There's Good News and Bad News for the Star Wars Spinoffs @ io9

The Man from Earth is getting a sequel. Willa Holland has some harsh words for DC over its treatment of Arrow and The Flash. Plus, teasers for the next season of Scream, new Star Trek Beyond posters, and more footage from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. Spoilers Get!

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Engineers Own the Future—and Maybe Even Us @ io9

Technology is at the heart of everything we do. But as mechanical, electrical and computational systems have become increasingly complex, the control of everyday life is increasingly in the hands of those that build it—the engineers.

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A tragic twist, as 12 Monkeys goes straight up sci-fi horror in the latest episode @ Blastr

The Witness stages a direct attack on the Splinter facility, as all (temporal) hell breaks loose.

A Determined Wolf Completes Its Nightly Task in This Bewitching Short Film @ io9

Lunette is a short film by Phoebe Warries about a lone wolf’s very special relationship with the moon—and the important impact it has across the natural world. It’s a quiet work the filmmaker describes as “fantasy-based,” with animal animation that’s lovely and simple without being too cute.

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Original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd Offers His Slightly Biased Review of the New Film @ io9

Dan Aykroyd has a cameo in this summer’s Ghostbusters reboot, so it’s not like his opinion comes without a certain bias—obviously, he wants the movie to do well. But if the O.G. proton pack-slinger is to be believed, the new Ghostbusters is absolutely not to be missed. From Aykroyd’s WhoSay page:

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson confirmed to star as Doc Savage @ Blastr

The Fast and Furious actor has confirmed he would be playing the Man of Bronze in director Shane Black's upcoming movie.

Cars 3 Will Feature an Intriguing New Character With High-Tech Credentials @ io9

Cars 3 isn’t due out until next year, but we’ve just learned a new tidbit about the latest entry in the popular Disney-Pixar series: there will be a character whose purpose is to help the aging Lightning McQueen adapt to the newfangled ways of high-tech racing. Bonus: it’ll be a female character, too.

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Black Magic Unleashes White-Hot Terror in This Awesomely Evil Turkish Horror Trailer @ io9

We’re either bummed or glad that this trailer for Üç Harfliler 3 is the first we’ve heard of Turkish filmmaker Alper Mestçi. Bummed, because clearly we’ve been missing out on what looks like a talented rising star—or glad, because his freakishly disturbing imagery is guaranteed nightmare fodder.

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If Marvel Had Owned Watchmen, That Big DC Rebirth Twist Might Have Come Sooner @ io9

The bombshell is out : Rebirth has made the Watchmen part of the DC comics universe, and turned at least one of them into the biggest antagonist in the cosmos. It’s been a controversial twist, but would DC’s biggest competitor have done it, given the chance? According to Marvel Editor Tom Brevoort, absolutely.

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Cosplay we love: A round-up of all the best from MomoCon 2016 @ Blastr

Deadpools, Supergirls, and Boba Fetts, oh my! The cosplay was on display at MomoCon in Atlanta, and we were there to capture it all.

Dwayne Johnson Adds Doc Savage to His Endlessly Expanding Slate of Projects @ io9

Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to announce he has officially joined Shane Black’s tale of “the world’s first superhero,” Doc Savage. The post, which you can read below, notes the actor’s excitement at playing “A F*CKING HILARIOUS WEIRDO!” Stoked for you, guy. But we have to ask: when does the Rock sleep?

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The Stories of Science Are Brought to Life in This Comic Anthology @ io9

If you love all things science, you’ll probably be delighted by Boundless, the latest anthology conceived by the folks at Boston Comics Roundtable, a non-profit community of independent comic creators.

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Of Course There Were Plans for Even More Wolverine in X-Men Apocalypse @ io9

The X-Men movies just can’t quit Wolverine, it seems. Hugh Jackman’s take on the world’s most beloved Canadian (okay, maybe next to Justin Trudeau ?) has managed to show up in every main X-Men movie, whether in a starring role or as a cameo. But it turns out his savage appearance in Apocalypse could’ve been even bigger.

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Jeremy Irons Promises that Justice League Won't Be as Messy as Batman v Superman @ io9

Batman v Superman had some great moments , but overall, it was the hottest of messes when it came to setting up DC’s cinematic universe. Most people agree on that, so when even Alfred Pennyworth himself chimes in, he’s preaching to the choir. Thankfully though, he says Justice League won’t have that same problem.

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What if X-Men Apocalypse Was Given an R-Rating? @ io9

The latest X-Men movie is sadly a bit of a bummer, with grand scale but no soul . But what if Fox had included it in its plans to slap an R-rating on every superhero movie it had going in the wake of Deadpool’s smashing success ? It probably wouldn’t be as goofy as this parody trailer presumes.

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The Best Memorial Day Deals: Laser Printers, Cheap ThinkPad, Golfing Gear, and More @ io9

On Game of Thrones, Some of the Players Are Getting Desperate @ io9

After last week’s harrowing episode , you can’t blame “Blood of My Blood” for wanting—needing, even—to take a step back. The flip side is that “Blood of My Blood” is a bit of a letdown.

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A First Look at Bebop and Rocksteady's New Comic Adventures @ io9

Bebop and Rocksteady have been stalwarts of IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics—but they’ve never headlined their own book before. Until now, that is! The troublesome mutants are going to have all of time as their playground, and io9 has the first look at the first issue in the series.

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New Quantum 'Cat State' Can Be in Two Places at Once @ io9

Chances are you’re familiar with the Schroedinger’s cat paradox, whereby a hypothetical cat inside a box is both dead and alive until we open the box to see for ourselves. Now physicists at Yale University have figured out how to make a cat that both lives and dies in two boxes at once. They described their work last week in Science.

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Justice League Confirms a Returning Villain @ io9

Jessica Lange is done with American Horror Story. What could DC have planned for the Legion of Superheroes in live action? The cast of The Flash break down what the season two finale means for the show’s future. Plus, new pictures from Valerian and Star Trek Beyond, and Noah Hawley on Legion. Spoilers Get!

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What It Might Be Like to Get Fired on Mars @ io9

Losing your job sucks. Losing your job when you live on the Red Planet could really, really suck. This short imagines what it might be like.

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Family fails abound in Game of Thrones' latest episode, "Blood of My Blood" @ Blastr

Some old faces return -- some more welcome than others -- in this week's episode of the hit HBO fantasy series.

Tonight's Game of Thrones Had More Questions Than Answers @ io9

So grab a warm cup of rabbit’s blood and let’s try to figure out what happened in-between the lines of “Blood of My Blood.”

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The Colorado River is a Blue Ribbon in the Desert When Seen From the ISS @ io9

Tim Peake snapped an amazing picture of the Grand Canyon earlier today as the International Space Station passed overhead. The Colorado River is a blue ribbon in the middle of a desert.

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Boogie Storm Re-Invades Britain's Got Talent @ io9

Boogie Storm Re-Invades Britain's Got Talent

Dance troupe Boogie Storm impressed us with their performance at Britain’s Got Talent a couple of weeks ago. They’re now back with a followup, and it’s equally just as thrilling.

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So You Want To Join The Empire: Beating the Summer Heat @ io9

One of the most common questions that I get when I’m trooping in Stormtrooper armor (after “Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?”) is “Are you hot under there?” Usually, the answer is yes.

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Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln Spoof the Star Wars Holiday Special For Red Nose Day @ io9

Red Nose Day is a event put together by Comic Relief featuring a number of guests, all to raise money for children in need. This year, Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln took part, spoofing the opening credits for the Star Wars Holiday Special.

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Watch This Cheetah Run With a GoPro On Its Back @ io9

Can you imagine riding a cheetah? Besides the fact that it would probably hate you being there, it would also be pretty incredible. Just watch this video simulating what that would be like.

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Small Beer Press is Kickstarting a Four-Century-Old Science Fiction Novel @ io9

Many people point to Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein as the first science fiction novel, but Small Beer Press thinks that they’ve got one better: The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz: A Romance in Eight Days by Johann Valentin Andreae in a New Version by John Crowley, written in 1616.

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Researchers Want Robots To Feel Pain In Saddest Experiment Ever @ io9

German researchers are experimenting with an “artificial robot nervous system” to teach robots how to feel and react to pain, in what might be one of the saddest displays of robot bullying since Boston Dynamics’ Atlas was pushed by a hockey stick.

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A New Extended Promo For Dark Matter Asks You To Trust Your Instincts @ io9

The first season of Dark Matter ended with one hell of a cliffhanger : our heroes captured by the Galactic Authority, turned in by one of their own. A new extended promo for the show shows just what happens to them next.

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Mars Is Making Its Closest Approach to Us in a Decade and Here's How to Watch @ io9

Mars is one of our nearest space neighbors, but even it is still pretty far away—which is why its closest approach in a decade is such an unmissable opportunity. Here’s how and why to watch Mars’ close approach, and what you should be looking for when you do.

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The Return of Samurai Jack Will Be A Bittersweet Reunion @ io9

Nothing is known about the return of Samurai Jack. All fans have to go on is a six second trailer and a brief announcement that the show will be premiering on Adult Swim’s Toonami block sometime this year.

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11 History Books You Should Read Before Writing Your Military SF Novel @ io9

So you want to be a military science fiction author. You’ve read the classics from all the major authors, and you’ve got a great idea for a novel. Except you haven’t served in the military, and don’t know much beyond what you’ve seen on TV and in movies. Here are 11 books of military history you might want to read before diving in.

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The Geek Feminist Revolution is an Essential Commentary For the Geek World @ io9

Kameron Hurley’s latest book, Geek Feminist Revolution, is going to piss some people off, and that’s a good thing. It’s an extremely relevant commentary on the larger geek world that needs to be read as widely as possible.

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Isaac Newton Once Tried To Invent His Own Language @ io9

The great 17th century physicist Isaac Newton is known for many things. There’s his laws of motion and theory of gravity. Plus, the dude invented calculus, wrote a lengthy treatise about optics, and dabbled in alchemy for good measure. But few people know that as a young college student, Newton tried to invent his own universal language.

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This Clever Animated Short Made Us Spit Out Our Coffee This Morning @ io9

This Clever Animated Short Made Us Spit Out Our Coffee This Morning

This short film had me spitting out my coffee this morning. Voltige is a short film by third year Motion Picture in Arles student Léo Brunel in France. It’s quick, simple and hilarious.

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An Urban Explorer Group Stumbled Upon a Really Cool Star Wars Location @ io9

Oblivion State is a British urban exploration forum, and several of its members came across a really exciting find: the Millennium Falcon film set for the upcoming eighth Star Wars film.

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Sunday's Best Deals: Calvin Klein, Grilling Gear, Compact Jump Starters, and More @ io9

Sam Mendes Won't Direct Another James Bond Film @ io9

After directing two installments of the franchise back to back, Sam Mendes is stepping back from James Bond. The director of Skyfall and Spectre confirmed his departure earlier today at the Hay festival, according to the Guardian.

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There's Something Hidden in This Cryptic Transformers Teaser @ io9

Transformers: The Last Knight only recently got its title, but the marketing machine is up and running already with a cryptic teaser for something coming next week.

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Toyota Is Buying Up Robotics Companies. Could Boston Dynamics Be Next? @ io9

Toyota Is Buying Up Robotics Companies. Could Boston Dynamics Be Next?

In March, the Toyota Research Institute bought up Cambridge-based startup Jaybridge Robotics, and according to Tech Insider, they may be expanding with another famous Massachusetts company: Google’s Boston Dynamics, the maker of the Big Dog and Atlas robots.

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The Dude Just Joined Kingsman: The Golden Circle @ io9

The sequel to Kingsman: The Golden Circle just had a fun addition to its cast: The Dude himself, Jeff Bridges.

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Watch Oscar Isaac Tear Up the Dance Floor to Any Song @ io9

Watch Oscar Isaac Tear Up the Dance Floor to Any Song

The dance scene with Sonoya Mizuno and Oscar Isaac from Ex Machina is one of our favorites . Now, a new Twitter feed has popped up showing that the pair can dance to just about any song.

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You'll Want to Read This Moving Fairy Tale From Charles Yu @ io9

We love Charles Yu’s short deeply meta stories, and he’s just published a new one in this week’s edition of The New Yorker. It’s a brilliant, moving fairy tale that you don’t want to miss.

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure Has Been Bumped A Full Year @ io9

Back in March, Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien was seriously injured while performing a stunt for the next installment of the series, The Death Cure, delaying the film . While they wait for him to recover, Fox has announced that the film’s release will be moved to January 12th, 2018.

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Rosetta Finds Building Blocks For Life On Comet @ io9

Scientists have long debated the possibility that some of the key ingredients for life on Earth were brought to our newly-formed planet by comets and asteroids. A new discovery in the “fuzzy atmosphere” of Rosetta’s comet may lend some credence to this theory.

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