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Mysterious "white web" found growing on nuclear waste

This is as fascinating as it is unsettling. Scientists at the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site - a nuclear reservation in South Carolina - have identified a strange, cob-web like "growth" (their word, not ours) on the racks of the facility's spent nuclear fuel assemblies. More »

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This orphaned baby bat is the cutest thing you'll see all day

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If you're eating pancakes right now, don't even bother pouring on the syrup. This is the sweetest thing you'll see all day, nay, all week. This is the tale of Lil' Drac, an orphaned short-tailed fruit bat who was raised by the folks at Bat World Sanctuary. More »


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In 1992, Stan Lee gave Todd McFarlane and Rob Liefeld 20 minutes to invent a superhero

Smiling Stan Lee asked Rob "X-Force" Liefeld and Todd "Spawn" McFarlane to invent a superhero in a hot second. Their creation? An insanely 1990s anti-hero named Overkill, who basically epitomizes all of the excesses of the era. More »

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How to pretend you're aboard the Starship Enterprise (from the safety of your home)

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Want to transform your bedroom into deep space? YouTuber CrysKnife007 has looped the most soothing noise in the universe for an entire day: My favorite ambient noise from the whole series is the engine idling noise in TNG. More »


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Why is the universe pointing in one direction?

While the faster-than-light neutrinos are grabbing all the physics-shattering attention, there's another strange, unexplained anomaly that might be about to rewrite our understanding of the cosmos. More »

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Disney Princesses reimagined as Punk Rock Heroines

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What if your favorite Disney Princesses sang about the heavy-metal merits of Rammstein and neck tatts, instead of little towns and quiet villages? They'd probably look a lot like these fine ladies right here. More »


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Scientists say they're getting closer to Matrix-style instant learning

What price effortless learning? In a paper published in the latest issue of Science, neuroscientists say they've developed a novel method of learning, that can cause long-lasting improvement in tasks that demand a high level of visual performance. More »

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Watch light particles crawl through a Coke bottle at a trillion frames per second

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Three MIT physicists took the idea of high-exposure photography and cranked it up to absolutely ridiculous levels, using special optical equipment to show actual light particles on the move. More »


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Wonder Woman and She-Hulk give themselves breast exams in Mozambique

Call me crazy, but I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that Marvel and DC didn't sign off on these Mozambican print spots depicting comicdom's foremost superheroines mid-breast exam. More »

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How I Drew Firefly's Mal Reynolds

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You may have noticed that Nathan Fillion tweeted a very dapper portrait of himself as Mal Reynolds from Firefly. This artwork is by Dan Dos Santos, who immortalized the Browncoat for Dark Horse's upcoming Serenity comic for Free Comic Book Day. More »


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Did they really detect the Higgs Boson?

The news out of Geneva gives a tantalizing first taste of really discovering the Higgs Boson. Is this for real? In this week's "Ask a Physicist," we do a round-up of all things Higgs-related. More »

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What do colorblind people see?

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Science fiction is often used to show us the world through impossibly alien eyes. But there are fully human people who see the world in an alien way (to the rest of us) via current biological means. More »


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Toy concept art for Tim Burton's scrapped Superman movie is like design Kryptonite

It's kind of hard to imagine that there are more ridiculous design ideas for Tim Burton's Superman Lives than the stuff we've already seen, including the light-up disco suit and the Nic Cage test shots. More »

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This mind-blowing image of last week's lunar eclipse is so deserving of Desktop wallpaper status, it hurts

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When I first saw this composite image of last week's lunar eclipse my jaw literally fell open. And then I clicked through to the hi-res version. Is this what a religious experience feels like? More »


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The naked mole rat can't feel pain from acid burns. Now we know why.

The naked mole rat is quickly becoming one of my favorite mammals ever. The glabrous little buggers live decades longer than most other rodents, never develop cancer, and have mastered the enviable skill of being able to run backwards as quickly as they do forwards. More »

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