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Kirk to Enterprise: The Piece of Star Trek in Your Pocket

Friday, July 04, 2014

“By 2013, I literally envisioned that I would be retiring on the moon,” says Candy Torres, a former software engineer for the International Space Station. Like so many scientists of her generation, Torres grew up watching Star Trek in the late 1960s. On the Enterprise ...

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You’re Living in a Science Fiction Story

Friday, July 04, 2014

It’s easy to look back at old science fiction and see it as silly. But there are important ideas embedded in those stories that influenced scientists and the way technology developed. Take the first science fiction film, Le Voyage dans La Lune or A Trip to the Moon, based on a story by Jules Verne ...

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Annalee Newitz: The Future Is Coming to Get You

Friday, July 04, 2014

Scientists and science writers can rattle off all the sci-fi that inspired them to build great things. But Annalee Newitz, editor of io9, thinks that dystopian science fiction is less inspirational, but more influential. Dystopian sci-fi cautions against our hubris. For example, when Google bought ...

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen’s extended conversation with Annalee Newitz

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Sideshow Podcast: Gay of Thrones and the TV Recap Revolution

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The Internet was supposed to kill TV, but the two have become BFFs. Show recaps are now an art form, and nobody does it better than a Los Angeles hairstylist named Jonathan Van Ness.

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How a Happy Ending Ruined Pygmalion

Friday, June 27, 2014

We mostly think of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion as the basis for the musical My Fair Lady. But Shaw was trying to write a feminist tract, not a rom-com.

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Gertie, the Dinosaur Who Gave Birth to a Mouse

Friday, June 27, 2014

Years before Mickey Mouse, Gertie the dinosaur amazed audiences who had never seen a drawing that moved. Her creator, Winsor McCay, thought cartoons would become a great art form — and was disappointed when they went commercial.

Video: "Gertie the Dinosaur" 

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American Icons: The Tramp

Friday, June 27, 2014

With just a pair of baggy pants, a derby hat, mustache, floppy shoes, and his own physical genius, Charlie Chaplin created silent film's most memorable character — the Tramp.

Video: Charlie Chaplin in Kid Auto Races at Venice

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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This week in “Thanks, Internet” — Google Street Art, a short film you wish was longer, an uplifting song about death, a slapstick take on the "First Kiss" video, and the best bootleg DVD art you'll ever see.

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Jimmy Fallon Sells Out(back Steakhouse)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Attention hosts of late night: If you're going to force-feed us ads, at least make them funny.

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This Tampon Ad is Funny. Period.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

If this new video from HelloFlo is any indication, commercials for feminine hygiene products are poised to go from totally lame to totally awesome.

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Five Things You Had To See Online This Week

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This week in “Thanks, Internet” — floppy disk drive jams, MS Paint World Cup recaps, OK Go makes another masterpiece, farewell to funnies, and the most important six seconds of Summer 2014.

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Sideshow Podcast: Gallery 1988: The Louvre of Fan Art

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Jensen Karp, a.k.a. Hot Karl, built a fan art empire: Gallery 1988, a source for prints and sculptures dedicated to our favorite pieces of pop culture, from Ghostbusters to Breaking Bad.
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Ten Ways to Cope with Your Game of Thrones Withdrawal

Monday, June 16, 2014

Here are dragon-themed movies, beers, mixtapes, and more to keep you busy between seasons.

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Five Things You Had To See Online This Week

Thursday, June 12, 2014

This week in “Thanks, Internet” — Speed turns 20, basketball's best court, Hundred Waters' "Murmurs" gets a music video, the ultimate upcycle, and what to do when you're bored at an airport.

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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, June 05, 2014

This week in “Thanks, Internet” — Van Gogh's ear is back, an alternate ending to this week's Game of Thrones (spoilers), Zach Galifianakis makes the best music videos, John Oliver is a Great American, and fat cats take classic art to new places.

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We Just Hacked Michael Bay's New TV Show

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The swag for Michael Bay's new TNT drama is just as insane as all of his big explosive blockbusters, and that's why he must be stopped. 

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Food, Coming Soon to a Cinema Near You

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hollywood catches up with foodies this summer with movies about food trucks, sous chefs, and restaurant wars.

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Seth Rogen Learns that Women Can Be Funny

Friday, May 09, 2014

Seth Rogen has built a career playing overgrown adolescents. But in his new movie, Neighbors, he’s a new father who just wants to get some sleep. Does that mean Rogen has left man-childish things behind? Hardly, as the movie’s escalating prank war and copious drug use attest.

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The Movie Critic Who Hates Movies

Friday, May 09, 2014

A lot of movie critics have a reputation for being cranky, but who is the crankiest? A new study uses Metacritic data to find out. One of the top haters, Kyle Smith of the New York Post, explains why his less-discerning peers overrate so many movies.

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Rihanna vs. Avril, John Mayer vs. Pepé Le Pew, and more

Thursday, May 08, 2014

This week in "Thanks, Internet!": Billy on the Street's great new game show, a 90s alt-rock supercut, Rihanna's singular meet-and-greets, and more.

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