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  1. Seth MacFarlane Says Cosmos May Return for a Second Season, Asks Fans to Tweet Tyson If They Want More

    Let's do it all over sagan!

    Hold onto your starstuff, space fans!

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  2. Movie Sign! Stars of Mystery Science Theater Are Back to Make Fun of Animals

    I don't think Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett can call themselves Mystery Science Theater guys anymore for legal reasons, but that's not stopping me. These days they tend to go by a their more recent and entirely laudable efforts as the Rifftrax guys. But if they're going to be riffing on nature videos for National Geographic, I hold out hope that there will be at least one huge slam on anteaters out of nowhere.

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  3. Mystery Science Theater 3,000 Cast Riffs Nature When RiffTrax Comes to Television

    Not even nature is safe from biting sarcasm.

    Mystery Science Theater 3,000 was one of the greatest shows in television history, and the show's stars, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo), and Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot), are still making movies fun in RiffTrax. Now, RiffTrax is coming to television and adding comedy to nature on National Geographic Channel.

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  4. Want to Watch ISS Astronauts Live in Space? Then Watch the Appropriately Titled Live From Space Tonight

    If only all television show titles were this informative.

    Right now, there are highly-trained astronauts whizzing around 240 miles above us eating freeze-dried food out of packets and just being cooler than us. Tonight on the Nat Geo Channel, we'll be able to see just how much cooler they are first-hand with their unprecedented 2-hour Live from Space special.

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  5. President Obama Is Introducing Cosmos Tonight, Which You’re Watching

    "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!" (Wrong President?)

    Cosmos is premiering tonight, and we here at Geekosystem are ridiculously excited about it. We've had the chance to screen the first episode, and it's truly incredible. But just when we thought we couldn't be any more excited about this show, we found out that President Obama was going to be adding an introduction to the series before it airs.

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  6. Seriously, Though, You Need to Watch Cosmos This Sunday

    You will not be disappointed.

    We'll admit, you probably expected writers from a site with "Geek" in the title to be excited about Cosmos just from the trailers. However, we also got the chance to watch the first episode already, so trust us when we say it really is going to be incredible. We don't know how else to convince you to watch, but by God, we're gonna to try.

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  7. Check Back Here Tonight at 9PM EST for a Live Q+A Feed with the Creators Of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

    Got questions? Use the hashtag #cosmoslive.

    It's no secret that we're major fans of the upcoming Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Fox and National Geographic. If you're as pumped as we are for the premiere on Sunday night at 9pm EST, then you should definitely park yourself in front of your computer at 9pm EST tonight to catch a livestream with the series' creators.

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  8. Scientists Have Revived a “Hardy” 30,000 Year Old Virus From Permafrost

    All it took was true love's kiss.

    If you like the word "indestructible" combined with "virus," then I'm assuming you're a supervillain with a great collection of Hazmat suits. National Geographic is reporting that scientists have just revived a large, ancient virus from permafrost in Siberia. Oh yes, another upside to global warming: increased risk of exposure to dormant pathogens.

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  9. Our Own Victoria McNally Is Currently at Space Camp, and She Has the Photos to Prove It

    We're all incredibly jealous of very happy for Victoria.

    Right now a team of journalists are spacing it up at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama to promote Cosmos and a Life in Space with National Geographic Channel. Among them is our own Victoria McNally, and she's posting pics to our Instagram account. Space Camp looks fun.

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  10. Getting This Close-Up of a Cassowary May Be Photography’s Most Dangerous Game

    In the wilds of Australia and New Guinea, there is a dinosaur-like bird that probably wants to hurt you.  It's probably thinking about it right now, in fact.  To be fair, it's only because it assumes you want to tangle with it -- which you totally don't. But in the name of conservation, some are willing to. Photographer Christian Ziegler risked life and limb to photograph the Southern cassowary in Black Mountain Road, Australia. It's even won him the top award in the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year.

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  11. Hey, Teenagers: Do Science, Win Prizes! Google Science Fair Now Taking Subsmissions

    If you're a student between the ages of 13 and 18 with an interest in science, then grab your lab coat and get to work. Google is taking submissions for their third annual Google Science Fair as of today. They've partnered up with CERN, LEGO, National Geographic, and Scientific American to offer some truly amazing prizes that include scholarships, an expedition to the Galapagos, and a week shadowing a particle physicist at Fermilab.

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  12. A Friendly Chat About National Geographic’s Comic Store Heroes

    Shameless Self-Promotion

    It's being billed as a subsititue for those who can't make it to Comic-Con this year. National Geographic Channel's Comic Store Heroes follows three staffers of Midtown Comics in New York as well as their customers and every day comic book fans, on their road to New York Comic Con. The comparison is evident - is this another Comic Book Men? Thor Parker, the Social Marketing and Events Director for Midtown, and I are here to tell you "no." Why am I joining in the conversation? I'm one of the fans featured in the special airing tomorrow, July 13, on the National Geographic Channel. Hit the jump to hear what Parker and I have to say about the special, the evolution of geek culture, the comparisons with CBM, and lots more! 

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  13. New CGI Envisioning of How the Titanic Actually Sank [Video]

    Everyone knows that the Titanic sank almost 100 years ago when it hit an iceberg. That much is common knowledge. How exactly it sank, on the other hand, has been the focus of plenty of speculation. As a lead up for a new documentary on the legendary disaster that will air this Sunday, National Geographic has released a new CGI rendering of what the disaster looked like according to James Cameron and his team of researchers. 100 years later and we're still trying to nail down the details, but we've figured out one thing for sure: Never call your ship unsinkable out loud, it's bad luck.

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  14. This Is a Photograph

    According to National Geographic, the painterly picture above is actually a photograph.

    Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park.
    Remarkable. (NatGeo via Kottke.org | Photographer's page)

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  15. Balloon-Suspended Up House Built In Real Life

    If National Geographic wanted to get us interested in their Mythbusters-sounding new series How Hard Can It Be?, mission accomplished: As a promotional stunt, they managed to take a 16x16x18' house aloft using 300 8' helium balloons. The house reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet and flew for about an hour. More pics and video below:

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  16. The Most Average Human on the Planet [Video]

    Does this guy look familiar? Did you go to highschool with him, or maybe you saw him on the street with one of those yappy little dogs. No, wait, he works with your dad; you've totally seen him there. Odds are that you've probably seen someone like this man. With the revelation that the Earth now houses 7 billion human beings, National Geographic set out to determine the most typical person on the planet. According to their research, the most typical person is (among other things) a 28-year-old, right-handed, Han Chinese man, with a cellphone, and no bank account. Armed with the knowledge of world's most average man, NatGeo wanted to give him a face. Researchers took 190,000 images and created a composite image that should, more or less, represent most of the human population. Think of it this way, if aliens picked a point on the Earth and landed there, odds are this is the first person they'd see. Was that the sound of your paradigm shifting? Don't be too surprised. We all live in our own little worlds, based off our past experiences, or families, our friends, upbringing, and geographical area. We're a myopic species. Maybe this guy isn't what you think of when you imagine a composite human, but it probably should be. However, that will be changing. NatGeo goes on to say that by 2030, the most typical human will be from India. The good folks at NatGeo have compressed their research into a fun video with some catchy music, embedded below. Take a look. and change your view on humanity.

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  17. In 2011 The World’s Population Will Hit 7 Billion

    National Geographic's amazing video on human population milestones in 2011 took us by surprise. After all, the world's population reached 6 billion when I was in middle school.  That wasn't that long a- Oh god it was more than ten years ago. (By the way, we highly recommend watching in HD and fullscreen.) (via Sociological Images.)

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  18. World’s Largest Cave Can Fit Skyscraper, Has Jungle

    No, this isn't a teaser poster for a Minecraft or Cave Story movie. This is a picture taken within the Vietnamese cave, Hang Son Doong, the world's largest cave. Even though it's the world's largest cave, it was only discovered around twenty years ago, and features a segment inside that can fit a half-mile block of 40-story buildings. The cave also features an underground jungle, which you can check out past the break.

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  19. Those 6 Million Forms of Communication Probably Don’t Include Koro

    Koro is a new (well, old) language discovered in 2008 by a couple of field linguists, doing research in northeastern-most state of India. They announced their findings, along with their efforts to date to preserve it against its eventual extinction yesterday. Koro is spoken by only about 800 people in Arunachal Pradesh, and the most striking thing about it is its uniqueness. According to Gregory Anderson, the director of the nonprofit that funded the research:

    Their language is quite distinct on every level—the sound, the words, the sentence structure.
    The researchers themselves said it was "as distinct from [the languages] spoken by other villagers as English is from Russian."

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  20. Brave Cameraman Films a Massive Dust Storm from Within

    National Geographic cameraman Bob Poole was in Mali filming elephants when he encountered much bigger game in the form of a massive dust storm. The dust storm blocked out the sun for more than four hours, making the world within darker than night at its height, then bathed in freakish red light on its way out. Poole: "It seems like we've been transported to Mars." He's not exaggerating. (National Geographic via PetaPixel)

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