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Disney's upcoming superhero film Big Hero 6 is set in San Fransokyo, a futuristic city with San Francisco's layout and a bit of Tokyo's aesthetic. And this delightful concept art from the film gives us a sense of how that mashed-up city came together.Read more...

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Sometimes the traffic on roads develops emergent properties, creating beautiful patterns you never realized were there.Read more...

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Of all the world's animals, chimps and humans are some of the only to coordinate attacks on members of the same species. A new study concludes that, for chimpanzees, this kind of lethal aggression is "normal" and common. And by normal, the researchers mean the behavior stems from evolved tendencies, and not a response to human pressures, such as habitat loss.Read more...

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Vimeo has just gobbled up 80 episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, but more importantly this deal includes the rights to FUTURE episodes of MST3K that aren't already available on iTunes or Hulu! Read more...

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The ship and the whale, glimpsed diving through the sunset, were absolutely vivid. She could see the shadows on the whale's dorsal side, and light glinting off the ship's sails. Soon, she would have to decide what it was — or, more to the point, what would manifest itself like this.Read more...

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Animator David OReilly designed and directed the video game (complete with its twerpy alien child) that Joaquin Phoenix plays in her. In this quickie short, he designs a surreal weapon, a bomb that leaves viewers in suspense until it finally serves its end.Read more...

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Why do birds tend to have sharp beaks instead of a mouth full of teeth? The answer may have to do with the mechanics of flight.Read more...

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There are a lot of war scenes in science fiction, but most of them emphasize the pew-pew-pew and spaceship CGI over realistic representations of combat. Are there any futuristic movies that actually show us the grim reality of what war might be like in years to come?Read more...

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So it turns out the operative word in Bryan Fuller's loose adaptation of The Lotus Caves, the TV pilot-turned-TV movie High Moon, is not the word "moon." It's "high," as in "everyone who worked on this show was clearly high."Read more...

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The popular image of the early Earth as a magma-drenched ball of despair has taken yet another blow. New research affirms that our planet's first 500 million years were at times surprisingly similar to the present day — including the presence of oceans, continents, and crustal plates. Read more...

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Matt Smith is getting back into the genre game and joining up with the very large cast behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The twist: he's not playing Mr. Darcy. Read more...

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It's call and response, coyote-style. And it's one of the most intense examples of human-animal communication you've ever heard. Read more...

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In a stunning example of how a political movement can actually change lives, the Strike Debt project has raised over $100 thousand to purchase and abolish student loans for a group of recent grads with a punishing amount of debt. They hope to turn this into a national movement.Read more...

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In movies like Brazil and 12 Monkeys Terry Gilliam established himself as a master of the dystopian. With his new film The Zero Theorem, he's created a garish, repulsive social media future full of "happy" surveillance and overworked techies. It's a compelling vision, but the movie never quite lives up to its own designs. Read more...

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Low-brow director Ed Wood is best known for his films like Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster, and, most notoriously, Plan 9 from Outer Space. But he also wrote prose fiction, including a tale of Egyptian archaeological horror written from the mummy's point of view.Read more...

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Gawker The New York Times Could Never Have Published TMZ's Ray Rice Video | Gizmodo The Online Legacy of a Suicide Cult and the Webmasters Who Stayed Behind | Jalopnik Supercar That Runs Using Salt Water Approved For Use On European Roads | Jezebel Why Do Men Want to Be OB-GYNs? A Few Doctors Weighed In. | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...

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City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett has been getting lots of buzz lately, including praise for its layered, intense worldbuilding. This is a novel about a society that's forbidden to speak of the dead old gods... who might not be dead after all. We've got an exclusive exerpt, so you can check it out for yourself!Read more...

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Spider-Man is one of the most recognizable characters in pop culture. But he's also gone through some pretty strange transformations, especially in alternate universes and unauthorized spinoffs. Here are the most bizarre alternate versions of Spider-Man of all time!Read more...

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Published in the May 1983 issue of the journal Mathematics Teacher, this amazing math problem challenges students to locate the USS Enterprise's missing first officer—in 50 minutes or less—using compass and straightedge. Are you up to the task, cadet?Read more...

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There's a gas giant located about 330 light-years from here that's not only unusually large, it's also orbiting its host star at an incredibly close distance. According to a new study, this combination of factors is wreaking havoc on the star's innards.Read more...

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These days, it often seems like the entertainment industry just wants to keep monetizing the same handful of properties over and over, instead of taking more risks. That makes for a "warmed-over meatloaf" feeling — but in Slate, Hieroglyph co-editor Ed Finn argues it's also bad for innovation.Read more...

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No, this comic by cartoonist Ryan Estrada and writer Peter Starr Northrop won't have you magically understanding the Russian language, but if you've ever stared at Russian words in Cyrillic script and wondered just how the hell you pronounce them, this will get you started.Read more...

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Contraceptives fail a lot more often than you may have realized. Those failure rate statistics that you see are actually a bit misleading — they are for failure rates in a given year. Over time, the risk of failure is compounded.Read more...

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While we wait to hear when the infinitely anticipated second season of the hit anime Attack on Titan will finally air, we can content ourselves with this first trailer for Attack on Titan: No Regrets — a two-part OVA series revealing how a nobody named Levi became the world's most effective destroyer of Titans.Read more...

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Suppose you're a really lazy cosplayer with a lot of money laying around... this is your golden opportunity. Premiere Props is auctioning off a thousand items on Sept. 27 and 28, including Halle Berry's original Storm costume (above). Plus a Bajoran nose-ring from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Deadpool's swords!Read more...

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