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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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Deadspin What's The Worst State In The Union To Get Drunk In? | Gawker Stephen Collins to Tell "The Truth" About Sexual Abuse of Underage Girls | Gizmodo Star Wars-Themed Christmas Light Show Is So Excessive And So Amazing | Lifehacker How to Future Proof Your Career with the Skills That Matter 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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Mark Hamill talks about coming back to Star Wars, Christoph Waltz denies being the head of SPECTRE, and Cobie Smulders explains what Maria Hill's up to in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Flash casts Cisco's brother and adds another villain to its list. Plus a ton of details about Batman v. Superman's attempt to address Man of Steel's main issue. Spoilers now!Read more...

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Just look at that lil' Lego Serenity! The Brothers Brick are running a fan contest to build micro-scaled Lego vehicles fit for one minifigure, and some of the entries are awesomely inventive models on a tiny, adorable scale.Read more...

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With the last of the three Hobbit movies coming out today, Honest Trailers turned its keen eye on the one that came out this time last year, The Desolation of Smaug. It had not occurred to us just how much of the second movie was made up of flashbacks to the first one. But now, Thorin's statement that "This is taking too long" feels very meta.Read more...

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Take a look at this walrus. This is what happens when a taxidermist is taxed with mounting an animal he's never seen before. With no idea that real walruses have copious wrinkles and folds, this Victorian just kept stuffing it and studding it until it looked smooth. Whoops.Read more...

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A joint mission between NOAA and NASA has yielded data showing just how much brighter Earth is during the holiday lights season. In some places, the effect makes the area 50% brighter than on an average day.Read more...

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Speaking with Yahoo!, Tim Burton offered up his opinion on the new wave of superhero movies. In particular, Burton took aim at Marvel for making film after film with the same formula and issues-ridden superhero. Yes, Tim Burton thinks Marvel needs to consider making a happy superhero.Read more...

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You'll have to forgive the morbid short comedy The Grey Matter a few dozen puns, but it makes up for it by being deliciously macabre. A working stiff comes to on the street covered in blood with a nasty hole in his head. Naturally, he's worried—at least until he suddenly hits it off with a beautiful coworker.Read more...

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The floor itself is more than 3,000 feet (1,000 meters) beneath the waves. The extremophiles, the deepest ever discovered by a drilling expedition, likely subsist on a low-calorie diet of hydrocarbons and have a low metabolism. The discovery has implications in the search for alien life. Read more...

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Feared above all other dragons is the species of wyrm that makes the swamps and bogs its home. For it nests near shallow pockets of marshland gas, which it knocks loose and burns with its fiery breath whenever intruders come near.Read more...

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The more we learn about Mars, the more we learn it's a deceptively active planet. Most recently, the Curiosity rover sniffed out a sharp spike in methane levels that dropped back down just as quickly, suggesting some yet-to-be-determined process is currently happening to trigger the aberration.Read more...

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Remember "Beast Jesus"? How could you forget that face? In 2012, this amazingly terrible (and unauthorized) restoration job applied to a 19th-century Spanish fresco by elderly Cecilia Giménez made instant headlines and launched a thousand memes.Read more...

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Antarctica is a place most of us will never see outside of pictures. But what's it like when one of nature's most taxing (and stunning) environments is also just the place you make home?Read more...

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The Baker/baker effect, otherwise known as the Baker/baker paradox, explains why people's names slip away from you, while their other details stay embedded in your head. This happens, even if the name and the detail are the same.Read more...

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Thanks for clearing that up: Harlem, Georgia's Born Again Independent Baptist Church has a special message for everyone during the holiday season about free speech and two different men in red suits. Read more...

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2001: A Space Odyssey remains one of the most scientifically grounded films of all time, despite the trippy ending. But originally, it would have featured a prologue in which 20 real-life astronomers talked about the possibility of encountering alien life.Read more...

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This month, the io9 Book Club is reading Cixin Liu's The Three Body Problem, out in a brand-new translation by Ken Liu. We'll meet on January 6 to discuss it. Join us!Read more...

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Some of these moving, biomechanical bird sculptures look like they're about to take flight, while others resemble bizarre Muppets made over in metal. But one thing that they all have in common is that they are deeply satisfying to watch, with possibilities for special effects and industrial design alike.Read more...

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