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BRAIN POWER | Nicole Briggs looks at a real human brain, the centerpiece of the Real Brain exhibit at the @Bristol exhibition in the U.K. Photo by Getty Images.

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How to make a realistic, reverent war movie…with aliens

In Battle: Los Angeles, hitting theaters tomorrow, Aaron Eckhart leads a marine platoon against an all-out alien invasion. More »


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The bitter taste that keeps you alive

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Find out about the foul-tasting compound that prevents people from drinking antifreeze, rat poison, and shampoo. No, common sense isn't enough. Taste buds aren't only there to let people know how much taragon to add to a stew. More »


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The difference between apes and humans that led to cities, nations, and the internet

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Like chimps and bonobos, humans live in social groups full individuals who help each other. Also like our monkey relatives, we make war with outsiders. More »


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An Appreciation of Lord Bulwer-Lytton

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One generation's master is the next generation's hack. One generation's classic is the next's punch-line. Witness the case of Edward George Earle Bulwer, Baron Lytton of Knebworth–or, as he became known to later generations, Bulwer-Lytton. More »


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New Green Lantern movie image could be our first look at the sentient planet, Mogo

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A new piece of Green Lantern merchandise appears to give our first glimpse of Mogo, the largest member of the Green Lantern Corps. Introduced in a one-off story by Alan Moore in the mid-1980s, Mogo "doesn't socialize." More »


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Amazing Pipe-smoking Zombie Concept Art for Pirates of the Caribbean 4

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We love Johnny Depp's Captain Jack, but we can all agree that the last two Pirate installments were less than spectacular at best. Perhaps these creepy lip-stitched zombies in the fourth film can help pick things up? More »


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How to create your own original superhero from scratch

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Superheroes are huge, not just in comics but in movies and novels as well. So there's nothing more exciting than the idea of creating a new superhero from scratch. More »


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How wearing a glove can warp your sense of good and bad

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Whether we're right-handed or left-handed can have a huge impact on what we subconsciously associate with good and bad. Right-handers, according to psychologists, see things to the right them as being better than things on their left. More »


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10 Reasons Why Alien Invasions of Earth Always Fail

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If aliens ever appeared in our skies, you'd think the human race would be screwed. After all, any species that's smart enough to travel faster than light would have technology beyond our imagining. More »


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The most secret agencies dedicated to making sure you're only seeing a pale shadow of reality

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The philosopher Plato once posed the Allegory of the Cave in his work, The Republic. He thought that, if prisoners spent all of their lives chained in a cave and facing a wall, their only experience would be watching the shadows on that wall. More »


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2,400 years of China's vast water engineering projects

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The Three Gorges dam on China's Yangtze River, pictured here, is one of the world's great engineering marvels. It's just one of many structures people have built to transform and contain China's massive rivers for the past 2,400 years. More »


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Attacks from hyper-evolved vampires are on the rise in Mexico

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It's just like something out of Guillermo Del Toro's Blade II, where the vampires use genetic engineering to create hyper-evolved super vampires with giant jaws. More »


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How to create The Blob in your microwave using Ivory soap

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Ivory soap has a marketing campaign that trumpets how their product floats in water. To make themselves seem more modern, they could show people what Ivory does in the microwave. More »


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Matthew Vaughn, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender talk X-Men. Plus is Gary Oldman hinting at a new Batman 3 villain?

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Neill Blomkamp's Elysium gets a villain and a release date. The director and stars of X-Men: First Class explain the world of 1960s mutants. We parse Gary Oldman's cryptic description of the main villain in The Dark Knight Rises. Spoilers from here on out! More »


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