Our Best View Yet of Molecules Moving Inside Living Cells

A new microscope developed by the Marine Biological Laboratory in Chicago is allowing scientists track the position and orientation of individual molecules in living cells. It has the potential to reveal unknown aspects of molecular behavior, including those that turn cells into agents of disease.

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21 Amazing Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Add to Your October Reading List

October is nearly here, which means it’s time to re-up your pile of reading material for a new month. And there is some excellent subject matter here: Twin Peaks, political intrigue, magicians, artificial humans, the apocalypse, vampires, and Young Frankenstein, to name just a few.

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More Details on How the American Gods TV Series Will Go Beyond the Novel

There’s already a ton of stuff in Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods for showrunner Bryan Fuller’s TV adaptation to cover, but now we know the series is going to start delving into less-explored areas of the book’s world of deities—especially, it seems, the mysterious Mad Sweeney.

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The World’s First Clear Glass Slide Looks Like a Dream

Our perpetually-dropped smartphones have pushed glass manufacturers to create stronger and more durable materials to survive our clumsiness. But if you’re curious just how advanced glass making techniques have gotten, someone has made a 30-foot working glass slide that’s completely transparent.

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Oculus App Update Is Murdering Battery Life on Samsung Phones

The Samsung Gear VR is one of the easiest ways to experience virtual reality, but some users are learning that convenience comes with its costs. Owners of Samsung phones such as the S6, S6 Edge, S7, and S7 Edge are reporting that Oculus app is destroying their phone’s battery life.

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Almost Everyone Who’s Ever Worked on Star Trek Is Begging You Not to Vote for Trump

In one of the least surprising turn of events in history, the people who worked on Star Trek—a show which envisions a future Earth without sexism, racism, religion, and even money—find the thought of a Trump presidency abhorrent. More surprisingly, they all want to be clear that a vote for a third party is a vote for Trump.

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iPhone 7 Camera Battle: Still the Best Smartphone For Photos

The camera on the iPhone has developed such a reputation for excellence that it’s one of the device’s central selling points. It’s worth upgrading to a new phone just to get the latest and greatest camera. After a week of rigorous shooting, one thing is totally clear: the iPhone 7 has a damn fine phone camera that’s the best you can buy right now.

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X-Ray Images of Bird Feathers Hold the Secret to Dinosaur Colors

Textbook illustrations and museum dioramas could soon be even more accurate in their depiction of the rich colors of long-extinct animals like dinosaurs. An international team of scientists used advanced X-ray imaging techniques to map out elements related to pigmentation in modern birds of prey, which they will use to reconstruct the likely color patterns of fossil specimens.

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Movie Review: A Monster Calls Is a Monstrously Powerful Tearjerker

Though A Monster Calls is about a child and a talking tree, it’s more layered, emotional, and powerful than most movies starring adults. The film is a tale of loss, filled with life lessons anyone, children included, will find challenging and heartbreaking.

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‘I don’t feel guilty’: Nate Parker addresses 1999 rape allegation

Speaking to 60 Minutes, the director of The Birth of a Nation says he sees things through ‘a different lens’ than he did when he was 19 years old

Nate Parker, director of the film The Birth of a Nation, says he does not feel guilty about a rape allegation levied against him in 1999, in a taped interview with 60 Minutes to air on Sunday.

Parker has spoken out in the past about the 2001 trial against him and his college roommate Jean Celestin, who shares story credit with Parker on the film. Parker was acquitted of the charge of raping an unconscious woman, and Celestin’s conviction was later overturned. Parker and the woman had had an earlier, consensual sexual encounter.

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New Beauty and the Beast Stills Give Us Our First Look at the Live-Action Beast

We’ve not actually seen all that much from Disney’s upcoming remake of its animated classic Beauty and the Beast—but new images that have emerged today make up for it by basically being ripped straight out of the original movie. Plus, they give us our first good look at Dan Stevens as the titular beast.

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Fun Photo Series Puts the Size of Random Huge Objects in Perspective

This wonderful photo series comparing the size of things by Kevin Wisbith is a really fun way to earn some brain wrinkles, because it gives you a better sense of the true size of random buildings, ships, machines, and other objects. You get to see things like the Death Star hover over Florida in space, a B-2 bomber stretch across the width of an entire football field, and the Titanic lay out on top of a freaking aircraft carrier.

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Westworld Is Very Good, You Just Need to Be a Bit Patient

Westworld, HBO’s long-gestating adaptation of the 1973 movie of the same name, finally premieres this Sunday. In a lot of ways, the first episode already lives up to the hype—but you’re also going to have to be okay with being confused.... at least for now.

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Do Not Resist: new film shows how US police have become an occupying army

Craig Atkinson’s documentary about police militarization in America asks an important question: how did we get here?

Craig Atkinson’s documentary about police militarization, Do Not Resist, is filled with unsettling scenes like the one where a Swat team destroys a family’s home during a drug raid that nets small amounts of loose marijuana. But the most disturbing scene transpires during the relative placidity of a seminar when a hugely successful lecturer tells a room full of police officers: “We are at war and you are the frontline.

“What do you fight violence with? Superior violence. Righteous violence. Violence is your tool … You are men and women of violence.”

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Another One of Saturn’s Moons May Have a Global Ocean

The evidence is mounting that our solar system is rife with oceans. Last week, scientists reported that Pluto could have an insanely deep liquid water swimming pool beneath its surface, and on Monday, NASA revealed new evidence for geyser activity on icy Europa . Now, another frozen moon is poised to join the club of outer space scuba retreats: Dione.

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Massive Earthquake Along the San Andreas Fault Is Disturbingly Imminent

A series of quakes under the Salton Sea may be a signal that the San Andreas Fault is on the verge of buckling. For the next few days, the risk of a major earthquake along the fault is as high as 1 in 100. Which, holy crap.

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Will Wonder Woman be the movies’ first major gay superhero?

DC Comics has confirmed the Amazonian princess is bisexual, so why not celebrate the superhero’s queer identity on the big screen?

The Twitter campaign to alter Captain America’s traditional sexuality was always going to be a struggle. In May, the hashtag #GiveCaptainAmericaaBoyfriend was trending like a Kardashian selfie on the social network. But given Chris Evans’ patriotic superhero has been shown to have feelings for both Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter and her grand-niece Sharon during his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such a major canonical shift always looked about as likely as Hulk agreeing to attend anger management sessions.

Related: Wonder Woman writer confirms superhero is queer

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The Real Story Behind the ‘Sorry I Tased You’ Cake Hoax

Yesterday, a fake story about a beautiful cake that read “Sorry I Tased You” went viral. It was debunked as false last night, but the truth remained elusive. Today, we bring you the real story behind the infamous cake.

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Go Behind the Scenes with Ash vs Evil Dead’s Gloriously Gross Special Effects

We already knew Ash vs Evil Dead was one of the goriest shows on television. But it’s incredible to see how much prep work goes into staging those splatter-y scenes—and how many practical effects are used. This new featurette offers a peek at some of the show’s grosser effects. (Two words: “blood cannon.”)

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Ava DuVernay: ‘The black body is being used for profit and politics’

The Selma director unravels the ‘American quilt of injustice, oppression and systemic racism’ that is mass incarceration in her new documentary, 13th

Raised in Compton, and educated in African American studies at UCLA, film-maker Ava DuVernay said that her life experiences have left the ravages of the US criminal justice system a subject very close to her heart.

“Having had the experience of being around folks who have been touched by mass incarceration” along with an education that offered a “framework for why and how things are happening” has had a major impact on the acclaimed director of Selma.

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