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These Game of Thrones VFX demo reels never get old for me. This time it's a compilation and breakdown of Rodeo FX's work, who helped create many of the show's greatest locations and landscapes, and best of all, made them virtually seamless with reality — always the hallmark of the finest special effects.Read more...

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An exterminator working in St. Cross, UK, recently had the unenviable tasks of removing a horrific wasp nest that had emerged on the bed of a spare bedroom. Read more...

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Okay, the next filmmaker to develop a movie about fairies really needs to bring sculptor Cedric Laquieze on as a concept designer. He carefully arranges parts of various insects parts—as well as plants, feathers, and bones—into remarkable creatures that are beautifully strange.Read more...

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Sir Richard Attenborough passed away this weekend at the age of 90, but his cinematic legacy will live on. And given that Jurassic Park's entrepreneur John Hammond may be his best known role, it's only fitting that the upcoming sequel Jurassic World honor both the character and the actor — and they have.Read more...

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Ever heard of the Perky Effect? It sounds cutesy-poo, but it's an effect that has led to a decades-long investigation that reveals a startling truth. Even if you don't consciously control your dreams, you probably think you control your daydreams. But that might not actually be true.Read more...

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Medieval books are filled with stunning illustrations of animals, both real and imaginary. And, while insects might have lacked the star power of unicorns and serpents, they were nonetheless lushly presented by the artists of their time.Read more...

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When Marconi first popularized the radio, no one expected it to go far – literally. Radio waves ought to be stopped in their tracks by the curve of the Earth. Marconi proved they weren't, but no one knew why.Read more...

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124 episodes and 4 feature-length adventures, all yours in one complete, attractive set for $60, with a 2014/3014 calendar thrown in. [Futurama]Read more...

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During the Middle Ages, torture was considered a legitimate way to extract confessions, punish offenders, and perform executions. Some methods were considerably crueler than others — these 10 being among the most barbaric and brutal. Read more...

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Scientists have found a strange structure resembling a microbial cell inside a Martian meteorite, but they're not claiming that it's evidence of Red Planet life.Read more...

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It's not just the myth about autism that's driving down vaccination rates. Many parents believe that as long as most other children are vaccinated, their kids won't get sick. It's a faulty interpretation of "herd immunity" — and it's prompting families to prioritize exaggerated, imagined risks over actual benefits.Read more...

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Yes, a lot of people were honored for their television accomplishments during last night's Emmy awards, but the award for most entertaining part of the Emmys goes to Weird Al Yankovic for his medley of television theme song parodies, including one for Game of Thrones.Read more...

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We've all complained about the weird, nostril-flaring faces of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the critically unacclaimed hit movie produced by Michael Bay. But as this newly revealed Turtle concept art proves, they could have been far more terrifying.Read more...

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Author James Dashner is here to answer our questions about his Maze Runner trilogy, its forthcoming movie adaptation, and anything else you want to know! Read more...

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Donald Glover is finally gettng his chance to be Spider-Man! Unfortunately it's not in a live-action movie, but on the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, where he'll voice the comics' Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Here's a clip!Read more...

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Sometimes we miss things because they were better, and sometimes we miss things simply because they're gone. Today we want to know what things gone by you're most nostalgic for.Read more...

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It was just a year ago when the world first formally met the olinguito . The discovery of the creature - the first mammal discovered in the Americas in 35 years - made it the smallest member of the family that includes raccoons, coatis, kinkajous and olingos. Thanks to crowdsourcing, we now know a whole lot more about it.Read more...

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Gawker Everything You Need to Have Seen From Last Night's Emmys | Gizmodo Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town | Jezebel Sofia Vergara Got to Participate in the Sexist Portion of the Emmys | Kotaku Pokémon Fighting Arcade Game Announced in Japan Read more...

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The Rotter Incomplete Sentence Blank can tell you what you're like in 40 sentences, most of which will be written by you. The responses to very short prompts are scored according to how positive or negative they are. (I wish they had some scoring guidelines for how sarcastic they are, though.)Read more...

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Jeremy Renner says there's been "rumblings" of him appearing in Captain America 3. Ridley Scott doesn't know when Prometheus 2 will get made, but he does have scripts for that, Blade Runner 2, and The Martian. Arrow begins filming Felicity's story. And new photos showing the return of the Daleks to Doctor Who. Spoilers now!Read more...

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From the American Museum of Natural History comes this video of kids absolutely schooling us on how to pronounce the names of pterosaurs. They're way cooler than most of us were at their age, I'm sure.Read more...

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Photographer Richard Silver's photo series Time Slice captures all the beauty of a time lapse video in a single image. From left to right, you can see a ;andmark go from morning light to evening dark.Read more...

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is one of those films that is nothing without its effects. Its whole style relies on visual effects added after filming took place. Which is why it has an unusually hilarious b-roll.Read more...

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In the last episode of Outlander, we were treated to less of Claire and Jamie's backstory and more of a look at what's in store for the future of this show. Claire's finding both the good and the bad of her future knowledge and values. Which comes as no surprise. Read more...

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Binding of Isaac creator Edmund McMillen's cat Guppy recently passed away. He's understandably heartbroken. An item in Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, however, will ensure that Guppy's small furry legacy lives on.Read more...

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