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Posts by Maia Brown-Jackson

  1. Entertainment

    James Cameron Working With Steven Charles Gould to Pen Four Avatar Novels

    The universe of one of the most visually stunning movies in the past few years will now be relegated to our mind's eye: James Cameron-- who hasn't yet finished the screenplay the three Avatar sequels-- is now working with science fiction writer Steven Charles Gould to write four stand-alone novels set in the Avatar universe.

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  2. Tech

    Facebook Junkies, Worry Not: New Pavlov Poke Shocks You If You Use Facebook Too Much

    If you've ever wondered what PhD candidates at MIT do in their spare time, wonder no more. It's actually about what you would expect: they make "proactive art/design projects" to administer non-lethal shocks to their bodies when they spend too much time on one application. Or rig systems to have strangers call and yell at them.

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  3. Space

    Meet Zephyr: The Windsailing Rover NASA May Use to Explore Venus

    Because Venus, ranging from 24 to 162 million miles from Earth, is as close as any of us really want to get to a nightmarish hellscape, I suppose it makes sense that we haven't yet figured out a way to explore its surface. But that may soon change: NASA is considering sending a rover to the surface of the planet by making that rover a windsailer.

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  4. Science

    Adorable and Endangered Lion Cub Born in France

    One of the really terrible things we as a species have done is cause other species, both majestic and adorable, to become endangered and sometimes extinct. But now that we're trying to right that wrong, here's our latest little victory: an Asiatic lion cub was born in a zoo in Besancon one week ago.

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  5. Entertainment

    Ghost Shark Now Has a Twitter Account; Also We Think It Likes Us

    Because this is the day I write about ghost sharks three separate times, here is our latest update in the ongoing saga: the ghost shark (of the SyFy movie, not that other one from down under) has a twitter account. In his own words: Just a misunderstood supernatural marine creature looking for a little understanding. And revenge.

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  6. Entertainment

    Lovely Google Doodle in Honor of Claude Debussy, Kind Youtuber Made a Video

    Whatever faults Google may have, winning the heart of the internet via distractions is not one of them, with easter eggs for gay pride, the first snowfall-- and today's home page is a gorgeous animation set to Claude Debussy's "Claire de Lune" in honor of what would be his 151st birthday.

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  7. Entertainment

    There’s Already a Ghost Shark 2 Trailer Online, Somehow Not Related to Ghost Shark

    The original trailer was a joke. But in a cautionary tale of interneting, a few terrible, terrible people took notice and thus Ghost Shark 2: Urban Jaws was created for real, though they didn't actually make (I swear, I couldn't make this up) Ghost Shark 1: Port Massacre. It's the "1" that makes it art.

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  8. Science

    We Fail at the Prime Directive: Humans Could Be Causing Animals to Develop Larger Brains

    It's no secret that quite often, humans seriously mess things up, on scales both large (like all that the-environment-is-going-to-hell-and-it's-our-fault stuff) and small (like causing bacteria to become antibiotic-resistant). But occasionally it we may help other species: a new study finds we might be the reason animals are evolving larger brains.

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  9. Weird

    White House Doing a “We the Geeks” Google Hangout Tomorrow

    With politicians making noise over American graduates moving to other countries, the White House is using this issue as a jumping off point for comprehensive immigration reform and aiming to attract "geeks" from around the world to immigrate here. Thus they are hosting a Google+ Hangout on "Making the U.S. a Geek Magnet" tomorrow at noon, EDT.

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  10. Entertainment

    Ghost Shark Sneak Peek Leaves Us With Even More Questions About Ghosts, Sharks

    Movies this summer seem to be chosen using madlibs. Specifically, shark-themed madlibs, because after Sharknado, the Megalodon "documentary," and the shark that ate another shark, TV execs have decided the world just isn't terrified enough of going in the ocean. The latest? Ghost Shark-- and if you can't wait until tonight, here is a sneak peek.

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  11. Science

    Decomissioned NASA Craft Brought Back For One Last Job: Like Taken But With Asteroids

    NASA spacecraft Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has in the past discovered and characterized thousands of asteroids before being put in "hibernation," which is a fairly terrifying euphemism. But next month it's coming back for one last mission: identifying potentially dangerous asteroids, that will then be... "relocated."

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  12. Entertainment

    10 Books You Should Read If You’re Interested in The Age of Ice

    As those insurance commercials keep telling me, more is better. So if you're excited for The Age of Ice, why not be excited for ten other new books, too? Other than The Brothers Karamazov and Doctor Zhivago, of course. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of books those intrigued by Sidorova's work will likely enjoy.

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  13. Science

    Grad Student Being Paid to Photograph Rare Red Lightning, Has Coolest Job Ever

    Okay, so maybe Iron Man beats lightning photographer so far as jobs go, but I maintain that Jason Ahrns, along with other scientists, is probably having a fairly awesome summer. Their sponsored project? Fly in a Gulfstream V in search of rare, red lightning.

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  14. Tech

    Robot Barista Makes Custom Coffee Using the Cloud

    The Briggo robot makes coffee via app. You specifying how you want the milk steamed, any flavor shots (for people who are too silly to appreciate the taste of coffee alone), and kind of sweetener. Then it tells you the exact pickup time. Something that automatically figures out my coffee while I'm still half-asleep? Um, yes please!

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  15. Weird

    That Is Too Much Dreadlock, About 19 Feet Too Much

    There are some pretty strange Guinness World Records out there. Longest underwater kiss, largest gathering of people dressed like Gandhi, most spoons on a human body-- and longest dreadlocks. Asha Zulu Mandela holds the last with 19'6" dreads (55' individual strands) that seem to be a little bit messing up her life.

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