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After The Robot Uprising, Human Gladiators Must Battle Robo-Dinosaurs

In the distant future, humanity is enslaved, forced to fight in the gladiators' ring for the amusement of robot audiences. But something unexpected happens when the robots pit their ultimate warrior, Carl, against the humans' Space Jesus.Read more...

An STD Is A Supernatural Horror In Creepy New Trailer For It Follows

Maika Monroe — so great as the goth waitress in _The Guest __— _returns to genre turf in writer-director David Robert Mitchell's _It Follows. _Behold the new, synth-tastically scored trailer, and see why the label "STD horror" so eerily applies.Read more...

Copper Bedrails Could Dramatically Reduce Hospital Infections

When you check into a hospital your risk of infection rises, and research suggests a major source for these infections are the safety railings on hospital beds. Researchers in Santiago Chile think they have a solution: Replace the usual bedrails with copper ones, which have anti-microbial properties.Read more...

Concept Art Writing Prompt: An Unusual Brush With Death

This little girl has a rather, well, unorthodox relationship with the Grim Reaper. If this image inspires you, write a story that tells us what on Earth is going on here.Read more...

Inside The Minds And Lives Of Real-Time Translators

The world's most powerful computers can't perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease. Meet the neuroscientists who are starting to explain this remarkable abilityRead more...

Why Are All Your Credit Cards The Same Size?

Money comes in every size, shape, and color imaginable. But your credit cards — though they may be remarkably different in _how_ they work — are probably remarkably consistent in terms of size. Why is that?Read more...

Babies With 'Three' Parents Are About To Become A Reality In Britain

The U.K. is set to be the first country in the world to legalize a controversial three-parent reproductive technique. Read more...

What's The Best Example Of Science Fiction Subverting A Stereotype?

Science fiction and fantasy are supposed to be mind-expanding and thoughtful — but sometimes these genres fall prey to dumb stereotypes. So it's always thrilling when they manage to rise above and do something different. What's the best example of genre storytelling that avoids (or subverts) a stereotype?Read more...

On The 100, You Can Be A Fool For Love Or You Can Be A Lunatic For Love

If any character has changed for the worse on _The 100_ while living on the ground, it's Finn. But this week's episode reveals that Finn has always done things for love that can get him killed. The question is whether he'll manage to survive this time around.Read more...

Ascension Ends With A Final Supreme Moment Of WTF

So we didn't especially like _Ascension_'s first chapter, which seemed to promise one thing and then deliver another. Fortunately, the second and third chapters had better pacing and some great moments... before ending with another huge moment of WTF. Spoilers ahead...Read more...

Meet The Modern Day King Arthur's Court In 6 Kingsman Featurettes

_Kingsman: The Secret Service _is a return to the world of spy-fi—the fun, gadget-filled, sexually deviant spy films where you just want to see a total lunatic try and take over the world. Six new character intros take you deeper into the new world. You guys are going to love it. Read more...

The Best And Worst Television Moments of 2014

This year's science fiction and fantasy television delivered amazing highs and some cringe-worthy lows. We've rounded up the year's best moments, along with some of the absolute worst (in no particular order) for your viewing pleasure. SPOILERS AHEAD.Read more...

A Vastly Improved Protective Suit For Healthcare Workers In Ebola Zones

As the ongoing Ebola epidemic rages in West Africa, it's becoming increasingly obvious that the protective suits worn by healthcare workers are extremely inadequate. To address this, researchers as Johns Hopkins have designed a new suit that should dramatically reduce infection risk.Read more...

Deadspin Drugs, Chess, Books, Or Gambling: How To Fight Boredom In Prison | Gizmodo Watching a USB H

Deadspin Drugs, Chess, Books, Or Gambling: How To Fight Boredom In Prison | Gizmodo Watching a USB Hack in Action Makes Me Never Want to Leave My Computer | Jezebel One Man's Terrorist Is Another Woman's Troll | Lifehacker You Might Be Blowing Your Nose Too Hard | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...

What Happens When You Step On Molten Lava? This Video May Surprise You

Definitely don't try this at home (or if you happen across a volcanic vent), but if you've ever wondered what would happen if you pressed down on hot lava, this video is a must-watch. It's a great lesson in how the reality of lava differs from the way many people think of the substance.Read more...

For 7,500 Years, We've Made Sculptures Out Of Data

Our desire to create 3D visualizations of data—for practical purposes, artistic expression or both—stretch back many millennia. Two experts in the field have created a stunning online archive of such physical artifacts from 5,500 BC to the present day, and beyond.Read more...

This Dying Star Is The Center Of The Coldest Place In The Universe

Until NASA's Cold Lab comes online in 2016 , the coldest place in the universe is a faint scattering of gas and dust 5,000 light years away in the Centaurus constellation. The Boomerang Nebula is just 1 degree above absolute zero, colder than the natural background temperature of space. Read more...

Western Fairytales Get A Korean Makeover In Gorgeous Illustrations

Little Red Riding Hood, the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and other fairy tale characters shed their Western wardrobes and don traditional Korean fashions in artist Na Young Wu's series of incredibly love manhwa-style illustrations.Read more...

The Biggest Disappointments of 2014

2014 was a weird, wooly year for video games. The big new consoles were finding their feet, and most of the games we were expecting to play got pushed back to next year. Some of the ones that did come out were great, but others, well… weren't as great.Read more...

The Complete History Of Earth In One Tidy Infographic

Graphic designer Juan David Martinez has captured our planet's entire 4.6-billion year history in this rather clever wheel-like chart. Read more...

Those Medical Talk Shows Are Even More Inaccurate Than You Feared

Programs like _The Dr. Oz Show_ and _The Doctors_ dispense with a lot of medical advice. But how many of these recommendations can be substantiated? Some researchers took the time to find out, and the results are not encouraging.Read more...

Game Of Thrones' Arya Will Be Unrecognizable In Her Season 5 Outfit

We're used to seeing _Game of Thrones_' Arya Stark in her functional, rugged clothes, often disguised as a boy. But next season, Arya will be getting a very different look—so different, in fact, that many people didn't recognize actress Maisie Williams the first time she wore it on set. Mild spoilers ahead.Read more...

The Best Last-Minute Geeky Gifts That You Can Get For Under $10

It's December 18? How did that happen? If the holidays got away from you this year — and you're feeling the pinch of the most wonderful … and freakin' expensive ... time of the year — we've got you covered in the last-minute affordable gift department. Here are the best last-minute gifts for under a ten-spot.Read more...

A Planet In The Dreaded "Rotisserie" Alignment Could Still Support Life

One of the criteria for the habitability of exoplanets is their obliquity—the angle of the axis relative to the orbit around a star. Current thinking holds that the more extreme the tilt, the less likely the possibility of life. But MIT researchers suggest one notable exception: a world completely covered by water.Read more...

The Clones Are Ready For War In First Teaser For Orphan Black Season 3

_Orphan Black_'s second season ended with an Earth-shattering revelation, and now it looks like all the clones are preparing themselves for the fallout. But one clone is conspicuously absent. Don't watch this unless you've already seen the second season finale.Read more...

California Sees A Big Drop In Drought Severity

The latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows California experienced a major, state-wide dip in drought severity this week, following record-setting rainfall – but the state still has a long way to go . Read more...

10 Ways To Turn Your Real Life Experiences Into Science Fiction

Unless you've commanded a starship, fought off an alien invasion or survived a global disaster, your life experiences probably aren't too science-fictional. But still, the most powerful stories are often rooted in things that actually happened. Here are 10 tricks for turning your personal true stories into science fiction.Read more...

Spider-Woman Is Getting A New Costume For The First Time In 37 Years

It looks like Jessica Drew is ditching the Spider-Spandex! For the first time since Spider-Woman made her début in 1977, the character is receiving a fabulous new costume redesign as part of her ongoing standalone series.Read more...

Deals On Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones, Cowboy Bebop, Cosmos

This awesome Sons of Anarchy boxed set is at its lowest price ever today, and those who grab it "will receive an emailed coupon code for a credit to complete the collection with _Sons of Anarchy: Season 7"_. [Sons of Anarchy, $100]Read more...

How The Simpsons Changed the English Language

Over at the Oxford Dictionaries blog, there's an essay by author and Indiana University at Bloomington professor Michael Adams that investigates how _The Simpsons_ has helped shape the English language over the past 25 years.Read more...


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