Best of the Week: January 5-11, 2013

YOU THINK IT'S ROUGH NOW | Think the weather is crazy now? Just imagine what it looked like on Earth right after the mega-collision that formed the Moon. More details here.

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The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational

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The human brain is capable of 1016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any computer currently in existence. But that doesn't mean our brains don't have major limitations. More »


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Short-haired, armored Wonder Woman is ready for battle

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Artist Rahzzah gives Diana of Themyscira a warrior goddess redesign, shearing off her curly locks and outfitting her with armor based on her "W" symbol. More »


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#overlyhonestmethods is the PostSecret of the science world, and it is amazing

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Yesterday, a neuroscience postdoc by the name of Leigh started a hashtag on twitter called #overlyhonestmethods. Then came the confessions. Have you ever conducted scientific research? More »


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All the Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That Are Coming in 2013

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This year's science fiction books are going to rock. John Scalzi returns to the Old Man's War universe, there's a brand new Neil Gaiman novel, and Stephen King's long-awaited sequel to The Shining. More »


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Why Does Coffee Make You Poop?

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You know it when you feel it. You've just sat down at your breakfast table, or settled in at your favorite café. You're a few sips into your brew when, out of nowhere, the urge to download a brownload is becoming urgent. More »


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Can we bring the Greek Gods back, please?

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Has anyone else noticed modern organized religion is kind of a bummer? Even if your divine belief system isn't violently persecuting another, it seems like you're still trapped in a church singing dirges all Sunday. More »


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Collector buys a camera at an antique shop - and it's filled with undeveloped pics from World War I

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Anton Orlov, a San Diego based collector of vintage photography equipment, recently visited an antique shop where he purchased a unique French stereoscopic camera called a Jumelle Bellieni. More »


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6 Reasons Why Batman is Both Perfect and Boring

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A few months ago some friends and I were talking about characters who were boring on their own but had wonderful stories built around them. Among the characters discussed were Luke Skywalker, and Harry Potter, and then I brought up Batman. More »


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Has Humanity's Explosion Become a Population Bomb?

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The world's population has exploded over the past century, growing from less than 2 billion to 7 billion people. And it's not stopping. The U.N.'s current projection is that humanity will number 9.3 billion individuals in 2050, and then hit 10.1 billion by 2100. More »


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The Unbelievable Wretchedness of Mainstream TV's "Nerd Episodes"

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We all know crime procedurals and medical dramas rule mainstream TV. Every network has them, they almost always attract viewers, and they last for years - which means they're constantly scrambling to new ways to make their murder/patient-of-the-week interesting. One tried and true trope that these shows inevitably turn to is the "nerd episode." More »


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Watch an eerie mockup animation of Neil Gaiman's fable about a heroic black cat

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It's been more than a year since we first learned of Christopher Salmon's quest to bring Neil Gaiman's short story "The Price" to life as an animated film. More »


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Did Google Earth capture shots of a clandestine military anti-grav project?

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Though it would be cool if they were a secret Chinese anti-grav technology, these surreal roadscapes are in fact an image-mapping glitch. Just like those undersea "signs of Atlantis" were, and those ghosts in Google Street View. More »


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The Ultimate Guide to 2013's Science Fiction and Fantasy TV

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This year marks a year of epic undertakings for the major TV networks, after a couple years of playing it safe. Syfy cranks out their long awaited MMO-meets-TV series Defiance, and ABC launches its crazy conspiracy drama Zero Hour. More »


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James Watson Says Antioxidants May Actually Be Causing Cancer

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Celebrated geneticist James Watson, one of several researchers who won the Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA, has just published what can only be called a cancer manifesto in Open Biology. More »


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New Pacific Rim trailer takes you inside Guillermo del Toro's giant monster-fighting robots!

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A brand new Pacific Rim trailer was released at CES. And of course, this particular bit of footage is all tech heavy. Check out the fantastic (very Hellboy-esque) flight suits the pilots are clamping on inside their Jaeger (the giant freaking robot). More »


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