The Graffiti Rock TV Pilot

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Part 1 of a strip detailing the infamous dance television show that never became a series. The latest from Ed Piskor‘s Hip Hop Family Tree.

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The limits of animal life on Tatooine

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Maggie Koerth-Baker on why the megafauna of George Lucas’ parched desert world makes no sense. It’s not the dry heat that’s the problem; it’s the food supply.

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The Man Who Mailed Frying Pans

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In the latest episode of the Futility Closet podcast, we follow postal enthusiast W. Reginald Bray as he sends bowler hats, seaweed, his dog and even himself through the British mail.

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An exclusive look at the new D&D Player’s Handbook—and The Warlock

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Ethan Gilsdorf gets a first-look at some incredible high-res art from the latest edition of the classic pen-and-paper role-playing game.

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Misleading on Marriage: how gay marriage opponents twist history to suit their agenda

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Much of what you hear about the purpose of marriage is ahistorical. Lisa L. Spangenberg on what the institution was traditionally fit for.

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Rebels seize MH17 plane crash black boxes and bodies, human remains shipped on train to unknown site

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Xeni Jardin recaps the latest news from Ukraine, where securing the crash site of Flight MH17 remains an open question

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With 10 consoles in one, does the Retron 5 have what it takes?

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The unstylish but ultra-compatible console promises a nostalgic treat for casual and committed gamers alike, writes Brian Easton.

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A visit to the basement where Dungeons & Dragons was born

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Ethan Gilsdorf celebrates the origins of D&D and presents Jon Peterson’s exclusive video tour of the place where E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson set out on their first adventures

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An interview with Lizz Winstead, comedian and co-creator of The Daily Show

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Brian Heater hosts the latest episode of the RiYL podcast

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Photos from the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site, in Ukraine (warning: graphic images)

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Images from Reuters’ Maxim Zmeyev show the devastation at the site of the crashed passenger jet, which U.S. officials say was brought down by a missile strike. Posted by Xeni Jardin.

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The Death of Marilyn Monroe (and George Whitman's Girlfriends)

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A visit through George Whitman’s Paris bookstore on the eve of Marilyn Monroe’s death. A comic by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall.

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The Mystery of the Disappearing Airmen

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Futility Closet on the curious cases of Ernest Cody and Charles Adams, two naval officers who vanished from a World War II surveillance blimp over the Pacific.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 reported shot down in Ukraine near Russian border

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Around 11:00AM ET today, Interfax, CNN, and other news agencies began reporting that Malaysia Airlines flight 17, heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in eastern Ukraine.

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It's only a matter of time before the chikungunya virus spreads in the U.S.

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Until 2013, chikungunya was an Old World disease, writes Maggie Koerth-Baker. Not any more.

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How Dan Shapiro created the most-backed game in Kickstarter history

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