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    Dan is a video game modding hobbyist and secret ninja who lives in New Jersey.

  1. Holy Crap, Aubrey Plaza Is Voicing Grumpy Cat in a TV Christmas Movie, This Is Not a Drill

    Our excitement exceeds Grumpy Cat-approved levels.

    Our lives will be complete this winter when Aubrey Plaza voices Grumpy Cat for the Lifetime movie Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever. This is news that could turn even Grumpy Cat's frown upside down.

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  2. First Video of Batman v Superman‘s Batmobile in Car Chase Bat-Action

    Atomic batteries to power!

    You've seen the Batmobile from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before, but now you can finally see what it looks like careening through the streets of... Gotham(?) in a spoiler-free car chase video from the set.

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  3. NASA Audit Concludes They’re Not Prepared to Protect Us From Asteroids or Even Detect Them

    How long does it take to assemble a ragtag team of retired astronauts, anyway?

    You know what we haven't done in a while? Found an asteroid that's about to fly uncomfortably close to Earth. And that's not necessarily a good thing. Just because we don't see them doesn't mean they're not out there, as a few close passes showed earlier this year, and a government audit has concluded that NASA's program to detect asteroids and protect the world from devastation is way behind schedule.

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  4. Allow Dorkly to Blow Your Mind 15 Times Courtesy of Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Not all of them are dog butt related, sadly.

    Social media is great if only for giving brilliant people like Neil deGrasse Tyson an outlet to bestow their genius on the rest of humanity. So, here are 15 times that the famed astrophysicist did just that with his regular musings on Twitter as collected by Dorkly.

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  5. NASA Picked SpaceX and Boeing to Bring Back Human Spaceflight and Help Us Get to Mars

    It's all happening!

    Yesterday, NASA made a live announcement about how they planned to work with commercial partners to bring human spaceflight back to the United States. SpaceX and Boeing will work towards completely eliminating our reliance on Russian spacecraft to put astronauts in Orbit by 2017 and free up NASA to work on exciting things—like getting our asses to Mars.

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  6. Check Out an Up-Close Video of a Marine Organism Made Up of Other Marine Organisms

    They do move in herds.

    Fun fact: the ocean is home to creatures called siphonophores—an order of Hydrozoa that aren't actually individual organisms but colonies of sea creatures that work together to act as one and generally resemble jellyfish. The Portuguese man o' war is actually a siphonophore, and this amazing video of another species comes from Nautilus Live, an expedition run by the person who found the Titanic, Dr. Robert Ballard.

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  7. Conservative Institute Releases Video Telling Feminists to Stop Criticizing Video Games

    Don't you know games are for boys? So it's okay that they have boy stuff—like misogyny.

    You know what the Internet doesn't have enough of? People trying to tell feminists that they're overreacting. Good thing the American Enterprise Institute's Christina Hoff Sommers was on hand to delve into the world of hardcore gaming, and come up with the conclusion that its critics must just be "hipsters with degrees in cultural studies." Which she, of course, says with a mocking tone, because what do people with degrees in cultural studies know about culture?

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  8. The Amazing Scientific Achievements of the Woman Who Kickstarted Paleontology

    "Thanks, Mary Anning." -Steven Spielberg [citation needed]

    Before Mary Anning and her contemporaries, it was still widely assumed that fossils were just remains from existing animals and not generally useful for science (nor put in the ground by Satan). Thought most of her work wound up being published by men because life in the early 19th century was awful, Anning made a ton of important discoveries—including what bezoar stones actually were, because she needed to see the dinosaurs' droppings.

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  9. Watch NASA Announce the Return of Human Spaceflight to the U.S. Live at 4PM EDT

    To infinty, and beyond!

    NASA is all set to announce the return of human spaceflight to the United States today at 4PM EDT. For years, they've relied on Russian spacecraft to bring astronauts to and from the ISS, but that relationship has grown strained (and expensive), so they're about to reveal the details of how the U.S. will restart operations to bring astronauts to outer space in 2017.

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  10. City of Chongqing Gets a Cellphone Sidewalk Lane to Remind People Not to Be Obnoxious

    Can we institute a single file-only policy for groups next?

    Navigating crowded city streets was already annoying before cellphones came around with a whole host of slow people and large groups to navigate around or those annoying, rushing people who insist on squeezing around you—whichever side you happen to be on (you know how you are). Cellphone use while walking can often make them completely intolerable, so now Chongqing, China has a dedicated cellphone walking lane.

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