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Created by people living 5,000 years ago in Scotland, the Cochno Stone is a beautiful example of ancient European "cup and ring" carving. These are created by making grooves and indentations in the rock, creating vast, swirling patterns that may have guided rivulets of liquid during ceremonies.Read more...

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Of course Space Invaders is becoming a movie. What's not to love about a two-hour drama of shooting at rows upon rows of slowly descending aliens? This thing basically writes it self!Read more...

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The Flash's fiercest — and most frigid — foe has joined his TV series. EW reports Prison Break's Wentworth Miller will don the parka and weird white glasses (metaphorically speaking) of Leonard Snart, a.k.a. the freeze-gun-wielding Captain Cold.Read more...

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Star Wars has had such a profound impact on pop culture that it's no surprise that it has inspired architecture too. These Death Star style buildings are testimony to how much the world loves the Empire — or maybe just how iconic the spherical, shiny structure really is.Read more...

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Dear me, Dominion. What happened to the insane, pretending-a-hotel-chain-is-a-sign-of-royal-lineage madness? What happened to the weird? This week, Dominion revealed a few interesting tidbits about a few characters, but mostly it just talked. And yes, the angels are all still being dicks.Read more...

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There are lots of robots that try to replicate human movement. But we're especially excited about robots that don't just mimic human function but add to it — like this attachable cuff that gives your hand two extra, functioning fingers, that work along with your existing five.Read more...

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Results from a study published in the latest issue of Cognitive Science suggest that 5- and 6-year-old kids from religious backgrounds judge fact from fiction differently than those with non-religious upbringings. Read more...

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Writer-director Mike Cahill made an impression with Another Earth, which used a science-fiction premise as the backdrop for a personal story. In his second feature, I Origins, the science-fictional premise is front and center — and you can see the downside of trying to tell a personal story about huge science-fiction ideas.Read more...

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This week in crowdfunding, we have two documentaries for your financial consideration: one about San Francisco's boy hero Batkid and one about the people behind D&D. Plus, there's a Neil Gaiman off-Broadway play and a beautiful art book featuring diverse fantasy women.Read more...

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Michel Gondry sucked us into his surreal world with movies like Be Kind Rewind and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Now he's back with Mood Indigo, an eye-popping fairy tale about a magic world where everything is mutable — except cancer.Read more...

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During an appearance on CNBC, Physicist William Happer was asked about his view that human beings are not causing climate change. His response: "The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. Carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews."Read more...

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FlowingData's list of "19 Maps That Will Blow Your Mind and Change the Way You See the World. Top All-time. You Won't Believe Your Eyes. Watch." May actually be the most important list of maps and what they tell us about the world of all-time. You won't believe your eyes. Watch.Read more...

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If you were dreading The Shining prequel, we have good news for you! Mark Romanek of Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo and the brilliant but never aired Locke & Key pilot will be directing it. If it's going to get made, we're glad it's with him. Read more...

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What you're looking at here is not an impact crater. It's a large hole on the Moon's surface that formed when the ground above a lava tube collapsed. NASA believes these pits widen underground and contain tunnels — which would be very handy for the first wave of lunar colonists .Read more...

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Marvel has debuted the newest comics roster for Earth's Mightiest Heroes! There are plenty of surprises in there, but perhaps none more surprising — and welcome — than the fact that only four of the group's 11 members are white men.Read more...

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Earlier this month, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling released a short piece of prose that offered a quick look at Harry Potter and his Hogwarts classmates as adults. The response indicated that fans are still hungry for stories of the wizarding world—and perhaps it's time for someone other than Rowling to give it to them.Read more...

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In January of 2010, I decided to change my outlook on how I manage my gaming time, how I collect games, and how I contend with the nemesis that so many gamers share: the dreaded backlog.Read more...

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A powerful new technique called a "gene drive" is opening up incredible possibilities for the control and manipulation of wildlife. Leading researchers say we need to have a debate now about whether we should be shaping the genetics of whole populations of wild animals.Read more...

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Fruits can get their colors from a lot of places. New research suggests that the color preferences of the animals that eat fruit are among the strongest influences on fruit color. It's an assumption scientists have always made, but now they have some evidence to support it.Read more...

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What do you do when your fire-type Pokémon sets fire to your couch or your psychic Pokémon starts broadcasting all your dirty thoughts? You take a cue from pet shaming folks and force them to wear a sign detailing their bad behavior.Read more...

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The greatest heroes and villains of science fiction and fantasy live on in our hearts and minds, long after they've left our screens. That's often thanks to actors who really invest in these characters — to the point where the stars want to keep the stories going, too. Here are 10 science fiction and fantasy actors who wrote novels about their own characters.Read more...

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I swear it's just a coincidence that multiple vampire stories caught my attention this week. But it put me in mind of those who are destructive and suck the lifeblood from society, which coincidentally is a theme of the other stories on this list. Leeching is in the air, kids!Read more...

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Genetic analysis shows that Ötzi the Iceman suffered from periodontitis. The discovery of non-human DNA in samples taken from the 5,300 year old mummy's hipbone revealed the presence of a bacterium responsible for the gum disease. We can now add this to his many other ailments, including lactose intolerance and an intestinal parasite. Read more...

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Forty Years after touching down near the Sea of Tranquility, the trails of disturbed regolith created by the Apollo 11 astronauts are still clearly visible in photographs taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Scientists used those and other images to create this amazing virtual model of the landing site.Read more...

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