Best of the Week: February 11-February 17, 2012

THE OATH OF BLOODY VENGEANCE | Awesome barbarian art by Toasty, just one of the barbarian artworks in our gallery here.


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Why Mass Effect is the Most Important Science Fiction Universe of Our Generation

Mass Effect is epic. It's the product of the best parts of Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and more with a protagonist who could be the love-child of Picard, Skywalker, and Starbuck. More »


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50 million years ago, this boulder rolled across the moon's surface

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The moon doesn't get a lot of action. Unless humans come along to muck things up, the lunar surface remains pretty much as it has been for hundreds of millions of years. More »


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The Best (And Weirdest) Science Fiction Toys from Toy Fair 2012

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Over the last few days, we've taken a look at the latest Toy Fair offerings from Hasbro and LEGO. Today, we hit the floors around New York's Javits Center and perused the panoply of playthings on display. More »


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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Love and Sex

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Here are ten things you probably didn't know about sex, love and lust. Who knows? Maybe you can use one of these to impress your date - in fact, some of these could probably even be crafted into clever pickup lines. More »


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Alan Moore sums up everything that's wrong with the entertainment industry

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From Co.Create's excellent article about the controversy over the Watchmen prequels, Alan Moore explains everything to you. More »


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For the first time ever, scientists can control human brain cells using quantum dots

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What if you could treat conditions ranging from Alzheimer's to blindness, all with a flash of light? Researchers think it's possible - and they plan on using tiny particles called quantum dots to do it. More »


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Holy crap, it's The Matrix for chickens

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During the short six-to-seven-week life of a factory-raised broiler chicken, the bird is crammed into close quarters with thousands of other chickens selectively bred to mature at an unhealthily fast rate. More »


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Upcoming Movie Sequels that Actually Have a Reason to Exist

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Hollywood's appetite for endless sequels shows no sign of slacking - Transformers 4 is coming! - and these films often feel like exercises in futility. More »


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Meet the youngest person on Earth to achieve nuclear fusion

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Taylor Wilson built his first bomb when he was 10 years old. Four years later, he became the thirty-second person on Earth to ever build a working nuclear fusion reactor. More »


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Great Moments from the Hunger Games Books That the Movies Probably Can't Pull Off

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The movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins' post apocalyptic teenage Thunderdome saga The Hunger Games is almost here. But if you've read the books, you know that there's no way that director Gary Ross can incorporate everything from the source material. More »


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Why don't Americans elect scientists to office?

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Back in August of 2011, the New York Times published an interactive feature titled If I Were President. More »


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The Short, Strange History of Decimal Time

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For thousands of years, we've divided days into 24 hours, hours into 60 minutes, and minutes into 60 seconds. But why do we have to do that? Here's the story of the one gloriously failed attempt to decimalize time. More »


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10 Worst Mistakes That Authors of Alternate History Make

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The past is another country - but an alternate history is a whole new world. The best alternate histories can make you see the real history of our world in a whole new way, and make you realize that events that seem like they were inevitable... may not have been. More »


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