Why we love man versus nature struggles

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Have you ever wanted to be alone in the woods, drinking your own urine to survive? Probably not, that’d be weird. But you’ve wondered if you could do it, right? An exclusive essay by the author of the new science fiction novel, The Martian, out in paperback today

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The Peripheral: William Gibson vs William Gibson

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In The Peripheral, William Gibson’s first futuristic novel since 1999’s All Tomorrow’s Parties, we experience the fantastic synthesis of a 20th century writer — the Gibson of Neuromancer, eyeball-kicks of flash and noir; and the Gibson of Pattern Recognition, arch and sly and dry and keen. Cory Doctorow reviews.

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Our Magic: Documentary about magic, by magicians

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Our Magic is a feature documentary that pays homage to an ancient and mostly underground performing art, piercing through the thick layer of commonly held stereotypes. By Ferdinando Buscema

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Naked and marooned for 60 days on a tiny island

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Ed Stafford survived alone, naked and marooned for 60 days on a tiny island. The hard part was when he returned home. Interview by Mark Frauenfelder

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Exceedingly eerie preserved corpses of the Palermo Catacombs

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Extraordinary photos Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, home to the largest collection of spontaneous and artificial mummies in the world. By Ivan Cenzi

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On Parliament Hill, an attack on Canada itself

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This much we know: Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was a soldier who took a solemn vow to uphold Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to uphold the values that make Canada Canada. We don’t know what values Michael Zehaf-Bibeau espoused, why he took his gun to Parliament Hill. And it does not matter.

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Classic adventure game hero Gabriel Knight returns for remake

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But what can he tell us about Voodoo? Brian Easton hopes for more.

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The Dalai Lama Will Not Return to Lead Tibet (He Has Something Better in Mind)

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Jason Louv reports on a surprising decision and what it means for Tibet’s uncertain future

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Street Angel 004: Fight Night!

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Fight Night! Street Angel vs. Dr. Pangea’s Ninja henchmen. By Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca

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Disney Princesses Are My (Imperfect) Feminist Role Models

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With the recent success of Frozen and the anticipation of Moana, Caroline Siede examines the power of the Disney princess.

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Smog Rings vs. Quisp Meteorite Ring

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A Dutch artist plans to make a ring out of compressed Chinese smog, which is even cooler than the Quisp meteorite ring which came in boxes of the cereal in the 1960s. By Mark Frauenfelder

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Mein Führer, I can walk!

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I finally hit on the idea of going as Dr. Strangelove for Halloween. I already had the 50s slim-cut suit, the glasses, the cigarette, the black leather glove. All I really needed was a blonde wig. By Gareth Branwyn

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I ate roadkill raccoon. This is what it tasted like.

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Last weekend, Janica and Joel picked up six roadkill raccoons and a feral cat on a round-trip to Courtenay. It was Thanksgiving weekend. They made raccoon burgers, served the cat up stuffed, and tucked the rest away in the freezer. By Reanna Alder

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Did You Know Fun Facts About Boston?

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH fun facts about the city of Boston are Did You Known.

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Carl Hiaasen's "Skink No Surrender"

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Carl Hiaasen’s novels are treasures of hilarity, violence, comeuppance and ardent love for Florida wilderness. The very best of them feature “Skink,” a wild man of the woods with a fantastic history and a twisted sense of justice. With Skink No Surrender, Hiaasen brings his greatest character to a new generation by transforming the violent, profane anti-hero into the star of a young adult novel.

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