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35 must-watch indie movies on Netflix

Some nights you turn to Netflix for a bit of comfort food, courtesy of a beloved movie you’ve already seen a million times. Other times, however, …

Indie Music

Twisted illustrations perfectly sum up the darker side of modern life

Between our smartphones, fast food and quick and convenient transportation, our lives are full of luxury. But all luxuries come at a price.<p>London …

Syfy Channel Bringing 4 Awesome Sci-Fi Books to TV Soon

The Syfy Channel has unveiled the launch dates for TV adaptations of two epic science fiction books and greenlit the development of two other new TV …

Science Fiction

William Shatner not amused by Ted Cruz’s claim that Captain Kirk “is quite likely a Republican”

Putting “a geocentric label on interstellar characters is silly,” the actor tweeted<p>In yet another attempt to prove that he's an actual human being -- he "auditioned" for "The Simpsons" last month -- Texas Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz spoke at strange length about his …

Science Fiction

Quantum Experiment Shows How “Time” Doesn’t Exist As We Think It Does (Mind-Altering)

“We choose to examine a phenomenon which is impossible, absolutely impossible, to explain in any classical way, and which has in it the heart of …

Texas Supreme Court puts Houston LGBT rights ordinance in danger.

In a startling and dubious ruling on Friday, the Texas Supreme Court held that Houston’s LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance must be put to a popular …

LGBTQI

Ted Cruz is wrong about Captain Picard

Presidential hopeful and would-be Christ figure Ted Cruz recently did an interview with <i>The New York Times</i>, and it's an absolute must-read. Rather than delve deeply into policy, interviewer Ana Marie Cox presses the senator about who he is under that "wacko bird" exterior. As a youth, he was an …

Science Fiction

Revenge against rape culture: Micro-indie film “Felt” is a Rorschach test for gender relations

A young artist haunted by trauma retreats into gender-blur and violent fantasy<p>In its own strange way, the tiny, mysterious and occasionally terrifying indie film “Felt” captures the confusion of this moment in gender relations, and especially the confusion around the term “rape culture.” It took …

San Francisco

The Coming Merge of Human and Machine Intelligence

For most of the past two million years, the human brain has been growing steadily. But something has recently changed. In a surprising reversal, …

David Lynch Returns To "Twin Peaks"

A few months ago, David Lynch pulled out of Showtime's "Twin Peaks" reboot following a dispute with the network over money. Shortly thereafter, the show's cast members put out a video calling for Lynch's return. Apparently he heard them; tonight, Lynch announced his return to the project via posts …

Twin Peaks

Enjoy this LSD trip from the comfort of your web browser

It's time to stop what you're doing an enjoying some soothing visuals brought to you by physics. Created by George Corney, the browser-based GPU fluid simulation reacts when you click and drag your mouse. The resulting psychedelic dreamscape is a mesmerizing swirl of magic that's sure to destroy …

What Does “Experimental Music” Even Mean Anymore?

Adam Harper traces a new wave of electronic adventurers in the techno-mediated spaces and tense modernities of the 2010s.<p><i>In his monthly column System</i> …

Visual Art

The Most Awkward Interview Of This Presidential Campaign, So Far

Also: It took more than a week for anyone to notice.

1973's 'La Planète Sauvage' Is One Of The Weirdest Films You'll See

Back in 1973, director René Laloux with the help of Jiří Trnka Studio created the remarkable animated science fiction film 'La Planète Sauvage' …

9 Times Ben Carson Didn’t Care About Polit­ic­al Cor­rect­ness

It’s all fun and games until someone loses the White House.<p>Since Ben Carson checked into the presidential race, he’s brought with him a …

Ben Carson

US Army is testing ray-gun rifle attachment

In the near future, the Army could be getting a futuristic weapons upgrade: ray guns. The electric guns are said to be in testing right now by the …

Science Fiction Movies

Goofy Church Of Bacon Offers Religious Services to Meat Lovers

Founded in 2012 by Las Vegas-based ex-Marine John Whiteside, the basic premise of the United Church of Bacon is rather simple – bacon is our God, …

Religion

Scientists Discover Massive New Magma Chamber Under Yellowstone

There's more to Yellowstone National Park than meets the eye. Much more, as it turns out.<p>You might already know that a supervolcano dominates the famous park that is situated on land in Wyoming and Montana. A shallow subsurface magma chamber has long been known.<p>But now a second, much larger …

Geology

This Is What Space Sounds Like

While it may be true that in space no one can hear you scream, that doesn’t necessarily mean the universe is completely silent. Recordings released …

5 worst right-wing moments of the week — Chris Christie is very sad he only makes $700,000 a year

We are playing the world’s smallest violin for Christie, who says that he is “not wealthy,” pays too much in taxes<p><b>1. Bill O’Reilly rails absurdly about how it’s open season on White Christian males. Even John Stossel can’t sway him with facts.</b><p>Bill O’Reilly sees no pattern in the numerous incidents …

New Jersey

Five directors who could replace David Lynch for Twin Peaks

<i>Twin Peaks</i> fans all over the world were devastated this weekend when David Lynch announced that he had pulled out of Showtime's revival of the revered television series. In a series of tweets, the legendary director wrote: "After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money …

Boss brings sound synthesis to any electric guitar

With the SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer, electric or bass players are promised full fat, latency-free poly-synth sounds without needing to install a …

Religion

Modal Electronics’ Intros 008 8-voice Analog Monster Synth

At Musikmesse 2015, <b>Modal Electronics</b> has introduced the <b>Modal 008</b>, an 8-voice, 16-VCO and 16-sub-oscillator analog monster synth, scheduled to be …

Synthesizers

Energy from dry ice could power human colonies on Mars

A mission to Mars has captured the public's imagination and the possibility of making that second small step has never seemed so close. Current NASA …

Inside the Psychedelic Mind of Björk: A Retrospective at MoMA

The most talked about MoMA show for years offers a glimpse of the Icelandic singer’s magical world.<p>In a mesmerizing video from 1988, Björk, the …

Indie Band Gets Mad At McDonald’s For Lack Of SXSW Payment, McDonald’s Replies With A Sarcastic Hashtag

South by Southwest — the time when taco consumption in Austin, Texas increases tenfold (also, there’s apparently some music, too) — doesn’t kick off until March 13, but the controversy has already begun. On Wednesday, Brooklyn duo Ex Cops posted a note on Facebook, blasting McDonald’s for asking …

The Whisper of Stars: A science-fiction thriller

Hibernation and suspended animation stories have always fascinated me. <i>The Whisper of Stars</i> turns sleep into an action packed technology thriller.<p>Nick …

Science Fiction

Netflix Adds Mysterious New Drama Series The OA

If it’s a day that ends in “Y,” then it must mean that Netflix is adding another brand new series to their packed slate. But instead of spinning old …

TV