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What We Do In The Shadows: the return of the living deadpan

Jemaine Clement is being Jemaine Clement. When I find him at 10am, he’s leaping over the fountains of London’s Somerset House courtyard, grinning like a buffoon for his mate’s phone camera. Inside, a few minutes later, remembering the first thing he did at his university’s drama club, he’s …

Meet 5 "Zombie" Parasites That Mind-Control Their Hosts

Hairworms turn crickets suicidal, wasps make spiders spin their last web, and more.<p>Zombies may still be a thing of fiction, but some parasites more or less turn their hosts into the walking dead.<p>These masters of mind control manipulate their hosts from within, causing them to act in …

God’s Not Dead, out now on DVD

In the US, Christian movies enjoy the same kind of intense following as Christian rock groups or Christian children’s books, or any other area of pop culture into which Jesus has unceremoniously stuck his oar. Without the support of studio marketing teams or mainstream critics, spiritual films …

Scion Challenged Three Media Outlets to Build the Ultimate FR-S

Scion’s annual Tuner Challenge, in which three tuners are given a Scion, $15,000, and 90 days to customize the car for the SEMA show, has become something we look forward to every year. For 2014, Scion has changed things up: instead of handing the cars over to tuners, the automaker issued its …

Hewlett-Packard’s 3-D Printer Is Essentially a Replicator

The computing and printing giant wants nothing less than to transform industrial manufacturing.<p>When the computing and printing giant Hewlett-Packard announced its plans to enter the nascent market for 3-D printing earlier this week, it set the stakes by saying its technology could trigger a “new …

Hands On With Microsoft’s New Fitness Wearable, The Band

Dropping out of left field like a foul fly ball from the Kansas City Royals this week, the Microsoft Band was a surprise. Part fitness band, part computer, part mobile Twitter and stock-checking smartgadget, the Band is a mix of things.<p>And it pretty much works. It’s still a bit clunky, as you might …

Ode To The Killer Gaming Rig, Two Weeks With Alienware's Big Bad Area-51

Over-the-top gaming PCs, the kind built by boutique system builders like Maingear, Falcon Northwest and Dell’s Alienware division, serve a special niche’. These are top-shelf builds with potent components that focus on performance, build quality and bragging rights first, while cost takes a back …

The best places to eat out and drink this week

The Riz, Margate<p>The neon-clad exterior and down-at-heel location of The Riz may be somewhat uninspiring, but the buzz inside and never-ending stream of takeaway customers unable to secure a seat show that simply does not matter. Margate locals, and visitors given the heads-up by hoteliers, have …

Most Expressive Pumpkin Faces Ever!

Just when we thought our pumpkin carvings were creative, we ran across these! We've seen Ray Villafane's expert hand at sand sculpting, but his original expertise lies in pumpkin carving. With Halloween creeping up on us, the New York native's pumpkin sculptures are in season. Each wrinkly, orange …