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The Louisiana black bear inspired the teddy bear and is its home state’s official mammal, and its once-low population has been elevated thanks to decades of conservation efforts. This week, the US Department of the Interior announced the bear may soon be removed from its list of threatened species.Read more...

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Replacing one lost leg is challenging, but what about two, three or four? Read more...

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Doc Brown returns in this fun trailer for WB Games’ Lego Dimensions, in which the zany scientist helps construct the device that enables the toys (including his own tiny doppleganger, and lots of other familiar faces that have nothing to do with Back to the Future) to virtually “come to life.” Read more...

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Remember the chilling scene in the first Avengers movie in which Loki tells Black Widow to run to Piggly Wiggly to get him Skittles, cigarettes and Big League Chew? Oh wait, that’s Bad Lip Reading’s Redneck Avengers. Read more...

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Four hundred million light years away, NGC 6240 appears in this image from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys. One NASA source terms the galaxy’s shape the result of a “galactic merger,” another goes for the more colorful “titanic galaxy-galaxy collision.”Read more...

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Author Evan Puschak, aka blogger the Nerd Writer, breaks down what he calls “the perils of worldbuilding” in this video, using the works of Tolkien and Game of Thrones, among others, as examples. On his blog, he writes:Read more...

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Apparently people are upset that Michael B. Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot . The primary cause of concern? That Jordan is black. Obviously the realism that underpins a comic book adaptation in which a group of people are imbued with superpowers after a trip into an alternate universe is compromised by the presence of a black actor. Read more...

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The Predator was already a pretty extreme design. Square-Enix’s Play Arts Kai line just took that extremity, ripped its spine out and then used it as a club to beat the extremeness to death. Oh dear.Read more...

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On the heels of its jarring teaser from April, the full trailer for The Gallows — about a cursed high-school play — offers a lotta night vision and shaky-cam, a haunted VCR (?), a slowed-down version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and a spirited prayer that found-footage horror still has one last breath in it.Read more...

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Just six or seven days old, a baby Western lowland gorilla has a snooze in the arms of its proud mother, Frala, at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. So far, mom and newborn have been hanging so tight that keepers haven’t been able to determine whether their newest charge is a male or a female.Read more...

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Obviously chock full of spoilers, this behind-the-scenes footage gives some detail of the camera cars, the stunts and just how minimally used the CGI really was - safety cables and harnesses removed in post, etc.Read more...

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It’s impossible to forget just how immense the destructive power of a nuclear weapon is, but there is nothing quite like watching an explosion to hit that point home. These videos capture the test detonations of various nuclear weapons, letting us witness the immediate effects safely behind our computer screens.Read more...

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If vinegar is a liquid, why are most salt and vinegar potato chips covered in a powder? Here’s a little food science to help you understand your weekend snacks.Read more...

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Ghosts are implied but not actually filmed in this spectacularly eerie tour of a massive asylum, closed for 20 years. Elegant editing and camerawork, including some graceful aerial footage, capture graffiti-covered abandonment as well as what the narrator terms “a presence, as if something was still there.”Read more...

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Europe has surprisingly little genetic variety. Learning how and when the modern gene-pool came together has been a long journey. But thanks to new technological advances a picture is slowly coming together of repeated colonization by peoples from the east with more efficient lifestyles.Read more...

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It’s Memorial Day weekend in the US, a time when many folks head out into nature to camp — and enjoy scary stories around a campfire. What story is even creepier when it’s told out in the woods, far from electric lights and civilization?Read more...

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I’m a big fan of DC’s “Designer Series” figures , where the artstyle of a particular DC artist is painstakingly recreated on a poseable action figure. But this latest figure, based on the art of Batman: Hush artist Jim Lee, takes that design ethos to its most incredible extreme.Read more...

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This month, the io9 Book Club is reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. We’ll meet on March 3 to discuss it. Join us!Read more...

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MovieTickets.com scored the best look at the new Fantastic Four movie cast displaying their super-powers in their new commercial. It doesn’t have a particularly good look at the Thing, but don’t worry, you can see him after the jump. Just be ready for a shock.Read more...

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We’re heading into a long weekend. Sometimes you don’t need anything to celebrate other than to gawp at a glorious, gorgeous piece of comic book art that shows the Justice League’s finest superheroes locked in an all out brawl with some evil aliens. Sit back, relax, and be amazed.Read more...

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It’s the 100th anniversary of the Quintinshill Rail Disaster — a horrific three-train collision that resulted in hundreds of casualties, the vast majority of them soldiers en route to the war. Here’s what happened on that tragic day.Read more...

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Meet the muntjac — the most interesting deer in the world. It’s the size of a dog, it’s the oldest deer around, it has antlers but fights with tusks, and it even barks loudly at things that threaten it. But its most interesting quality is this — it gets by with fewer chromosomes than any other mammal on Earth. Read more...

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The Scottish Play is headed for the big screen once again in Snowtown director Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth adaptation, starring Michael Fassbender as the treacherous lord-turned-king and Marion Cotillard as his scheming wife. These clips introduce the deadly pair and tease a big, beautiful battle scene.Read more...

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Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) continues to be baffled by the surreal pace of life in Wayward Pines, but he’s no longer completely clueless. That said, he’s still fully capable of putting disastrous events in motion, which he does in episode two: “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before.” Spoilers follow!Read more...

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