NON-AERODYNAMIC BUT STILL A WORK OF BEAUTY | This shot from Event Horizon is just one of hundreds of beautifully non-aerodynamic spaceships you shared with us. Says Phrosty, "It's not the lack of aerodynamics that'll kill ya."

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How NASA might build its very first warp drive

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A few months ago, physicist Harold White stunned the aeronautics world when he announced that he and his team at NASA had begun work on the development of a faster-than-light warp drive. More »


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10 Television Cliffhangers That Make Great Series Finales

We're always sad to see a beloved TV show end - but it's even more infuriating when a show goes out with a cliffhanger, that was clearly intended to lead into another season of episodes. More »

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This naturally occurring flower is made of ice

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Some people who live in wooded areas where it is both wet and cold have seen blooming flowers of ice grow from stems either in the early morning or early evening. More »


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This episode of NCIS: LA did more good for nerds than 5 seasons of Big Bang Theory

Um, did anyone watch NCIS: Los Angeles last night? The NCIS spin-off procedural about Navy cops who are also somehow terrorist-fighting super spies that have gunfights in the LA streets every single episode? More »

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5 Historical Myths About Real Scientific Discoveries

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Scientific discovery may require reason, rationality, and a firm handle on the facts, but science history has its share of myths, urban legends, and tall tales. More »


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A world map of average life expectancy by country. How does your nation rank?

Here now to provide a some perspective on the matter of mortality is a variegated patchwork comprising 188 of the world's countries, with each nation color-coded in accordance with the average life expectancy of its citizens. More »

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The Rise of the Backdoor Fantasy Story

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One of the best books I read this year was a fantasy novel that wasn't a fantasy novel, called Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. Written by Robin Sloan, it's about a secret society devoted to translating a mythical book about immortality, and features several long passages devoted to the awesomeness of dragons. But the dragons were all part of a fantasy series within the novel itself. More »


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Scientists snap a picture of DNA's double helix for the very first time

Though they've never actually seen it with their own eyes, scientists know that DNA's structure is composed of a spiraling corkscrew. They know this thanks to molecular theory and and an old-time technique called X-ray crystallography, where patterns of dots are converted into an overarching image using mathematics. But now, for the first time ever, scientists have actually snapped a real image of DNA using an electron microscope - spiraling corkscrew and all. More »

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What happens when all of horror's creepiest kids attend the same disturbing daycare

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Raising kids isn't easy, especially when those kids are malevolent alien offspring or vengeful spirits who inhabit your TV set. Fortunately, the perky educator of College Humor's Horror Movie Daycare is unfazed by children who demand the Necronomicon for story hour. More »


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Watch this now. We bet you've never seen a more stunning video of a cheetah in your life.

This is the first ever high-definition, super-slow-motion video footage of sprinting cheetahs, which - I think we can all agree - are basically the reason high-frame-rate video cameras were invented. More »

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19 science fiction movies that could change your life

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There are plenty of classic SF movies you should see, from James Whale's Frankenstein to George Lucas' Star Wars: A New Hope. And there are plenty of beloved SF movies like Steven Spielberg's E.T. But what about science fiction movies that challenge your preconceptions about reality and force you to rethink your place in the universe? Those aren't always the most famous movies, but they are certainly the most memorable. Here are nineteen SF movies that could rearrange your mind. More »


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Humans have stripes! You just can't see them.

You no longer need to envy the noble zebra. Humans also have stripes. In fact, all people have them, and everyone's stripes form the same general patterns. More »

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The Walking Dead's zombie bikini calendar went horribly, horribly wrong

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The tagline for this season of The Walking Dead has been "Fight the dead, fear the living." It's a particularly apt phrase when you see the "zombie bikini calendar" a South African ad agency made to promote TWD, because I genuinely fear whatever human being thought of, approved and then created this disaster. More »


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Contrary to common belief, female porn stars have great self esteem

Pornographic actresses are probably having more sex than you. No surprise there. But a newly published study suggests there's a good chance many of them have better self esteem, to boot - not to mention more enjoyable sex lives, better body images, and more positive outlooks on life. As for the widely held belief that female porn actresses share a history of sexual abuse (commonly known as the Damaged Goods Hypothesis), the researchers found the actresses were no more "damaged" than their non-pornographic counterparts. More »

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11 of the Least Inspirational Speeches Ever Delivered in Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies

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The classic rallying-the-troops speech is a chance for genre movies to achieve Oscar-winning heights of emotional triumph with great acting and writing. More »