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Outfit your GIFs in their fanciest party clothes and put their favorite soundtracks on a continuous loop, because it's time to celebrate. Celebrate what you ask? You, your GIFs, and another week wrapping itself up.Read more...

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Kick off your weekend with Friday's best deals.Read more...

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In the 1960s and 1970s, the United States attempted to improve the image of nuclear bombs by using them for public works. This went about as poorly as you'd suspect.Read more...

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Part of the appeal of Hot Toy's figures is that they pack such an incredible amount of detail into a tiny, 30cm-ish frame. But what happens when that crazy attention to detail is put on something a little more life sized? If you're in Asia over the next few months, you could find out.Read more...

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An Avengers: Age of Ultron TV spot includes our new favorite stunt. Trek 3 writer Simon Pegg explains what he learned from Star Trek Into Darkness. Do we already know who's directing Inhumans? Plus what's up with Mockingbird on Agents of SHIELD. And Game of Thrones could feature book storylines that nobody expected to see. Spoilers Now!Read more...

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Of course Sam Heughan thinks a Doctor Who/Outlander crossover. It's a perfect idea. Outlander's already got time travel in its plot, why not have the Doctor show up? Plus, we currently have a Doctor who sports a Scottish accent. It's a perfect match!Read more...

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I watch a lot of television and read a lot of books. I don't think that's going to shock a lot of people. It's literally part of my job. I'm at the point where no one really questions how much I watch or read. But the secret is: I spend way more time revisiting old favorites rather than new things. Read more...

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It doesn't come out until next week, but Marvel/Lucasfilm has released a preview of Kanan: The Last Padawan, a series exploring how Kanan, Star Wars Rebels' resident Jedi, came to survive Order 66 and what his life was like during the Clone Wars.Read more...

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This video by Joe Bereta covers how to become Batman — or someone like Batman. Shockingly, it's full of a lot of real-world information and not just movie magic. Although, Bereta does repeat a lot that breaking the law is a bad idea.Read more...

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The Folio Society is doing a gorgeous new edition of Frank Herbert's Dune, and we were excited to show you the front cover a while back . But just wait until you get a load of the interior art, also created by artist extraordinaire Sam Weber. [Warning: One picture might be NSFW.]Read more...

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So you're on a date, and the conversation turns to ghosts and UFOs, and the other person flatly declares he or she doesn't believe in that woo-woo crap. Awkward! But fear not — now there's The Amazing Kreskin's Supernatural Dating Society, aimed at making love matches 'twixt paranormal enthusiasts.Read more...

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We've got some kind of evaluation happening in this week's Concept Art Writing Prompt, by artist Johannes Holm. So what's going on? And what happens to the humans who are pulled out of line?Read more...

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If you get chemicals, from iodine to detergents, in the form of tiny little pellets, chances are they have been "prilled." What's prilling? Think about what this strange process could be. And whatever you're thinking, it's even simpler than that.Read more...

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Daryl Gregory's novels inspire reflection and conversation, but above all else they are just different and so much fun. His new book, Harrison Squared is fresh and enjoyable, and proves that he's a writer to be reckoned with.Read more...

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Starling murmurations are some of nature's eeriest and most impressive displays. But something about the in-flight behavior of this geometrically synched flock in Scotland is particularly transfixing.Read more...

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Author Brian K. Vaughan took over the Panel Syndicate Twitter feed yesterday to answer questions. He shared info on his past and upcoming projects (including a "Y for yes" on whether there's been movement on that Y: The Last Man adaptation!!), but he also dispensed a wise bit of writing advice.Read more...

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Trajan's Column in Rome commemorates Emperor Trajan's victory over Dacian Wars in 155 bas relief scenes. This stop-motion video outlines the current theory on how the towering structure was built.Read more...

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The computer revolution didn't come into people's homes overnight. There was a long period when the public was still discovering all the things they could do if they owned a computer — and this led to some truly outrageous TV ads. Check out the most hilarious and creative classic home computer ads ever made.Read more...

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On Friday, asteroid 2014-YB35 is expected to make its closest approach to Earth. Traveling at over 23,000 mph (37,000 km/h), NASA says the 6.2 mile (1,000 meter) asteroid won't get any closer than 2.7-million miles (4.4 million km). That's nearly 12 times the distance from Earth to the Moon – so relax.Read more...

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When you play Rani Mahal, you win or you die. I think. Actually, all I really know is that "Rani Mahal" is the title of an upcoming Indian TV drama — which is reportedly "inspired by" George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones.Read more...

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Ten Years ago tonight, Doctor Who returned and changed the face of British science fiction. Many elements can be credited for its continued success, but one person can never get enough credit. Christopher Eccleston, who seldom gets his props, was really the best Doctor of them all.Read more...

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Despite both being big hits on The CW, it's taken a while for Arrow and The Flash to get some great toys (we're still waiting on that Felicity Smoak from Toy Fair !). Funko are stepping in to fill the void with some new figures based on the shows... but you might want to hold off on being excited for them.Read more...

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There are definitely plenty of economists who love science fiction — Paul Krugman comes to mind immediately. But economics could still benefit from more attention to the genre, argues economist Ha-Joon Chang from Cambridge University. But Chang's reasons for recommending SF might be a bit surprising.Read more...

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Lately, it seems that there are few words in the English language that stir up as much semantic ire as "literally" does. As more and more people have been using "literally" to mean "really," some English speakers fret that the meaning of the word will change. But the truth is that it would hardly be the first.Read more...

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