HOW THIS MOON LOST ITS RINGS | An illustration of the view from the solar system's weirdest moon, Iapetus, which no longer has rings. Learn more here.

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Technologies that we've lost – and the quest to find them again

Greek fire. Damascus steel. These are two technological innovations whose secrets are said to be lost to time. Even the original schematics for the Apollo missions have disappeared into the mists of history, forever hidden inside hopelessly obsolete computers. More »

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Why the Avengers shouldn't text

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Joss Whedon loves to remind us that the Avengers are just one big dysfunctional family, and if there's one thing that family does, it's send horrible text messages to one another. More »


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Nearby super-Earth might be the Predator's real-life home planet

This newly discovered planet is just 22 light-years away. Its discoverers are calling it the "new best candidate" to support water, and possibly life. More »

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Amazing $150K Star Trek apartment ruined by divorce

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This was awesome.Tony Alleyne's infamous Star Trek apartment inspired us all to up our geeky interiors to the next level. Sadly, the Trek fanatic's majestic apartment is no more. More »


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Your state sucks at science

Seriously. This map suggests that unless you live in California, a smattering of states out East, or a small handfull of other states sprinkled across the country, you're looking at a very grave problem when it comes to scientific illiteracy in your community's youth. More »

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The world's oldest "Yo mama" joke is 3,500 years old

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Around 1,500 BCE, a student in ancient Babylon inscribed six riddles on a tablet. 3,500 years later, these proto-jokes lose a lot in the translation, but one thing's for sure. More »


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DC Comics unveils full list of Watchmen prequels

We've heard murmurs of the so-called Watchmen 2 project, and even an image or two mysteriously traipsed into the internet wilds a few weeks back. Now, in the wee hours of the morning, DC Comics has surreptitiously unleashed the full list of Before Watchmen prequel comic books slated for Summer 2012. More »

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What scientists say in research papers vs. What they actually mean

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There's a secret code hiding in many a scientific research paper, but it's not the key to immortality or a way to turn maple syrup into rocket fuel. No, it's the code that tells you precisely what was going through the researcher's head as he or she was writing the paper. More »


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Publishers destroy Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark's amazing artwork

Alvin Schwartz's collection of haunting tales Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is an important gateway drug into the world of the supernatural. And as terrifying as the stories about brides locked forever in an attic trunk truly are, it's the artwork by Stephen Gammell that kept you up at night. More »

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Get ready for the sexapocalypse – some say it's already here

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Is the sexapocalypse really something to fear? Or could it actually usher in a new era without the old sexual hangups and oppression that many of us struggle with today? We asked a group of brave scientists and science fiction writers what they think the coming sexapocalypse will bring. More »


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Biochemist publishes a paper solving the mystery of life, but no one understands it

Case Western Reserve University biochemist Erik Andrulis has just published a paper about a discovery that goes way beyond the RNA he usually researches. More »

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Disney princes grace the covers of men's magazines

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We've seen plenty of clever and quirky artwork centered on Disney's stable of princesses, but what about their other halves? The Disney princes finally get their due, taking center stage on the covers of familiar magazines. More »


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Hey, who ripped open a hole in the universe?

This eerie patch of blackness in the middle of a busy star cluster may look like a rather misshapen black hole, but it's actually something even stranger. More »

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The New York Times issues correction regarding The Shining's furry blowjob scene

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In my opinion, the most jarringly inexplicable scene in The Shining is when Shelley Duvall stumbles upon a well-groomed man receiving fellatio from a silent individual wearing what resembles a bootleg Scooby Doo costume. More »


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Scientists say sugar is as toxic as alcohol – and there should be a drinking age for soda

Sure, sugar's bad for you. But should we establish a drinking age for sugary sodas? According to UC San Francisco pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig, the answer is emphatically yes. More »

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