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world of weird things podcast: why ad astra is the breakup letter to space exploration
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world of weird things podcast: why ad astra is the breakup letter to space exploration

Advertised as a journey to the edge of space and our inner selves, Ad Astra is a tedious, scientifically inaccurate dive into a one-dimensional character's navel. Here's why it matters.

is game of thrones’ final season a metaphor for climate change?
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is game of thrones’ final season a metaphor for climate change?

A popular fan theory says GoT is a metaphor for the threat of global warming. But by the same logic, it could also be a metaphor for the encroachment of automation, or any other drastic upheaval on your mind.

sci-fi saturday: why we really need more science fiction
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sci-fi saturday: why we really need more science fiction

Each installment of Sci-Fi Saturday and attempt at introducing science fiction at Weird Things was given a very positive reception, so the experiment is expanding. Here’s how and why.

sci-fi saturday: 06.27.2787
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sci-fi saturday: 06.27.2787

Sci-fi Saturday returns with what will be part one of a short story...

what interstellar’s black hole can teach us about science in entertainment
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what interstellar’s black hole can teach us about science in entertainment

After Interstellar, more and more representations of black holes are leaning towards scientific correctness. It may not sound like much, but it’s actually kind of a big deal.

the shadow over lovecraft and his alien creations
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the shadow over lovecraft and his alien creations

H.P. Lovecraft was a remarkable, creative mind. He was also a fiery xenophobe and racist. And that unsavory combination made his iconic stories what they are.

did smartphones kill the celebrity sex tape?
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did smartphones kill the celebrity sex tape?

Celebrity tapes and nudes used to be shocking scandals on which tabloids pounced. Today they're frequently glossed over and that may be thanks to the technology that now lives in our pockets.

why most of what you’re told is still wrong
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why most of what you’re told is still wrong

Even in the age of on-demand knowledge downloaded to a device in the palm of your hand, common misconceptions and urban legends persist.

when extreme surgery and video games collide
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when extreme surgery and video games collide

An online conspiracy theory says that the much covered idea for a head transplant is just a guerilla marketing stunt for Konami.

how would you fight pacific rim’s giant monsters in the real world?
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how would you fight pacific rim’s giant monsters in the real world?

Giant bipedal robots look cool in anime and movies. In real life, you probably wouldn't want to use them to fight giant eldritch creatures made of teeth, fangs, and acid.

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