Best of the Week: September 1-7, 2012

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A STAR DIES IN FRONT OF YOU | Check out this photo of galaxy NGC 5806 — can you spot the supernova in progress? Hubble caught every second of this stellar explosion, and we explain the whole thing here.

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Weird Secrets of The Avengers That You'd Never Have Guessed

You probably think you already know everything about The Avengers. After all, the Marvel superhero team-up movie had years of anticipation and build-up - which actually paid off, with a movie you probably saw more than once. But there are still secrets you'd never have guessed about Joss Whedon's massive aliens-vs-heroes spectacle. More »


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Further evidence that the Yellowstone megavolcano could blow without warning

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Yellowstone National Park sits on top of a giant volcanic caldera, or an earthen cap that covers a huge reservoir of superhot liquid rock and poison gasses. More »


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Holy shit, you guys are really going to like Looper

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt says Looper is the film he's most excited for lately. But how does his time-traveling gangster movie actually hold up? It's everything we wished for - and more. More »


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Just how obsessed was Stanley Kubrick with one-point perspective? Watch this video to find out

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There are some directors whose movies are instantly recognizable, and Stanley Kubrick is easily among them. One thing that makes Kubrick's movies so unusual is his heavy use of one-point perspective, to focus in on a single character or object, and often to create a sense that we are trapped within the scene rather than merely watching it. More »


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How does alcohol get you drunk?

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There's a whole lot of things that people stuff in their faces. Some of them keep those people alive. Some of them taste good to those people. Some of them help those people win pie-eating contests. More »


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The 5 Most Unpleasant And Undignified Ways To Die In Ancient Times

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Antiquity was the pits. For every advancement in philosophy or mathematics, you had half a dozen crazed aristocrats high on mercury potions trying to remove your limbs in bold new ways. More »


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Read Obama and Romney's answers to the country's top science questions

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Where do the two men who would be President stand on crucial questions about science? Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have released their answers to a series of incisive, science-themed questions assembled by ScienceDebate. More »


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How copyright enforcement robots killed the Hugo Awards

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Last night, robots shut down the live broadcast of one of science fiction's most prestigious award ceremonies. No, you're not reading a science fiction story. More »


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How soon will we be able to stop torturing animals for science?

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Nobody likes the idea of experimenting on animals. It seems like the definition of inhumanity, especially when you consider the growing evidence that animals have awareness just like us. More »


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Ultimate Proof That Dragon*Con Has the Best Cosplay on Earth

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Dragon*Con is known as the convention with the very best cosplay anywhere, and this year's batch did not disappoint. From the super obscure (Thumbelina in her Beetle ballgown) to the exceptionally timely (NASA Mohawk Guy) check out our picks for the best of the best of Dragon*Con cosplay. More »


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Twenty-nine of history's most iconic scientists in one photograph – now in color!

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I can't get over how fantastic this image is. It was originally captured in 1927 at the fifth Solvay Conference, one of the most star-studded meetings of scientific minds in history. More »


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A chart of every death in Breaking Bad that can be tied back to Walter White

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Walter White's metamorphosis from a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher into a lethal force of meth-slinging nature has been one of the most fascinating character transformations ever to unfold on screen. More »


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What's the next technology that will change the way you watch movies?

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Motion-capture has totally altered our movie-going experience in just a few years. From the Na'vi to Gollum to Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, our favorite movie characters are increasingly a blend of computer animation and an actor's real performance. More »


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Can't stop screaming, real life Bert and Ernie cosplay is too terrifying

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We missed this horrifying duo in our recap of all the excellent cosplay from Dragon*Con - but we will never forget these faces. These horrible faces of real life Bert and Ernie walking around, like people. More »


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8 Ways That Judges Have Cited Star Trek From the Bench

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Star Trek's influence goes way beyond die-hard science fiction fans. The saga of Starfleet has influenced how we think about ethics, morality and the nature of civilization. More »


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