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  1. Fantasia-esque Cirque du Soleil Flying Drone Dance Short Film Makes Us Miss Practical Effects in Movies

    We're looking at you, Episode VII. Don't screw up.

    Hollywood, take note. This magical video is seriously just a few quadcopters cosplaying as lampshades and flying along to an algorithm, and it looks amazing. Can we please have more inventive practical effects back in our movies? This is like Fantasia or Beauty and the Beast come to life. (Behind-the-scenes video after the jump.)

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  2. New Study Closes the Evolutionary Gap Between Dinosaurs and Birds

    Hold onto your butts.

    Science has known for a while that birds and dinosaurs are evolutionarily linked, but it's been difficult to establish a direct connection between today's birds and their giant, people-hungry ancestors. Now, a new study uses the existing fossil record and several recent finds of feathered dinosaurs to draw a direct connection, so now we know how they flocked this way.

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  3. Spherical Rock on Mars Proves Aliens Enjoy Golf or Are Big Fans of Spaceballs

    This just in: There are balls on Ma—wait. Phrasing.

    Seriously, Mars? We send 1,982 pounds and $2.5 billion of science up there, and you just throw out a ball and try to play fetch with it like a dog? I mean, I guess that's better than vaporizing it on sight, but come on. Have some respect.

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  4. ThePianoGuys Playing 50 Years of Batman Music Is the Batman Symphony We Deserve

    Ode to vengeance! Ode to the night!

    We seek the means to fight back the tears this brings to our eyes.

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  5. Dorkly Shows Nintendo’s Smash Bros. Fighters That There’s a Better Way

    Except for you, Luigi. Take your death stare elsewhere.

    What makes Mario think it's OK to just punch his friends in the face? In fact, everything he does somehow needs to be violent, so let's revisit Smash Bros. with Dorkly and see if Nintendo's mascots can find a better way for them to have a smashing good time. (Sorry. Couldn't resist.)

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  6. There’s a Nasty Bug Affecting Mac, Linux, and Other Devices That Use Linux, Check to See If You’re Affected

    Someone call Kernel Panic! Tech puns!

    A vulnerability has just been detected in the Bash Unix shell that is used by Mac OS X computers, Linux machines, and various other devices like routers. The Bash Bug, also known as "Shellshock," has been rated a 10 out of 10 on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System scale that's the tech industry standard for scoring security threats. Here's how to check and protect your system.

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  7. YouTube’s Superwoman and AsapSCIENCE Get to the Bottom of Whether Periods Make You Moody

    "Why are you so moody?" "BECAUSE SCIENCE, OK!?"

    Hey, it takes a lot of work to go through the process that allows for the entire human race's continued existence every month, so a little moodiness is warranted. It's also scientifically unavoidable, so the next time someone accuses you of being moody from PMS, tell them that science and the future of humanity don't care about their feelings.

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  8. Your Space Battle Physics Are All Wrong, and It’s All George Lucas’s Fault

    Surprising no one.

    Need another thing to be mad at George Lucas about? It's Okay to Be Smart has an video deconstruction of what's wrong with the science behind fictional space battles and why it's all his fault. Or you could accept that some scientific concessions made by space battles in movies are there as audio/visual cues for the audience's benefit for filmmaking reasons, and others could be explained by science so advanced it seems impossible to our current, mostly non-spacefaring civilization. Your choice.

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  9. Despite What You May Have Heard, Black Holes Haven’t Exactly Been Disproven

    Rumors of black holes' deaths have been greatly exaggerated.

    New mathematical calculations by Laura Mersini-Houghton, a physics professor and theoretical physicist at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, show that black holes may not actually exist! Amazing, right? Well, yes, it is amazing, but that doesn't make it a fact.

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  10. Even Baby Groot Is More [Censored] Metal Than You in His “Groots Bloody Groots” Metal Parody

    I bet you thought I was going to put "I am Groot" here.

    You thought Groot was made of wood? WRONG. Groot is 100% pure, grade A [expletive deleted] metal. Here to demonstrate that fact for you is a music video parody of the song "Roots Bloody Roots" by Sepultura with dancing baby Groot. You get one guess what the new lyrics are.

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