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Saying it could have "a chilling effect on valuable research," over 30 ethicists have put their signatures on a column claiming that Facebook's clandestine and manipulative mood study was not inappropriate. Read more...

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In Peru, archaeologists excavating the tomb of a nobleman from a pre-Inca civilization have found ornamental metal pieces fashioned to look like feline paws with claws. The paws may have been part of a ritual costume used in ceremonial combat. The loser would be sacrificed, while the winner would get the costume. Read more...

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Basically, the problem is that if you take Space Heroin, you tend to hang out with scuzzballs that take Space Heroin, and they do shady things. Space Heroin itself? That stuff's fine, apparently. Also: More handjobs!Read more...

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In the Purge franchise, America has turned brutally stupid. Once a year, we have a day where "all crime is legal" — which translates into "let's kill poor people." The good news is, where the first Purge was a dull home-invasion flick, the second is a pretty zany action movie, with Frank Grillo as the Punisher.Read more...

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Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb, but you can lock in your preorder price on the upcoming Batman The Complete Series Limited Edition Blu-ray, which is already the best-selling blu-ray on Amazon. As always, you get preorder price protection, and you won't be charged until shipping. $189. [Batman Complete Series]Read more...

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The more we're seeing of the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, the more we're realizing that this is truly for kids. At first we were worried about a terrible, gritty remake. But now we're seeing the charm in these horrifying mutant monsters: the quips. Read more...

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It was only in March of 2013 that io9 called your attention to Kelly Thompson's novel The Girl Who Would Be King. We loved the modern fatasy, but we're even happier to exclusively reveal that the book has been optioned as a film, and we got all the details for Thompson herself!Read more...

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The Venus Express spacecraft has completed its 3,000 th orbit of the tempestuous planet, dived into the atmosphere, is on its way back out, and is somehow still transmitting. Not bad for a probe designed to last a measly 500 orbits!Read more...

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Earlier this week, the Planetary Society held a pep rally for Europa, where Bill Nye and climate change-denier House Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) set aside their differences to promote planetary science. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that a Europa expedition could pump millions of dollars into Congressional districts.Read more...

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You might remember Kurt Gödel. He was last seen on io9 proving the existence of God , at least in theory. Legend has it he also found an odd clause in the Constitution which proves that the United States could be legally made a dictatorship. And he told it to immigration officers.Read more...

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It's Friday, you know what to do! Put on your party hats and tell us about whatever is new and exciting with you this week, because this GIF party is ready to go.Read more...

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The final list of cast credits for Guardians of the Galaxy has supposedly leaked out, meaning we know know (...supposedly...) who everyone is playing, and which Marvel characters are making a guest appearance in the film. If true, GotG is going to be crazily crowded.Read more...

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It's being reported today that nearly 100 of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash were headed to Australia for a major AIDS conference. Among them was Joep Lange, a leading researcher and the former International AIDS Society president.Read more...

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Joss Whedon says Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are "Team Ultron." Get the first look at Jack Black playing R.L. Stine in Goosebumps. And what under-the-radar projects do Guillermo del Toro and Duncan Jones have in the pipeline? Plus, all the details of Once Upon a Time's take on Frozen and new Doctor Who set photos.Read more...

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Pangolins, or Scaly Anteaters, are fascinating creatures. The eight pangolin species are found in Africa and parts of Asia, and they're the only mammals whose skin is covered in scales. Read more...

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All seemed peaceful on the day they appeared, but the large aperture in the middle of their faces are so menacing. No one builds things like this for peace, do they?Read more...

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The U.S. Supreme Court is not composed of scientists. We've seen this before . But they do end up hearing a lot of cases that involve science, and are forced to describe the concepts and technology before them. They do not always rise to the challenge.Read more...

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The stars of Comedy Central's fake news hour are lending their support to the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative to benefit UNICEF by engaging in a hardcore battle to determine which of them is biggest fan. It's worth it to see Stewart be the one to take things too far, for a change. Read more...

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Yep, Ben Whishaw is the new voice for Paddington. He's replacing Colin Firth, whose voice was deemed "too mature." Well, of course. Because the voice is the thing that's wrong with Paddington, and not the fact that he's now a full-sized, realistic-looking bear wearing just a coat and a hat.Read more...

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This glowing sculpture captures a modest neighborhood at night, its windows glowing peacefully beneath rebar that sprouts like insane stick figures from the roofs. It's also a work of profoundly melancholy science fiction.Read more...

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After major urban disasters, there are always stories about the stubborn people who refused to evacuate. They've survived incredible danger, or worse, they haven't survived at all. But this isn't because they're foolhardy. There are good reasons that people stay in their homes, to protect their property at all costs.Read more...

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What is Moonfall? All we know about is that it's a thriller that's being described as like Fargo, only set on the Moon. It's the work of actor/screenwriter David Weil, who had another script on the 2013 Black List of great unproduced screenplays. And a ton of people, including Darren Aronofsky, are jazzed.Read more...

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What is wrong with the English language? I know it's one of the most difficult languages to learn because it's made entirely out of exceptions and we refuse to acknowledge the rest of the planet's agreed-upon vowel usage. But as Tom Scott shows in his new "Things You Might Not Know" video, this is just madness.Read more...

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This little girl is ready for the monster who haunts her bedtime—or at least that's what she thinks. What story can you come up with about the child-monster encounter?Read more...

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The Giant hogweed, a long-stemmed plant originally from Central Asia, is currently spreading like wildfire around certain parts of the United States and Canada. Not only is it drowning out the local flora, it's also a noxious weed that, when touched, can cause blisters, long-lasting scars — and even blindness.Read more...

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