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50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

Literature

10 Australian Scifi Movies You Need to Watch

When someone says “Australian science fiction movie,” thoughts immediately and inevitably turn to <i>Mad Max</i>—if not George Miller’s insanely influential …

Science Fiction

20 Great Scifi Movies You May Have Missed in 2017 (But Shouldn't Have)

If nothing else, 2017 has been a truly great year for science fiction and fantasy films. While many have been major motion pictures that no one could …

Horror

6 Sci-Fi Books You Need to Read ASAP - Riveted

Not too long ago, if someone asked me if I liked sci-fi novels my immediate answer would be no. For some reason, I never wanted to pick up a book set …

The Top 40 Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century

From space-invader thrillers to interstellar-overdrive headscratchers, we're counting down the best science fiction films since the turn of the …

Almost every speed limit is too low

When lieutenant Gary Megge of the Michigan State Police attends a meeting, he sometimes asks, “How many of you broke the speed limit on your way here?”<p>Hearing his question, you might assume that lieutenant Megge is a particularly zealous police officer. The type of person who walks half a city …

Israel

Netflix's Secret Codes Unlock More Movies Than You Can Imagine

Access this hidden list of hyper-specific Netflix genres with our help.<p>How many movies do you think are currently available on Netflix? Well, you’re …

Entertainment

5 Massive Space Operas to Read Between Marathon Sessions of No Man's Sky

<i>No Man’s Sky</i> is the most talked-about game of the summer, a massive space exploration sim boasting a universe so vast, the creators estimate 99 …

Sideways author: 'I was ready to shoot myself – then I found pinot noir'

His riotous story of two buddies on a wine-and-women odyssey intoxicated the world. As Sideways hits the stage, Rex Pickett recalls how he went from debt-ridden divorcee to the toast of Hollywood<p>In 1998, my life was in the proverbial Dixie dumpster. I was living in Santa Monica in a rent-controlled …

Wine

8 Awesome Science Resources That You Can Access For Free Online

Including ALL of Feynman’s lectures.<p>There's nothing worse than wanting to expand your knowledge, satisfy your curiosity, or just confirm some weird …

Princeton University

Teenagers Reacting To Windows 95 Will Make You Feel Like A Senior Citizen

Did you spend Monday dragging your butt to the gym, washing last night’s dishes, taking out the trash, and trying to get work done? Yes? No? Want to feel old either way? Then check out these 18 and 19 year olds trying to use that big honking Dell computer from your childhood with Windows 95 on …

Senior Citizen

Watch Stephen Hawking and Paul Rudd Face Off in a Game of Quantum Chess

Quick, who would win in a game of quantum chess: the brilliant, world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, or the goofy, lovable actor …

Paul Rudd

Making of The Revenant: Nine Featurettes Go Behind the Scenes

It’s been a big month for <b>The Revenant</b>. Not only did the movie and its director, <b>Alejandro G. Iñárritu</b> take home awards at the Golden Globes last …

What Are Quantum Gravity's Alternatives To String Theory?

The Universe we know and love — with Einstein’s General Relativity as our theory of gravity and quantum field theories of the other three forces — has a problem that we don’t often talk about: it’s incomplete, <i>and we know it</i>. Einstein’s theory on its own is just fine, describing how …

Physics

ACL Music Festival reveals impressive lineup for 2015 Late Night Shows

On the verge of festival season, Austin City Limits Music Festival has revealed the artists playing official ACL Late Night Shows.<p>Perfect for any …

Texas

British Auschwitz survivor testifies at trial of Oskar Gröning

Ivor Perl, who arrived at Auschwitz aged 12, gives evidence in the trial of former SS guard known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz"<p>A British Holocaust survivor addressed one of his former oppressors on Tuesday, as he gave evidence in the trial of a former SS guard known as the <b>"bookkeeper of</b> …

Do your genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Genetics

Nasa twins to embark on year-long space experiment

Twin Nasa astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly are to put Einstein to the test in a pioneering study that could pave the way for humankind reaching Mars<p>Scott Kelly has found an unusual way to maintain a youthful advantage over his twin brother Mark. Next month, he will blast off on a year-long mission …

Space Science

Chaos of the human brain: How our random thoughts inspire genius — and self-destruction

Visionaries throughout history reported that intrusive ideas helped them create and caused them anguish. Here’s why<p>The obsessive thoughts of OCD are different to those that tend to dominate other types of mental anguish. Recurring and distressing thoughts are not always an obsession – at least not …

Cognition

LIFE With Sophia Loren: Rare and Classic Photos of a Movie Legend

Sophia Loren, Italy, 1961.<br>Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>1 of 19<p>Powerful, enduring relationships can sometimes develop …

Loneliness

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

How to put a human on Mars

This content is best viewed with Javascript enabled. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions.<p>Distance from Earth to: Mars<p>56 million km<p>The mission<p>One of Earth's closest neighbours, Mars is still some 56 million km away at its closest alignment, a journey of at least nine months. Rovers have landed …

Space Science

The Apollo Moon Landings: How They Worked (Infographic)

The science showing that flight to the moon was possible was worked out in the 17th century, but it took until the mid-20th century for engineering …

Space Exploration

10 quintessentially Austin things to do this summer that are totally free

Summer fun doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg — especially in Austin. From free live music series (they happen almost every day) to interactive …

Texas

Slava Fokk

Behold! The Most '80s 'Game of Thrones' Intro Ever

As Vulture handily points out, a YouTube user has combined a preexisting fan-made "Game of Thrones" intro, with a synth-y variation of the theme music that another super-fan put together, to create the most awesomely eighties "Game of Thrones" credits <i>of all time</i>. Seriously. This is …