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Greetings my post-apocalyptic pen pals! Full disclosure: We have lost all pen technology in my dark future. However, I do know who the best supervillain on TV is, what Thanos’ evil plan in the MCU is, and more, so it all works out, more or less. Besides, we still have pencils, even if we mostly use them to stab tiny vampires.Read more...

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An international team of scientists have isolated a gene within the Aedes aegypti mosquito that partially transforms females into males. Since only females spread diseases by feasting on human blood, the discovery could lead to powerful population control strategies.Read more...

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Community’s latest paintball episode is online and it includes one scene that pays tribute to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Just as Steve Rogers finds himself in an elevator surrounded by enemy agents, so too does Community’s Dean Pelton find himself apparently cornered by rival paintball players.Read more...

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Supernatural has had an amazing run. The first five seasons of Eric Kripke’s monster-fighting show had a beautiful arc, and formidable storytelling chops, and the five post-Kripke seasons have had moments of greatness, despite an aimlessness bordering on ennui. But after season 10? I’m done.Read more...

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If you play video games, you might be familiar with The Witcher. But before Geralt of Rivia dazzled gamers in CD Projekt Red’s series, he was the star of Polish writer Andrzej Sapowski’s hit fantasy novels. Want to know more about the literary origins of the Witcher? Here’s everything you need to get started.Read more...

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Five days after capturing the Iraqi city of Ramadi, ISIS forces have now taken the historic desert city of Palmyra in central Syria. Given Islamic State’s penchant for destroying historical artifacts and ancient monuments , there’s now concern that these ruins, a UN World Heritage site, could be destroyed. Read more...

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So there’s someone in your life who doesn’t like science fiction. Nobody’s perfect. But the good news is, genre is expansive, and there’s almost always a little corner of it where even the most science fiction-averse person can curl up and enjoy themselves. Here are 10 science fiction books for people who don’t like science fiction.Read more...

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What if I told you that hunky Far Cry 1 star Jack Carver and creepy Far Cry 2 villain The Jackal were the same person? To quote Eurogamer’s Ian Higton: “The clue is in the name, people!”Read more...

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How do you spot—and then stop—scientific fraud? Simple, you just follow the math. Nautilus has a piece on how the researcher with the most retractions ever (183!) was finally caught. The story not only includes plenty of sick science burns, it also details a statistics-based procedure to catch future frauds.Read more...

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Hey, so I don’t know if you read James Dashner’s dystopian scifi YA novel The Maze Runner. Hit book, hit movie, big-ass maze involved. Well, the first trailer for the movie sequel, subtitled The Scorch Trials, is here, and I don’t know what the hell is going on. Also, I’m pretty sure there’s no more maze running.Read more...

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A Greek writer taps away on his typewriter by candlelight,trying to make sense of the cyber war that started with a hacked pacemaker. AnAmerican major awaits trial for treason as the Pacificdescends into war. Russian forces attack adarkened Estonia. These aren’t science fiction stories — they’re entries in the Art of Future Warfare contest.Read more...

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Late yesterday, CERN scientists made history by using the most powerful particle accelerator in the world to hurl beams of protons together at the record-breaking energy of 13 TeV (tera-electronvolts) — a full 5 TeV higher than the previous standard.Read more...

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You’re an intelligent, worldly consumer of Gawker Media websites, so I’ll assume you’ve seen Firefly. That said, if you know anyone that hasn’t, the complete Blu-ray for $15 is a fantastic gift. [Firefly: The Complete Series, $15]Read more...

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Summer’s coming up, and with it, hopefully some time to settle into the sunshine with a good book. But which book?Read more...

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History isn’t certain if Kate Warne, America’s first female detective, had that career path in mind when she walked into the Pinkerton Detective Agency. It’s possible she was applying to be a secretary. But she so impressed Allan Pinkerton that he hired her as an agent — a job she proved unusually well-suited for.Read more...

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Good morning, and get ready to get a bad case of internal shivers! This morning’s body horror is provided by toxic epidermal necrolysis, which can be induced by... so many things. So many things.Read more...

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They’ve teased it for a very long time, but it’s finally here: Bandai have revealed their Figuarts Hulkbuster, and they’ve really pushed the boat out. Read more...

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Deadspin Bryce Harper Ejected, But Nobody Knows Why | Gizmodo “I Can’t Afford Not to Have That Money”: The Worst PayPal Horror Stories | Jezebel Virginia Pol Finally Admits He Fathered Child with Teenage Secretary | Kotaku Inside Tokyo’s Infamous Suicide Train Station |Read more...

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Blade Runner 2 has a director! James Gunn’s new horror film casts one of its leads. See Captain America and Crossbones duke it out in new Captain America: Civil War set pictures. Plus, Steven Moffat discusses The Doctor and Clara’s relationship and his most challenging Doctor Who script yet. Spoilers Now!Read more...

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For some of us, being tickled by so-called “friends” and “family” is a nightmare. But can we use the fact that we can’t tickle ourselves to stop being ticklish when other people come at us, grinning? According to Dr. Emily Grossman, yes. Yes we can.Read more...

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You cannot accuse Alex Garland’s Ex Machina for ignoring the details. Even a glance at a page of code was an Easter egg.Read more...

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It’s a good day for innovative space technology. The Planetary Society’s technology demonstration of solar sails to propel microsatellites hitched a ride into orbit with the launch of the secretive X-37B space plane . The LightSail project is testing solar sail technology for a mission in 2016.Read more...

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iZombie is gearing up for a big finale, and Liv and everyone she knows is in danger. Zombie danger. And Liv’s caused all of it herself. Read more...

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Transformers is going the way of a shared universe, and last month it announced that Akiva Goldsman would head up a writers room full of talent to oversee a new shared universe. And the people they’ve picked have very recognizable names.Read more...

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“The Moral Molecule.” “The Cuddle Hormone.” If you’ve been paying attention the past few years, you’ve heard about many of the near-magical effects of the hormone oxytocin on the brain. It makes people more altruistic. It reduces anxiety and increases trust. But it’s not the only chemical that affects the brain that way.Read more...

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