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The 10 Best Movies Influenced by The Philosophy of Jean Baudrillard

French philosopher Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) was one of the most influential postmodern theorists. The conceptions of Baudrillard have taken on …

Have a Strange, Bluesy "Good Evening" with The Quaker City Night Hawks

The overall impression of a gang of scifi-obsessed ZZ Top superfans who've gone rogue and slid down into a weird, uncanny valley of slide guitars and bottom-heavy distortion pedals.<p>The Quaker City Night Hawks are one of the weirdest blues rock bands I've ever heard. The overall impression of a gang …

What Will It Mean If LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves?

For over a decade, to very little fanfare, a new type of astronomy has been going on: gravitational wave astronomy. Rather than using a telescope to look out at the Universe, a gravitational wave detector uses lasers, fired and reflected perpendicular to one another, and then reconstructed to …

Why humans find it hard to do away with religion

The new atheists decry religion as a poisonous set of lies. But what if a belief in the supernatural is natural?<p>An American scientist visiting the …

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Science Jokes From Our Twitter Followers

Check out some of our favorite science jokes.<p>On Monday, we asked our Twitter followers, "What's your favorite science joke?" The nerds delivered. Here are our favorite science jokes, organized by subject.<p>Chemistry<p>@PopSci I was going to tell a joke about sodium, but Na.— Ian Haygreen (@IanHaygreen) …

Why Consciousness Exists: Douglas Rushkoff on Science, God, and the Purpose of Reality

What to make of the fact “that something wonderfully strange is going on in the dimension we call reality.”<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from,”</i> Carl Sagan wrote in his magnificent meditation on science and spirituality, <i>“we will have</i> …

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Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Humanity Is In The Existential Danger Zone, Study Confirms

The Earth's climate has always changed. All species eventually become extinct. But a new study has brought into sharp relief the fact that humans …

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

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Werner Herzog's 24 pieces of advice for filmmaking and life

Found in the book Werner Herzog – A Guide for the Perplexed.<p>1. Always take the initiative.<p>2. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if …

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This GIF Of Magnetic Putty 'Eating' A Piece Of Metal Is Mesmerizing

File this one under "Coolest thing we've seen all day": a cube of magnetic putty swallowing a smaller cube of metal whole.<p>We first saw this on r/woahdude, a section of Reddit dedicated to "Trippy & mesmerizing games, video, audio & images that make you go 'woah dude!'" Yes, we know they misspelled …

Why Interstellar Should Be Taken Seriously -- Very Seriously

A few of my closest friends are physicists. In fact, when I went to see <i>Interstellar</i>, I made sure one of them was at my side. My physicist pal and I loved the movie, and to us (especially the physicist) the physics of the story were merely a layman's version of the real thing, but that was the right …

In the Light of Milkyway

Christy Clark once served as chairwoman of B.C. company that she has promoted since becoming premier

A leaked contract shows that B.C. Premier Christy Clark once served as chairwoman of a B.C. company she now touts on official government business, …

U2: Songs of Innocence

No other rock band does rebirth like U2. No other band – certainly of U2's duration, commercial success and creative achievement – believes it needs …

Watch Deafheaven's Full Pitchfork Music Festival Set

Deafheaven were one of the many artists at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, which took place at Union Park in Chicago July 18-20. Below, watch video of them performing their entire set, featuring highlights from last year's <i>Sunbather</i> and a new song called "From the Kettle Onto the Coil", which …

Jack White Shares "Would You Fight for My Love?" Video

Jack White has shared the video for the <i>Lazaretto</i> track "Would You Fight for My Love?". Check it out below. It was directed by Robert Hales, and features a very well-groomed White hanging out at the bar of Denver's Oxford Hotel. According to a press release, the video was "conceived and created …

Leaked: Secret Final Draft of CETA Treaty

For politicians in Canada and Europe this will be obligatory summer reading: A large chunk of the final proposed text of the free trade agreement …

A Single Thread Wrapped Around Thousands of Nails

Kumi Yamashita, whose mind-blowing shadow artworks have been featured before, uses a single, unbroken thread wrapped around thousands of nails to …

5 Quick Camera Checks Before You Release The Shutter to Produce Amazing Shots Consistently

Experience has the ability to make us wiser with our actions and choices. As a photographer, I have made mistakes in the past because of which I …

APOD: Planetary Nebula NGC 2818 from Hubble (2014 Jul 13) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140713.html Explanation: NGC 2818 is a beautiful planetary nebula, the gaseous shroud of a dying sun-like star. It could well offer a glimpse of the future that awaits our own Sun after spending another 5 billion years or so steadily using up hydrogen at its core, and then finally helium, as fuel for nuclear fusion. Curiously, NGC 2818 seems to lie within an open star cluster, NGC 2818A, that is some 10,000 light-years distant toward the southern constellation Pyxis (the Compass). At the distance of the star cluster, the nebula would be about 4 light-years across. But accurate velocity measurements show that the nebula's own velocity is very different from the cluster's member stars. The result is strong evidence that NGC 2818 is only by chance found along the line of sight to the star cluster and so may not share the cluster's distance or age. The Hubble image is a composite of exposures through narrow-band filters, presenting emission from nitrogen, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms in the nebula as red, green, and blue hues. http://www.nasa.gov/ http://hubblesite.org/ http://spacetelescope.org/ http://heritage.stsci.edu/ http://www.stsci.edu/institute/ http://www.aura-astronomy.org/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140713 #APOD http://heritage.stsci.edu/2009/05/ http://hubblesite.org/news/2009/05 http://spacetelescope.org/announcements/ann0901/

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How Mad Men Gets the Writing Right: Q&A

There is no show on television that is more combed through, picked over and squawked about than <i>Mad Men</i>. Whether Joan mentions lustrous restaurant Le …

Should 'Game of Thrones' Fans Be Rooting for Arya Stark? – /Film

[The following contains <b>SPOILERS</b> for everything through this week’s episode of <i>Game of Thrones</i> (Season 4 episode 1). No book spoilers for future …

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The 10 Best Bond Villains

<b>James Bond is often only</b> as good as his villains, which is why the Internet went nuts when rumors began circulating late last week that 007's next adversary might be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. The Oscar-nominated <i>12 Years a Slave</i> star would be not only the rare black actor to face off against Bond …