WATCH OUT FOR BURNINATION! | The most spectacular solar eruption of 2012, featuring a coronal mass ejection tearing away from the sun at 900 miles per second. This is just one of the best space porn images of 2012.

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Weirdest and Sexiest Costumes from the Original Star Trek

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Star Trek has broadened our visions of the future in so many ways - but most of all, the original Star Trek took us to the final frontier of fashion. More »


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The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2012

Yesterday we told you about the biggest scientific breakthroughs of 2012. But now we turn our attention to those developments that make us realize just how futuristic things are quickly becoming. More »

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10 Incredibly Stupid Ways Superheroes and Villains Have Died

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There's been a lot of talk about comic book death this week (here's the spoileriffic reason why), and what makes such a death bad. Is it because the death is poorly plotted? More »


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Physicians in China treat addictions by destroying the brain's pleasure center

Drug addiction in China is highly stigmatized. And now, some doctors are trying to cure it with a radical procedure known as as a "stereotactic ablation." More simply, it's the practice of destroying parts of the brain's "pleasure centers" (the nucleus accumbens) in heroin addicts and alcoholics as a way to stop drug cravings. At the same time, however, damage to this region could also impair a person's ability to experience natural longings and other emotions, including joy. More »

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The Best New and Short Webcomics of 2012

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Each week, we've been looking at webcomics new and old, bringing you some of the best of what we've seen online. 2012 brought us a wide range of genre webcomics, from a fanciful tale of an artist and his editor that uses all three spatial dimensions to one of the sweetest fan comics DC has ever inspired. More »


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Why do mirrors reverse left and right, but not top and bottom?

Position yourself in front of a mirror and you'll notice it immediately. The text on your sweatshirt is reversed. The part in your hair has switched to the other side of your reflection's head. More »

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Django Unchained: What Kind of Fantasy Is This?

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Two years before the Civil War, a freed slave named Django becomes a bounty hunter because he can't think of any job more awesome than killing white guys for money. More »


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The Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2012

This was an incredible year for science and engineering. We sent a powerful robot scientist to Mars, and we discovered the elusive Higgs Boson particle, plus there were world-changing innovations in medicine and materials science. More »

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The Greatest Science Fiction Porn Movies of All Time: 1961-1991 [NSFW]

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Science fiction has long encompassed every aspect of human experience - including sex. For as long as we've dreamed of going to space, we've dreamed of getting it on there. More »


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Minimalist posters explain complex philosophical concepts with basic shapes

When it comes to explaining philosophy, sometimes less is more - and we think this arresting collection of minimalist posters encompasses that idea perfectly. More »

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The Eleven Elite Rules of Movies About Computer Hacking

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Skyfall's high tech storyline was just the latest Hollywood attempt to explore the crazy world of computer hacking. Though they often fail, filmmakers keep trying to make the ultimate "hack the planet" movie. More »


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12 Lessons That 2012 Taught the Entertainment Industry

This was a year of massive victories and horrendous defeats. Science fiction and fantasy rocked pop culture like never before, but that just meant the stakes were higher and the lessons were harsher. More »

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This Argentinian tourist village sat underwater for 25 years

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In the 1970s, Villa Epecuén, a tourist village on Lago Epecuén in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, had a population of more 5,000 with 300 thriving businesses and tens of thousands of annual visitors. More »


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Catwoman concept art shows off Selina Kyle's Catsuit that never was

A new batch of Dark Knight Rises concept art is focused on Selina Kyle's closet. Check out this massive collection of shots from Anne Hathaway's costume and prop designers - including four different variations of her razor heels, an amazing Hathaway head maquette that wears a hand-scuplted lace mask, and a collection of printed and patterned catsuits that didn't make the cut. More »

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The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

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This year, our eyes beheld some truly innovative and mind-blowing cosplay. We saw gender-swapped characters, Evil Dead hats, and elaborate costumes that included as many as five cosplayers. More »