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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 03:00

Stunning Paintings Of Mermaids Inspired By Real Underwater Life (NSFW)

Renee Nault's lovely watercolor mermaid paintings often depict full underwater scenes, showing off not just her mythological creatures, but also the real life creatures swimming and growing beneath the surface.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "art, mermaid, nsfw, concept art, paintin..."
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 02:00

Hogwarts Is Now Offering A Way To Get Your Magical Education Online

This isn't official, but it's so very impressive: Hogwarts Is Here is an online LARP in which players basically get an education, just like the students of Hogwarts. There are no battles and no mayhem; just classes to take, digital textbooks to "buy", and homework to do.

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Author: "Rob Bricken" Tags: "this is awesome, harry potter"
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 01:30

Your New Desktop Wallpaper: The First Spacewalk of the Shuttle Program

From the archives: On June 7th, 1983, Astronauts Story Musgrave (left) and Don Peterson orbit the Earth at over 17,000 miles per hour, tethered to the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the inaugural spacewalk of NASA's Space Shuttle program. How's that for breathtaking?

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Author: "Robert T. Gonzalez" Tags: "photography, challenger, space shuttle c..."
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 01:00

A 400 Year Old Utopia That Includes Polygamy And Eugenics

City of the Sun by Tommaso Campanella is one of the earliest utopian novels — and one of the rarest, since only 20 copies exist. One of those has just come into the library at UC Riverside, where you can read it if you have California ID. (And read Latin.)

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "utopias, city of the sun, tommaso campan..."
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 00:10

This May Have Been Person of Interest's Darkest Episode Yet

Last night's Person of Interest gave us a long, hard look at this show's darkest theories about how the government actually works. Plus, it looks like the battle of the AIs is about to begin. Spoilers ahead!

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "television, tv recap, person of interest"
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Date: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 00:06

This was sort of a fascinating episode of Supernatural, a show that is now older than God but still manages to spark with life from time to time. The show promised us another "metafictional" episode, along the lines of the Trickster and Carver Edlund romps or "The French Mistake," but delivered something very different.

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "metafiction, television, tv recap, super..."
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 23:21

From Dusk Till Dawn TV Show Can't Quite Crawl Out Of The Movie's Shadow

Here's the problem that From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series has, and it's that's only gotten worse as the season's gone on: If you've seen the movie the show's based on, you know what's coming.

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Author: "Katharine Trendacosta" Tags: "from dusk till dawn recaps, from dusk ti..."
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 23:18

Finally You Can Match Your Personality Type To Disney Characters

The Myers-Briggs personality test is quite popular on the Internet and can be relatively useful for better understanding yourself — but a lot of the time people just take it for fun. In that same spirit, the Disney blog has done its fans a favor by detailing which of their characters fit each of the 16 personality types. Now you can finally know who your Disney-self is, as it were. And for those that have never taken the personality test that corresponds to this post, here's a link to one.

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Author: "Jason Krell on Animation, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9"
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 23:00

Angered by his own inability to recite iambic pentameter, actor William Shatner hops inside a time-traveling robot to kill Shakespeare. But his plot against the bard doesn't go as planned.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "goofballery, lego, short film, short fil..."
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 22:40

Today, A Spacecraft From 1978 Took Our Lunch Money

A spacecraft from 1978 resurfaced, today — and then it took our lunch money. This is not a story about time travel, though. It's a story about the internet, money, space, and, of course, lunch. And it's all true.

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Author: "Ria Misra" Tags: "crowdsourcing, comment of the day, space..."
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 22:30

Vintage Public Health Posters Show Just How Creepy The 20th Century Was

Last week, we marveled at the unnerving Chinese health posters from 1933 that showed the human body as a kind of bizarre factory. But those aren't the only weird and somewhat horrifying health posters out there. Here are a dozen or so more vintage public health posters.

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Author: "Vincze Miklós" Tags: "art, public health, health care, posters..."
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 22:20

How To Test Einstein's

Einstein said that clocks that are moving through space at dramatically divergent speeds will measure time differently, and he used his famous "twin paradox" to illustrate the point. But there are easier ways to show that time dilation is real.

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Author: "Carlos Sabin — The Conversation" Tags: "quantum entanglement, relativity, physic..."
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 21:58

Planets Don't Need A Stabilizing Moon To Be Habitable

There's a long-held view among astrobiologists that planets need the stabilizing influence of a large moon to foster life. But a new study suggests that a stable tilt isn't a prerequisite for habitability — and that off-kilter planets may be more hospitable to life than stable ones.

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Author: "George Dvorsky" Tags: "planetary science, astrobiology, rory ba..."
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 21:50

Young love, sad pop songs, and horrible death scenarios — the movie If I Stay is putting in a strong effort to be your big cry movie of 2014. Thankfully the lead ghost is played by Chloë Grace Moretz. Check out the first trailer.

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Author: "Meredith Woerner" Tags: "gayle forman, trailer frenzy, movies, bo..."
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 21:38

Who's The Most Annoying

Almost every TV, movie or book series has to have them — the comic relief characters. The silly nerd who sits in the corner and makes in-jokes. The bumbling weirdo. But who's the most annoying "funny" supporting character in all of science fiction or fantasy?

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "star trek voyager, comics, movies, telev..."
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 21:07

‘Superior Spider-Man’ Ends on a High Note [Spoilers]

After two years of following the Superior Spider-Man's heroics, it's a grand thing to see Marvel's favorite son back in the swing of things, and in his right mind. Regardless– the finale is one of the finest comics released this year. [Spoilers below.]

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Author: "caseyjonescaseyjones on Observation Deck, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9" Tags: "superior spider-man"
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 21:04

Rare Video Of People Actually Riding Action Park's Infamous Water Slide

No theme park has generated more urban legends—and more confusion about the line between myth and actual, horrible reality—than Action Park, the late, lamented (and since semi-resurrected) water park in northern New Jersey. And no ride has been the subject of more rumors than the Cannonball Loop.

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Author: "Barry Petchesky on The Concourse, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9" Tags: "action park, cannonball loop, water slid..."
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 20:50

Scientists have begun investigating possible health impacts of e-cigarettes , and the preliminary findings aren't good. "The nicotine-laced vapor generated by an electronic cigarette promoted the development of cancer in certain types of human cells much in the same way that tobacco smoke does," notes Barry Meier in the NYT.

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Author: "Robert T. Gonzalez" Tags: "health, smoking, medicine, e-cigarettes,..."
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 20:46

Newest Insane Cop Procedural To Star A Crime-Solving Sigmund Freud

I... he... what?! Further proving there is literally nothing American TV networks won't turn into a crime procedural (or a hospital procedural ), the father of modern psychoanalysis will use his knowledge of the oedipal complex to catch bad guys in the new series Freud: The Secret Casebook.

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Author: "Rob Bricken" Tags: "sigmund freud, holy crap wtf, freud the ..."
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