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Dan Van Winkle — Associate Editor

Dan is an avid gamer who enjoys modding games as much as he enjoys playing them. He is also a ninja who lives in New Jersey with his disproportionately beautiful fiancée.

  1. Space

    SpaceX Is Launching Robonaut’s Legs and More Supplies to the ISS Today Starting at 2:15PM ET

    Robonaut's transformation to Doctor Octonaut was delayed on Monday when a helium leak forced SpaceX to scrub their ISS cargo launch. Fortunately, they're going to get another shot today, and you can watch the live coverage from NASA and SpaceX starting at 2:15PM ET. The launch is scheduled for 3:25PM ET.

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  2. Entertainment

    Community Report Season 5 Episode 13 “Basic Sandwich”

    Last night was part 2 of Community's season(?) finale, and it hit predictably hard with the self-referential, "we're constantly on the edge of destruction but who cares?" stuff. Seriously, save Greendale, everyone. We're only one season away from completing the first half of six seasons and a movie! Here's how the fifth season wrapped up.

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  3. Uncategorized

    Geekolinks 4/18

    Shhh, the vegetables are sleeping, but you're awake, so check out William Shatner battling Shakespeare with a giant robot and more in Geekolinks!

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  4. Entertainment

    Start Your Day off in a Nerd Rage by Watching Everything Wrong With The Desolation of Smaug

    Remember when you were young, and you just liked movies because they were fun? Me neither. There's nothing more fun than pointing out problems in movies, so let's all let CinemaSins point out all the reasons we should be annoyed at The Desolation of Smaug, because we're a bunch of overcritical nerds, and we like it that way.

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  5. Entertainment

    Prepare for Tonight’s Community Finale by Watching Joel McHale Scream at Billy Eichner and Play in the Mo’Lympics

    Community's finale is tonight, and hopefully that will be season finale and not series finale. #SaveGreendale, guys. So, here's Joel McHale being hilarious with Billy Eichner on Billy on the Street. The Mo'lympics are entertaining on their own, but stick around to the end to see the two have an incredible insult shouting match.

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  6. Science

    Scientists Discover Female Insects With “Inflatable,” Spiny Penis

    In the animal kingdom, gender is decided along different rules from just who has what kind of situation going on in their pants, and science has found the first animal that has a penis on the female members of the species instead of the males. The female penis also does a lot more in the way of function than ones you might be more familiar with.

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  7. Gaming

    Get a Live Preview of Wolfenstein: The New Order Straight From Bethesda at 2:00PM ET

    The classic Wolfenstein is getting a sequel from MachineGames, and they're giving everyone a preview of all the Nazi-shooting fun today on Twitch. Unlike a lot of modern shooters, Wolfenstein is going to focus entirely on its single-player campaign set in an alternate 1960s where the Nazis won World War II, and it looks bananas.

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  8. Science

    Science Has Found a Cure for Optimism in Case You Were Feeling Good About Today

    People often have a problem with "unrealistic optimism," which is an underestimation of the likelihood of future misfortune also known as "what gets us through the day." Don't worry; science has found a way to turn off that optimism and make you realize that the world is an empty hole of misery and death. Thanks, science!

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  9. Weird

    Russia Now Has Firefighters Flying Around on Firehose-Powered Hovercraft

    Russian firefighters made a hovercraft like those jet ski-powered jetpacks. I don't know what's happening in Russia that they needed to invent flying firefighters, but they can now levitate with the power of water to save you wherever you are. (Provided "wherever you are" is a few feet off the ground and relatively nearby.)

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  10. Entertainment

    Jean Claude Van Damme Hated Being the Predator, Because Its “Green Screen” Suit Looked Dumb

    Did you know Jean Claude Van Damme was in the Predator cloaking suit? Maybe not, because no one properly explained to him that the bright red rubber suit he was wearing wouldn't actually appear on film, and he went uncredited. Thanks to this video, we now know the truth behind Van Damme's quest to finally show off his martial arts skills.

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  11. Science

    Science Says Couples Who Sleep Close Together Are Happier, We Say Shove It, Science

    According to a study on the sleeping habits of couples, those who sleep farther than one inch away from their partner are less likely to be happy. Well, that's what the numbers show anyway, but numbers can be a bit misleading, and I'm 100% sure my fiancée is happier keeping my body's nuclear sleep temperature way on the other side of the bed.

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  12. Gaming

    Twitch Wants You to Play God and Control Another Player’s Fate in Choice Chamber

    People had a lot of fun playing Twitch Plays Pokémon, and it generated a lot of talk about whether Twitch was a viable gaming platform on top of being a hugely successful streaming service. Well, it looks like Twitch has decided that it is certainly a gaming platform, and the company is helping to fund a crowd-generated game.

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  13. Gaming

    The Saga Is Complete With Super Smash Wars: Return of the Hero Part 2

    We can't get enough of Super Smash Wars, but this is going to have to do, because its reference-fueled brilliance has finally reached the end of the original Star Wars trilogy. Of course, it could go on and do the prequel movies, but who wants that? Actually, I do. It would be better than the real prequel movies.

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  14. Entertainment

    Old X-Men Meet Young X-Men in the Final Trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past

    With just over a month to go until its May 23rd release, we've got the final trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, and it's got a whole lot of mutants, sentinels, plot, and explosions. It all looks pretty good, too, aside from Quicksilver's hairpiece. Seriously, no one thought that maybe didn't look right?

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  15. Gaming

    Metroid and Other Nintendo LEGO CUUSOO Sets Make Us Wish for an Official Partnership

    LEGO CUUSOO sets can be pretty well done, but there isn't one that is perhaps as big of a no-brainer for "this should just be something LEGO already makes" as Nintendo-themed LEGO sets. Nintendo and LEGO are giants in their markets, and those markets overlap in a big way. Why am I not playing with LEGO Samus right now?

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