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Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.<p>There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.<p>In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

The 12 most important moments in science in 2014

Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Two crashed – and then, 300m miles away, Philae landed on a comet. From the distant origins of humans to our future on the planet, 12 leading scientists pick their key moments and stories of the year<p>1 The West Antarctic ice sheet enters irreversible decline<p><b>13 January</b><p>In …

Xbox UK gets around ad restriction with 'Destiny: The Fragrance'

Bungie's highly anticipated <i>Destiny</i> launches on Tuesday and, though it's not a console exclusive, Microsoft does not have permission to market the game alongside Xbox in the United Kingdom. They got around that, somewhat, by spoofing a perfume advertisement.<p>That's "Destiny: The New Fragrance by …

Scare the crap out of yourself on consoles with Slender: The Arrival

<i>Slender: The Arrival</i>, which launched two years ago on PC, is finally coming to consoles when it launches Sept. 23 on PlayStation 3 and Sept. 24 on Xbox 360.<p>Developer Blue Isle Studios says it will add more levels, new characters and "more stories to uncover," to the console editions, which will …

Marvel changes the course of comics history with a single letter

We've known for a while that the new Thor is going to be a woman, but how does that work? The hammer itself specifies the gender of the hero that wields it, so something has to change, right?<p>Marvel is doing a whole lot with a single letter. Here's a preview of the issue:<p>Now, there is precedence …

It's a 'Make or Break Moment' for 'Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

The first season of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." ended with a fabulous cameo, some neat reveals, and one cliffhanger. This teaser for the second season gives us a glimpse of what Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) will be wrestling with as the new head of the agency. The team has to rebuild …

Netflix Snags 'Gotham' for Streaming in 2015

Looks like we're not the only ones looking forward to "Gotham." The Fox series hasn't even premiered yet, but Netflix has already bought exclusive on-demand rights to the series in the US and assorted territories. According to Deadline, the seasons will show up on the streaming service after …

Hear Joe Nichols Heat Things Up With 'Hard to Be Cool' — Lyric Video Premiere

Country singer's 'Crickets' keep chirping uptempo, as he releases a third upbeat love song from the album<p>Given that his last two singles, "Sunny and …

Fricke's Picks Radio: Remembering Jethro Tull's Glenn Cornick

The bassist was an integral and often overlooked part of the prog-rock titans' early sound<p>For most of its 47 years, the British rock band <b>Jethro Tull</b> …

Bob Dylan Details 31-Date North American Fall Tour

The residency-filled trek kicks off on October 17th in Seattle and wraps up with a residency in New York City<p>Bob Dylan will embark on a 31-date North …

ZZ Top Cancel Tour After Bassist's Injury

Some dates may be rescheduled, while Beck and his band will play three more planned shows next week<p><b>UPDATE: ZZ Top announced that they have canceled</b> …

New Nintendo 3DS Will Be Region-Locked

Nintendo will maintain its policy of region-locking hardware with the New Nintendo 3DS handheld, the company has confirmed to GameSpot.<p>It means that games released across Japan, Europe, and North America will only be playable in those territories, effectively eliminating the opportunity to import …

Retrogaming

Bayonetta 2 gets its own Nintendo Direct tomorrow

Bayonetta 2 fans, prepare to stream.<p>The next Nintendo Direct, a series of live-streaming videos that the gaming publisher and developer uses to show off upcoming projects, will focus on the action game sequel. It starts tomorrow, Sep. 4, at 3 p.m. PT.<p>Bayonetta 2 is a rare third-party exclusive for …

Alpha males and females at risk of ill health and premature ageing

New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification

A new species discovered off Australia may reshape the animal family tree.<p>A handful of strange mushroom-shaped animals discovered in the deep sea off Australia in the 1980s have finally been named by scientists. The organisms are so unique that they may rearrange the earliest branches of the animal …