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Neuropsychologist Has a Secret Life as a Bullwhip-Cracking Stuntwoman 

Indiana Jones proved just how useful a good bullwhip can be, both as a tool and as a weapon, but people are still surprised when neuropsychologist Jessica Cail tells them that one of her favorite hobbies is practicing whip-cracking. She talks about this peculiar sideline in the latest installment of the NOVA video series, Secret Life of Scientists.

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Jennifer Ouellette

April 15th

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Iron Maiden’s ‘Ed Force One’ 747 Tour Jet Badly Damaged In Chile

The music and the aviation worlds were wowed recently by the iconic metal band Iron Maiden’s unveiling of their tour plane, a 747-400 with their name blazed across it. Sadly, less than a month later, and early in Iron Maiden’s tour, the jumbo jet has been badly damaged in a ground mishap in Chile.

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March 12th

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Top Gun Is King, But Other Movies Featured Amazing F-14 Tomcat Footage As Well

Top Gun made the F-14 Tomcat a true household name and a movie star. But a decade later, the movie Executive Decision also featured some glorious Tomcat scenes, and of VF-84—the “Jolly Rogers”—no less. Not only that, but we also all got see Steven Seagal die early on in the film.

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March 5th

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Morgan Freeman, Who Is God, Hates Selfie Sticks

On last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Morgan Freeman was asked to narrate live footage of tourists on Hollywood Boulevard. As one might assume, some of them are holding selfie sticks.

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Alissa Walker

March 3rd

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Sundance’s VR Films Will Break Your Brain

If this year’s Sundance Film Festival is any indication, virtual reality is about to hit the mainstream. Under a program called New Frontier, the festival is promoting eleven independently produced VR films on a smartphone app. The finalists have been chosen from hundreds of entries, and among them are some short documentaries, horrifying acid trips, and even a Reggie Watt music video.

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Bryan Lufkin

January 22nd

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This Is How Science Helped Hollywood Make More Realistic Explosions

Everybody knows that embarrassing “nope” moment in the movie theater when CGI explosions just don’t look real at all. Fortunately, science has helped Hollywood improve things in recent years — and this video shows how.

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Attila Nagy

September 24th

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Pewdiepie Is Making A TV Show

Things seem pretty weird for YouTube’s biggest star right now.

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September 14th

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Pewdiepie Is Making A TV Show

Things seem pretty weird for YouTube’s biggest star right now.

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September 14th

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Apple reportedly preparing in-house video productions, bid on Top Gear successor

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According to a new report out of Variety, Apple is looking to enter the TV and movie production industry in a way similar to how Netflix has recently done. The report claims that Apple has been looking to hire both actors and directors to create production divisions that would produce exclusive long-form content in-house.

Specific details regarding the idea are unclear at this point as it appears to still be in the early stages of development. Apple could potentially charge a monthly subscription price for access to its in-house content, or it could sell it ala-carte like it currently sells iTunes content. It’s also unclear if Apple plans to focus on producing TV shows, movies, or both. The report cites one high-level executive who claims that Apple is looking to compete directly with Netflix and its original series content with its offerings. Netflix offers both original TV shows and movies, including hits like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the upcoming Fuller House

Specifically, Apple is said to have made a bid to hire the stars of the BBC series Top Gear, but Amazon won out in the end and secured Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond for its own original content.

The scale of Apple’s ambitions vary depending on whom is asked, but one high-level executive who talked with the company said the goal is to create development and production divisions that would churn out long-form content to stream in a bid to compete with Netflix. Apple is hoping to put a headhunting firm on those hires in the coming months, according to source, with the goal of being in operation next year. Unknown is whether the focus is on TV series, movies–or both.

Apple producing its original content has been something that’s been brought up several times in the past, but with the launch of Beats 1 and the company’s exclusive music offerings, producing in-house video content seems like the logical next step. A job listing earlier this summer suggested that Apple was already producing in-house music videos for Apple Music artists.

This news comes on the heels of Apple’s rumored plans to offer a web cable subscription service, offering a package of channels for a set monthly price. The company is expected to introduce a new Apple TV at an event next month with support for an App Store, gaming, Siri, and much more.


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Chance Miller

August 31st

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I Watched Hackers Pull Off a Real Life Ocean’s 11 Heist 

The scene was set: a surveillance camera, a safe full of money in a Las Vegas casino, a pair of thieves with lock picking tools and a laptop. I watched in awe as the skinny geeks clipped wires and rewired the feed so that it would loop ad finitum. Basically, they recreated the climax of Ocean’s 11 before my very eyes.

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Adam Clark Estes

August 10th

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