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Earth’s New Friend

Kepler-452b, a planet with many Earth-like characteristics, was captured by the Kepler telescope and discovered by NASA scientists, who are calling it “Earth 2.0”. The planet sits at a similar distance to its star as Earth does to the sun, meaning it could potentially hold liquid water. The planet is quite a bit larger, however. ...

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Happy Birthday, Nellie Bly

Today is the 151st birthday of muckraker journalist Nellie Bly. Google has put up an animated video on their website with Karen O singing in the background as a tribute  to Bly’s trailblazing career as a  journalist who went undercover, traveled the world, and gave a voice to those in need.

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This Past Week’s Top Science News

Bat Dinosaur In this article, io9 talks about a new fossil with a bone similar to a bone in bat wings that was discovered by scientists in northern china. Tesla Battery Car makers, Tesla, have unveiled a new battery for consumers based on the ones they put in their electric cars. The battery stores solar energy and ...

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Upcoming Feature Documentary PLANETARY Based on this Short

The upcoming feature film PLANETARY will give a perspective on space, culture, and the environment from an astronaut’s point of view, looking down on Earth from above. Read more about the film in this article from space.com

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Vikings Season Three Finale

Spoilers ahead. All of them. The season three finale of History Channel’s Vikings premiered last Thursday with The Dead. In this final episode we found some closure to the Paris invasion, though much is still left hanging, and Ragnar Lothbrok died, but turned out to be fooling everyone, or at least everyone important besides his son.

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Environment in Science-Fiction: A look at The Windup Girl, Dune, and Interstellar

Environment has long been a popular topic in science-fiction. Setting is a huge part of SF, so it’s no surprise that the environment and different kinds of environment recurs as a topic. In the past year, I read Dune and The Windup Girl and, of course, Interstellar arrived on the big screen. In all three stories environment ...

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Saga, Volume IV

Volume four of the graphic novel series Saga came out in December of last year. I had been patiently waiting its arrival and crossing my fingers, hoping author Brian K. Vaughan would continue to deliver great story with illustrator Fiona Staples. They did just that. When I first began the Saga series last year, Volume One immediately ...

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True Detective Season Two Trailer

The trailer for True Detective season two has been released and it looks oh so broody and dramatic. The teaser doesn’t give much info, but it does give us a glimpse into the characters played by big name actors Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell, and Vince Vaughn. Looks like this season will bring the same dark ...

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Black Sails Season Two Finale

Season two of the acclaimed Starz series Black Sails came to a close on Saturday with the final episode wrapping up the ongoing storylines of the season and leaving open some new questions as well. During the second season Captain Flint lost command of the crew and his captaincy and fought to regain it. The season ...

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Recurring Characteristics in Dystopian Universes

Gray skied, desperate worlds have filled movie screens and literature more and more over the past few years. At this point when I think about these dystopian, bordering on apocalyptic, settings, I have a pretty distinct idea of what they look like. The details and aesthetics of these stories seem to repeat themselves. Here’s a glance ...

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