preorder price point. [Cowboy Bebop, $42]Read more...

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A newly declassified document obtained by a nuclear historian reveals that the Manhattan Project scientists who designed and detonated the first atomic bomb estimated that 10 to 100 enhanced "superbombs" would produce enough atmospheric radiation to wipe out the human race.Read more...

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Clothing that blocks "digital pickpocketing" is now hipster-approved. But do we really need RFID-blocking pockets in our pants?Read more...

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It's almost time to welcome back the magnificent clone drama Orphan Black and we are absolutely mad with anticipation. And now the first image from the new season and interview with show creator Graeme Manson has raised our Season Three expectations even higher. Spoilers!Read more...

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Dueling works great as a dramatic device, but, legally and morally, it proves nothing. So why did so many people use it to settle scores and right wrongs? Take a look at why people would murder each other, semi-legally, on a regular basis.Read more...

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It's generally agreed that life on this planet would not be possible if it weren't for microbes. In a fascinating thought experiment, a pair of biologists scrutinized this assumption to find out. As their paper makes clear, a microbe-free world would be a strange place, indeed.Read more...

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This month, Britain's national health service advised women with low-risk pregnancies that it was safer to give birth under the supervision of midwives than doctors, as the latter are more likely to perform interventions like forceps deliveries and cesarean sections that carry risks of infection and surgical accidents.Read more...

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You've heard it before: a ragtag spaceship crew lives on the fringes of civilization, making enough money to just keep flying. But when the mechanics in this webcomic take a shady government job, they may have to work with their enemies against a mysterious and sinister force.Read more...

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Friday's SpaceX cargo run to the International Space Station will make the astronauts happy, but the really exciting part comes after the Dragon is set free. The Falcon 9 rocket will attempt a soft touchdown landing on a barge for the first time, a massive step towards reusable rocketry.Read more...

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Shadow of Mordor is one of the best games I played this year. I had high hopes for Lord of the Hunt , its first major expansion, as a result. "New monsters !" I thought. "More nemesis orcs to fight, some of whom ride on top of the new monsters! What could possibly go wrong?" So many things, apparently.Read more...

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Remember when Peter Jackson announced he was splitting J.R.R. Tolkien's slim volume The Hobbit into three movies? Even with Jackson's OCD attention to detail, that seemed too much — and the entire internet worried that it would be all bloat and no heart. Well, the internet was right, at least about the third movie.Read more...

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Meet Derby, a Husky mix born with underdeveloped legs and paws. To help, tech firm 3D Systems has printed a pair of prosthetic front limbs that now allow him to outrun his owners. Read more...

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Picking up a book by a favorite author is usually — though, not always — a pretty good sign that you'll enjoy, maybe even love, the book you're starting. But what book did you expect to hate when you started it, but ended up loving all the same.Read more...

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A solar system's habitable zone is the region of space that is warm enough to allow water to exist in a liquid state on a planet. But new geological research suggests that, even if an exoplanet has water, it is doomed to be a dying world unless its rocky mantle is soft enough to allow the flow of heat.Read more...

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After staring at a barren seafloor for nearly three hours, National Geographic's Alan Turchik couldn't believe his eyes when a rare deep-sea Greenland shark suddenly drifted across the screen. (Warning: an excessively long stream of bleeped-out expletives to follow)Read more...

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