Best of the Week: September 10-September 16, 2011

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MISSING PLANET | Artist's conception of the extra gas giant that may have once lived in our solar system, before disappearing off into deep space. Read more about it here.

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Physicists explain controversial finding of faster-than-light particles

Yesterday, CERN physicists shocked the world with news of a scientific finding that could revolutionize the field of physics. The researchers claim to have observed what many had believed to be impossible: subatomic particles called neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light. More »


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Most Embarrassing Deleted Scenes from Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies

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We heard about all the scenes that were cut from Star Wars for years. And then, with the Blu-ray release, we finally got to see all of them... and we learned just why they were cut in the first place. More »


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Recently discovered species of raptor validates the fears of anyone who ever watched Jurassic Park

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One of the most recognizable characteristics of raptor dinosaurs - the clever, pack-hunting carnivores immortalized in the Jurassic Park movie series - is the enormous, scythe-like talon located on the second digit of each of their feet. More »


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Spielberg's Terra Nova: The Most Political Show on Television

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The big promise of Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies was that we'd get to see people trying to rebuild society after an alien invasion. How would you start over, and what would you do differently? More »


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The (dubious) science of penis enlargement

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You've seen the spam. You've heard legends. But is there any actual science behind the promise of penis enlargement? Quite a lot, it turns out. More »


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Online gamers have managed to solve a decade-old scientific puzzle. In three weeks.

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What if, instead of tallying up head-shots in Team Fortress 2, you could channel your gaming skills towards helping scientists find treatments to diseases like HIV/AIDS? More »


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Why the women of The Big Bang Theory are more interesting than the men

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So The Big Bang Theory returns tonight for its fifth season, and every ad for the show features the four main male geek characters - Leonard, Sheldon, Raj, and Howard - with non-geek Penny at their sides. And while I love these guys as much as the next slightly self-hating nerd does, what made me fall in love with the show were the female nerds in it. More »


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Was Nicolas Cage a vampire during the Civil War? This $1,000,000 photograph holds the answers

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Are you an unhinged billionaire? Are you a sucker for impulse buys? Do you sit around wondering if the fellow née Nicolas Kim Coppola is an immortal Confederate soldier who feasts on human blood? More »


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The Secret History of Spider-Man Movies

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From the early 1970s to the mid-1990s, Spider-Man has gone through countless attempts at creating a big-screen success, with people as diverse as Roger Corman and James Cameron involved. Here's the secret history of the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man in movies. More »


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Amazing video shows us the actual movies that play inside our mind

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This is about as awesome as neuroscience gets. This video shows us some everyday clips, and - thanks to some super-advanced brain imaging and computer simulations - how those clips are seen inside our brains. More »


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Some 1980s and 1990s Movies That Actually Should Be Remade

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Everybody knows that remakes are a plague and an abomination. Why are they remaking Total Recall? Or Escape from New York? Why is the guy who did 28 Weeks Later allegedly remaking both Highlander and The Crow? More »


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What's so bad about sugar?

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We blame sugar for adding extra calories to almost anything we purchase in the grocery store, and call sugary snacks "junk food." But is sugar really junk? More »


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The clandestine art of Thai breast-slapping

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Meet Khemmikka Na Songkhla, the world's foremost practitioner of the breast-slapping, a particularly vigorous alternative treatment that involves bosoms and a steady wrist. The government-approved beautician has been practicing this form of aggressive massage for quite some time. More »


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The 10 Architectural Sins of Superhero Bases

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Superheroes are great at solving crimes, but downright awful at the intricacies of spatial design. As proof, we're taking ten of the jazziest superhero headquarters ever committed to paper and judging them at face value. More »


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DC Relaunch Snap Judgments, Week 3: WTF, Catwoman's Boobs?

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In this week's offerings from DC, the clear winners were two of the Big Three. And on an unrelated note, Catwoman's rack. Let's tier these suckers - comics will be judged on quality, overall accessibility, and whether or not I fell asleep midway through reading. More »


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