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Via the /r/mildlyinteresting* subreddit comes an office-supply creation that puts your cubicle-mate's obnoxiously oversized rubber band ball to shame. Read more...

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People build their houses everywhere overnight, to the point where homes appear to spill over the edges of sidewalks and cling to the feet of superstructures. There's a certain grandeur to it, and more than a little squalor. Read more...

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It's only been out for a wee bit, but clearly Starz is happy with the pretty excellent response their new series Outlander has received, because they just greenlit another season! Read more...

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Robots are so common in today's stories as to be almost ubiquitous. Whether we're talking killer robots, robot swarms, sentient robots, robots with human emotions, or even human/robot hybrids, we've seen them all. But when did the very first robots show up in our stories?Read more...

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Everyone loves a good timelapse , but they don't always go as planned. While a Go-Pro camera was collecting footage for an environmental action video, a marmot popped up to investigate. Soon, majestic mountains, serene lakes, and fluttering clouds all made way a snuffling nose and lens-licking tongue.Read more...

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One consistent thing about Disney's Into the Woods musical movie adaptation is the news coming out of this picture is inconsistent and troubling as all hell. First they cut the best song from the original musical , then they claimed they didn't, and now news is hitting that the brand-new Stephen Sondheim song penned just for this adaptation has been scrapped entirely? What's going on over in this enchanted forest? Read more...

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We've all seen lists of the worst science fiction books and movies, according to scientists — but what are the best? HuffPost Science reached out to 15 great scientists and asked them to name their favorite science fiction stories — and the results were pretty interesting.Read more...

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While many comic book heroes may have gained their powers through scientific experiments or accidents, there's more magic than science behind their powers. Or is there? A Stanford biologist looks at how epigenetic science can explain two Marvel characters' abilities.Read more...

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Fortunately, if this team reaches its crowdfunding goal, they'll be available in adult sizes as well. Also looking for crowdfunding help is an exciting new anime, dolls based on real historical women, and a new online science fiction and fantasy magazine.Read more...

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If you find the argument for adding insects to your diet compelling, but the fact of it still leaves you a little queasy, there's hope yet. NPR took a look at one of the solutions that's being bandied about: A cricket "flour", which may not be suitable for baking substitutions, but is suitable as a protein powder. Read more...

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Science fiction and fantasy are huge, diverse genres. They include a million different styles, tones and types of storytelling. And a few especially talented or adventurous individuals have managed to explore a lot of different approaches to science fiction and fantasy in their careers. But who's the most versatile creator?Read more...

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Brian Trease, a mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is working with researchers at Brigham Young University to construct a solar array that uses origami principles for deployment. Read more...

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Real-life room escape games are point-and-click puzzle games made real. You and your team are locked in a room, and you have to solve a series of puzzles in order to get out. So how does it all work?Read more...

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It's a big day for the Empire. First we get the possible reveal of the new Stormtrooper helmets , and now we may have learned about the new villains who will be bring grief to the galaxy. And it may be someone we've met already... Take your daily Star Wars rumor grain of salt, and remember, spoilers ahead!Read more...

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Remember the garden scene from the greatest zombie film ever made, Shaun of the Dead? The one where Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) discover a zombie in their backyard and mistake her for a drunk girl, and take a pic? Well, it turns out Frost really did snap a real picture, and this is it. Read more...

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Quick: How many legs does a lobster have? Don't know? That's okay, most people don't. Even Red Lobster doesn't. In fact, many of the images of lobsters that you encounter in your daily life are anatomically incorrect. (Here's a rare exception .)Read more...

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Over fifty years ago, a group of pranksters founded a satiric religion devoted to creating conspiracy theories so insane that nobody would ever believe in conspiracies again. They called themselves the Discordians. And their weird ideas are still influencing us today.Read more...

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Huzzah! The Defiance recap is back, and just in time — the show possibly delivers it most well-plotted episode yet, right as season two kicks into high gear for the presumably explosive finale. Plus: Datak is being awesome again! What's not to love? Read more...

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When your friend gets tipsy and starts rambling about how tequila turns her into a savage party monster, and then your other friend vehemently calls bullshit, calmly put your hands up and say this: "Friends. Please. I got this." And then explain to them what I'm about to explain to you.Read more...

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Cat owners may claim that their pets love ice cream and doughnuts, but it's the fat they enjoy. The taste receptor for sweet is encoded in two genes. In cats, a chance mutation appears to have broken one of these genes. That's why tigers, lions, and your kitty will never have a sweet tooth. Read more...

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Some of the greatest works of science fiction and fantasy leave some stuff open to interpretation. And today at the World Science Fiction Convention in London, we saw a great panel discussion about the role of ambiguity in SF — and why it makes stories better. Read more...

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In the largest room in the White House hangs an iconic full-body portrait of George Washington renouncing a third term as president of the United States. There is a small but obvious spelling error contained within the portrait—and it's actually there for a very specific reason.Read more...

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Warlords of Draenor hits November 13. Preorder the Collector's Edition today, which includes soundtrack, artbook, and "epic" in-game content. [Warlords of Draenor CE]Read more...

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Vampires fall into more categories than sparkly and non-sparkly. As the iconic Vampire: The Masquerade RPG taught us, there are 13 vastly different groups of vampires for players to choose from; some good, some weird, and some so terrible they might as well sparkle. Here are all of Vampire's various clans, ranked from best to worst. Read more...

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Grisha Trilogy author Leigh Bardugo and artist John Picacio have collaborated on bringing a little bit of Shadow and Bone-inspired art into the world. And we're going to exclusively reveal the collaborative project... now!Read more...

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