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EARTH TO ENTERPRISE | The Space Shuttle Enterprise flies low over New York City on its way to a last great landing. Photo by Librado Romero/New York Times, via Facebook

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33 Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies that Could Rock Your Summer

This year's summer movies just won't let up. There's Joss Whedon's Avengers, Chris Nolan's third Batman film, and Ridley Scott's long-awaited return to space horror. More »


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Why does this blue stone have yellow light coming out of it?

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You'd expect this cloudy blue glass to throw a blue light onto its surroundings. The light it throws, though, is clearly a bright orange-yellow. Can you guess why? More »


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100 Albums Every Science Fiction and Fantasy Fan Should Listen To

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Science fiction and fantasy have colonized every corner of pop culture - especially the world of music. From awesome movie soundtracks to science fiction-inspired rock operas, genre stories have always gone along with sonic landscapes. More »


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It's Official: James Cameron and Google Unveil Plans for Asteroid-Mining

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A recently announced space venture backed by James Cameron, Google executives, and others isn't scheduled to formally announce its plans until later today, but as of late last night, the news is official. More »


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Mystery cactus-like fossil named "Godzillus" found, unlike any other lifeform

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It's an incredible discovery: In the rocks outside Cincinnati, paleontologists have uncovered a mysterious ancient "monster" fossil resembling a cactus nearly seven feet long, that researchers are thinking of naming "Godzillus." More »


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How could you create artificial gravity?

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Why do people in space shows like Star Trek and Star Wars walk around in space ships instead of floating in microgravity? No floating budget. But what's the in-story reason? More »


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How Syfy Will Bring Science Fiction Back to Television

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Is Syfy getting back to its science fiction roots? Last night the channel debuted their new slate of original scripted programming for their yearly upfront presentation. What they promised was a surprising break from their current line-up of magical dramas and charmed artifact programming. More »


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Your Summer Beach Reading List for 2012

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Summer is almost here, and that means one thing: Escape! Everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, humans will be fleeing their buildings and shedding their protective outer garments, even as the sun grows hotter and more intense. More »


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10 Most Unconvincing Romances in Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Many of science fiction and fantasy's most epic stories are also great love stories. Love is the ultimate mystery, and a huge motivation for many of our favorite characters. More »


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The spooky TV movie that caused post-traumatic stress disorder

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On Halloween 1992, years before The Blair Witch Project, the BBC aired Ghostwatch, which claimed to be a live on-air investigation of a real haunted house. More »


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Insane and magical photos a father created of his daughters

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All parents love to take photos of their children, but photographer Jason Lee goes one step further, manipulating photos of his two daughters to create magical scenes. More »


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Behold the water slide so dangerous it was shut down immediately

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From 1978 to 1996, the Action Park of Vernon Township, New Jersey provided thousands of teenagers with the white-knuckle thrills only inattentive employees and poorly conceived amusement park rides can deliver. More »


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An Exclusive Look at The Avengers XXX: A Porn Parody Trailer

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And there came a day unlike any other, when Earth's mightiest heroes decided to have an orgy. More »


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The Physics that Explain Why You Should Wear Black This Summer

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We're all encouraged to wear white in summer, since white clothing is supposed to keep us cool - but it doesn't. In fact, black clothing is the best way to keep cool in the heat. More »


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In 1958, America accidentally dropped a nuclear weapon on two little girls' playhouse

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For certain rural residents of the Carolinas during the Cold War, apocalyptic anxiety hit disturbingly close to home. In 1958 and 1961, the American Air Force lost nuclear weapons over the skies of South and North Carolina, respectively, raining potential apocalypse on the folks below. More »


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The Bizarre Object We Believed Was Impossible to Visualize

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Mathematicians have now visualized abstract mathematical objects called flat tori - items resembling donuts with corrugated, fractal surfaces. More »


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Movies Where The World Actually Gets Destroyed In The End

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Lots of movies try to end with a bang - but only a few end with the entire human race being wiped out, or the world being torn asunder. Hollywood all too often wimps out on showing us total oblivion, but there are a few movies that go all the way. More »


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This is what a TARDIS dildo looks like

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Ok, we gotta hand it to the creators of this Doctor Who dildo - it's pretty clever. Bear in mind, we've seen a lot of miserable dildos (hello sparkle vampire cock). More »


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Analytical thinking really does reduce your belief in God

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Does God exist or not? That question may never be answered to everyone's satisfaction - but the question of why people become religious might be. More »


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