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On Giving Gold Stars to Dumb Smart Movies: Mike Cahill’s ‘I Origins’

Can an eye change the world? Are we here but not there? Is it ethically dubious to give worms sight, as if we are playing God? If we prove that the eye is a genetic mutation, does that make the idea of intelligent design moot? Is there a spirit in the great beyond where we’re all cats and dogs married in our souls? If even we have souls anyways?

Have you ever gotten high and pondered semi-deep thoughts that come from your handful of college science classes? Yes? Then you could probably write a pretty OK Mike Cahill movie. … Read More

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A Brief History of Vintage Matchmaking

We are an obsessed culture, and there are few things we tend to fixate on more than finding love. Over 41 million people in the United States have attempted to find a partner through online dating — a billion-dollar industry that banks on our desire for a connection. But services like OkCupid, Tinder, and Match.com weren’t the first computer-based dating platforms — or the first matchmakers. We spotted eight vintage matchmaking devices and services that demonstrate how dating was done before the age of the Internet. … Read More

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25 Stunning Space Tattoos

Space advocate, science nerd, and author Carl Sagan believed “the Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena” and that we have a responsibility to “deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” He wrote about humanity’s interconnectedness with all things, including the faraway places we have yet to explore, with poetry, passion, and wisdom. To celebrate Sagan’s birthday, we’ve gathered 25 of the most beautiful space-related tattoos — and a few that even feature Sagan (and his words) himself. … Read More

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Typographical Posters That Cleverly Showcase Famous Female Scientists’ Greatest Achievements

Last year, Indian graphic designer Kapil Bhagat thrilled science geeks with a series of minimalist posters that used typography to illustrate famous scientists’ greatest achievements. The only problem? Every single one was devoted to a man. But Bhagat has remedied that oversight with a new set of posters, celebrating everyone from… Read More

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10 of the Geekiest Restaurants of All Time

Last week, Flavorwire took a look at literary restaurants with an eye towards getting those book nerds around the world fed. But what if you’re another kind of nerd? Never fear, for there is a restaurant geared at every sort of geek, whether you’re into gaming, comic books, Star Wars, World of Warcraft, or all of the above. Click through to see some of the… Read More

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Minimalist Posters That Cleverly Showcase Famous Scientists’ Greatest Achievements

For decades, that one poster of Einstein sticking his tongue out has been the go-to dorm-room decoration for eager science majors. Thankfully for the design-savvy future physicists of the world, Indian graphic designer Kapil Bhagat celebrated his home country’s recent National Science Day by creating a series of attractive posters that subtly highlight famous scientists’ most important discoveries. Darwin’s theory of evolution plays out typographically; the “o” in Newton’s name becomes his famous apple; and, yes, Einstein’s famous equation gets a clever shout out. Click through to see the series, which we learned about via io9, and buy the posters at Society6. … Read More

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Cool Video Illustrates What Marijuana Does to Your Brain

Ever wonder why marijuana makes users so fixated on individual ideas, no matter how banal? Learn the scientific answer to that and discover what smoking a joint does to your brain in this fascinating video from Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of AsapSCIENCE. If that awful “this is your brain on drugs” commercial with the splattered egg in a frying pan is the closest you’ve ever gotten to understanding the neurological affects of illegal substances, you’ll definitely want to watch. And after you do, be sure to check out the rest of cool and practical videos at AsapSCIENCE’s YouTube page, including tips for curing hangovers and “The Scientific Power of Music.” Whether or not you artificially stimulate your neurotransmitters beforehand is completely up to you. … Read More

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Watch a Squid Dance to Cypress Hill

OK, so this fascinating clip doesn’t really feature a dancing squid, but rather, the pigment cells of a Woods Hole squid reacting like crazy to electrical impulses created by the sounds of Cypress Hill. But honestly, how cool is that? Click through to have your minds blown by microscopic footage of the experiment, which was executed by the neuroscience wizards over at Backyard Brains (who, it’s worth mentioning, previously stimulated a cockroach leg with the Beastie Boys), and which we spotted, rather fittingly, thanks to Laughing Squid. … Read More

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