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The World’s First Cyborg Olympics Will Take Place In 2016

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powered leg prostheses competitionBefore he tragically shot his girlfriend, South African runner Oscar Pistorius was known as the blade runner, or the fastest man with no legs. Pistorius was the first amputee to win a medal in track at the 2011 World Championships, and he was the first double amputee to race in the 2012 Summer Olympics (he didn’t medal there, but he took home a couple golds and world records in the 2012 paralympics). Before those Olympics, Pistorius was initially disqualified by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) on the grounds that his prosthetics gave him an unfair advantage. At the time, I remember thinking that was ludicrous — the guy is a double amputee, after all. How could he possibly have an advantage over runners who have their own legs?

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Big Ol’ Asteroid Will Zoom Past Earth Tonight, And You Can Watch

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AsteroidShort of watching disaster flicks such as Deep Impact and Armageddon, how often do we get the chance to see asteroids fly by? Given all the talk about asteroid protection and the knowledge that such cosmic rocks have the capability to do serious damage to Earth and the human race, most people probably don’t see asteroid-viewing as being on the same level as star-gazing, but tonight it will be.

Asteroid 2000 EM26, which, at a diameter of 885 feet, is roughly the size of three football fields, will fly by Earth tonight at about 27,000 mph. Don’t worry — it won’t hit the planet, but it will come close enough (almost nine times as far away as the moon) to provide a pretty cool view. The best part is that the Slooh Space Camera will watch the asteroid for us, and Slooh will air a webcast starting at 9:00 pm EST tonight (you can also watch on Space.com). So hey, you can watch the Olympics on one screen and an asteroid flyby on the other. There’s something apropos about that, don’t you think? Especially since some of those skeleton racers and skiers are going almost as fast as the asteroid.

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The Walking Dead Takes A Bite Out Of The Olympics

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The Walking DeadWe already knew that zombies are hugely popular right now. Just yesterday I saw an ad for a collection of Nerf weapons that have the word “Zombie” prominently displayed on the packaging, despite the fact that nothing else even remotely related to this product has anything to do with the undead. The commercial was 30 seconds of kids running around, firing foam darts at imagination zombies. As big as they’ve become, I didn’t think they were quite this big, but the recent midseason return of AMC’s The Walking Dead this past Sunday clobbered the Olympics in the ratings.

Every four years, the world works itself into one fine hullabaloo for the Winter Olympics, which are currently under way in Sochi, Russia. The Olympics, winter or summer, are usually such massive ratings winners that everything else goes on a two-week hiatus. You may have noticed that your regular TV watching schedule has been full of reruns and repeats since the Games kicked off. Think of it like a mid-winter break for your favorite shows. But AMC decided to go head to head with the sports like snowboarding, ice skating, and curling (the ultimate sport) in a prime time duel, and walked away on the winning end.

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ISS Astronauts Will Take The Olympic Torch Out For A Spacewalk This Weekend

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iss olympic torchIt’s not as if I spend every minute of my day hating on the Olympic torch for getting to live a life I could only dream of, just most of them. It travels all over the world getting handled by awesome people, and sets fire without having to worry about getting hurt in the process. And now the torch is on board the International Space Station, and will take a trip out into space this weekend. Lucky bastard. I’m green, and it’s either raging envy, or that infection has spread.

The torch was taken up to the ISS aboard a Soyuz rocket, along with the crew for Expedition 38—American Rick Mastracchio, Russian Mikhail Tyurin, and Japan’s Koichi Wakata—the trio that will spend the next six months orbiting the Earth. It’s current ISS cosmonaut inhabitants Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky, however, who will be in the spotlight when they take the torch out for a spacewalk on Saturday. While this isn’t the flaming wand’s first trip into space, it will be the first time it has been taken out of the spacecraft.

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Did Aliens Visit The Olympic Games?

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The opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games have become an overlong, bloated, masturbatory exercise on the part of the host country. Friday night the event was on at a bar, and every time I looked up at the TV screen I had the same thought, “that’s still on? Really? How much longer can this possibly go?” It’s a boring event, and yes, even the 2008 Beijing ceremony that made everyone poop themselves.

You know what would liven up the opening ceremonies? Aliens. And maybe, just maybe some extraterrestrial visitors flying-saucer’d all the way across the galaxy to catch a peak at the opening festivities of the games of the thirtieth Olypiad? Two videos pick up this debate, that maybe there were UFOs hovering over London, spying on the Games.