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Best of the Week: May 26-June 1, 2012

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MOON WAR II | Amazing concept art from the "Nazis on the Moon" film Iron Sky, by artist Jussi Lehtiniemi. See tons more here.

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How do we know time travelers aren't constantly changing the past?

We take it for granted that the past is fixed. History always happened the way we remember it happening. But how do we know for sure that that's the case? More »


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The awesome terribleness of Snow White and the Huntsman

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The newest badass fantasy flick to hit theaters is Snow White and the Huntsman, out today, and I believe it proves my theory that Kristen Stewart is the Keanu Reeves of her generation. More »


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How will our starships navigate in deep space?

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When explorers started going around the Earth, they used the stars to find their way around. While the oceans and plains stretched out indefinitely, the stars were dependable guides. More »


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Is Prometheus Actually Any Good? Early Reviews Are In

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An early screening of Ridley Scott's Prometheus has unleashed a flood of reviews and tweets across the internet. So, was it any good? We rounded up the both the good and the bad so you could decide for yourself. More »


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Zoonosis: When Cuddling Can Kill

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Did you know that H1N1 reached Russia by whale? Or that you can get the flu from a bird and give it to a pig? Find out why viruses tend to jump from animals to us, and why they seem to always pick the cute ones. Viruses have numbers on their side, but not anything else. More »


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10 TV Episodes that Changed Television

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We're going to be talking about this past weekend's episode of Game of Thrones for a long time - it was a war epic and a dramatic tour de force, filled with palpable ambition. More »


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North Carolina considers outlawing accurate predictions of sea level rise

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When things get tough, lawmakers get creative. Faced with predictions that sea levels in the coastal areas of North Carolina will rise by a meter in the next century, legislators are considering bold action. More »


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How the zombie apocalypse starts: Naked attacker found eating man's face

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A scary bit of news is coming out of Miami this weekend after the city police shot a naked man found eating another man's face. And several circumstances of the story have some people crying zombie. More »


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Could SpaceX land the first humans on Mars?

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Today, SpaceX recovered its Dragon spacecraft after a successful journey to the International Space Station - thus proving that a private company can transport supplies, or maybe even crew, to the ISS. More »


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Watch cartoon voice actors read the Star Wars Trilogy as Bubbles, Bender, and Captain Kirk

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Now here's a revamping of the original trilogy we can get behind! At this year's Emerald City Comic Con, cartoon voice actors Billy West, Tara Strong, Maurice LaMarche, John DiMaggio, Kevin Conroy, Jess Harnell, and Rob Paulsen read scenes from the original three Star Wars movies in the voices of cartoon characters from Pinky the Mouse to Jake the Dog. More »


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The best scenes from the most demented German children's book ever published

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If you possess any sort of fluency in the German language, there's a good chance you've encountered children's author Heinrich Hoffman's 1845 bedtime classic Struwwelpeter. More »


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How I Helped L. Ron Hubbard to ‘Take Over the Planet'

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"Gotcha!" exclaimed the Old Man, pounding his desk for emphasis. He outlined his plan to bring worldwide Scientology staff upscale to where their feelings about their jobs matched their feelings about taking over planet Earth. More »


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World of Warcraft's "Leeroy Jenkins" meme, reimagined as a heist film

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Even if you have only a passing familiarity with the massive multiplayer online game World of Warcraft, you're probably aware of "Leeroy Jenkins," a comedy sketch/meme/recreation of real events about an oblivious player who dooms his teammates charging into a battle. More »


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The Bizarre History of Superhero Porn [NSFW]

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Are we in the golden age of superhero porn? It sure seems like that. The Avengers continues to break box office records, and meanwhile a ton of superhero porn spoofs come out every month. More »


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If H.R. Giger were a pastry chef, his cakes might look something like this

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For his Cakeland project, Oakland sculptor Scott Hove takes cues from both the animal kingdom and the modern kitchen. He gives flamboyant gâteaus teeth, jaws, and imposing frosting spikes. More »


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What's the difference between capturing an emotion and creating a mood?

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Science fiction and fantasy stories transport us to a whole other world. And immersing us in a fantastical place needs more than just great world-building - it needs a sense of mood. The best speculative fiction authors are experts at conjuring the mood of a particular time or place. But what's the difference between summoning a particular mood, and bringing to life an emotional state? And how can you excel at both? More »


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Holy crap, this is the most terrifying Garfield strip ever published

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Even if you possess the absolute baseline of pop cultural literacy, you're probably aware of Garfield, that orange comic strip cat who's spent the past thirty-odd years terrorizing his man-child owner. More »


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Is it too late for first contact with aliens?

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Every scientific breakthrough has taken time to get going. Knowledge and technology needs to slowly accrue over time until a tipping point is reached. More »


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See the Avengers finale through Tony Stark's eyes!

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What would it look like to be inside Tony Stark's Iron Man helmet during the climactic final sequence of The Avengers? This new collection of art and screenshots is the closest you'll ever come to seeing the final battle through Tony's eyes. More »


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