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

  1. Send Your Name to Mars Aboard NASA’s Orion and Get Interplanetary Frequent Flyer Miles

    Great. How many do I need to get to Mars myself?

    NASA wants your name to be written in the stars! Or at the very least, they want to put it on a microchip and shoot it into space for science, which actually sounds a lot more useful.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: The Adorableness That Is the 12th Doctor Meeting Jo Grant AKA Katy Manning

    We've time traveled, yes?

    Former Doctor Who cast member Katy Manning (companion to the third Doctor) dropped by the filming of the upcoming Christmas special and recreated some nostalgic moments with Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor. There's even more time periods colliding—which, really, is the Doctor's specialty—where that came from.

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  3. The Honest Trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction Reminds Us the Franchise Should Go Extinct

    Giant asteroids, we've got a job for you.

    There is really a scene in this movie in which the characters take a break from the plot to explain why it's legal for the adult male and underage female characters to sleep together. That's all I have to say about that.

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  4. New York Times Apologizes for Racist India Space Program Cartoon

    "Knock Knock." "Who's there?" "Prejudice."

    Recently, India became only the first country ever to put a spacecraft in Mars orbit on the first try with their Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). While Mars needs MOM, no one needed the New York Times cartoon about India's maturing space program.

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  5. Rumor Roundup: Today Is Open Season on Crazy Spider-Man/Avengers and X-Men Rumors

    Let the rampant speculation begin!

    If the rumor mill were an arcade machine, today somebody just straight up ninja kicked it until it broke open and started spewing tokens everywhere. And among the payout are rumors involving the Avengers getting less Avengers but maybe some additional Spider-Man and making everyone's dreams come true.

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  6. There’s Chemistry in Why Your Toothpaste Sucks All the Joy out of Delicious Food

    Gee thanks, chemistry.

    At least trading in your sense of taste has an important function like... creating bubbles. Making your food and drink taste awful is just another helpful way toothpaste assures you that it's working.

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  7. Go Get Amazed by Interstellar’s Traveling Oculus Rift Experience. I Sure Was.

    Outer space should definitely be first on your list of places you'd like to go with VR.

    Interstellar doesn't hit theaters until early November, but IMAX and Oculus Rift have teamed up to bring space to a few movie theaters across the country. We tried it, and if you're near one of the locations they'll visit, it's well worth it both for an Oculus Rift demo and the sensation of actually traveling to outer space.

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  8. Protest Halts NASA Commercial Human Spaceflight Partner Program With Boeing and SpaceX

    If you can't get along, we'll turn this spaceship right around and go home!

    We were excited when NASA announced that it would bring human spaceflight back to the United States with a partner program for commercial companies Boeing and SpaceX, but not everyone has been equally thrilled. Spaceflight company Sierra Nevada was passed over for NASA contracts in favor of the other two companies, and now they're contesting the decision through the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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  9. Set Unreasonably High Expectations for the Destiny Honest Trailer

    [We'll patch the subhead in with a DLC pack later.]

    All aboard the hype train! Last stop: Disappointment Village.

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  10. NASA Considering Putting Humans in Stasis for Real-Life Mars Missions

    Just don't break any quarantine protocols.

    Depending on its position in orbit, it takes a long time to get to Mars from Earth, so NASA is seriously considering a method of putting astronauts in stasis to make the mission easier and hopefully avoid any warning beacons about dangerous xenomorphs.

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