posted about 18 hours ago on io9
There's a gas giant located about 330 light-years from here that's not only unusually large, it's also orbiting its host star at an incredibly close distance. According to a new study, this combination of factors is wreaking havoc on the star's innards.Read more...

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These days, it often seems like the entertainment industry just wants to keep monetizing the same handful of properties over and over, instead of taking more risks. That makes for a "warmed-over meatloaf" feeling — but in Slate, Hieroglyph co-editor Ed Finn argues it's also bad for innovation.Read more...

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No, this comic by cartoonist Ryan Estrada and writer Peter Starr Northrop won't have you magically understanding the Russian language, but if you've ever stared at Russian words in Cyrillic script and wondered just how the hell you pronounce them, this will get you started.Read more...

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posted about 19 hours ago on io9
Contraceptives fail a lot more often than you may have realized. Those failure rate statistics that you see are actually a bit misleading — they are for failure rates in a given year. Over time, the risk of failure is compounded.Read more...

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While we wait to hear when the infinitely anticipated second season of the hit anime Attack on Titan will finally air, we can content ourselves with this first trailer for Attack on Titan: No Regrets — a two-part OVA series revealing how a nobody named Levi became the world's most effective destroyer of Titans.Read more...

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Suppose you're a really lazy cosplayer with a lot of money laying around... this is your golden opportunity. Premiere Props is auctioning off a thousand items on Sept. 27 and 28, including Halle Berry's original Storm costume (above). Plus a Bajoran nose-ring from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Deadpool's swords!Read more...

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If there was a tsunami warning in your area, could you escape on foot? That's the question a new tool released by the USGS takes on. The Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst takes into account not just foot-speed but terrain, and also highlights the areas of high-ground that would likely be the safest points.Read more...

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Kevin Smith's horror movie Tusk is about an old man who kidnaps a younger man, drugs him, and then slowly turns him into a human walrus. But this idea didn't just pop into Silent Bob's head. First it was a real-life ad for a roommate, a listing so odd it inspired a horror movie. Read more...

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posted about 20 hours ago on io9
The old "tongue map" from our elementary school textbooks has been roundly debunked. Experimental confirmation of "umami" expanded Westerners' traditional four basic tastes—sweet, sour, salty, and bitter—into five. But did you know those 5 basic tastes might actually be 6 . . . or 7, 8, or more?Read more...

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Next month, Sotheby's London will offer for sale T.E. Lawrence's hand-drawn, annotated map of northern Arabia, detailing the route he followed in the days preceding the capture of the Red Sea port of Aqaba in 1917—a victory that would prove decisive in the Arab uprising against the Ottoman Empire in World War I. Read more...

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In related news, I want a pony, but I don't either I or Aykroyd are going to get what we want. Aykroyd revealed his grand delusions plans for the Ghostbusters franchise, which he's been discussing with original director Ivan Reitman and Sony — and compares to Marvel movie universe or Star Wars.Read more...

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This awesome Sherlock Limited Edition is only $20 off MSRP right now on preorder, but it's going to sell out, so if you want it then get it. [Sherlock]Read more...

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posted about 21 hours ago on io9
We're just a few days away from the start of the fall TV season in earnest. Tons of new TV shows will be displaying their bright plumage for you. But these days, a TV show has to move fast to hook people. Here are 10 TV shows that won us over in just five minutes — and what they did to grab us.Read more...

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posted about 21 hours ago on io9
Godzilla may have barely featured in his titular comeback earlier this year, but when he did show up, he was a pretty fabulous looking Kaiju - and this new statue from Sideshow really shows him off in all his glory.Read more...

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posted about 21 hours ago on io9
Richard III was the last king of England to die in battle. But as a new forensic analysis of his remains shows, he didn't just die in battle — he had the living tar beat out of him. Here's how this king met his maker on that fateful day in 1485. Read more...

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posted about 21 hours ago on io9
Yes, this classic show created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson had its share of late-'60s, early-'70s schlock, such as military officers whose mini-skirt uniforms included purple wigs. But U.F.O also had strong characters, nuanced plots and extremely cool technology that, in retrospect, was decades ahead of its time.Read more...

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posted about 22 hours ago on io9
Mary Branwell was a rich girl with a nice life until her parents died in a house fire. Now she lives in a strange orphanage that doubles as a police station, with all of the orphans working as police. Can Branwell and her tough-talking new partner Popowski solve her parents' murder?Read more...

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posted about 22 hours ago on io9
Yesterday, a group of six Destiny players beat the game's first Raid. It took them ten hours. Ten hours!Read more...

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Back to the Future 2's self-lacing, future Nike shoes have always been bananas expensive. But not anymore! Someone has finally made a knock-off version of the power lacers for under a $100. Read more...

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posted about 22 hours ago on io9
Ever find something that is equal parts cool and horrific? A commenter on this site recently mentioned there was an easy method to finding spiders at night. This method apparently does indeed work, and now I'd like someone to try it. Because I won't.Read more...

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posted about 22 hours ago on io9
Helen James, the Curator-in-Charge of the bird collection at the National Museum of Natural History, is here to today to take our questions! Ask her whatever you want about extinct birds, bird evolution, and the secrets contained in the fossil record.Read more...

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posted about 23 hours ago on io9
Hello, folks. I'm sorry for the absence of last week's mail column; suffice it to say there was some… difficulty in escaping the intelligent apes, and I couldn't get to it without endangering myself. In related news, if you ever go to Ape City, they will no longer be fooled by ape costumes. Just FYI. Now, on with the mail!Read more...

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posted about 23 hours ago on io9
After a weather delay just long enough to push the launch window into the drama of rockets blazing across the night sky, the United Launch Alliance successfully send CLIO into orbit tonight. If you're wondering what CLIO is, you're not the only one. Read more...

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For years, archaeologists have been puzzled by a 492-foot-long structure near the Sea of Galilee. While some believed it to be the remnants of a wall, new findings indicate that no city was nearby. Instead, an archaeologist says it was a monument built in the shape of a crescent moon between 3050 B.C. and 2650 B.C.Read more...

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posted about 23 hours ago on io9
We live in a world with some amazing technologies. Still, sometimes it's the tech we don't have yet that is the most intriguing. Today we want to know about the future inventions you're most excited to check out.Read more...

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