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With new casting announcements being made with the X-Men franchise, rumors of at least two new Marvel TV shows, and seemingly more by the day, some people are beginning to ask what’s going to be left to adapt? It’s a valid question, and it’s worth noting there is a lot of fertile ground left to mine!Read more...

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Twenty years ago, this puzzle appeared on a test administered to top-tier math students from 16 countries around the world. Only 10% of test takers got it right. In the U.S., only 4% managed to provide a correct response. Can you find the “simple” solution that so many intelligent students missed?Read more...

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The new Fantastic Four trailer offers a lot better looks at all the characters, and what to expect from the action (including Reed Richards’ inability to proffer a proper fist bump). Check it out!Read more...

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What directional shifts will technology take in the next 10 years? A new report from the nonprofit research center Institute For the Future points to the mushrooming amount of data that comprises “the information economy” — but also emphasizes the growing importance of making sure private data stays private.Read more...

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Oh, that? Yeah, it’s Salma Hayek devouring a bloody dragon heart, among other striking (and oft-NSFW, so be warned) images in the trailer for The Tale Of Tales. The fairy-tale epic is the latest from Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah), and it’s debuting next month at the Cannes Film Festival.Read more...

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Bald Eagles have returned to nest in New York City! NYC Audubon announced on Friday that the city’s first active Bald Eagle pair in 100 years has taken up residence on Staten Island, an encouraging sign for a species that was once nearly extinct. Fun fact: “Local birders have named the male Vito.”Read more...

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Yes, Orphan Black is back and it is as demented as ever. While one of our Leda clones finds herself imprisoned (and maybe slightly crazier than usual), Sarah has to pull off the greatest acting trick of her clone impersonating career. Plus, we’ve got scary new clones — and a rather scary Delphine, as well.Read more...

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“There’s coffee in that nebula”... ehm, I mean... in that #Dragon. pic.twitter.com/9MYrqIOXnI — Sam Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) April 17, 2015 Read more...

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On April 4, young brown bears play in one of two large enclosures at Kuterevo Bear Refuge in central Croatia. The shelter was founded in 2002 by retired social worker Ivan Crnkovic-Pavenka; it’s staffed largely by volunteers and currently hosts eight bears, all of which were orphaned as cubs.Read more...

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Welcome to Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more...

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At first blush, this seemingly-basic remote might not look like much, but it can actually control eight of your favorite home theater devices, and even turn your smartphone into a universal remote as well.Read more...

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Over five decades and as many TV shows, Star Trek has had a lot of good and bad. But one thing that always gets you is how, when they’re good, they can end an episode damn well. For the hell of it, I started thinking of the best endings of all the Trek series and decided to rank them as best I could. Some are dramatic, some are funny, some are heart-breaking, some are moving. But all showcase how a Trek episode ends right and how to enjoy them. Read more...

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Photographer Don DeBold spotted this intense-looking Cliff Swallow at the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Preserve, a nearly 2,000 acre marshland on the San Francisco Bay that’s been called one of the West Coast’s best birdwatching spots.Read more...

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DreamWorks’ Dragons: Race to the Edge hits Netflix June 26; Hiccup and Toothless lead the charge, of course, but all kinds of new dragons will also be added into the mix.Read more...

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This week, scientists with the Dark Energy Survey (DES) collaboration released the first in a series of detailed maps charting the distribution of dark matter inferred from its gravitational effects. The new maps confirm current theories that suggest galaxies will form where large concentrations of dark matter exist. Read more...

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My, what big teeth you have! Here’s the newest Jurassic World poster, released ahead of the new trailer which drops on Monday. It depicts Mosasaurus, “the immense seagoing lizard,” swimming up to nibble on what would normally be a pretty scary-looking shark, but here kinda resembles a Goldfish cracker.Read more...

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This just in from Star Wars Celebration’s Star Wars Rebels panel: the next season of Disney XD’s animated series will bring back a character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Here’s what we know so far, with the season 2 trailer included below!Read more...

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As the Star Wars Celebration convention parties in Anaheim, that means one thing: A whole lot of beautiful Star Wars-themed cosplay. We’ve seen some seriously impressive Star Wars deep cuts here, along with a couple clever mashups from the galaxy far, far away. Check out our favorite costumes, so far.Read more...

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The Guardian has an in-depth profile of Joss Whedon today, in which the Avengers director sounds exhausted, but still inspired: “The first question we always ask is: ‘What is the way in for someone who has never seen a superhero movie?’ You need to be thinking about everybody all the time.”Read more...

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On Friday’s Grimm, Nick, Hank, and returning character Deputy Sheriff Janelle Farris investigate what appears to be yet another wesen-related murder, Monroe and Rosalee decide they’re not just going to take Henrietta’s word for it that Juliette can’t be helped, and speaking of, Juliette decides to cause some trouble for people she doesn’t know, for a change. Spoilers after the break. Read more...

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Exhibition director Peter Luckner readies a 13-foot-tall model of a straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) for “Fossil Richness in the Geisel Valley,” on display in the Pfaennerhall Factory in Braunsbedra, central Germany. This type of forest elephant roamed the Geisel Valley some 200,000 years ago. Read more...

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Producer Steven Paul Leiva (Space Jam) put this bit of wonderful ephemera on his YouTube channel awhile back, and it’s well worth taking three minutes to watch: the “pencil-test trailer” for an animated version of Will Eisner’s The Spirit that was almost made in 1980 by Brad Bird and Gary Kurtz. Read more...

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Charles Baudelaire once said that the finest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist. Sailor Moon Crystal is in essence, very similar to the Devil in this regard — except that its greatest trick is to persuade you that it could be better than it had been. But it couldn’t even keep that trick up.Read more...

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Star Wars Celebration has revealed the names of two of the major factions in The Force Awakens: the Resistance, who seem to represent the next generation of the Rebel Alliance from the original trilogy, and the First Order, who appear to be the (non-Timothy Zahn) heir to the Empire. But are these the only political entities in the new Star Wars movies? And what’s their relationship to each other?Read more...

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Scientists cleaning their labs have discovered that a plain old sponge is surprisingly well suited to removing bisphenol A (BPA) from surfaces and equipment. Read more...

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