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While the spiral pastel colors of this image are evocative of a painting, they are in fact a visualization of data from ESA's Planck satellite showing the interaction between interstellar dust and the Milky Way's magnetic field. Scientists are studying how the dust's alignment with that field influenced our galaxy's formation.Read more...

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We may know who's directing the Aquaman movie. Amy Adams describes Lois Lane's role in Batman v. Superman. Tom Hanks may star in the movie of Dave Eggers' The Circle. The King Kong movie Kong: Skull Island adds one of our favorite actors to its cast. Plus Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Once Upon a Time and Star Wars: Rebels spoilers!Read more...

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Britain's Channel 4 has ordered a pilot for a half-hour science fiction comedy that follows 200 hundred humans on a mission to find a new home after the destruction of Earth. So far, that's a pretty standard sci fi set up. And then there's the ship's pilot, which is described as an android bear. Suddenly, this became awesome. Read more...

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Beautiful in their own right, these works of art from artist Atsushi Koyama look very much like illustrations for how to manipulate a holographic design table. A lot of precise hand and eye coordination is involved.Read more...

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After discovering new deep sea snails with spiky shells, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute named one of them (on the left above) A. Strummeri after Joe Strummer, singer for the Clash.Read more...

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'Tis the season for year-end stories wrapping up the cultural and political goings-on of 2014. So why not ... "The Year in Bigfoot"?Read more...

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Bursting with stars: Markarian 209, a blue compact dwarf galaxy, is captured in the middle of an intense burst of star formation, as seen in the light blue cloudy region in the top right corner. The dominant population of stars is under 3 million years old, compared with our 4.6 billion year-old sun. [Hubble/ESA]Read more...

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station recently captured this glorious panoramic night-time shot of Italy. Read more...

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It's no accident that Sarah Connor's famous dictum that there is "No fate but what we make" closely resembles Jean-Paul Sartre's first principle of existentialism, that "Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself." As philosophy grad student Rho Smith explains in the above video (and accompanying essay), the Terminator films are full of existentialism.Read more...

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Every time I've fired up Steam this week, I've been greeted by ads for a game called The Talos Principle. I'd never heard of it, but it had a picture of a robot holding a cat, so I installed it. Read more...

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As Diane watched the early morning bustle of the delivery ships, she lamented the loss of the snow day. Sure, they didn't need it any more with snow shuttles and Thermex clothes, but it was a nice tradition. Plus, she'd had one hot toddy too many last night and hadn't come close to finishing her grading.Read more...

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They can cartwheel their way through the desert, snag themselves a live fish twice their size, and trick prey by carefully constructed giant spider effigies (made out of leaves, dead bugs, and nightmares). Is there anywhere spiders can't thrive?Read more...

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In one of the strongest episodes of the season, Constantine visits a Mexican convent for a tale about babies and the creatures that steal them. But even as John learns the truth behind the Rising Darkness, he and Zed find themselves (separately) in very deep trouble.Read more...

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Is love universal, or are there different types of love depending on the sort of people involved? Is brother-sister love different than mother-daughter love, or romantic love? Those are the sort of questions that come up in Jennifer Marie Brissett's ambitious new novel Elysium. Minor spoilers ahead...Read more...

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Goodbye, Frozen cast. Goodbye new character. Goodbye long-time character. Just about everyone is getting kicked way the hell out of Once Upon A Time and it is great. Just great. Read more...

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Elevator technology hasn't really improved much since its first appearance over 160 years ago. Enter ThyssenKrupp's MULTI — an advanced elevator system that's poised to radically transform the way we get around buildings.Read more...

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In 1954, a high school physics teacher wrote a science fiction story set on a highly oblate exoplanet, one so squished the gravity varied dramatically from equator to pole. Now researchers are contemplating how to detect such bizarre, alien worlds in our ever-expanding search for exoplanets.Read more...

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It's one of the most common pieces of writing advice: Write the first draft of your novel in a hurry, just to get it down, then fix it later. It's the idea behind NaNoWriMo, too. But how do you fix that first draft? Joe Abercrombie, author of Half a King and its sequel Half the World, has some excellent advice.Read more...

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Every year "the Black List" unloads an exciting compilation of what many consider to be the "best" unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, selected by a secret panel of insiders. And the 2014 Black List is overflowing with new scifi. Our time is now, people! Read more...

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When you see a bright red river or a lake that glows a vivid green color, you probably think it belongs on another planet. But these incredibly striking bodies of water are right here on Earth. Here are the most beautiful and alien-looking rivers and lakes, sporting bizarre colors.Read more...

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The sad thing is, this fake supernatural romance MoonQuake Lake doesn't automatically look any sillier than a lot of other movies we've seen lately. And yet, the fake trailer is straight-up hilarious. Mila Kunis plays a girl who has to return to the Moon every night, and Ashton Kutcher is her lover... but what if an asteroid hits her?Read more...

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The 1980s were a troubled time. There were terrible fashions. People talked seriously about Mutually Assured Destruction. Cocaine was everywhere. And yet, the movies of that era have an innocence and fun that's difficult to beat. What movie from the 1980s is just the most straight-up fun to watch?Read more...

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Last month, delegates at the UN Convention on Migratory Species passed an unprecedented resolution acknowledging that some social animals have culture, and that conservation scientists need to be sensitive to this if their efforts are to be effective. Read more...

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It's nearly time to say goodbye to Peter Jackson's take on Middle-Earth - but at least we get to celebrate with some delightful new posters from Mondo, available tomorrow!Read more...

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