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Posts by Dan Van Winkle

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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Tech

    TL;DR Wikipedia Distills the Internet’s Vast Knowledge Into Short, Sarcastic Barbs

    There's a lot of information on the Internet, so it can be hard to know just where to turn when you want a concise explanation of any given subject. That's where TL;DR Wikipedia comes in. They take all of the "knowledge" and "facts" and reduce it to easily remembered, sarcastic flash cards.

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  7. Space

    Cassini May Have Captured an Image of Saturn’s Rings Giving Birth to a New Moon: “Peggy”

    The Cassini spacecraft has been bringing us great shots of Saturn for a while now, but this new image may shed some light on a pretty rare phenomenon: the formation of a moon. It appears that particles on the outer edges of Saturn's rings are forming together and may be showing us how Saturn got so many moons.

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  8. Tech

    The IRS Missed the Windows XP Update Deadline, Has to Pay Microsoft Millions for Support

    It's tax day! Did you file your taxes yet? You know, it's important to get it done on time, because the IRS doesn't stand for missed deadlines—unless, of course, that deadline is Microsoft's end of Windows XP support. Then, the IRS is all, "Oh, was that this month? You know, I've just been so busy. Can I get an extension?"

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  9. Space

    You Can Watch Time-Lapse of Last Night’s Lunar Eclipse If Clouds Ruined It for You

    If you live on the east coast of the United States, odds are that last night's total lunar eclipse was spoiled for you by some clouds, but the Internet has your back. Here's a time-lapse video of the Moon passing into the Earth's shadow last night and taking on a reddish-orange hue.

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  10. Space

    NASA Will Send Robonaut’s Doc Ock Legs to the ISS Today With SpaceX, and You Can Watch With Us

    NASA's Robonaut 2 has been patiently awaiting the arrival of his robotic Doc Ock legs as he sits completely immobile on a support post. Today, his lower half is launching to the ISS aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at 4:58PM ET, and then he'll be able to move freely about the space station and free up human astronauts for more complex tasks.

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  11. Space

    Here’s How to Watch Tonight’s Lunar Eclipse That Starts off a Tetrad, Which Is Still Not a Sign of the Apocalypse

    If you see someone standing outside staring at the sky in the wee hours of the night tonight, don't worry—they're not drunk (as far as I know). They're just watching the first lunar eclipse visible to most of North America since 2010. If you can't get out there to join them, it's the first in a Tetrad of four eclipses over the next year and a half.

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  12. Entertainment

    Benedict Cumberbatch Denies He’ll Be in Star Wars, Does Anyone Believe Him?

    Fans who've been following rumors about Benedict Cumberbatch's role in the next Star Wars movie may find themselves disappointed to learn that he's denied involvement with the film... until they remember that he also said he wasn't playing Khan in J.J. Abrams' last Star Trek movie. So, yeah, don't count out the possibility just yet.

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  13. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks 4/14

    See the X-Men battle Sentinels, Mario 64 on Oculus Rift, and the world's most dangerous squirrel in today's Geekolinks.

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  14. Entertainment

    New Ninja Turtles “Brothers” TV Spot Shows Splinter, More Shots of Random Destruction

    Amidst all of the fuss over the Turtles new noses, new origins, and new propensity to be surrounded by explosions and toppling buildings, the new Ninja Turtles TV spot wants to remind us that they're also a family with a rat for a dad. Get your first look at Splinter, a rocket-powered skateboard, and Will Arnett looking freaked out.

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  15. Space

    Sorry, Internet. It Turns out That Video of a Meteorite Falling Past a Skydiver Was Just a Rock

    Last week, there was a video flying around the Internet of what geologists and members of the Norwegian Meteor Network thought was a meteorite in "dark flight" nearly hitting a skydiver. Unfortunately for our hopes and dreams, they've now concluded with their crowdsourcing effort that it was just a rock. Thanks a lot, Internet.

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