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  1. James Cameron Working With Steven Charles Gould to Pen Four Avatar Novels

    It's almost like he thinks the ground-breaking 3D effects weren't the main reason we were all so obsessed.

    The universe of one of the most visually stunning movies in the past few years will now be relegated to our mind's eye: James Cameron-- who hasn't yet finished the screenplay the three Avatar sequels-- is now working with science fiction writer Steven Charles Gould to write four stand-alone novels set in the Avatar universe.

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  2. Facebook Junkies, Worry Not: New Pavlov Poke Shocks You If You Use Facebook Too Much

    This is... actually not a terrible idea.

    If you've ever wondered what PhD candidates at MIT do in their spare time, wonder no more. It's actually about what you would expect: they make "proactive art/design projects" to administer non-lethal shocks to their bodies when they spend too much time on one application. Or rig systems to have strangers call and yell at them.

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  3. Meet Zephyr: The Windsailing Rover NASA May Use to Explore Venus

    Rollerskating rovers to be considered for runs on Saturn's rings.

    Because Venus, ranging from 24 to 162 million miles from Earth, is as close as any of us really want to get to a nightmarish hellscape, I suppose it makes sense that we haven't yet figured out a way to explore its surface. But that may soon change: NASA is considering sending a rover to the surface of the planet by making that rover a windsailer.

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  4. Adorable and Endangered Lion Cub Born in France

    In the French zoo, the pretty (I'm sure) French zoo, the lion sleeps tonight. Come on, everybody!

    One of the really terrible things we as a species have done is cause other species, both majestic and adorable, to become endangered and sometimes extinct. But now that we're trying to right that wrong, here's our latest little victory: an Asiatic lion cub was born in a zoo in Besancon one week ago.

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  5. Ghost Shark Now Has a Twitter Account; Also We Think It Likes Us

    We would also like to hear from Sharktopus, Crocosaurus, Piranhaconda.

    Because this is the day I write about ghost sharks three separate times, here is our latest update in the ongoing saga: the ghost shark (of the SyFy movie, not that other one from down under) has a twitter account. In his own words: Just a misunderstood supernatural marine creature looking for a little understanding. And revenge.

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  6. Lovely Google Doodle in Honor of Claude Debussy, Kind Youtuber Made a Video

    “Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.”

    Whatever faults Google may have, winning the heart of the internet via distractions is not one of them, with easter eggs for gay pride, the first snowfall-- and today's home page is a gorgeous animation set to Claude Debussy's "Claire de Lune" in honor of what would be his 151st birthday.

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  7. There’s Already a Ghost Shark 2 Trailer Online, Somehow Not Related to Ghost Shark

    Its makers have said, "Sometimes it’s important for a film to grab you by the balls and punch you in the face repeatedly."

    The original trailer was a joke. But in a cautionary tale of interneting, a few terrible, terrible people took notice and thus Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws was created for real, though they didn't actually make (I swear, I couldn't make this up) Ghost Shark 1: Port Massacre. It's the "1" that makes it art.

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  8. We Fail at the Prime Directive: Humans Could Be Causing Animals to Develop Larger Brains

    So... we're about on par with Kirk, then.

    It's no secret that quite often, humans seriously mess things up, on scales both large (like all that the-environment-is-going-to-hell-and-it's-our-fault stuff) and small (like causing bacteria to become antibiotic-resistant). But occasionally it we may help other species: a new study finds we might be the reason animals are evolving larger brains.

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  9. White House Doing a “We the Geeks” Google Hangout Tomorrow

    Despite Obama being the one to get hard-core nerds all in a tizzy by confusing Star Trek and Star Wars last March.

    With politicians making noise over American graduates moving to other countries, the White House is using this issue as a jumping off point for comprehensive immigration reform and aiming to attract "geeks" from around the world to immigrate here. Thus they are hosting a Google+ Hangout on "Making the U.S. a Geek Magnet" tomorrow at noon, EDT.

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  10. Ghost Shark Sneak Peek Leaves Us With Even More Questions About Ghosts, Sharks

    You're not even trying anymore, are you Syfy?

    Movies this summer seem to be chosen using madlibs. Specifically, shark-themed madlibs, because after Sharknado, the Megalodon "documentary," and the shark that ate another shark, TV execs have decided the world just isn't terrified enough of going in the ocean. The latest? Ghost Shark-- and if you can't wait until tonight, here is a sneak peek.

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