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Fingal's Cave is on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in Scotland's Inner Hebrides. Its unique beauty is the result of Paleocene lava flow, and the cave inspired, among others, Felix Mendelssohn, Jules Verne, John Keats, August Strindberg, and Pink Floyd.Read more...

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Over at Kotaku, check out a gallery of the work of Lianne Moseley, who makes real people into comic book characters using makeup. It's amazing what body paint and talent can do.Read more...

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Experimenting with black and white filmmaking and time lapse, Toby Harriman figured out a way to turn San Francisco into Gotham City. It's a perfect example of how composing shots and using music turns a very identifiable city into a whole new one.Read more...

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Neill Blomkamp's Alien movie is gaining steam really quickly. The latest news comes courtesy of a Sky Movies interview with Sigourney Weaver and Blomkamp himself, where the two of them lay out where they want this film to go. Read more...

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io9 is proud to be bringing you new episodes of indie series Haphead every week. Created by Jim Munroe, Haphead is the story of a VR gamer in a near-future dystopian Toronto. In the sixth episode, Maxine discovers where all the underground hapheads hang out — and what they do together.Read more...

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Best light show ever. Pictured above: auroras, plus a fireball from space. The mysterious streak of lights was identified by the Orbital Debris Program Office at NASA as a Chinese rocket body [NORAD ID 40363]. Photo by Rocky Raybell/Flickr.Read more...

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The remastered editions of the two main Homeworld games are out today, introducing a whole new generation to one of the greatest series in modern video games. So there's no better time to appreciate one of the things people love most about them: artist Rob Cunningham's work designing Homeworld's iconic ships.Read more...

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Rats remember acts of kindness, and then reciprocate. A study published this week in Biology Letters showed rats remember who is nice to them and return the favor later. National Geographic calls it "the first evidence of direct reciprocation in nonhumans." We're not so sure about that last part, but it's an impressive finding, nonetheless.Read more...

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Star Trek is one of the most wildly successful TV and movie franchises, but even it had some missteps along the way. Here's the story of the never made Star Trek sequel series that tried to get itself off the ground almost 40 years ago — and how some of its plotlines eventually did make it to TV after all. Read more...

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Over at our sister site Sploid, check out the first images of Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen's latest project: the world's largest plane, designed to carry and launch a space rocket.Read more...

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Miranda is a children's book writer who just can't seem to sell her book, Danny and the Wild Bunch, even though she has regular conversations with its main character. But when she tries the editors' suggestions to make her story "darker" and grittier, Miranda's life becomes darker as well.Read more...

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Photographer Mike Brodie, also known as The Polaroid Kidd, began photographing his travels in 2004, taking thousands of photos of people illegally riding freight trains during his five-year project. The photos are extremely intimate, showing the hidden world that exists along the rails.Read more...

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If you're familiar with aerogel, you know that it's one of the lowest -density materials on Earth. But even if you're versed in this supermaterial's physical properties, you've probably never thought about what aerogel sounds like. This video answers that question.Read more...

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Want to drink milk, but worried about all the proteins in it disrupting your digestion? Want to drink Coke, but worried about all the acid in it ruining your teeth? Here's a drink that's perfect. You just need to repress your gag reflex.Read more...

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Given how perfectly Julie Andrews encapsulated the title role, Disney never really needs to remake Mary Poppins. Ever. That said, if they do, I believe Andy Rehfeldt has found a take that works... namely by turning Ms. Poppins and ol' Bert the Chimney Sweep into the world's greatest death metal duet.Read more...

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When Factory released their first Direwolf Puppy plushes , we were wounded innocents still in a post Red Wedding haze. But we've grown up, as has Game of Thrones - and thus, so must the plushie merchandise.Read more...

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Most TV shows about sex crimes are kind of dark. But that's because none of them are based on Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's comic Sex Criminals, where two lovers discover they have the ability to stop time when they orgasm, and immediately use their powers to rob banks. Now that's going to change!Read more...

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Randall Munroe has really outdone himself with today's xkcd. The infographic shows when a certain story was published and then compares that date to the length of time — either in the future or past — to when the story actually took or will take place. Read more...

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The new Terminator movie will give us another look at the iconic scene from the original film, where a naked killer robot arrives in the past to hunt down Sarah Connor. But now it appears as though we'll be seeing a lot more of Naked Arnold Schwarzenegger than we had in the past... but he won't be anatomically correct.Read more...

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Six thousand bucks is a lot of money, but it's small change compared to the price of many professional camera kits.Read more...

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They're not glowing on their own. They're tagged with a fluorescent protein that shows the flower doing a very strange thing — a thing that humans take for granted. Here's how flowers get rid of their own organs.Read more...

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How can you tell what's real, in a world where huge industries, governments and religions are all trying to force-feed you manufactured realities? Philip K. Dick sums up the challenges of detecting reality in a world that resembles Disneyland, in this great 1978 quote.Read more...

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The Softech Natural shone the brightest of your list of nominees , taking the title of best desk lamp with its minimalist style, sunlight-replicating glow, and power efficiency.Read more...

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One of the fastest growing areas in pharmacology today is testosterone supplementation in men. But while low-T is a genuine problem for some men, it's not as prevalent as you may think – and the treatment is not without its risks. Here's what men need to know about testosterone replacement therapy, and why it should only be used when absolutely necessary.Read more...

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