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The Dubious (Awesome) Physics of ‘My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic’


I don't want to blow anybody's mind here, but apparently My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the cartoon about talking ponies that bake cupcakes, fight dragons and use unicorn magic to find gemstones may not be scientifically accurate...

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Dinosaur Comics on How to Create a Real-Life Batman, Superman and Green Lantern


Those of you who already read Ryan North's Dinosaur Comics are probably already aware that it's frequently the greatest thing ever, and those of you who don't are about to find out why. Because this week, T-Rex & Co. st...

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Comics Career Guide: What to Expect From a Career in the Sciences


We all know what we should expect if we were to venture into the realm of our fictional heroes: Gruesome death. There's no way around that, so if you see a glowing portal open up in the air, and your favorite hero waving from the other side, run away as fast as your legs can carry you...

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The Hollywood Science of ‘Iron Man 2′ is Here Today…Kind of


For decades, mankind has longed for cool exo-suits. In the 1960s, Tony Stark created one of the coolest fictional suits of high-tech armor ever. The Iron Man suit (and its many updated models) responds to brainwaves, increases strength, allows for flight and is equipped with electro-magnetic "repulsor blasts...

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Science is a Verb, Science is a Doing Word


Is there anything better than the combination of than cats, science, and jetpacks? With the possible exception of maybe Liz Lemon and bacon and robots, no. This tee, like most sold by the webcomic "Questionable Content," doesn't seem to refer to anything that happens the strip, but who cares...

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Remote-Controlled Cyborg Beetles Begin The Countdown To Judgment Day


Scientists like cyborgs. I like cyborgs. It's good to know science and I are on the same page. Still, there's something creepy about insects hardwired to follow the commands of very smart people. Has no one seen Robocop...

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A Mighty Mouse Takes Flight


Once in awhile a story comes along at just the right time in the news cycle that it absolutely confounds a blogger with a clever, if near irrelevant way to spin its content. Case in point: anti-grav rodents...

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Scarecrow’s Fear-Inducing Chemicals Coming Soon


The Dark Knight's lankiest villain may have been on to something after all: Scientists report that fear-inducing chemicals could soon be easy to synthesize.

Sure, The Scarecrow may have used crazy hallucinogenic gasses to cripple his victims with nightmarish visions, but the science behind more subtly influencing the textbook definition of fear is more real than ever...

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Outside the Lines: ‘Magic Carpets’ Make Objects Invisible


The New Scientist reports that science has taken one of the first steps to a Harry Potter-style "invisibility cloak" that hides objects in plain view:Invisibility cloaks work by deflecting light waves so the light that reaches the eye shows no trace of the hidden object...

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