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Avengers trailer screencaps show off Marvel's brand new Hulk, and more!

You've seen The Avengers brand new trailer, now it's time to dissect each frame and squeeze out all the superheroic goodies. Why is Loki getting arrested? Are those alien space ships? What's with the lasers? Check out our trailer breakdown now. More »

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The Ice Age might still be going on inside China's deepest caves

Hidden in the dark caves of southwest China, a fragment of Earth's last Ice Age might well survive. Sadly, there aren't any mammoths hiding out in there, but tiny plants might represent a last link to 30,000 years ago. More »

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Hand-painted Russian scifi and fantasy movie posters will make your eyes bleed

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Painted movie posters rules, particularly when they take gonzo creative liberties with the films' plots, as Ghanaian and Thai posters sometimes do. But in each of these hand-painted Russian posters, something is fantastically askew. More »


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Scientists figure out how to switch off peanut allergy

The peanut allergy is one of the eight most common types of food allergies, and the common use of peanuts in a wide range of foods makes it particularly dangerous. More »

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The gorgeous Italian Star Wars movie you never knew you wanted

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Lovingly made Star Wars fan films, they're growing on trees these days. The latest not-for-profit Star flick is the atmospheric Italian film, Dark Resurrection: Volume 0. In this film, a group of Jedis discover a derelict spaceship with a nasty secret. More »


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Which way are these four silhouettes spinning?

Optical illusions just keep getting more extreme. We once examined an optical illusion in which a silhouetted figure spins in different directions depending on how you look at it. Here's the sequel, which is four times the optical illusion craziness. More »

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A rebooted Justice League, complete with a marble Wonder Woman and steampunk Cyborg

With the DC Universe currently overhauling itself, plenty of artists are serving up their own interpretations of the New 52. Aaron Diaz of the webcomic Dresden Codak is one of the latest illustrators to throw his hat in the ring. More »

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10 Awesome Online Classes You Can Take For Free

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There are literally hundreds of free courses online - offered by some of the most prestigious universities in the world - that don't require registration. We've picked out 10 that we think you'll find particularly interesting. More »


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Haunting photographs of the world's seed vaults, which may be our only hope after agricultural apocalypse

Photographer Dornith Doherty has spent the past few years photographing "seed vault" facilites all over the world. These are exactly what they sound like: vast buildings devoted to preserving the seeds of as many plants as possible, partly for scientific research and partly to hedge our bets as more and more plants go extinct. More »

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Most Ridiculous Human Jobs that Robots Have Stolen in Science Fiction

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Robots! They're not just our future overlords, they're also our replacements in almost any job you can imagine. America rushed to watch robots duke it out in Real Steel this past weekend - but "robot boxer" is not the most outlandish job a fictional robot has held. More »


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Are the streets of Washington, D.C. supposed to form a pentagram?

Popular lore suggests that the street layout of Washington, D.C., was designed so that the streets emanating from the White House would intersect with landmarks in the area to form a pentagram. More »

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Watch a trailer for The Divide, the most disturbing film we've seen in years

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Xavier Gens's (The Frontiers) post-apocalyptic drama is fucked up. Seriously messed up, just read my review. I almost lost my lunch. The Divide centers around a group of trapped end-of-the-world survivors and plummets into some abhorrent mind games and lunacy. More »


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10 Superhero Movies We're Glad Never Happened

Last week, we heard about Joel Schumacher's plans to cast Nicolas Cage as the Scarecrow in his planned third Batman movie, after Batman and Robin. It's enough to give you nightmares, and not in the way the Scarecrow is supposed to. More »

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How would Batman respond to Occupy Wall Street?

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Earlier today, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg postponed his plan to evict the Occupy Wall Street protestors from Zuccotti Park. But what would Batman do in this situation? More »