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Penguin Books is releasing an updated anthology of their Doctor Who short stories written by famous children's authors to include a new story for Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor - but the real star of the collection has to be these amazing new minimalist covers for each book.Read more...

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A controversial new analysis of the fossilized remains of six squirrel-sized animals has pushed the lineage of modern mammals back to the Late Triassic — a time when the first dinosaurs emerged. The research also suggests that early mammals didn't just hide in the undergrowth.Read more...

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It's unusual for old movies to get a brand new soundtrack, years after their release. The only example I can think of offhand is Metropolis, which got Freddy Mercury and Giorgio Moroder tunes. But over at The Stranger, there are some fascinating suggestions for present-day artists who should score classic SF films.Read more...

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For a show that's supposed to have humanity-altering stakes, Extant has been a rather dull show. Instead of creating intriguing mysteries, Extant lays bare the motives of most of its characters while bouncing between its fetal MacGuffin and a its shrug-worthy anti-robotics movement. But in last night's episode, Extant actually managed to spin a decent mystery.Read more...

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Anarcho-primitivists are the ultimate Luddites — ideologues who favor complete technological relinquishment and a return to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. We spoke to a leading proponent to learn more about this idea and why he believes civilization was our worst mistake.Read more...

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Like Google Glass, the Apple Watch is the beta version of a technology that might one day exist. It suggests a future of effortlessly wearable data devices, more graceful than phones. But one science fiction writer thinks Apple has it all wrong — and that future wearables will be a lot simpler than you think.Read more...

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Sampling the different regional delicacies and ingredients available is one of the delights of traveling far away. But just crossing state lines can be enough to change up what shows up on your plate, as this map of the most distinctive foods in every state reveals.Read more...

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Right now, three astronauts are orbiting the planet in a thin shell of a space station. Three more just landed, and three more will be blasting off in two weeks. Three more astronauts are living underwater, and six are underground for a caving expedition.Read more...

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According to Hank Green and the good folks at SciShow, one of the most commonly googled questions on Earth is "why is my poop green?" Why, indeed?Read more...

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Before the zombie craze, if you wanted to make a cheap genre movie with a decent shot of making your money back, you made a cyborg film. For some reason, audiences couldn't get enough of these combinations of man and machine, no matter how crappy they were. Here's the proof.Read more...

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Lordy, The Last of Us Art Book is Scary Beautiful , and only $23 today.Read more...

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Two congressmen recently introduced the ASTEROIDS Act, which would grant property rights to companies seeking to mine the asteroid belt. Yesterday, the House Space Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill, where expert testimony bluntly told Congress the private sector is not up to the task of mining in space.Read more...

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Classic movies have been remade with nothing but stock footage thanks to this video from stock footage company Dissolve. Each "movie" is introduced with a hint, but not the actual title for guessing purposes. I don't want to brag but *pulls imaginary suspenders* I got them all. Read more...

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A 24-year-old woman complaining of dizziness and nausea was admitted to a hospital in Shandong Province recently, where she told doctors she had struggled with balance all her life. When doctors performed a brain scan, they immediately noticed the problem: The woman was missing her cerebellum.Read more...

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New research by an Istanbul-based artist has documented hundreds of haunting, sepia-toned photographs belonging to Turkey's mysterious Dönme community—a once-thriving religious sect that practiced a unique set of beliefs based on Sufi mysticism and Judaism. Today, few remain after their true identity was discovered.Read more...

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We're used to seeing pendulum waves generated on tiny scaffolds with itty-bitty balls. But as this awesome demonstration points out, the same physics applies even at the largest scales. Read more...

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Every student of biology has seen photos of the peppered moths. In a forest polluted by smoke, dark peppered moths resting against darkened bark have a natural advantage and proliferate. In a pristine forest, light moths have the advantage. It's a science legend, but is it the truth?Read more...

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Fantasy Flight Games have revealed a new tabletop RPG out before the end of the year set in a variety of apocalyptic scenarios - but the twist is that it stars you.Read more...

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You've seen brief glimpses of the shenanigans aboard the Starship Enterprise, but now get the whole space enchilada. The entire gag reel from Star Trek Into Darkness has been released and it is glorious. Behold the majesty!Read more...

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A new survey has peered into our bookshelves, and it's revealing some good news about the reading habits of young Americans.Read more...

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Gizmodo This Is What a Watch Expert Thinks of the Apple Watch | Jalopnik This Strange Lock-Picking Tool Is Freaking Me Out | Jezebel Kanye West Rushed to Hospital After Suffering Migraine | Lifehacker Why We Need Apple Read more...

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The European Space Agency used one of the cameras on Rosetta's Philae lander to snap this selfie, with comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko visible 31 miles away. (Does that count as photobombing?) The image captures a side of the Rosetta spacecraft and one of its 45-ft-long solar wings. Read more...

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Squirrels are among the most recognizable, easy to find kinds of urban wildlife. And, as it turns out, they're watching us. Read more...

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Back in May, I went to Stonehenge and Loughcrew. I did actually get to go inside Loughcrew and see the tombs as well. Here are some fun pictures from that as well as a Cairn.Read more...

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Watching The Walking Dead, it can be easy to assume that the chaos of a zombie fight is just that — chaos. But here, stunt coordinator Monty Simons reveals not just how long it takes to choreograph these scenes, but how much effort goes into finding the best zombies, too. Pretty cool.Read more...

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