Ghost Rider and actual ghosts in the latest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 'Meet the New Boss' @ Blastr

Things got even more mystical this episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the team dealt with the fallout of the mystery box opening in last week’s premiere.

We're All Jealous of Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke Research, Right? @ io9

Add Hermione's House To Your Growing Harry Potter Real Estate Portfolio @ io9

Not long after hearing that the Dursley home is available for purchase, now there’s another dwelling that achieved big-screen fame in a Harry Potter film on the market: Hermione’s house, as seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.

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Dogs Suck at Sniffing Out Lung Cancer @ io9

A team of European researchers put six highly-trained sniffer dogs to the test to see if they were any good at detecting lung cancer. The results were surprisingly bad, but the scientists say factors other than the canine sense of smell were responsible for the poor performance.

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These Ursula K. Le Guin Collections Would Make a Mighty Fine Gift for Your Favorite Reader (Or Yourself) @ io9

Fans of literary legend Ursula K. Le Guin have probably already heard about her new story collections, but here’s a reminder—and also a heads up for anyone looking to read more of her work. You can’t really tell from the cover art, but these volumes are massive hardcovers that are well worth adding to any home library.

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Talking to Ben Edlund and Griffin Newman about the future of The Tick @ Blastr

Amazon just announced a full-season pick up of the live action superhero comedy The Tick, but showrunner Ben Edlund is already thinking ahead through five full seasons of the “Big Blue Bug of Justice” and his sidekick Arthur Everest.

The Jyn (Erso) Cocktails Were Flowing at Fantastic Fest's Star Wars Drink Competition @ io9

There are a lot of things I love about Fantastic Fest, but it’s hard to come up with a better one than a cocktail contest themed around Star Wars. For the second year in a row , the Alamo Drafthouse hosted a Star Wars Drink Competition, and I’m still a little buzzed from it.

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SpaceX Wants to Venture Much Further Out Into the Solar System @ io9

Elon Musk finally revealed his plans for a mission to Mars today. But a new set of images from SpaceX show the Interplanetary Transport System going even further in the solar system than the Red Planet.

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SpaceX unveils spaceship that will take us to Mars, and the plan to get us there @ Blastr

Elon Musk has unveiled his full-scale plan to put humans on Mars — and as expected — it’s ambitious.

Everybody loves Superman in new trailer for Supergirl's CW debut @ Blastr

It’ll be an interesting transition to watch CBS’s Supergirl ease into its new home on The CW, and a new trailer shows they’ll basically be distracting us with something shiny and new as part of the series relaunch. Lucky for them, it kinda works.

Let's Stop Talking About Stranger Things Season Two Before We Ruin It @ io9

Stranger Things hit Netflix in mid-July and has since become a pop culture phenomenon, spawning breakout characters , quotable lines, memes galore, and cosplay. Naturally, it was renewed. How can we possibly keep the magic alive for the show’s infinitely anticipated second season? Easy: STOP TALKING ABOUT IT.

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Doctor Strange Has a Giant Fire Whip and an Awkward Moment in a New Trailer @ io9

There’s a new Doctor Strange trailer which shows us a lot more of Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen). Be prepared to find him a lot more charming than our hero.

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From Necronomicon to Vishanti: 11 most evil or cursed books in pop culture @ Blastr

Print isn’t dead, but it can be deadly: Here's a list of 11 of the most cursed, evil, or just inconvenient books within pop culture that makes reading fundamentally dangerous.

Michael Fassbender flashes his blades in new batch of Assassin's Creed pics @ Blastr

Here's a captivating collection of new images from 20th Century Fox''s Assassin's Creed.

Does Anyone Else Remember The Pretender, the Weirdest Show of the Late '90s? @ io9

Trying to describe The Pretender to people who’s never seen it is nearly impossible. The premise is ridiculous and the twists unbelievable. It’s a supremely strange show and I literally can’t believe it lasted four seasons on NBC.

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Buy a New AmazonBasics iPhone Case, Get a $5 Kindle Ebook Credit @ io9

Amazon now produces its own line of iPhone cases for the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and 5/5s/SE, and if you buy any one of them today, you’ll get a $5 Kindle eBook credit emailed to you automatically once it ships.

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Here's How Depressingly Close Agent Carter Was to Survival @ io9

If you’re still smarting over the loss of Agent Carter, then news of how it was close to making a return isn’t likely to help you cheer up. But according to Hayley Atwell, for a good period of time, ABC was optimistic about the show existing alongside Atwell’s new role in legal drama Conviction.

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How Elon Musk Plans to Go to Mars @ io9

SpaceX plans to build a “self-sustaining city” on Mars, according to its founder Elon Musk. But, while we now know a lot more about how SpaceX plans to get to Mars, details about how people will actually survive up there remain sketchy.

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24 Japanese Star Trek movie posters to boldly beam into your brain @ Blastr

Celebrate Star Trek's big 50th birthday with this rainbow of rousing outer-space posters from Japan.

Fascinating! Check out these rare BTS pics from Star Trek: TOS Season 2 @ Blastr

New rare BTS images from the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series have made their way online. Come and have a look.

Movie Review: The Girl With All the Gifts Has Joined the Horde of All-Time Great Zombie Films @ io9

There aren’t a ton of truly great movies that feature zombies. The list is short but distinguished: the works of George Romero, Lucio Fulci, 28 Days Later, and a few others. But now we need to add The Girl With All the Gifts to the list. It’s the rare zombie film that innovates the genre with skill and excitement.

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Meet Miss Quill in 2 new video featurettes for Doctor Who spinoff Class @ Blastr

Following the news that Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi would be reprising his role as the Twelfth Doctor in the premiere episode of the new spinoff series Class, the BBC has released two video featurettes putting the spotlight on showrunner Patrick Ness and the character of Miss Quill.

How to Catch an Early Viewing of the Ash vs Evil Dead Season Two Premiere @ io9

Ash vs Evil Dead returns to Starz on October 2, but if you simply cannot wait to see the first episode of season two (we saw it at San Diego Comic-Con, and can confirm it’s blood-gushingly delightful), here’s how to watch it early. As in, later today. No cable required!

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Come and Talk About the Comics You’re Loving and Hating With the Staff of io9 @ io9

Come and Talk About the Comics You’re Loving and Hating With the Staff of io9

There’s a lot going on in the world of comics nowadays, some of it sublime and some of it awful. Let’s have a chat about the books currently reading and new release you’re excited to get in the near future.

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Project yourself into this new 5-page peek at Marvel's Doctor Strange Annual #1 @ Blastr

Check out this unreal first glimpse at Marvel's Doctor Strange Annual #1.

John Carpenter creates a terrifying utopia in new music video from Lost Themes II @ Blastr

Not content to be one of the greatest horror directors who ever lived, John Carpenter has embraced a new career in music — and the latest video for his new tune is vintage Carpenter.

World's First 'Three Parent Baby' Born Thanks to a New Fertility Technique @ io9

A new reproductive technique in which a baby is produced with the genetic material from three distinct parents has yielded its first human.

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Why Captain America: Civil War Didn't Have the Comic's Ending @ io9

While certain things from the original comic book event that inspired Captain America: Civil War made it into the movie , one major piece didn’t: the comic’s infamous final twist in the battle between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. But according to the people behind the film, it was never even considered for the movie.

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Inside a Treasure Trove of Rare Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Art @ io9

There is no doubt that Ralph McQuarrie’s sublime art was fundamental in shaping the success of Star Wars, and enriching the galaxy far, far away. For years his work has been archived and championed, but a new book is collecting some of his best (and some of his rarest) Star Wars art in a lavish volume, and we’ve got an exclusive look inside.

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Delve into HBO's Westworld with these 2 new featurettes @ Blastr

We're five days away from the highly anticipated series premiere of Westworld and HBO has released two new video featurettes and a new poster, revealing some tantalizing new footage for the sci-fi TV show.

Movie Review: M. Night Shyamalan's Split Is a Genuinely Good Film With a Truly Shocking Twist @ io9

There are a few reasons why Split is the perfect title for the new M. Night Shyamalan movie. The most obvious one is the fact it’s about a man with multiple split personalities who kidnaps three young girls. The other is that the movie itself is split: 98 percent of the movie is a good Shyamalan film, which is its own pleasant surprise. But the final 2 percent is “Oh my God. OH MY GOD.”

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The 9 greatest Spider-heroes in the Marvel universe not named Peter Parker @ Blastr

We already know Spider-Man is one of the biggest and most successful characters on the planet, but the Spider-verse is a whole lot bigger than Peter Parker.

The Gang Reunites for More Surreal Terror in This Sneak Peek at Phantasm: Ravager @ io9

The fifth Phantasm film, Phantasm: Ravager, just screened at Fantastic Fest—but for all the cult fans who couldn’t be in Texas, we’ve got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the much-anticipated final chapter in Don Coscarelli’s horror saga.

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New CW sizzle reel shows off Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends @ Blastr

The CW has essentially become the de facto DC network this fall, and they’re not shy about the distinction.

How Doctor Strange Will Push the Boundaries of What a Superhero Movie Is @ io9

Dr. Stephen Strange is freezing. You’d be cold, too, if you’d just been transported to the side of Mount Everest by two powerful sorcerers. But on February 1, 2016, day 54 of the 87-day shoot of Marvel’s Doctor Strange, the would-be sorcerer figures out a spell to bring him back to Kamar-Taj, the home of the Ancient One. And he’s bringing a whole new side of the Marvel Universe with him.

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Enjoying a Glass of Wine After a Hard Day's Work Building the Space Station @ io9

When your planet is nothing but interlocked nodes, every day is planet maintenance day.

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We Just Found Out That Mercury Is Geologically Active @ io9

Our solar system is rife with geologic activity, from eruptive ice moons to mountainous dwarf planets . Still, Earth always held a special place in the hall of geologic fame. It was the only bonafide planet to exhibit tectonic and seismic activity—until now.

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The Tick reboot picked up for full season on Amazon Prime @ Blastr

The Big Blue Bug of Justice is officially back in action.

Clone Wars and Rebels' Dave Filoni Is Now in Charge of All Star Wars Animation @ io9

The man behind Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels has gotten a big promotion—and it’s good news for Rebels and the future of the animated galaxy far, far, away. Perhaps most intriguingly, it also implies Filoni now has something else to work on besides just Rebels.

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Watch Elon Musk Reveal His Plan to Colonize Mars @ io9

We’re finally going to hear Elon Musk’s plans for a mission to Mars. You can watch along to find out what it is at 2:30pm EDT. In the meantime, here’s some of what we expect to hear—and what it means to finally put a person on Mars. [Update: And here’s some video concept art of the system at work.]

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Scientists say potential life on Titan could be completely different than anything we know @ Blastr

Scientists obviously have a basic understanding of what it takes for life to exist (we have quite a bit of it to study here on Earth), but they’re starting to realize the playbook won’t work when you’re dealing with a place like Titan.

Tuesday's Best Deals: Logitech Peripherals, Samsonite Luggage, Anker Speaker @ io9

Tons of Logitech gear, Samsonite luggage sets, and a USB battery pack with an actual AC outlet lead off Tuesday’s best deals.

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Good News! Amazon's Going to Make a Full Season of The Tick @ io9

Here’s your dose of happiness for the day: The Tick has survived Amazon’s ridiculous pilot process and is going to receive a full season’s worth of episodes.

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The Eyes on These Solar-Powered Jawa Lawn Ornaments Have an Eerie Glow @ io9

If you had to name one distinguishing characteristic of the junk-trading Jawas in the Star Wars universe, it would probably be their “ootini!” cry. But if you had to name two, the glowing eyes under their hooded faces comes a close second, which ThinkGeek has managed to include on these adorably creepy Jawa lawn ornaments.

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Another Marvel Hero Is Confirmed For Avengers: Infinity War @ io9

Ben Affleck’s Batman movie gets a release window. Kevin Feige talks about Stan Lee’s future cameos. Lionsgate is open to more Twilight. Plus, meet Agents of SHIELD’s new director, more footage from Supergirl season two, and new looks at Passengers and Doctor Strange. Spoilers!

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NASA Is Sinking Into the Ocean @ io9

In October 2012, just a few days before Hurricane Sandy slammed into New Jersey, it was churning north past the narrow strip of white sand beach separating NASA’s most celebrated spaceport from the sea.

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Gotham's "Burn the Witch" violently hits close to home @ Blastr

Thanks to incompetent leadership and a thoughtless media, Penguin takes control of a murderous mob. Sound vaguely familiar?

You Should Read Head Lopper @ io9

On October 5, the first volume of a comic called Head Lopper will be released. If you missed its 2015-16 run, and have any interest whatsoever in cool and interesting things, I suggest you check it out.

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Supergirl Season 2 premiere sneak peek @ Sci-Fi Storm

Supergirl gets a little helping hand from her more-famous cousin (played by Tyler Hoechlin) in the Season 2 premiere of Supergirl, now on the CW…the premiere airs October 10th.

Lucy Lawless Gleefully Recalls Getting Soaked in Demonic Vomit on Ash vs Evil Dead @ io9

“You’ve never lived until you’ve been hit in the face by a snot cannon,” Lucy Lawless says with deadpan conviction in this brief but fun behind-the-scenes look at Ash vs Evil Dead. This clip shows her character, Ruby, getting absolutely doused with the grossest stuff imaginable—then watching the playback with utter delight.

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Check out Syfy's 31 Days of Halloween line-up, led by new horror anthology Channel Zero @ Blastr

It’s become a staple of Syfy’s October line-up, but this year’s 31 Days of Halloween will (hopefully) be a little extra freaky.

Why genius Stephen Hawking is still scared of humans making alien contact @ Blastr

Stephen Hawking is a pretty smart guy, so when he starts musing about humanity’s place in the universe, it’s a pretty good idea to listen. Turns out, he worries humanity might be woefully unprepared when our future alien overlords arrive.

Benedict Cumberbatch confirms Doctor Strange will show up in Avengers: Infinity War @ Blastr

Just in case you weren't sure, the Sorcerer Supreme will get in his licks against Thanos in Marvel's upcoming superhero blowout.

Herschell Gordon Lewis, Godfather of Gore, has passed on @ Blastr

The filmmaker who introduced a new level of gore to the horror genre has passed beyond the realm of human understanding.

New Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. clip may hint at the director’s identity @ Blastr

The newest clip from tomorrow's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have offered up an important clue as to the identity of Jason O'Mara's new Director.

Here's a new look at George Lucas' notes and plans for Star Wars Episode VII @ Blastr

Here's a deep-dive video on what Lucas had up his creative sleeve for a potential Star Wars Episode VII.

Syfy Announces '31 Days of Halloween' Horror Programming for October @ io9

October is creepin’ in, which means you’re allowed to start eating Fun Size candy bars instead of real meals, and TV programming is about to get a whole lot spookier. Syfy has released its upcoming slate of original horror movies to accompany the premiere of its Creepypasta-inspired series Channel Zero.

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Stan Bush Creates A Brand-New '80s Anthem For Shadow Warrior 2 @ io9

How does one craft a new anthem for a decade some 30 years past? I have no idea, but Stan Bush has done it. The man behind “The Touch” contributed a new track to a special limited edition Shadow Warrior 2 vinyl EP, and it’s so inspirational ‘80s rock it feels awesome.

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Superman leaps into action in first clip from the CW's Supergirl Season 2 @ Blastr

The CW has released the first clip from the Supergirl Season 2 premiere, which introduces us to Kara’s famous Kryptonian cousin in a fun action-packed scene.

There's Only One Way the Rumored Jumanji Plot Actually Works @ io9

After Karen Gillan’s skimpy jungle wear showed up in the Jumanji set photo last week, there were constant promises that it would make sense once you saw the film. These new plot rumors actually do explain the outfit, but there’s only one way they might manage to justify it.

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The Valiant Comics cinematic universe just got one step closer to reality @ Blastr

Look out, Marvel and DC: A new comics-based film franchise is coming to town.

Universal to bring Joe Hill’s horror novella Snapshot 1988 to the big screen @ Blastr

With Stranger Things being all the rage this summer, it won't come as a complete shock that movie studios are trying to cash in on the 1980s movies nostalgia craze the Netflix series has sparked. And one studio may have found the perfect vehicle.

After 5 years of construction, China’s giant telescope has started its search for alien life @ Blastr

When it comes to space telescopes, bigger is typically better — and China just debuted one of the best.

Writer Sam Maggs talks Star Trek and Wonder Women @ Blastr

We chat with author Sam Maggs about her first venture into Star Trek comics, and herupcoming second book debut, Wonder Women.

Movie Review: The Japanese Ring vs. Grudge Horror Film Is Really Bad @ io9

These days we’re used to big crossover movies: Batman v Superman, The Avengers, Freddy vs. Jason, the list goes on. In Japan, they recently released their own horror version. It’s called Sadako vs. Kayako, or in simpler terms, The Ring vs. The Grudge. On paper, that’s an incredibly cool concept. In execution, it’s a huge pile of crap.

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The Copeland family encounters Armageddon in new featurette for Syfy's Aftermath @ Blastr

Head for the hills after this harrowing promo for Syfy's new survival sci-fi show, Aftermath.

Why Beef Is About to Get Cheaper @ io9

Fire up the grill and invite me over, friend. Today, we feast in celebration.

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DARPA developing new computer code that is effectively hack-proof @ Blastr

As the world becomes more and more dependent on technology, it also becomes imminently more hackable. That’s where DARPA’s latest breakthrough comes in.

John Carpenter's New Music Video Is a Dystopian Audio and Visual Delight @ io9

The video for “Utopian Façade,” off John Carpenter’s Lost Themes II, isn’t actually directed by the horror master. But directors Gavin Hignight and Ben Verhulst definitely took inspiration from Carpenter’s style—plus some other cool science-fiction influences (can’t resist those Logan’s Run vibes) too.

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Neil Gaiman's Stardust Is Headed to Radio @ io9

It seems like a BBC radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman is quickly becoming a winter tradition. This year, his fantastical romance adventure Stardust is the one getting the full-cast audio drama treatment.

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