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What makes a dead star explode? Scientists have long suspected a mechanism for making a white dwarf go supernova, but they weren't able to confirm it — until now.Read more...

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These Prague street performers have pulled off one of the finest executions of the levitating man illusion you will ever see. For those of you who hate fun and wonder, we've got the secret — and the physics — behind this ancient trick. Read more...

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Damian Hess, AKA nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot, is about to turn your afternoon into a fairy tale with his new album, Question Bedtime. It's a hilarious and gloriously weird cycle of songs (available online now!) retelling the fairy tales you heard before bedtime as a child. Read more...

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We've already gotten a look at the emotional characters who live in the mind of Riley, the star of Pixar's upcoming film Inside Out. But what about Riley herself? She pops up in the very first footage from the movie.Read more...

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I defy you to watch Guardians of the Galaxy's Dave Batista (Drax the Destroyer) and Michael Rooker (Yondu) perform the movie's beloved post-credits scene — with Michael Rooker in a metal tub as Baby Groot — at Wizard World Chicago last weekend and not smile. It's simply not possible.Read more...

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HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in America. With the exception of HIV, it is also the most fatal. But for almost a decade, we've had a vaccine that prevents HPV infection and, by extension, the deadly cancers it causes. So why aren't American adolescents getting access to this vaccine?Read more...

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Do you think science is really, really cool? Do you want to just play with it, making awesome things for no other reason than because you can? You want to find a Science Hack Day, and go to it.Read more...

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Too long have we waited for a good curse of the mummy movie. But now The Pyramid promises the return of excavation horror paired with plenty of ancient booby traps and resurrected mummies—you know, all that good mummy shit. Oh, and it stars the sensational Denis O'Hare. SOLD. Read more...

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More than 3,000 maps of cities, battles and landscapes—representing a millennium of history—have been georeferenced by the British Library. That means it's now possible to see the precise locations of historic places and events in the context of today's world. Read more...

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A kindly couple adopting a super-powered alien, an orphan growing up to be the world's greatest crimefighter, an Amazon princess with an invisible jet... the DC universe is a place where anything can happen. Well, anything but a joke, if this ridiculous, but entirely plausible, rumor is true.Read more...

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This month, the io9 Book Club is reading Laline Paull's The Bees. We'll meet on September 10 to discuss it. Join us!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 $90 off MSRP. [Breaking Bad]Read more...

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We love to argue about pop culture, because geeking out about movies, books and television makes them even more fun. But sometimes these discussions can go to a terrible place. Here are seven mistakes to avoid when having a spirited debate about entertainment.Read more...

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As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread and grow, what can we learn from looking at the history of the disease's spread?Read more...

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Whenever the U.S. military releases images of its latest badass hardware under development, we usually see futuristic, 3D renderings that look like screenshots from the latest videogames. But a presentation of the proposed Ground X-Vehicle opted for a more stylish, pseudo-anime look.Read more...

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NASA scientists have released a stunning time-lapse video showing our planet's eastern hemisphere from January 18th to July 25th, 2014. Viewed from this perspective, the Earth is seen as a shimmering, swirling orb of hyperactivity.Read more...

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Violence against women is an ugly reality that's all too common, no matter what walk of life people come from. Yet, video games tend to portray it in only a few cliched ways, to create a sense of environment and tone and cheaply get a reaction out of players. That's a problem. Read more...

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It's not easy being Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of the Earth and star of the webcomic Mystery Babylon. She has to deal with cultists who worship her, crusaders who want to kill her, and a seal that could release all of the demons—her former friends—into the world again.Read more...

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In 1870 a man proved that the Earth was round. He wasn't the first to prove it, and he wasn't even proving anything out of the mainstream. But that didn't keep a fanatic from spending the next 20 years ruining his life.Read more...

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It isn't always easy for reporters to convey complex scientific theories to a broad audience when they have a limited number of words to work with. But that doesn't excuse the cringe-worthy errors that repeatedly appear in articles that describe the basic ideas underlying the theory of evolution.Read more...

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Good day, my envoys of envelopes. My banana gambit did not work, and I've been captured by the intelligent apes. They seem amazed that I can talk, but also annoyed that I spend all my time making jokes about them throwing their poop at things. They did take all my bananas, though, the furry little bastards. Anyways, on with the mail…Read more...

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Eduardo Sánchez, director of the Blair Witch Project has returned to the found footage genre with a Bigfoot horror movie. Who cares if the shaky-cam POV market is saturated; this is a movie about a murderous Bigfoot! And yes, Bigfoot totally looks like a guy in a suit. Watch. Read more...

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It was a battle that raged for nearly a half-hour. A 56-year-old Indian woman — armed with only farm tools — is now recovering in hospital after killing a leopard that attacked her. Read more...

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Carl Sagan famously defined science by saying, "Science, more than a body of knowledge, is a way of thinking." How do you define science?Read more...

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