‘Game of Thrones’ Tormund and Brienne remains the largest ‘ship on the internet


Spoilers, y’all. Don’t act like I didn’t tell you. 

The greatest love story in Westeros has only grown in strength past its meet-cute.

Yes, Tormund Giantsbane and Brienne of Tarth have not yet had their love fully realized, but that has not stopped the internet from flipping out every time that the red bearded member of the Freefolk lifts his eyebrow when talking about his tall knight in shining armor. 

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Tormund got another chance to fuel fans’ fire Sunday while walking north of the wall in search of a wintry zombie to take back to Cersei. There, Tormund was only too glad to talk about Brienne, his belief that sexuality is a spectrum, and the hope that the mis-matched pair can have large, ginger babies.  Read more…

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A space nerd’s guide to the Great American Eclipse


On August 21, the skies above a large swath of the contiguous United States will darken to an eerie twilight as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, casting a dark shadow on the face of our planet. 

And we’re here for it — in a big way. 

This marks the first time a total solar eclipse will grace skies above the lower 48 states since 1979, and it’s the first eclipse of its kind to pass from coast to coast in about a century. 

The eclipse will pass from Oregon to South Carolina, and we’ll bring it to you live with expert insight from Tennessee and New York City, along with images from dozens of livestreams from NASA and others.  Read more…

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Elon Musk and 115 other experts ask the UN to ban killer robots in open letter


Elon Musk, Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, and 114 other leading AI and robotics experts have joined together to ask the UN to ban the use of so-called killer robots in an open letter published today.

The group is concerned about the potential use of lethal autonomous weapons and how they might be applied in the future, and they penned a short note released by the Future of Life Institute. The text was made public to kick off the opening of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) in Melbourne, Australia, according to a press release.

“Lethal autonomous weapons” refers to the drones, autonomous machine guns, tanks, and other forms of weaponry controlled by AI on next-generation battlefields.  Read more…

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We won’t have total solar eclipses forever, so you’d better make this one count


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‘Assassin’s Creed’ badassery is even cooler with Leonard Cohen behind it


Ubisoft has always had a knack for nailing trailer music, and this latest look at Assassin’s Creed Origins is no exception.

Leonard Cohen’s “You Want It Darker” provides the backbeat for this cinematic peek at the next Assassin’s adventure, set in ancient EgyptOrigins changes things up for the series in a big way, with more of a focus on RPG trappings and layered combat than past games have had.

It’s what the Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag team has been working on since that excellent pirate sim shipped four years ago, and it’ll be here — for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One — on Oct. 27. Read more…

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First-ever transparent Xbox One S design is ‘Minecraft’-themed


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You can pre-order a limited edition Xbox One X right now


The Xbox One X is now available for pre-order. Sort of.

Microsoft is doing a special limited pre-order for Xbox One X, a so-called “Project Scorpio” edition that’s a reference to the technologically beefy console’s codename. It is the same price as the standard Xbox One X ($499) and will launch the same day (Nov. 7) but has unique design elements.

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For starters, the Project Scorpio name will be accented on the console as well as the controller in a green font, and the whole box will be done up with a unique premium paint finish. Apparently, there is also an easter egg on the back of the console for the ultra Xbox fan. Read more…

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The Foo Fighters just pulled off the best Rickroll of all time


Dave Grohl is one of the coolest, most accomplished musicians in rock history — and he can now add “Master Rickroller” to his long line of awe-inspiring titles, right below “Literal Rock Royalty.” 

The Grohl-fronted Foo Fighters interrupted their set at the Summer Sonic Festival in Japan to bring out a surprise guest: none other than Rick Astley, the crooner best known for his late ’80s jam, “Never Gonna Give You Up.” If you’ve used the internet over the past decade, you know that song, and exactly what it means. 

That’s right. The Foo Fighters Rickrolled an entire music festival, live. 

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It’s amazing we waited this long for the perfect ‘Jurassic Park’ video game


Thanks to video games, we’ve chased dinosaurs, fought dinosaurs, ridden on top of dinosaurs, and even just straight-up been dinosaurs. 

But Jurassic Park has its name for a reason, and Jurassic World Evolution lets you live what, for most, is an undreamt dinosaur dream: making piles of sweet, sweet cash off the prehistoric bird-lizards.

The upcoming Xbox One game — due to launch in summer 2018, which totally coincidentally lines up with Jurassic World: Falling Kingdom‘s release — is a builder game in the vein of Theme Park Tycoon. Except this one also involves bioengineering totally-not-dangerous dinosaurs, and it’s coming from the team behind Rollercoaster Tycoon. Read more…

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You probably think your dog is cool and yet, can it even shop for groceries?


There’s not much to this post, and yet it is perhaps the most important thing I have ever written.

Here is what I know: there is a dog, somewhere (perhaps the Bay Area, California), and that dog is pushing a shopping cart around in a grocery store. The dog appears to be a German Shepherd, and the grocery store appears to be well-stocked.

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You may be thinking, “So what? It’s a fluke, the dog just happened to jump up on the cart.” Wrong. Exhibit B:

Look, that’s it, okay? That’s all I have for this one. The dog is pushing a shopping cart. It is one of the best things I have ever seen in my life and more than 70,000 people have faved the dog. Read more…

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