Best of the Week: September 8-14, 2012

DIY MAGNIFICENCE | An incredible shot of the Earth from space, which 19-year-old student Adam Cudworth created using a $50 camera and a completely home-made rig, sending the camera a stunning 110,210 feet in the air. More details here.

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Dalai Lama tells his Facebook friends that religion "is no longer adequate"

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This past Monday, people who have the Dalai Lama as a Facebook friend found this little gem in their newsfeed. More »


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Jupiter may have just saved Earth from a devastating impact event

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Something just went down on Jupiter. Monday morning, at 11:35:30 UT, amateur astronomers glimpsed a brief but blazing flash of light in the upper reaches of the planet's cloudy atmosphere. More »


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The Great Geek Sexism Debate

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Over the past few months, three of the most influential conventions in geekdom - Readercon (for science fiction writers), The Amazing Meeting (for skeptics), and DefCon (for hackers) - have been at the center of very public discussions about sexism and sexual harassment in their communities. More »


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The Greatest Zombie Movies Ever Made

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Zombie movies just won't stay dead. This weekend sees the release of a fifth (!) Resident Evil movie, and there are more films about the undead on the way. More »


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Father draws his daughter silly superhero cartoons to convince her to eat her lunch

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When Lars Gronholt had trouble getting his daughter Amelie to eat her lunch, he began adding sketches of the Avengers and other superheroes to her lunchbox. More »


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Resident Evil: Retribution: Your Punishment for Loving Action Movies

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There is no such thing as a good action movie. If you've ever enjoyed simulated violence on screen, then you're a moron and probably someone whose kink is not okay. That's the message I took away from the fifth Resident Evil movie, which seems to be a concerted attempt to make an action movie so terrible, it will make you hate all action movies forever. Or possibly, just punish you for ever loving action flicks in the first place. More »


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Sexually aroused women find everything less disgusting

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Let's face it: Sex can be kinda gross. With all those body odors and fluids being traded back and forth, it's no small miracle that humans voluntarily choose to copulate at all. More »


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The Psychotic Cabin in the Woods Monsters You Didn't See in Theaters!

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We've got an exclusive Blu-ray clip about the making of all the glorious monsters in Drew Goddard's Cabin in the Woods. And it includes a whole heap of new monsters that the FX crew and make up crew created. More »


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The Deadliest Poisons in History (And Why People Stopped Using Them)

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Once people figured out they could kill each other with special substances instead of sharp sticks, the proverbial poison cookie was born. However, there are only so many times you can use the same trick. More »


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Unused footage from Raiders of the Lost Ark reveals what Indiana Jones' marketplace battle was supposed to look like

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While filming Raiders of the Lost Ark thirty-odd years ago in Tunisia, Harrison Ford was battling a nasty bout of dysentery. Instead of filming a lengthy, three-and-a-half page fight scene with a scimitar-wielding baddie, Ford convinced Steven Spielberg to end their duel with a quick and iconic bang. More »


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9 Overlooked Technologies That Could Transform The World

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We live in an era of accelerating change. Technology is changing and innovating faster than most of us can keep up. And at the same time, it's easy to get so caught up in shiny visions of the future, and not notice the astounding things that are happening in science and technology today. More »


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Strange scenes from an abandoned Japanese strip club

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Somewhere in Japan's Okayama prefecture sits this crumbling "sightseeing theater," a.k.a. the euphemistic name for a strip club. The urban explorers at Abandoned Kansai visited these dingy ruins, which were mostly intact and displayed some interior design quirks. More »


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Science Fiction's Greatest Failures (And How They Saved Us All)

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Science fiction is built on some incredible failures. These days, we take for granted that science fiction's ideas and imagery dominate pop culture and define our collective reality - but many of science fiction's most important works were originally counted as flops. Science fiction wouldn't have most of its coolest riffs without these classics that went under the radar at the time. More »


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The century-old remains of the windowed billiard room an eccentric millionaire built - underwater

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Nineteenth-century company promoter James Whitaker Wright is probably best known as a financial swindler whose corporate house of cards led to a panic in the London stock exchange at the turn of the twentieth century. More »


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10 Hilarious and Unsexy Historical Erotic Toys

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Back in the day, our ancestors didn't have access to the cornucopia of smut that is essentially the entire internet. No, in terms of prurient high technology, they had to make do with bizarre clockwork doohickeys that depicted tiny manikins furiously humping away. More »


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