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28 Jul 21:00

All The Best 2014 Comic-Con Cosplay We Haven't Shown You (Yet)

by Rob Bricken
Jon.9836

Wow.

All The Best 2014 Comic-Con Cosplay We Haven't Shown You (Yet)

You didn't think we were done, did you? Sorry, Days One , Two , Three and Four barely scratched the surface of the awesome, brilliant, hilarious and otherwise amazing cosplay we saw at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Here's our final pics for the best of the con — feel free to add your favorites in the comments!

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25 Jul 18:40

Everything You Need To Know About The Amazing Batman '66 Blu-Ray/DVDs

by Rob Bricken
Jon.9836

Very cool. Great design.

Everything You Need To Know About The Amazing Batman '66 Blu-Ray/DVDs

Holy long-awaited cult-favorite show that until recently was stuck in a legal nightmare! The campy, outstanding 1966 Batman TV series will finally be released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 11th, and we've got the details on all the extra features and the goodies included in the complete series set.

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25 Jul 14:10

generalelectric: Pictured above is the world’s largest indoor...

Jon.9836

That's pretty amazing!







generalelectric:

Pictured above is the world’s largest indoor farm illuminated by LEDs, which opened this month in Japan. Inside, 18 cultivation racks reach 15 levels high, and are outfitted with 17,500 GE LED light fixtures developed specifically for this facility. The indoor farm can grow lettuce two-and-a-half times faster than an outdoor farm, and is already producing 10,000 heads of it per day. Read more about this breakthrough in modern farming at GE Reports.   

Can you imagine showing this to a farmer who was alive and planting just 50 years ago? They’d think we were space aliens.

22 Jul 21:20

Dear God In Heaven, Will Ferrell Is Making A Manimal Movie

by Rob Bricken
Jon.9836

YES!

Dear God In Heaven, Will Ferrell Is Making A Manimal Movie

I don't know if this news proves we live the in the best of all possible nerd worlds or the end times, but I know it proves something: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions will turn the 1983 barely-cult non-hit TV show Manimal into a movie.

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22 Jul 14:30

China Seals Off City Of 30,000 People After Man Dies Of Bubonic Plague

by George Dvorsky
Jon.9836

Uhhh...

China Seals Off City Of 30,000 People After Man Dies Of Bubonic Plague

The Chinese city of Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine after a man died of the bubonic plague — the bacterium responsible for some of the worst blights in human history.

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22 Jul 16:45

This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once

by Ria Misra
Jon.9836

That's a pretty tree!

This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once

This single (and quite colorfully blossoming) tree grows 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds — but just how does it do it?

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17 Jul 18:40

The Rosetta Spacecraft Is Headed for This Giant, Whirling Rubber Ducky

by George Dvorsky
Jon.9836

I heard about this on the radio this morning. Very cool.

The Rosetta Spacecraft Is Headed for This Giant, Whirling Rubber Ducky

Well this is...unexpected. You know that comet the Rosetta spacecraft is headed towards ? Turns out it's a two-fold comet — one that looks like a two-mile-wide rubber ducky tumbling through the depths of space. Landing the probe on this thing is going to be difficult, to say the least.

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17 Jul 15:40

Discovery Of 'Electric Bacteria' Hints At The Potential For Alien Life

by George Dvorsky

Discovery Of 'Electric Bacteria' Hints At The Potential For Alien Life

Microbiologists have learned that certain strains of bacteria are capable of using energy in its purest form by eating and breathing electrons. It's a discovery that demonstrates an entirely new mode of life on Earth — and possibly beyond.

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11 Jul 18:28

EXCLUSIVE: First Look at Covers for "Zenith" Collected Editions

Jon.9836

I want these soooo badly!

Rebellion's four-volume collection of Morrison and Yeowell's "Zenith" debuts in October; ROBOT 6 has an exclusive first look at the interlocking covers.
11 Jul 16:30

The Hubble Just Spotted This Odd "Star Bridge" Connecting Two Galaxies

by Ria Misra
Jon.9836

Cool space stuff!

The Hubble Just Spotted This Odd "Star Bridge" Connecting Two Galaxies

Using the Hubble telescope (along with the natural "zoom lens" of gravitational lensing ) researchers over at NASA spotted this odd star structure, which they're describing as similar to both a spiral bridge and a corkscrew-shaped string of pearls. Close-ups after the jump.

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09 Jul 21:41

Journey into the Dystopian World of Abandoned Soviet Submarine Bases

by Vincze Miklós
Jon.9836

Jason and Seth, you'll both love these!

Journey into the Dystopian World of Abandoned Soviet Submarine Bases

You've entered an enormous building scoured by ocean tides and haunted by hulking machines, slowly rusting away. It looks like the set for a post-apocalyptic movie, but it's actually a real-life Soviet submarine base, left over from the Cold War.

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09 Jul 22:00

Build a Solar Powered Heater with Recycled Cans

by Patrick Allan
Jon.9836

Neat!

If you're looking for a green way to heat up a small indoor space, Seattle resident Peter Rowan shows you how to make a solar powered heater using a bunch of leftover soda cans.

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09 Jul 05:52

'Star Realms' Mobile Game Launched

Jon.9836

Gotta pick this up!

Game co-designer Dougherty tells us what they are doing to meet demand.
06 Jul 15:10

Topographic Tables Mix Geology With Interior Design

by Robert T. Gonzalez

Topographic Tables Mix Geology With Interior Design

Functional science art is the best kind of science art.

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07 Jul 14:00

Man With Giant Claw Rescues Bear With Milk Can On Its Head

by Robert T. Gonzalez
Jon.9836

Wow, that's amazing!

While this Wisconsin lumberjack's decision to assist the bear with the claw of a timber forwarder, rather than a call to the state's Department of Natural Resources, was probably ill-advised, it appears the procedure went off without a hitch. In other news: I know people always say it, but, good grief, bears are fast.

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07 Jul 16:15

The Oldest Living Things in the World

by Amy Wolff
© Rachel Sussman/Courtesy University of Chicago Press © Rachel Sussman/Courtesy University of Chicago Press © Rachel Sussman/Courtesy University of Chicago Press © Rachel Sussman/Courtesy University of Chicago Press © Rachel Sussman/Courtesy University of Chicago Press © Rachel Sussman/Courtesy University of Chicago Press © Rachel Sussman/Courtesy University of Chicago Press

The Oldest Living Things in the World is an epic journey through time and space. Over the past decade, artist Rachel Sussman has researched, worked with biologists and traveled the world to photograph continuously living organisms that are 2,000 years old and older. Spanning from Antarctica to Greenland, the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback, the result is a stunning and unique visual collection of ancient organisms unlike anything that has been created in the arts or sciences before, insightfully and accessibly narrated by Sussman along the way. Her portraits reveal the living history of our planet—and what we stand to lose in the future. – Courtesy University of Chicago Press

The Oldest Living Things in the World was published April 2014 and nearly sold out. A collector’s edition of 150 is now available for pre-order for $1,500. Each book is signed and numbered, and includes an archival print in a custom box. PDN wrote about Sussman’s fundraising efforts for her project in 2010. Read about it here.

03 Jul 02:00

The Rap Ode To Hulk Hands You Never Knew You Needed

by Rob Bricken

I can't even tell you how much I love this music video. Because truly, there is no greater, more universal sign of professional and financial success than wearing enormous green foam fists on your hands.

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01 Jul 15:27

Thousands Of Koi Thrive In The Flooded Basement Of This Abandoned Mall

by Lauren Davis
Jon.9836

Funky!

Thousands Of Koi Thrive In The Flooded Basement Of This Abandoned Mall

Bangkok's New World Mall was once a shopping center, but today it serves as a giant fish pond, its waterlogged lower level completely overtaken by koi.

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01 Jul 15:30

No, this isn't a petrified bowl of spaghetti — it's what the white matter in your brain looks like.

by George Dvorsky
Jon.9836

Neat!

No, this isn't a petrified bowl of spaghetti — it's what the white matter in your brain looks like. The Franklin Institute 3D-printed this remarkably complex model for a new exhibit. Skeptics said it couldn't be done, but the finished product accurately reflects the 2,000 strands of nerve cells found in the brain .

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30 Jun 14:00

Warren Buffett’s Best Money Advice

by Kristin Wong on Two Cents, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker

Warren Buffett’s Best Money Advice

Warren Buffett is a hugely successful investor, and his tips for investing are surprisingly accessible. Most of his methods are simple, straightforward and timeless. Here's some of Buffett's best money advice.

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24 Jun 15:00

The Coldest White Dwarf Ever Discovered Is An Earth-Sized Diamond

by George Dvorsky

The Coldest White Dwarf Ever Discovered Is An Earth-Sized Diamond

Astronomers have detected an ancient stellar remnant that's 10 times fainter than the dimmest white dwarf ever discovered. Fortuitously orbited by a pulsar, this cold and collapsed star consists of crystallized carbon — essentially making it an Earth-sized diamond in space.

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18 Jun 14:20

Vancouver School Board Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronouns

by George Dvorsky

Vancouver School Board Introduces Gender-Neutral Pronouns

Students and teachers in Vancouver, British Columbia, can now use the gender-neutral pronouns "xe," "xem," and "xyr." The move is designed to accommodate students for whom "he" and "she" does not fit or is deemed inappropriate.

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18 Jun 10:00

OK Go’s Latest Amazing Video

by Jonathan H. Liu

OK Go is known for, among other things, really elaborate music videos, from stop-motion animation with toast or people, Rube Goldberg machines (some involving cars), and the Muppets. Their latest video, for “The Writing’s on the Wall,” features a lot of fun perspective illusions—things that look a certain way only from one particular point of view—and it’s a lot of fun to watch.

(The video premiered on Rolling Stone Videos yesterday.)

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12 Jun 19:20

In Desperation, Ukraine Separatists Try To Restart a WWII Tank

by George Dvorsky
Jon.9836

Insane.

If pro-Russian forces in Ukraine are going to be successful in redrawing the map of Europe , they're going to need some heavy equipment — like this 1943-vintage Soviet tank. Watch — or rather listen — as they try to get this relic going.

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10 Jun 19:41

This Is the Greatest Bride of Frankenstein Poster Ever

by Annalee Newitz

This Is the Greatest Bride of Frankenstein Poster Ever

Of course it was created by Mike Mignola, the brains (and pen) behind Hellboy and Lobster Johnson.

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09 Jun 00:00

4.5 Degrees

The good news is that according to the latest IPCC report, if we enact aggressive emissions limits now, we could hold the warming to 2°C. That's only HALF an ice age unit, which is probably no big deal.
09 Jun 13:20

New Constantine Trailer Reveals A Surprising DC Superhero Cameo

by Rob Bricken

First of all, let me say that I'm still shocked at how good NBC's Constantine series looks. Matt Ryan as the title character is just perfect. But this new trailer has me even more excited for the show, now that I know someone is stopping by... or at least his helmet is.

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06 Jun 02:22

Why Do We Laugh?

by Robert T. Gonzalez

Why Do We Laugh?

In this short documentary for The Atlantic, longtime laughter researcher Robert Provine tells filmmaker Sam-Price Waldman about some of his most notable observations and conclusions.

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05 Jun 19:14

The YA Novel By Kim Kardashian's Sisters Has Nothing But 1-Star Reviews

by Charlie Jane Anders
Jon.9836

Wow, yikes.

The YA Novel By Kim Kardashian's Sisters Has Nothing But 1-Star Reviews

Kylie and Kendall Jenner, younger sisters of Kim Kardashian, published their long-awaited dystopian young-adult novel, the multi-hyphenated Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Lex and Livia. And the early reviews are... not exactly raves.

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05 Jun 06:10

Walkthrough Map: G2

by Jason Thompson
Jon.9836

Woohoo!

Some dozens of leagues to the north and west of the Steading of the Hill Giant Chief, amidst the tallest mountain peaks, is the stronghold of Grugnur, Lord of Frost Giants.