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World of Warcraft's fifth expansion pack, Warlords of Draenor, is out in a couple of months - and Blizzard have been counting down the weeks to release with a lavish, gorgeously drawn web series looking at some of the big characters players will fight alongside and against. Come meet the Warlords of Draenor!Read more...

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Days before the Supreme Court went into conference to discuss the rights of Jack "The King of Comics" Kirby's estate over a significant portion of Marvel Comics most popular superheroes, Marvel and Kirby's heirs have announced they've reached a settlement. This, my friends, is unequivocally good news.Read more...

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In Magic: the Gathering's latest expansion, Khans of Tarkir, five clans are at war in a landscape littered with the bones of now extinct dragons and stalked by a solemn vampire seeking clues to a greater mystery. Here is some of the gorgeous art from the new cards.Read more...

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We may have last seen Korra a month ago, but three years have passed for our Avatar and her friends. The trailer for the final season shows us how much the world has changed in those three years—and teases the return of a favorite Avatar: The Last Airbender character.Read more...

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Astronaut Alex Gerst recently captured this glorious photo from the International Space Station. It shows a series of towering thunderstorms rising up from a Saharan dust storm. The ISS was over Libya at the time as Gerst watched the anvil-like structures protrude above the dusty layer. (Credit: NASA/JSC/Gerst)Read more...

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The USS Monitor, whose cross section is pictured above, was the first iron-clad warship. Built during the U.S. Civil War, it was famous for its revolving turret, fitted out with a cannon. Now, a group is restoring the cannon — and you can see some unbelievable before-and-after pictures below. Read more...

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The big Star Wars rumor swirling about the Internet this week is that some Stormtroopers will appear in Episode VII with a major makeover . Folks, we think you can do better. Use your image editing skills to dream up the Stormtroopers you'd like to see in the next movie.Read more...

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Marvel Dice Masters is like a deckbuilding game with Magic: The Gathering style creature attacks, but using dice. Unfortunately, the parts don't add up to a very compelling game.Read more...

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In 1982, seven people died in the Chicago area due to an unknown mal-inteded person replacing Johnson & Johnson Tylenol tablets with cyanide tablets. This was an extremely big deal and it completely changed the world in a few different ways let's look at how.Read more...

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Imagine you're dropped in the middle of an unknown city and you need to find a restaurant in a safe area using only the visual cues around you. Sounds hard, right? Well, researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm that can do it — and it consistently outperforms humans.Read more...

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In the future world of The Fuse, half a million people live inside a space station orbiting the Earth. It's a place with its own government, its own crime, and its own detectives. We spoke with The Fuse creator and writer Antony Johnston about why he decided set his police procedural in space.Read more...

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Hint - Partly in Dubstep.... But you should watch it anyway!Read more...

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For the first 10 minutes of Resident Evil 4, there's scarcely an enemy. Read more...

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We've all been there. We head to work even though we're under the weather. It's such a big problem that it's gotten a name — "presenteeism" — and it's costing companies billions of dollars. Here's why you should just stay home when you're ill, and why it's in your boss's best interest.Read more...

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There's a vast trove of excellent fiction published in years or decades past that would be inaccessible to most readers, if it weren't for reprint anthologies and magazine editors. Luckily, a lot of anthologies are available as ebooks (like the fairy tale anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling!) Plus online magazines are doing more reprints.Read more...

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Leopards often pounce on their unsuspecting prey from trees. But as a group of tourists visiting Botswana recently found out, these brazen felines are capable of launching their attacks from remarkable heights. Either that, or this leopard is completely nuts.Read more...

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The Breaking Bad Complete Series Barrel is back for 2014, with new Better Call Saul inclusions. It's one of the cooler special editions for a TV series we've ever brought your way, and we're glad to see it come back. Currently heavily discounted. [Breaking Bad]Read more...

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Poison Ivy as a plant-toting tot? The Riddler as a medical examiner? Gotham's taken some weird liberties with the Batman mythos in its new TV series, but there are plenty more villains as well as heroes Gotham has yet to give us! Here are our surmises for how Gotham will reimagine these 15 prominent Bat-characters.Read more...

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It's been a long, strange, and really very enjoyable roadtrip for Curiosity, our robot rover to the stars (and planets). But more than two years after it landed on Mars, and commenced rolling towards Mount Sharp, it has finally arrived — and it's started drilling.Read more...

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Orphan Black writer Tony Elliott spins a different sort of scifi thriller with the short film Entangled. A woman tries to figure out why her lover has gone mad following a quantum experiment—by testing his invention on herself.Read more...

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All of the best comedies are subversive. And by that token, the new animated movie The Boxtrolls is a tremendous success — it takes the fabric of society and gleefully shreds it, showing how silly and easily manipulated most "decent" people are. Along the way, though, the film gets kind of heavy-handed, and a little too ugly.Read more...

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The next time you reach for a glass of water you might want to think about its primordial origins. A new study suggests that upwards of 50% of the Earth's water may be older thank the solar system itself. Read more...

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Whether you're a fan of film in general or BttF in specific, hearing special effects supervisor Kevin Pike explain how the movie's lengthy, one-take opening shot was made — and how many people were needed behind the scenes to make it — is fascinating. The work required for the dog food alone...Read more...

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Despite a glitch with a solar array failing to deploy on Soyuz, three more astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Thursday. Mission 41 is officially underway now that the station crew is back up to six people. The station is also once again at maximum capacity with five docked spacecraft.Read more...

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They're both white powders. They're both used in baking. Both substances are leavening agents, substances that release gas bubbles and puff up dough so it's fluffy instead of flat. Both have the same look and texture, but they are used differently. What's the chemistry behind that?Read more...

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