My Rules: Gorgeous book of punk, hiphop, skate photography by Glen E. Friedman

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The release of this photography collection is exciting news for those of us who grew up in the ’80s digging hardcore punk, hiphop, and skate culture—and all who are fascinated by art that captures the spirit and freedom of that era.

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Short story by Plan 9 from Outer Space auteur Ed Wood, Jr.

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“The Day The Mummy Returned” is a 1971 short story written by Ed Wood, Jr. the American original who gave us Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 from Outer Space, and so much more. It’s presented here for the first time in over forty years since its initial publication.

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WATCH: Beatnik in a fallout shelter breaks orphan's cigar box guitar (1964)

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Cold war historian Bill Geerhart examines a classic of the Public Shelter Occupancy film genre, “The Story of Shelter 104″

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Willpower as a rechargeable battery

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In this episode of You Are Not So Smart David McRaney explores ego depletion and all the things that can cause it, from feeling rejection to holding back tears to avoiding the temptation of cookies.

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Snooping in Mom and Dad's Room

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A cautionary Brain Rot strip about digging for Christmas presents and seeing things that cannot be unseen. By Ed Piskor

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How I learned to think like a mushroom

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We need fungal solutions to pollution, pandemics, and starvation, says Tradd Cotter, a microbiologist and professional mycologist

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Exclusive excerpts from Charles Burns' Sugar Skull

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The long, strange trip that began in Charles Burns’ X’ed Out and continued in The Hive reaches its mind-bending, heartbreaking end, but not before Doug is forced to deal with the lie he’s been telling himself since the beginning. Mark Frauenfelder reviews.

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The Headset Revolution will be a blizzard of conflicting realities—if it happens, that is

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Artists and journalists will use virtual reality to transform perception—and virtual reality will transform everything. Jason Louv stares into the Rift between promise and product.

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Do animals cry?

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Maria Konnikova on the appearance and the authenticity of emotion in the animal kingdom–and how we can use science to explore it.

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Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy

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Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications — and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity.

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Into the Future! The Making of Beyond Cyberpunk!

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The gestation and birth of Beyond Cyberpunk! and Borg Like Me as narrated by Gareth Branwyn.

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What's right with Hermione

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14-year-old Naomi Horn says the heroine of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series remains a depressingly rare example of a fictional female respected for her education and intelligence. In Hermione’s world, being smart is what makes her important.

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Seconds, by Bryan Lee "Scott Pilgrim" O'Malley

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What do you do for a followup after a triumph like the Scott Pilgrim series? If you’re Bryan Lee O’Malley, you do Seconds, a graphic novel that’s three notches less self-consciously clever, and six notches more heartfelt, smart, and sweet. Cory Doctorow reviews Seconds.

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John Scalzi's Lock-In

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John Scalzi’s new novel Lock In is already rocketing up the bestseller charts, and with good reason — it’s a book with everything Scalzi’s fans have come to love and expect from his books, and more — a parable about disability, big business, and technological change, wrapped in a tense police-procedural that grabs you and won’t let go. Cory Doctorow reviews Lock In.

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Managing expectations on a trip around the world

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When Tom Fassbender took a trip around the world with his family, he wasn’t naive enough to think that it was going to be a year of easy adventure full of laughs and endless fun.

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