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You order something, it ships, and a few days (and a few checks through package tracking) later it's at your doorstep. It's a relatively simple process — until you start looking at all the packages moving worldwide at once. And then that simple process becomes a vast, complicated, and even kind of beautiful, network.Read more...

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Presented with these two semantically identical statements, people will believe the top one more than the bottom one. Why is this? And what does it tell us about John Keats' famous dictum about beauty and truth?Read more...

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Breasts swing. They sag. They flop. They can move. Over the years, many games have tried to emulate the way breasts behave. There's even a term for it: "Breast physics."Read more...

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Sonia Van Meter is the managing director of Stanford Caskey, a national Democratic opposition research firm. She's also one of 100 candidates selected by Mars One for Martian colonization in 2025. Many are skeptical of Mars One's prospects; many (like Buzz Aldrin) hope the mission succeeds. Regardless, Mars is the future that Sonia is preparing for, and we spoke on the phone last week. Read more...

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February gets the shaft when it comes to days in the month. While other months last 30 or 31 days, February has 28 or 29, depending on the year. Why? Well, this video explains all of the fiddling that Romans did to the calendar, and how that resulted in a single short month.Read more...

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The chosen people are going where they've never gone before. Two new anthologies, Jews Vs. Zombiesand Jews Vs. Aliens, feature an all-star group of writers, explaining just what happens when Judaism confronts the unimaginable. To celebrate, we've got an exclusive excerpt: A brand new story by Naomi Alderman!Read more...

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History doesn't have to be the stultifying grind you remember from high school. It can be shocking, and funny, and sad — and even if you don't remember all the dates and faces, it can leave you knowing more about the world. Here are 10 popular history books that will change your view of reality.Read more...

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Starting today, Vita owners can save on nearly 40 digital games during Sony's Vita Birthday Sale. Check out the full list here .Read more...

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Using satellite data, NASA scientists have created the first-ever 3D model showing just how much dust makes its way from the Saharan Desert to the Amazon forest. Incredibly, this dust is seeding the rain forest with an essential nutrient, an indication of just how interconnected these disparate regions really are. Read more...

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And that's not all! Pee-Wee's Big Holiday, as it's been titled, will be produced by Judd Apatow, directed by Broad City's John Lee, written by Paul Reubens and Comedy Bang Bang's Paul Rust, and begin produced in just a few months. So not only is a new Pee-Wee movie finally happening, it's already on its way!Read more...

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You've heard the jokes, seen the memes. Even when Zack Snyder unveiled the tattooed, Khal Drogo-ized Aquaman of the DC movieverse, many saw it as a response to the character's perceived bad rep. But Aquaman has been formidable for years. Here's a complete history of Aquaman's rise to badassery.Read more...

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It's been nearly 20 years since Capcom introduced us to the world of Resident Evil, but Revelations 2 is the first time the series has gone episodic. I'm not convinced it's better for it. Read more...

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For years, parents have been told to withhold peanuts from their children until the age of three, to prevent the onset of dangerous peanut allergies. A landmark study is now throwing this conventional wisdom on its head, instead suggesting that most peanut allergies can be staved off by introducing peanuts to children early.Read more...

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In the comics, the Red Hood gang introduced Batman's greatest, craziest villain, the Joker. In "Red Hood," the titular gang also introduced Gotham's greatest, craziest villain, and it turns out it's Fish Mooney. Yes, I know how insane this sounds, but… well, let's just say Fish gave us an eyeful of how entertaining Gotham can be.Read more...

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For a former police drone, the titular robo-hero of CHAPPiE sure has a cutesy design. I mean look a the little flappy ears and everything! Recreating it in Lego as Eric Tsai did only makes him look even cuter.Read more...

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In 1972, animal behaviorist John Calhoun built a rat paradise with beautiful buildings and limitless food. He introduced eight mice to the population. Two years later, the mice had created their own apocalypse. Here's why.Read more...

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There's a constant stream of new skills to learn as new technologies become common. But there are also skills that, while once considered absolutely foundational, become more curiosities than necessities. Today, we want you to look ahead and tell us what skills you had to learn that will be obsolete by the next few generations.Read more...

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James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff star in Joseph Kahn's (Detention, Toque) R-rated, NSFW Power Rangers short film. We did not think the Power Rangers could be this dark. We were so wrong. Read more...

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Gizmodo The Troubled History of the Foreskin | Jalopnik Audi's Latest Light Technology Doesn't Look U.S. Legal To Us | Jezebel Academy Has Bullshit Reason for Not Including Joan Rivers in Tribute | Kotaku Birdman's 'Fucking Kimchi' Comment Sparks Controversy in South Korea |Read more...

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Gary Whitta talks about writing for Star Wars, plus more about the possible 23 Jump Street/Men in Black crossover. Bridget Regan discusses a Peggy/Dottie showdown on Agent Carter. Plus, a better look at Daredevil's costume, and sneak peeks of Cinderella, The Walking Dead and Arrow. Spoilers!Read more...

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The life of a superhero isn't all saving the day from world-consuming threats - there's always going to downtime to goof off in. Toy photographer Edy Hardjo imagines what it's like for the Avengers, Batman and co. when they're not out performing heroics on the job through a legion of Hot Toys figures.Read more...

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"I was in hospital last week. I asked the nurse if I could do my own stitches. She said 'suture self'" was one of the bits of wordplay that secured the UK Pun Championship for Leo Kearse last week. Read more of them at The Independent. Read more...

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Using photos taken from Mars by the Opportunity Rover, NASA has recreated the sunset the rover sees from the red planet. Hit play and be mesmerized.Read more...

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I think we can all agree: This room has the best view in Tokyo.Read more...

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There are some great research-minded tumblrs out there — I highly recommend JSTOR's — the Muncie, Indiana Public Library is celebrating technology month in February. They asked their local history librarians what they thought the best technology was. They were big fans of microfilm.Read more...

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