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10 Novels That Are More Action-Packed Than Most Summer Movies

It's summer movie season, the time when blockbuster films come out every week and we pit Vin Diesel against Wolverine. But how do you keep that …

Humans With Amplified Intelligence Could Be More Powerful Than AI

With much of our attention focused the rise of advanced artificial intelligence, few consider the potential for <b>radically amplified human intelligence</b> …

Wow, a Dystopian Coming-of-Age Novel With Actual Real Science

At this point the glut of novels about a young person growing up in a fearsome dystopia has become kind of insane, especially as the dystopias have …

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13 Post-Apocalyptic Stories That Actually Teach Valuable Lessons

A lot of post-apocalyptic tales look really awesome with their explosions and rotting monsters, but they don't have a lot of philosophical depth. …

Science Fiction

Stunning artwork from the Dune collectible card game

In 1997, Last Unicorn Games released <i>Dune: Eye of the Storm</i>, the first installment of a <i>Dune</i> collectible card game. These paintings for the game, by …

26 Simple Tricks To Make Your Kids Do Whatever You Want

They have so much energy; shouldn't it be channeled into making your life easier?

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction

Annalee Newitz, founding editor of IO9 and former EFF staffer, has a new book out today called Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive …

18 Drawings You'll Swear Are Actual Photographs

Take a look at the image above. Pretty surreal. At first glance (or second, or third), it looks like a photograph — maybe a little faded, compared to …

Arrested Development: Tobias Fünke's Best Moments

Banger in the mouth, anyone?<p>All 13 Season 1 episodes of the Netflix original horror series Hemlock Grove drop this Friday, but after everyone's done …

Skull Wars, A Stormtrooper and Boba Fett From ‘Star Wars’ Redesigned as Skull-Like Figures

Japanese artist Skulltoys has created “Skull Wars,” a two-piece series featuring Boba Fett and a Stormtrooper from <i>Star Wars</i> as ornately inked, …

21-minute Oblivion featurette shows how its post-apocalyptic Earth came to be

The first reviews for Joseph Kosinski's <i>Oblivion</i> have not been promising, but this featurette hopes to lure you to the theater anyway. It offers a …

11 of the Most Unusual Elevators

<i>Elevators</i> have a simple task: take passengers from one floor to another safely. But it doesn't mean that they have to be boring. Elevator towers for …

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9 of the Most Fascinating Abandoned Mansions from Around the World

There's something particularly spectacular about witnessing the decay of a once-grand building. Lavish trappings fall into disrepair, once proud …

Tiny tree door in Golden Gate Park must go, says Rec and Parks

It appeared one day in early March: A tiny wood door with tinier hinges and the tiniest doorknob, snugly fit into the base of a tree on the concourse of Golden Gate Park outside the de Young.<p>The humble home delighted locals, who left little offerings behind the door, including notes in child’s …

Hidden Cities, A Memoir of Urban Exploration by Moses Gates

Urban explorer Moses Gates recounts 10 years of urban adventuring in <i>Hidden Cities: Travels to the Secret Corners of the World’s Great Metropolises</i>. …

The City from the Bridge

E-bleeder: is Nook on its deathbed?

Barnes & Noble's once-promising digital business needs to turn a page to compete with Amazon and Apple<p>The ending has yet to be written for Barnes & Noble's Nook story, which began with the surprise debut of the original Nook e-reader back in late 2009. But recent plot twists don't appear to bode …

Nevada State Legislature poised to take regulation of Burning Man away from state and local cops

M Otis Beard sez, "A bill gaining support in the Nevada State Assembly would make Burning Man hands-off for state and county law enforcement …

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2018 “Bring Your Own Big Wheel” Race | Potrero Hill

<i>What’s that sound kids? It’s the sound of Big Wheels rolling.</i><p>Watch dozens of contestants at <b>Bring Your Own Big Wheel</b> (BYOBW) risk humiliation and …

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Beyond lies the wub: a history of dubstep

The atmosphere of Belvedere’s, a dive bar on Butler Street in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood — with its stage and pool tables and little in the way of ambiance — was completely transformed by the bass. It reminded me of a water jet cutter. Taking water and streaming it at such a high rate …

Apple Working on 4K 'Ultra HD' Television Set for Late 2013 or Early 2014 Launch?

Apple's rumored television set project has a long history of claims from various sources, and while the "iWatch" has taken on a more prominent place in the rumor mill in recent months, an Apple television continues to be on the radar of a number of industry watchers.<p><i>Digitimes</i> now reports on word …

Phoenix Go Psychedelic on ‘Bankrupt!’ Album

Last summer, after brushing off concert promoters for more than a year while they worked in secret on their next album, Phoenix got an offer they …