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If you've been exposed to a certain type of radiation, you should waste no time getting decontaminated — by having a beer. This is a time-honored way of dealing with tritium contamination, from the early days of Los Alamos to today. Read more...

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When an English-language television show makes the jump to a non-English-speaking country, the show is often retitled to appeal to the new audience. And it's pretty entertaining to see how Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Doctor Who are retitled.Read more...

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For the first time ever, scientists have observed interspecies warfare in bees — a spectacular natural phenomenon involving prolonged aerial battles and kamikaze attacks that result in thousands of fatalities in both attacking and defending colonies.Read more...

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If there was any doubt that post-apocalyptic fiction rules the book world, it was probably erased when Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven became a National Book Award finalist. But why do today's hottest writers write stories set after the end? We talked to Mandel and four other post-apocalyptic authors, to find out.Read more...

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This image from NASA reveals a massive cluster of lights in what was — until recently — desolate prairie. This is the Bakken Shale, an oil-rich rock formation stretching across parts of North Dakota, Montana and Canada. The lights are from the illuminated derricks, local boomtowns and gas flares of the oil fields.Read more...

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This week, Halloween comes to Sleepy Hollow via a terrifying revelation. No, not the Headless Horseman No, not the demon possessions. No, not the sick kid who staggered into town and disrupted the hospital. No, not the pipers in the woods. Not even this week's ghost! You guys...Katrina did something.Read more...

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Connecticut manufacturer Giantmicrobes, which makes a line of plush toys based on viruses and other microorganisms, has sold out its entire Ebola stock, including its small and large Ebola dolls and its Ebola petri dish toy. What is WRONG with you people?Read more...

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WARNING: Once you see the uncut footage of Benedict Cumberbatch doing his full-body motion capture performance as The Hobbit's Smaug — which is to say "lying on the floor and acting evil at nothing" — you may never see the dragon of destruction the same way again. Or Benedict Cumberbatch, for that matter.Read more...

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Behold the first-ever footage from the unauthorized (or, as the creator is calling it, bootleg) animated series JUDGE DREDD: Superfriend. This teaser trailer looks insane. Good.Read more...

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It's one of those so-called facts that everyone knows: Bram Stoker's character Count Dracula was loosely based on Vlad the Impaler. But while there's no doubt that Stoker took the name from Vlad III's patronymic, it's doubtful that the Impaler was actually the basis for the famous vampire.Read more...

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The new MTV Scream television series won't have the iconic Ghostface murderer or murder mask. This is odd as that mask is a huge part of the Scream legacy—and well, is this really Scream without Ghostface? Read more...

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Our global population of 7 billion has been steadily expanding and it's only going to grow faster as the century continues. But what will a world with 11 billion people look like? Paul Hanley has a written a book on the subject and he's here to answer our questions.Read more...

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Preorder to save on Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions. While the discount on the DVD version is deeper than the Blu-ray release, preorder price protection basically makes that a moot point. You'll pay the lowest price the Blu-ray hits before release, and not get charged until to ships. [The Lost Missions]Read more...

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As the title song always said, G.I. Joe 's purpose is to defend the world against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world. They may have been ruthless and determined, but they sure as hell weren't smart. See these actual 14 ludicrously moronic plots for the G.I. Joe cartoon for proof. Read more...

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We love how so much of the marketing for the Hunger Games movies builds on the world of Panem, and the new web series to promote Mockingjay, District Voices, is a perfect example of that. In each episode, members of a Panem district describe their labor with Capitol-enforced cheer.Read more...

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Blockbuster 3D movies can be tremendously disappointing. But you know what's not disappointing at all? This video that lets you fly across a Martian chaos terrain, in 3D.Read more...

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The Society of Biology has announced the winners of its 2014 photo contest. The annual competition is open to amateur photographers, but you'll scarcely believe it after looking at these stunning photos. Read more...

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Did you know that Paul Rudd killed Michael Myers? Also, Halloween 3 really didn't have anything to do with anything? Here is the entire Halloween franchise in two minutes. Read more...

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They never built castles like we were promised in the ads on the back of comic books, but it turns out that Sea Monkeys (a.k.a. brine shrimp) might have the power to move oceans and transport nutrients to deep underwater environments.Read more...

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Does someone in your life not want to do something? Do you not care, even the slightest bit, about their wishes? Here's how to force them to complete a task they don't care about, and even feel superior while you're doing it.Read more...

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Since its first announcement or teaser trailer is released into the wild, a game is bound to make certain changes up to launch. But it can be quite revealing to see just what was left out and added into the game by comparing marketing materials to the final product.Read more...

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When Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 was released a few months ago, it introduced full deckbuilding and cards only attainable through an additional purchase. We didn't like it. An expansion for the game makes those premium cards available simply by winning matches.Read more...

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A few behind-the-scenes photos reveal two major TV show characters meeting that haven't encountered each other in the books — at least not yet, anyways. Spoilers ahead, obviousl!Read more...

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Whether your library is digital or hard copy, we want to peruse it. Tell us what books you've been reading — and which ones are coming up next!Read more...

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A Doctor Who game being released by the BBC this week requires much more than a game controller or a computer mouse. Instead, players must solve puzzles through a series of commands that teach the basics of programming and coding skills. The fate of the universe depends on your ability to help a rogue Dalek survive.Read more...

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