1. Entertainment

    We Finally Got a Full Transformers: Age of Extinction Trailer, and It Actually Looks Kind of Good

    Guys, I'm actually kind of looking forward to this movie now. The trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction either does a great job of pretending this movie is going to have a lot more focus on character and the social implications of giant robots, or this movie might be a Transformers sequel that we can all be excited about.

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  2. Entertainment

    Transformers: Age of Extinction Has Mother Flipping Dinobots

    Last night during some football match, a bunch of movie trailers premiered. Among them, this spot for Transformers: Age of Extinction which features freaking Dinobots! Is that enough to get you to see it?

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  3. Space

    NASA Wants to Probe a Giant Metal Asteroid, Hopefully Won’t Discover It’s a Death Star

    As far as NASA knows, a 155 mile wide mostly-metal space object is unique in our solar system, which is probably because it takes a whole lot of resources and time to build a Death Star. Or, it could be that it's not often a planet almost forms and then has all of the rock bombarded off of to expose its metal core. Whichever.

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  4. Entertainment

    It’s Amazing That You Can List Everything Wrong With Transformers in Just Seven Minutes [Video]

    How long would it take to point out all the stupid things in Michael Bay's Transformers? My initial guess would be about the lifetime of a star, because there's is an awful lot of dumb crap in that movie. The folks over at CinemaSins have this sort of thing down to a science, though, and they've managed to highlight every misstep in the movie -- and there are more than a few -- in seven minutes or less.

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  5. Tech

    CHIMP Humanoid Rescue Robot Can Also Turn Into a Tank

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have given robotic life to every child's dream, building a rescue robot that can take on both humanoid and tank forms as the situation demands. The real life Transformer known as CHIMP (CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform) can work like a human when it needs to climb a ladder or operate a valve. But when terrain gets rough, it can drop onto it's four treads, entering a tank-like mode that makes it easier to maneuver and seek out survivors disaster survivors.

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  6. Entertainment

    One Shall Stand, One Shall Take a Seat on This Papercraft Transformers Couch

    When they're not ripping out each other's circuits or trading histrionic catchphrases back and forth, even the mightiest of Autobot and Decepticon warriors enjoys kicking back and letting all their troubles and PTSD melt away on the comfort of their living room couch. Sadly, never has this piece of home furnishing been made in the same scale as Transformers figures of our youth, forced to remain standing and never experience the simple pleasure of reclining back or laying their metallic heads on an armrest -- until now! Takara Tomy, the Japanese manufacturer of Transformers toys, has finally heard our incessant pleas for a practical, yet stylish, couch fit for Optimus Prime and is currently offering printable papercraft furniture on the their official website. So if you're handy with a pair of scissors and tape, this is something you owe it to yourself to check out.

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  7. Entertainment

    Alan Turing Has an Official Monopoly Board. Here are Some of Our Other Favorites

    Godfather of the computer age, Alan Turing, will be getting his face on some currency -- just not, y'know, real money. Turing's face will grace each and every bank note in the newly announced Monopoly: Alan Turing Edition. Based on a design that Turing played with friend Max Newman, the game, released by Bletchley Park Code Centre, where Turing did the codebreaking work that was instrumental to an Allied victory in WWII, is designed to teach players facts about Turing's life. Believe it or not, this Google-funded endeavor is just the latest of hundreds of bizarrely branded takes on Monopoly that are things that exist in the real world. You can get a look at some of out other favorites after the jump.

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  8. Tech

    Watch This Amazing RC Transformer Transform Before Your Eyes [Video]

    Transformers of all varieties have always been awesome toys, but the bummer is that most of them require you to transform them. They're less "Transformers" and more "things that you can Transform if you want to, I guess." The remote-controlled transformers YouTuber kenjiishida011 makes, on the other hand, do the transforming all on their own. Good thing, because you'll be too busy slack-jawed and drooling to do anything yourself. Above is his latest project which he refers to as "Version 8" and it's incredible. Version 7 is no less impressive. Check it out after the jump.

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  9. Entertainment

    The 14 Geekiest Beers the Free Market Has to Offer

    The history of beer is almost as old as human history, and it would be quite true to say that our love affair with the stuff has only grown with modern brewing practices. Given beer's pervasive place in human history, it's not surprising that the geeky pastimes of drinkers would eventually rub off on the beers themselves. The result is a veritable cornucopia of nerdy beers, from Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and a few others that fit in quite nicely with your nerdy lifestyle. Like Pizza Beer -- it's more efficient than eating both separately! So sit back, crack open a cold one, and enjoy this astounding and some times mouthwatering collection.

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  10. Tech

    Beautiful Dragon Sculpture Transforms into Ring of Flowers

    Serving both the transforming robot fan and delicate flower fan in us all, this Tomoo Yamaji sculpture begins life as a blue dragon 1,630 millimeters in length, and transforms to become a wreath of blue flowers, measuring in with a width and height 750 millimeters. Check out the transformation steps after the break.

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  11. Weird

    Cross-Stitched Optimus Prime Can Transform, Battle Decepticons

    GoBots Transformers, everyone's favorite robots in disguise, have found a new way to become even more unsuspecting. Made out of plastic canvas, magnets, cross-stitching yarn (or whatever it is you make cross-stitching things out of) this Optimus Prime can not only masquerade as a truck but also chill with all your other knickknacks. That's right, this guy can still transform.

    This awesome interpretation of Optimus Prime comes from Lord Libidan who's fondness for Transformers and cross-stitch could not have found a cooler point of intersection. If that weren't enough, Lord Libidan has also designed patterns for Jetfire, Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker, with Soundwave and Blaster coming soon. Now just the patterns are for sale on Etsy, so if you want these, you'll have to learn cross-stitch. But seriously, what better reason could you possibly find?

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  12. Weird

    Can-Robot, More Than Meets The Eye

    Check out longjie0723's amazing wii-mote operated beer-can robot. This little guy can skitter around and roll away like any good beer that's got a mind for self-preservation. Probably not the most functional transformer you can imagine, but I'm sure it does a great job startling dinner guests and really, what's more important than that? Aside from teaching your son that beer cans are actually robots that are trying to escape.

    (via LaughingSquid)

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  13. Science

    Watch Transformers Explode After Being Hit By Lightning [Video]

    The above video depicts a hauntingly beautiful scene over in Forth Worth, Texas Tuesday night when lightning struck several transformers and caused a chain reaction of transformer explosions. The National Weather Service reports that between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday night, around 330 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes took place. Though they aren't sure if any of the bolts directly hit a transformer, they state that a bolt of lightning can carry enough electrical charge to blow a transformer if it strikes nearby ground. Police received reports of a transformer on fire, and as one can see from the video, the reports were most likely legitimate.

    (via reddit)

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  14. Entertainment

    Transformers 3: First Trailer Hits the Web

    The first official trailer for Transformers 3, a.k.a. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, has just hit the Internet. As Rob Bricken points out, it contains a grand total of one Transformer very far in, and an obscure, mustachioed one at that. There's a lot of Neil Armstrong, and apparently some sort of Transformers-on-the-moon conspiracy. Transformers 3 is due to hit theaters on July 1, 2011. (via Topless Robot)

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  15. Entertainment

    26-Foot Tall Statue of Optimus Prime Made of Ice

    "It was a miracle of rare device / a 26-foot tall statue of Optimus Prime made of ice." --Samuel Taylor Coleridge, slightly edited Artists Antti Pedrozo and Michel de Kok created this giant ice Optimus Prime; more pics here. [Warning: autoplay dub music.] (Antti Pedrozo via TDW)

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