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Stephen Hawking

  1. Stephen Hawking Warns “God” Particle Could Kill Us All If Science Gets Enough Funding

    "Not if we kill God first!"—Philip Pullman [Citation needed]

    In his foreword for the new book Starmus: 5 Years of Man in Space, Stephen Hawking warns that the Higgs boson particle (also called the "God" particle, because monotheism) discovered by CERN scientists in 2012 and thought to give matter its mass, could destroy the Universe and "we wouldn't see it coming."

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  2. Stephen Hawking Biopic The Theory of Everything Gets Its First Trailer

    "I'll be stretchin' out the rhyme like gravity stretches ti—no, wait, wrong video."

    Hey, remember the time Marius Pontmercy, Remus Lupin, Viserys Targaryen, (probably) Black Cat, Daredevil, and just plain Emily frickin’ Watson were in a movie together? That was cool.

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  3. Things We Saw Today: Zack Snyder Tweets Pic of Batman and R2-D2, Bros

    Beep boop growl.

    Zack Snyder loves his Star Wars crossovers.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Destroy Your Enemy’s Nexus In This League of Legends Hoodie

    Shark cannon not included.

    Want a snuggly and totally casual way to dress up like League of Legends summoner Jinx? This adorable sweatshirt from hoodied will do the trick. You might remember them from their super rad DC-inspired line of hoodies, too.

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  5. Intel Wants to Save Steven Hawking’s Speech

    Stephen Hawking is one of the most well regarded scientists of our day, and for decades now he has relied on technology to allow him to speak. Hawking suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, and as his condition declines, so does the rate at which he can communicate. Now, Intel says they can use new technology to increase Hawking's ability to communicate, which has dropped to as little as one word per minute.

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  6. Scientists Petition to Grant War Hero, Math Genius Alan Turing, Convicted of Homosexuality, An Official Pardon

    For great justice

    Stephen Hawking and other notable scientists have asked the British government to grant an official posthumous pardon to Alan Turing, the mathematician and code-breaker whose contributions to the Allied victory in World War II were followed up by a conviction for homosexuality. Turing was given the choice between imprisonment and a hormonal treatment better known as "chemical castration," and after a year of enduring the latter he committed suicide by eating an apple laced with cyanide.

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  7. Paralympic Opening Celebrates Science, Includes Higgs Boson Discovery

    The opening ceremony for the 2012 Paralympic Games was held last night in London and included references to some very important scientific discoveries. This ranged from the Big Bang to what was apparently a representation of the recent discovery of what many are calling the Higgs boson particle. It's a bit hard to tell, though, given that the elusive particle was apparently represented by a bunch of silver umbrellas.

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  8. Stephen Hawking: CERN Discovery Will Win Higgs Nobel Prize, Lost Me $100

    Yesterday's announcement that CERN discovered a "Higgs-like" particle will surely be one of the most talked about scientific discoveries of the age. For most physicists, it means exploring a new channel of particle physics. However, for famed scientists Stephen Hawking, it meant something far more personal: Losing a $100 bet with University of Michigan physicist Godon Kane.

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  9. Former Head of SETI Says Aliens Totally Don’t Want To Eat Us. Well, In That Case…

    Oh Really?

    Former SETI director Jill Tarter (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) has felt the need to go on the record and let the public know aliens don't really want to eat us. That's all well and good but how could this be when most overdramatized science-fiction tells us different? Is Tarter in league with an alien race?? Is she an alien??? All of these answers, as well as the real story, after the jump. 

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  10. A Lesson In Illustrating Wheelchairs From Someone Who Uses One

    Allow Us To Explain

    Not too long ago I asked a famous comic book artist to draw me a picture of Oracle and what I got was not at all what I expected. Barbara Gordon was depicted in a hospital wheelchair with a blanket over her legs, certainly not the Oracle I know. "How could big name-so-and-so not know how to draw someone in a wheelchair?" I said to myself but then I thought, "Probably because they aren't in one." That's just one possible scenario of course, there are plenty of artists out there (like Adam Hughes above) who get it right. But if there's a problem we all suffer from at times it's ignorance. Yes...all of us. Some more than others of course but even the most learned of us could do with a bit of education now and then and that's my goal today. It's certainly not meant as a dig, but through the years, it's become obvious to me that a lot of people are oblivious to the every day lives of people with disabilities (PWD). And that's why awareness and education are important. It's not that people don't care (although some might not), it's that they truly don't know what's appropriate in certain situations. Read on for a few examples of different types of wheelchairs, as well as those who use them, plus some commentary by a creator and an actor who are close to the topic at hand. 

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