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  1. Entertainment

    Superman Ruins Gravity in About 60 Seconds With Some Clever Editing and Gives It a New Ending

    Yeah, the plot of Gravity doesn't last that long when a guy who doesn't need to breathe in space and is capable of spontaneous flight shows up. Thanks a lot for ruining everything, Superman. The editing and the jokes in this "alternate scene" are really great, too, and it ties up the whole movie pretty neatly with its... alternate ending.

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  2. Science

    Cornell University Invented a Bike You Can’t Steer… For Science?

    Meet the "Bricycle" -- a modified bicycle built by Cornell University engineers to test what it would be like to ride a bike in zero gravity. What they found is that although we blame gravity when we fall off a bike, without it, you'd be unable to steer.

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  3. Space

    This Video of a Russian Experiment Looks Like Real-Life Gravity

    In the wake of Gravity's Awards Season success, Sploid has this eerie video to remind us that Astronaut Ryan Stone's horrifying space odyssey essentially happened "for real" back in 2006. Yes, the Russian experiment was all in the name of education, but that doesn't make the footage any less bone-chilling.

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  4. Space

    Physics Students Explore Possibility of Gravity‘s Space Debris Incident Becoming An Actual Problem

    We all know that Gravity is a work of fiction and the Hubble telescope didn't really get hit with debris from a defunct satellite. As students from the University of Leister pointed out in a recent paper, though, there is a defunct satellite that could pose a threat to current real-life space missions: Envisat.

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  5. Entertainment

    Louis CK’s Thoughts on Gravity Are Pretty Funny and Insightful

    It's awards season, and people have a lot of feelings about Gravity. (The movie—not the very important force.) Louis CK has expressed those feelings on Opie and Anthony, and whether you liked the movie or not, his insights are pretty funny. Enjoy them, but if you liked the movie, try to remember that they're just jokes. Please?

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  6. Entertainment

    This Graph Says Your Movie Will Do Better If It Has Two Women Talking to Each Other

    From the baffling nudity of Star Trek Into Darkness to the inadvertent sexism of the head animator of Frozen, 2013 seemed like a bad year for women on screen.  However, The Mary Sue still found reason to celebrate, with a chart that demonstrates a possible connection between a strong female presence in a film and its box office success.

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  7. Entertainment

    Gravity Parody Set In Ikea Is Uncomfortably Accurate [Video]

    Not surprisingly, when you remove all the space debris and uncontrollable spinning from Gravity, the premise becomes a bit silly. Well, incredibly silly in the case of "Alfonso Cuaron's Ikea trailer," a parody video created by Daniel Hubbard. But oddly, it's still just as terrifying, because Ikea is the worst.

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  8. Entertainment

    Chris Hadfield Spoke About Gravity and Sandra Bullock’s Underwear on Conan

    Commander Chris Hadfield was on Conan last night! Besides talking about his new book An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, the two also discussed the film Gravity, Sandra Bullock's underwear, and how Hadfield's incredible "Space Oddity" video almost didn't happen.

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  9. Entertainment

    Neil deGrasse Tyson Wants You to Chill About his Gravity Tweets

    Neil deGrasse Tyson was "stunned" by the media's reaction to his series of tweets criticizing the movie Gravity on Sunday. He went in depth on Facebook explaining that his mildly sarcastic jabs were in no way intended to give people the idea that the movie was bad.

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  10. Space

    Neil deGrasse Tyson Brings Down Gravity on Twitter

    Acclaimed astrophysicist and generally awesome human being Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter last night to lambast the new outer space thriller Gravity, and it was spectacular.

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  11. Science

    Watch Astronaut Tom Marshburn Drop Stuff Because Gravity [Video]

    Here's a video from the ReelNASA YouTube channel that shows astronaut Tom Marshburn trying to explain the Soyuz spacecraft. The problem is that Marshburn returned to Earth from the International Space Station back in May and hasn't quite gotten used to gravity just yet. Hilarity ensues.

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  12. Space

    New Map of Moon Gravity Most Accurate Ever, Looks Tie-Dyed

    A pair of twin spacecraft from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission have completed a new map showing the Moon's gravity in unprecedented details. The new map is now the most detailed map of the gravity of any celestial body. The new data could help scientists understand how the Earth and other planets form. If we're lucky, it could also lead to revolutionary new moon bounces at parties, or at least safer moon bounces. Okay, maybe not, but it's still neat.

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  13. Space

    NASA Launches GRAIL Spacecraft to Study Moon’s Interior, Let Middle-Schoolers See Cool Pictures

    Earlier this morning, NASA launched the spacecraft that will be under taking the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, which aims to shine some light on the moon's internal structure, history and evolution. The two spacecraft, GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B, launched together this morning, strapped to a Delta II rocket and are slated to reach the moon on New Years Eve 2011 and New Years Day 2012 respectively. One there, they'll fly around the moon in formation, measuring changes in gravity and using the data to infer all kinds of things about the Moon's core and history. In addition to all that gravity stuff, the GRAIL spacecraft are also equipped with cameras devoted to the MoonKAM project (a pained acronym for Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) that will let middle school classrooms request picture of specific parts of the moon. In addition to acquiring moon knowledge, these lucky kids will get to experience the concentrated joy of interacting with and having an effect on an actual spacecraft that is in space. I'm pretty jealous. (via NASA, GRAIL MoonKAM)

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  14. Space

    We Have Seen the Earth’s Gravity, and It Is … Lumpy

    Following one year of gravitational data collection, the European Space Agency's GOCE satellite has produced what the ESA says is the most accurate model of the Earth's geoid ever produced. A geoid is, essentially, a surface that describes the way the Earth's oceans would shake out if there were no tides or currents and if the oceans could travel over continents: If gravity was all that mattered. (Wikipedia has a more rigorous definition.) As you can see in the animation above (h/t Bad Astronomy), it is quite a lumpy fellow. ESA:

    [The geoid] is a crucial reference for measuring ocean circulation, sea-level change and ice dynamics – all affected by climate change. ... A precise model of Earth's geoid is crucial for deriving accurate measurements of ocean circulation, sea-level change and terrestrial ice dynamics. The geoid is also used as a reference surface from which to map the topographical features on the planet. In addition, a better understanding of variations in the gravity field will lead to a deeper understanding of Earth's interior, such as the physics and dynamics associated with volcanic activity and earthquakes.
    (ESA, Bad Astronomy via Cindy Au)

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  15. Science

    This Coffee Cup Defies Gravity

    This coffee cup stays balanced at a gravity-defying angle when it's resting on a flat surface with no fluid inside. You do have to set it down when it's filled up with coffee. Bonus: The 'trajectory of love' graph on the side.

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