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Weekly Roundup

How will we dispose of spent nuclear fuel rods for centuries to come?

How does humanity plan to permanently store high-level nuclear waste that can remain radioactive for several thousand years? The answer isn't as simple as digging a hole in the ground. No, geologically unique locations must first be scouted out. More »


Weekly RoundupSee the new and improved Wonder Woman costume in action

It looks like NBC has ditched Wonder Woman's heinous shiny blue pleather pants and boots. Thank goodness. Actress Adrianne Palicki was spotted filming David E. Kelley's new series in a slightly modified Wonder Woman costume. What do you think? More »


Weekly RoundupThe strange, sad history of the lobotomy

If you thought that scene in Sucker Punch where the doctor gave lobotomies with an ice pick was artistic exaggeration - well, it wasn't. That's exactly how Walter Freeman, a popularizer of lobotomies in the 1940s, performed thousands of operations. More »


Weekly RoundupThe REAL reason Sucker Punch will lose money

Since Sucker Punch failed to conquer the box office, there's been lots of speculation about why it was a box office failure. Was it too stylized? Was it the reviews? Did it fail to appeal to women or older adults? More »


Weekly RoundupHow many groups reached the Americas before Christopher Columbus?

In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in what is now the Bahamas, changing the world forever. But was he first non-indigenous person to reach the Americas? Vikings got there before him, and possibly Polynesians too...and those are just the sane theories. More »


Weekly RoundupThe coolest superhero movie of the year could already be in theaters today

Captain America, Green Lantern, Thor and X-Men: First Class may well be terrific movies. But a strong contender for "most memorable superhero movie of the year" is already out, and it stars the most unlikely superhero of all: Rainn Wilson. More »


Weekly RoundupA wavelength of light that could fix heart problems - and deafness

We can hear the light and feel it in our hearts. It's not just terrible poetry - it might be fact. Scientists have shown that infrared light can stimulate the muscles in your heart and inner ear. More »


Weekly RoundupSecrets of Insidious: How To Make A Low Budget Horror Movie That Doesn't Look Like Crap

What's really frightening about Insidious was how little it cost to make this rather large film, only $800,000. How can you make a movie this scary on such a tiny budget? We asked, and the Insidious crew answered. More »


Weekly RoundupAn artificial leaf and a gallon of water could generate enough energy to power your house for a day

The artificial leaf has been a target of solar research for years — an object that creates fuel sources out of sunlight, mimicking photosynthesis. But this solar energy breakthrough has always been thwarted by the need for rare components... until now. More »


Weekly RoundupThe 10 most befuddling scenes from Sean Connery's dystopian sexcapade Zardoz (NSFW)

John Boorman's psychosexual vanity project Zardoz was a spectacular failure for the director, but — in spite of (and because of) its nonsensical plot — this 1974 film is nowadays lauded as a cult classic. More »