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Iggy Azalea and Jim Carrey Had the Most Epic 'Chandelier' Dance-Off Ever on 'SNL'

Photo: NBC<p>Last night's episode of <i>Saturday Night Live</i> featured the "Chandelier" parody to end all "Chandelier" parodies. (Sorry, Jimmy Kimmel.)<p>The sketch begins at an office Halloween party, where guest host Jim Carrey and his "coworkers" (including the <i>always</i> amazing Kate McKinnon) are competing in …

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Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies

Legendary figure who oversaw the work of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein at The Washington Post during an investigation that forced the resignation of President Richard Nixon<p>Ben Bradlee, the former Washington Post editor who oversaw the newspaper's coverage of the Watergate scandal that toppled …

Why Ebola Is Such A Uniquely Terrible Virus

In its struggle to beat back the virus, your immune system's reaction ravages the rest of your body, leaving your blood vessels weak and leaky.<p>Soon, blood and plasma start pushing through, sometimes coming out of your pores and every orifice.<p>But long before the body begins to fail — around the time …

Bowe Bergdahl's hometown uneasy about its one-time hero

In the days after Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released from nearly five years in captivity, yellow ribbons and banners celebrating his release decorated the main street, red-bricked storefronts of his hometown. A sense of relief and excitement filled the air: Bergdahl would soon be home.<p>But more than …

A sperm bank just for supersmart people

Meet the progeny of the so-called "genius sperm bank" on "This is Life with Lisa Ling: The Genius Experiment," Sunday, October 12, 10 p.m. ET/PT, only on CNN.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie: An eccentric millionaire creates a sperm bank with donations from only extraordinary …

This Discovery Brings Us One Step Closer to Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak

Researchers at the University of Rochester seem to be taking the words of science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke’s to heart: “any sufficiently …

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That's me in the picture: President Bush's chief of staff informs him of 9/11

We had flown to Florida the evening before. The president was to visit Emma E Booker elementary school in Sarasota, to talk about leaving no child behind in education. When we arrived, there was a terrible stench in the air: the red tide had killed a lot of fish, and they'd washed up on the …

Sugar: the evolution of a forbidden fruit

Sweetness was meant to be irresistible.<p>We are born with a sweet tooth. Babies drink in sugar with their mother’s milk. Sweetness represents an instant energy boost, a fuel that kept our ancestors going in a harsher world where taste buds evolved to distinguish health-giving ripeness and freshness …

2 + 2 Doesn't Always Equal 4

2 + 2 = ? appears to be one of the easiest problems in mathematics, and it is probably one of the first you ever encountered. If Kate has 2 apples and Matt gives her 2 more apples, then she has 4 apples. Obviously.<p>But what if we told you that 2 + 2 = ? has stumped even some of the smartest …

Jamaica's rare wildlife – in pictures

The Portland Bight protected area is home to the iconic Jamaican iguana and 20 other endangered species. Its fragile coastal ecosystem and wildlife faces the risk of being lost for ever as Jamaica approves a Chinese company to build a port. Photographs by Robin Moore

Disneyland's original prospectus revealed!

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, Boing Boing is pleased to present the first-ever look at the original Disneyland prospectus.<p>Thanks to an anonymous …

The Man Who Literally Built 'Star Wars'

Set decorator Roger Christian tells us what it was like making George Lucas's dreams out of scrap metal<p><b>PLUS: The Art of Star Wars: See Exclusive Storyboards from the Original Trilogy</b><p><b>One of the most memorable elements</b> of the original <i>Star Wars</i> in 1977 wasn't the story, or characters, or even the …

500-year-old mystery: Wreck off Haiti may be Columbus' flagship Santa Maria

Is a sunken shipwreck off Haiti the long-lost remains of the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus' flagship from his first voyage to the Americas?<p>Underwater explorer Barry Clifford, who led a team that found and investigated the wreck, says he's confident it is.<p>"Every single piece fits. Now, of …

Remains of unidentified 9/11 victims moved to ground zero

The official procession moved slowly through Manhattan early Saturday, blinking red lights illuminating streets barely awake. It carried the remains of more than 1,100 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, whose resting place will be back at ground zero.<p>The decision to shift the …

Fighting squid reveal an evolutionary purpose of pain

Pain may be unpleasant, but it’s also important. It keeps us from continuing to do things that damage our bodies. In fact, people who are born without normal pain sensitivity often harm themselves unwittingly.<p>But when you grab a hot coffee cup and burn your hand only slightly, it can sting for …

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Do look down! The world's best skywalks – in pictures

As Canada's Glacier Skywalk opens, offering amazing views over Jasper national park, we take a look at the best skywalks around the world<p><b>Share your skywalk experiences in the comments below</b>

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NASA's Journey to Mars #NextGiantLeap

As we develop and test the new tools of 21st century spaceflight on the human Path to Mars, we once again will change the course of history.

Zombie Brains Jello Shots

When you bite open these little brains, you'll find they are filled with delicious but frighteningly red raspberry sauce! If you serve a full platter …

How to Make a Zombie Eyeball

Just in time for Halloween comes this festive undead treat. Inspired by <i>The Walking Dead</i>, master geek chef Chris-Rachael Oseland made <b>zombie eyeballs</b> …

8 Of Google’s Craziest Offices

Google is known for its zany office designs, from stroopwafel ceilings to slides to scooters. And you thought your office’s foosball table was cool.<p>While most of us 9-to-5ers hunch over in boxy, fluorescent-lit cubicles, feeling lucky if our office has a snack machine, the Google employees of the …

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A Map of all the Places in the U.S. Where Nobody Lives

'Earth's Cousin': Scientists Find Alien Planet That's Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …

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Boston Marathon Finish Line Evacuated Due To Unattended Backpacks

The area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon was evacuated Tuesday night due to unattended backpacks left in the street, TV station WBZ reports.<p>A man yelling "Boston Strong" and carrying a backpack was seen running in the area by WBZ photographers moments before police cleared Boylston …

There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It?

It's looking like clouds will obscure Monday night's lunar eclipse for nearly all of the U.S. East Coast, but much of the West and Midwest should be able to see it.<p>As we wrote last week, the total eclipse of the moon — the first visible from North America since 2010 — will start a few minutes …

Gorgeous and Rare Illustrations for Alice in Wonderland by John Vernon Lord

<i>“Words mean more than we mean to express when we use them,”</i> Lewis Carroll once wrote in a letter to a friend, <i>“so a whole book ought to mean a great deal more than the writer means.”</i><p>Perhaps due to its timelessly whimsical nature, <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> — the umbrella title given to Lewis Carroll’s …