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As the year draws to a close, we aren't going to pretend that 2017 is going to be fondly remembered by everyone. But instead of taking the easy route and simply pretending that 2017 never happened, let's instead focus on the fact that a lot of awesome people did some really amazing things this year.

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Penguins are objectively adorable animals. The flappy little buddies waddle around on stubby feet, and some even like to be tickled. Their chicks are basically cute fluffballs made of fat and charisma that dance in children's movies. However, a new fossil discovery in New Zealand has revealed an ancestral penguin species that was considerably more intimidating than today's agreeable Antarctic chaps. This long-extinct penguin was immense - standing 1.77m tall and weighing 101kg - one of the largest semi-aquatic birds to ever shuffle across the Earth.

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The Gifted's ability to shy away from the melodrama and bombast of other live-action comic book adaptations in favour of a more grounded, realistic dystopia is a big part of what's made it so strong, if a bit narratively staid. In its mid-season finale, though, The Gifted finally decided to up the ante with a major death - and the introduction of three classic X-Men villains, too.

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Call them content creators, influencers, or maybe just fellow narcissists with a camera, but whether you like it or not, the people you follow on social media are how you get introduced to things such as news, memes or trends. But in an update beginning rollout today, Instagram is trying to change that by letting people follow hashtags for the first time.

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I generally don't care for the poetics of life. When I'm walking down the street and something poetic happens - sunlight piercing rainclouds, golden leaves dancing in an autumn wind - I just go "ehh." But human emotion is quantifiable, meaning it can be taught to computers. A collaboration between MIT's Lab for Social Machines and McKinsey's Consumer Tech and Media team want to use film to quantify and "teach" emotions to computers in order to create AI that can tell emotional stories.

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At some point in the production of every live-action adaptation of an illustrated franchise, creative teams have to go about the important business of choosing just how closely to hew to the aesthetic style of the source material. Staring into the lead character's disturbingly large eyes, it's safe to say Alita: Battle Angel's director Robert Rodriguez chose poorly.

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Yesterday, Gizmodo and other outlets signal-boosted recent statements from former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya saying that social media sites are "ripping apart the social fabric of how society works". Many of his incriminating assessments echoed analysis made a few days earlier by former Facebook president Sean Parker. Today, Facebook responded directly to what Palihapitiya said.

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2017 was stacked with TV shows you did love - Stranger Things returned, Big Little Lies had people talking and I've heard enough about Twin Peaks from our Managing Editor to last me a lifetime. Crazy that with all this great TV, no one talked about Young Sheldon, right?

Here's eight TV shows you might have missed this year (this list definitely doesn't include Young Sheldon).

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I'm the first to admit that my YouTube viewing habits are a little limited. I enjoy film analysis (Movies with Mikey, Every Frame A Painting - RIP), some sciency stuff like minutephysics and the International Space Station livesteam, and I force everyone who comes into my home to experience Bondi Hipsters' Pipi Dance.

But you mob. These are your top 10 most watched YouTube videos of 2017, and I'm...I'm kind of impressed.