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MOONRISE FROM SPACE | The Moon comes up, as seen from the International Space Station. Photo via MSNBC.


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A theory that could finally explain how the Great Pyramids of Egypt were built

There are many theories about how the Great Pyramid in Egypt was constructed, ranging from UFOs to elaborate ramps and machines. But none has ever fully explained how mere human effort could raise such an incredible structure. More »


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Man of Steel finds its Perry White. Plus Total Recall will bring back the original's most memorable character!

Green Lantern 2 is happening...but Warner Bros. is making some changes. We've got set photos for The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers. A beloved Torchwood actor is headed to next week's Warehouse 13. More »


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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time, According to NPR

Back in June, we asked you to help NPR choose the 100 best science fiction and fantasy books of all time — and now the list of finalists is out! More »


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How Anthony Stewart Head Feels About What Happened to Giles

Rupert "Ripper" Giles is a mainstay of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — even when he went off to Britain to ride horses, he was still a vital part of Buffy's messed-up world. More »


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Optical illusion poster is a tree . . . until you examine it more closely

Who doesn't love tree rings? Nobody, that's who. That fact alone should be reason enough to appreciate this beautiful poster by Gary, Aaron & Khairul. More »


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The Complete Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy in August

What do August's science fiction and fantasy have in store for you? There's loads of movies, including David Tennant's vampire-hunting Fright Night. There's the return of Doctor Who! More »


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Marvel Comics unveil their new Spider-Man (who isn't Peter Parker)

Hot diggity dog! Remember the "Donald Glover for Spider-Man" Twitter campaign that started on the very site you're reading and eventually led to Glover donning the web-slinger's pajamas on Community?
Well, that episode inspired Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Michael Bendis such that he's written... More »


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Why the Haters are Wrong about Falling Skies

Falling Skies started out as an admittedly cheesy show about lovable people surviving the aftermath of an alien invasion. But it's grown into something a bit more interesting, and last night's episode showcased a lot of what's good about it.
The Falling Skies-bashers are missing out — More »


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Your synthetic spine is (almost) ready

For people who suffer chronic back pain from degenerated or diseased spinal discs, there are few options. Surgeons can implant a plastic or metal spinal disc to replace your damaged one. More »


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How Batgirl took on DC Comics: the anatomy of a PR crisis

Most Comic-Con news arrives courtesy of press releases and carefully choreographed unveilings at panels. But this year, one of the most surprising Con stories of 2011 came out of that democratic staple of Con life: More »


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The physics of crop circles are deeply weird...and entirely human

There's no reason to think that crop circles are the work of aliens - particularly when human pranksters have already admitted to making them - but they're still mysterious... More »


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Is everything bad that happens on Torchwood Captain Jack's fault? We asked John Barrowman!

Is Captain Jack Harkness the secret villain of Torchwood? The formerly immortal time hustler certainly seems to have a nearly limitless dark past. But actor John Barrowman insists that Captain Jack always aims to do the right thing. More »


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10 Stories About "Uplifted" Animals Who Gain Human Intelligence

This Friday Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters with its story of a lab ape named Caesar, "uplifted" to human intelligence by scientists, who leads a revolution against humanity. More »


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Coin tosses don't really give you fifty-fifty odds

The coin toss, the great equalizer of all odds, is not as random as it seems. When flipped by a human being, the odds are slightly stacked towards one side. More »


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Profoundly stupid carjacker blames his crime on The Dark Knight Rises

Pittsburgh was plunged into a Tinseltown tizzy yesterday when The Dark Knight Rises dropped by to film some fight scenes. Unfortunately, the shoot also brought out the city's criminal lot, which was less cowardly and superstitious and more unlucky and dumb.
Last night, a would-be carjacker... More »


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There were just too many humans for Neanderthals to survive

The extinction of the Neanderthals remains a matter of intense debate. Were we smarter than them? More warlike? Or perhaps we simply sexed them into extinction? More »


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You tell us what Bane is reading on this piece of paper

Earlier today, we posted photos of Tom Hardy decked out in Bane attire on the set of The Dark Knight Rises. One of the stranger snapshots has Bane staring intently at a scrap of paper. More »


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Chupacabra attacks on the rise in Siberia

Despite the absolutely Dullsville real-world explanations for chupacabras, it seems as if the dreaded goat-sucker has hopped continents.
According to The Moscow News, towns outside of the Russian city of Novosibirsk are abuzz with rumors of chupacabras, who are said to be sipping on some bovine and... More »