Who Said It: Deadpool or Veep’s Selina Meyer?

Aside from a deep love of the color red, there’s only one thing Deadpool and Veep’s Selina Meyer truly have in common: hyperprofane one-liners. Like, straight-outta-The Aristocrats turns of phrase. From F-bombs to “dick” quips, both antiheroes have potty mouths for the ages; they’re both so fond of working blue, …

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Next-Gen Orchestra Makes Wild Music With Algorithms

Humanity has long harbored a fear of robots. Fear that they would take our jobs. Fear that they would, perhaps, annihilate us as a species. What we didn’t think to fear is that they might one day make a fine replacement for musicians, too. The orchestra you see here is …

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Asics Buys Runkeeper in Another Shoe and Software Team-Up

Following in the heel-strikes of fellow fitness software companies like MyFitnessPal and Runtastic, Runkeeper has jogged into the arms of Asics, a shoe and apparel company in search of software to call its own. In a Medium post (of course!) to announce the news, Runkeeper founder Jason Jacobs tidily sums …

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Every Galaxy Needs More Than Three People of Color

Science fiction authors are overwhelmingly white and so are the characters that appear in sci-fi books and movies. That lack of diversity is a major weakness for a genre that prides itself on exploring infinite possibilities. The prevalence of white characters in science fiction is so familiar that it’s often …

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Music Can’t Last Forever, Not Even on the Internet

Recorded music was once incredibly fragile. Before the days of digital music, an independent band might press only a few thousand, or even a few hundred copies of a vinyl record. Those albums only became more rare over the years as copies were scratched, broken, or thrown out. Likewise, master …

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Space Photos of the Week: A Diva Star’s Gotta Shine

Slide: 3 / of 4 . Caption: It might look like an icy bird floating in space, but it’s actually the planetary nebula Hen 2-437, one of around 3,000 similar objects residing in the Milky Way. It occurs when an aging low-mass star reaches the final stages of life. The …

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New Clues to the Mystery of How Our Brains Keep Time

Our brains have an extraordinary ability to monitor time. A driver can judge just how much time is left to run a yellow light; a dancer can keep a beat down to the millisecond. But exactly how the brain tracks time is still a mystery. Researchers have defined the brain …

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Uber Gets Money from a Russian Billionaire Because Global Domination

Getty Images The slew of worker misclassification lawsuits filed against on-demand companies just won’t stop. On Wednesday, class-action complaints were filed against on-demand food delivery companies DoorDash and GrubHub in California state court, alleging that the drivers should not be considered independent contractors, as their companies have deemed them, but …

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The ‘Jane Test,’ a New Way to Tell if Your Scripts Are Sexist

People often point to sexism in movies for what happens onscreen, but really, it’s in play before our heroine has a chance to say a line. It happens when she’s cast. It happens when she’s costumed. It happens when she gets her paycheck. But before all of that even has a chance to go down, …

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The Physics of OK Go’s Epic New Zero-G Video

If you haven’t seen OK Go’s new video: Upside Down and Inside Out, you should do so now. If you thought their previous videos were awesome, this one is 10 times more epic. Basically it’s a video recorded inside an accelerating aircraft to produce a zero-g environment. Let’s get to …

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