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See Stephen Hawking's Absurdly Funny Interview with John Oliver (VIDEO)

Originally posted 06/16/2014 12:20PM

Stephen Hawking, probably because of the whole "smartest man alive" thing, doesn't have much of a reputation as a comedian. Which is inaccurate: He has frequently guest-starred on The Simpsons and has a much better sense of humor than your average world-changing theoretical physicist.

The latest case in point? This clip, from John Oliver's new HBO show, Last Week Tonight, in which Hawking not only proves himself ably game to deal with Oliver's bantering, but also gets in a few jabs at his host.

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Stephen Hawking Says Artificial Intelligence Could Be the 'Worst Thing to Happen to Humanity'

Stephen Hawking Says Artificial Intelligence Could Be the 'Worst Thing to Happen to Humanity'

Originally posted 05/05/2014 10:55AM

Maybe he just watched The Matrix.

Stephen Hawking, one of the world's most famous scientists, is more than a little worried about the potential danger that advanced artificial intelligence poses to humanity.

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Ashton Kutcher Bound for Outer Space | Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher Bound for Outer Space

Originally posted 03/20/2012 09:15AM

Here's one way of getting away from it all: sub-orbit the solar system. And Ashton Kutcher is all ready to don his astronaut suit.

"Great news today from our Astronaut Relations team at Virgin Galactic: our 500th future astronaut customer has just signed up! Even better news is that number 500 is Ashton Kutcher," Virgin Galactic's founder, Richard Branson, trumpeted on his blog Monday.

Added the entrepreneur, "I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him. He is as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to cross the final frontier (and back!) with us and to experience the magic of space for himself."

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