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Date: Friday, 10 Oct 2014 01:00

Societies Where Women Outnumber Men Are Just As Violent

There's long been a common-sense idea — largely untested by science — that having a surplus of men in a society causes more violence. But now we have evidence that this isn't true. Societies where the population is dominated by women are just as violent as ones dominated by men.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "psychology, social science, anthropology..."
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Date: Friday, 10 Oct 2014 00:00

Concept Art Writing Prompt: Hunting With The Robotic Lions' Pride

As they trek through the open woodlands, these humans walk with creature that, at first blush, look like lions, but are actually robots in feline form. If this illustration inspires you, write a story about this unusual pride.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "big five, concept art writing prompt, wr..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 23:50

Life expectancy in the U.S. has never been higher. Americans born in 2012 can expect to live for 78.8 years (up 0.1 from 2011). But the gender gap hasn't changed; life expectancy for men is 76.4 years and 81.2 for women. From 2011-12, death rates declined for 8 of 10 leading causes, but suicides increased 2.4%.

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Author: "George Dvorsky" Tags: "life expectancy, health, demographics, l..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 23:44

Ultra Short Spooky Stories From A Lost And Lonely Future

Unsettling quick-take tales of criminally-inclined clones, a corporation's attempt to bring time travel to the masses, and the very first Martian settler (arriving on a planet that may be just a little uninhabited than we think) all await you inside.

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Author: "Ria Misra" Tags: "science fiction, flash fiction, fiction,..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 23:30

Did You Ever Ask Your Friends How To Swear In Another Language?

One of the joys of having a friend who speaks another language was asking them to teach you how to say dirty words. But what were they really telling you to say? In this comic, one guy reveals his not-so-dirty secret about those "dirty" words.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "comics, language, shenanigansen, owl tur..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 23:21

As cities grow, their populations become more diverse — on a species level. In the future, many wild animals will be living in urban areas alongside humans and their pets. Now, urban planners are figuring out new ways to make urban species diversity possible — without killing anyone.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "urban studies, urban planning, urban lif..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 23:10

The Main Types Of Ghost Story, And How To Recognize Them

What are ghosts? There's a lot of debate about this – inside and outside fiction.

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Author: "Kim Newman" Tags: "ghost stories, horror, movies, ghosts, t..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 23:00

Your Bio-Engineered Penis Is Almost Ready

Using advanced techniques in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, doctors in the U.S. are reporting their first successes with lab-grown penises. They've worked in rabbits, and now scientists say they're ready to begin testing the penises on humans.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "tissue engineering, biology, biological ..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 22:30

A Movie About Science Fraud Is Killing At The Korean Box Office

A movie based on the scandal surrounding disgraced South Korean cloning expert Woo-Suk Hwang has been topping box office sales in the region since it debuted last week.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "human cloning, movies, whistelblower, wo..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 22:21

What the Hell Is This Animal and Why Is It Moving Like That?

It's like some kind of Cthulhu Mythos creature. And it's real.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "biology, animals, marine biology, scienc..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 22:09

Every Early H.R. Giger Alien Sketch Is Horrific Perfection

Imagine if Ridley Scott's Alien had never actually gotten made, and all we had to go on to imagine the film was the concept art by H.R. Giger and others. Like Jodorowsky's Dune. We would still know we were looking at something incredibly special, as this Giger concept art proves.

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "alien, art, aliens, horror, xenomorphs, ..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 22:00

The Incredibly Bizarre World Of Animated Soviet Propaganda Films

After the Soviet Union formed, the new country's first animated film was a 1924 piece of propaganda films. From then until well into the 1970s, animated propaganda thrived in the USSR, offering a rare insight into the republic.

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Author: "Vincze Miklós" Tags: "russia, ussr, history, short film, short..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 21:38

Nickelodeon Expert Says the Channel Has Become

Mathew Klickstein is the author of a new history of Nickelodeon, Slimed: An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age. And he recently explained that a big reason why that "golden age" ended is because the shows became too racially diverse. Really?

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "holy crap wtf, television, sanjay and cr..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 21:34

This Terrifying Photo Of Super Typhoon Vongfong Looks Fake. It's Not.

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this incredible photograph of super typhoon Vongfang this morning, from aboard the International Space Station.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "reid wiseman, photography, vongfong, thi..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 21:27

Which Character Has Suffered More Than Anyone Could Stand In Real Life?

Everybody loves a character who goes through adversity and tribulation, and comes out stronger. Even when their years of misery would actually send any real human to the loony bin. But which character has suffered more than 100 people could actually handle in the real world?

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "spider-man, comics, movies, television, ..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 21:20

Nick Acosta decided to see what would happen if he added the nu-Who's modern score to the classic Doctor Who serials of yesteryear. The result is both strange and strangely captivating.

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Author: "Rob Bricken" Tags: "music, doctor who, this is awesome"
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 21:00

These are your first Age of Ultron toys

New York Comic Con officially starts today, but Hasbro kicked off the merchandising fun last night with a sneak preview at some of their upcoming toys - including the very first look at their line of Avengers: Age of Ultron goodies.

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Author: "James Whitbrook on Toybox, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9" Tags: "marvel, age of ultron, comics, avengers,..."
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 20:41

Real-Life Blood Sucking Animals Are Everywhere

Whether you're on land, at sea, or in the air, you'll meet animals who thrive by drinking blood. Some of them even want to drink yours.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "biology, animals, blood sucking, science"
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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 20:40

Check Out This Spectacular Hi-Res Shot Of A Boulder Resting On A Comet

This is a photograph of a giant boulder on top of another giant boulder. And by another giant boulder we mean Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was captured by Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera from a distance of 17.7 miles (28.5 km).

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Author: "George Dvorsky" Tags: "boulders, comets, osiris, esa, rosetta, ..."
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