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Sometimes, one culture's hero is another culture's villain — especially if they were on opposite sides of a conflict. Everybody always says that the winners write history, but often both sides have different versions. So which character is either a savior or a butcher, depending on whom you ask?Read more...

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A new poll by the Pew Research Center finds that 54% of Americans support airstrikes in Iraq, while only 31% disapprove. That's a huge turnaround from last year, when a Pew survey reported that a record 52% felt the U.S. should keep out of world affairs. What's going on here? Read more...

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Sportfishers off the coast of Bonita Springs Florida captured the footage earlier this month. The shark caught on the line is a blacktip shark, the big fella an appropriately named goliath grouper. Read more...

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School is starting again, and whether you're a student in college or a student of life, you need to boot up your brain with some good inspiration. Here is a book list to get you thinking about the world in a new way — and help you make the transition back into study mode.Read more...

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We'll be honest, we did not know much about Antonio Banderas and Gabe Ibáñez's Automata, but this trailer has us very, very excited about this robot movie. From what we can tell, Automata appears to be twisting around Asimov's laws of robitcs, which is great. Also, we're really happy to see that the robots look like actual robots. FINALLY. Read more...

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Are you just starting your career, and want to get your feet wet with a research job at io9? We've got three openings — two for contributing researchers who focus on culture and entertainment, and one for a half-time editorial fellow in the sciences who will do research, writing, and outreach in the science community.Read more...

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Grant Morrison's more-insanely-epic-than-usual DC project Multiversity begins today, which will try to tie pretty much every single part of every single DC universe into one coherent whole. This video is the best explanation of what Morrison's trying to accomplish I've seen so far — it's definitely worth a watch. Read more...

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This spectacular image was captured by the Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, and released today by the European Southern Observatory. To the right of the photograph is nebula NGC 3576. On the left is star cluster NGC3603, home to the Milky Way's highest known concentration of massive stars. Read more...

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Giant asteroid Vesta is the second-biggest object in our solar system's asteroid belt, and the origin of an estimated 5% of Earth's meteorites. Yesterday, an especially rare chunk of Vesta recovered from the Netherlands in 1925 was reported stolen from the Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory in Utrecht, Netherlands.Read more...

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It's amazing what some people can accomplish with just a little makeup on a human canvas. Makeup artist Laura Jenkinson paints cartoon characters on her lips, using her own mouth as each character's mouth. The results make us giggle.Read more...

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Meet Keesingia gigas, one of a pair of new species of Irukandji jellyfish recently discovered off the coast of Western Australia. It's confusing researchers because it appears not to have any tentacles.Read more...

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The Space Age gave birth to some absolutely beautiful visions of space exploration and life in space — including a ton of lovely artwork from Soviet creators . And one of the most striking Soviet works of space-age futurism came in 1965, in a documentary called Luna or Moon. The whole beautiful thing is online, with restored color.Read more...

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In many cities, it's become popular to hate "gentrifiers," rich people who move in and drive up housing prices — pushing everyone else out. But what's going on in these rapidly-changing urban spaces is a lot more complicated than that.Read more...

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A strange, solitary man, played by Alan Rickman, follows a young girl and her mother to their house. But this short film ends up going in a direction that you might not expect.Read more...

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This month, the io9 book club read M.R. Carey's The Girl With All The Gifts. Today, from noon - 1 P.M. Pacific time, he'll be here to answer your questions about his novel, combining Greek myths with modern storytelling, and building recognizable (yet unfamiliar) worlds.Read more...

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Oh, Marvel. Come on. You know better than this —this being Milo Manara's cover for the upcoming Spider-Woman #1. If you're wondering what the hell Jessica Drew, a.k.a. Spider-Woman is doing, I believe it's what's known in the animal kingdom as "presenting." Read more...

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The Doctor, that time-traveling alien mad scientist, is a clever man — but his foes often outsmart themselves. We may never know the Doctor's real name, but the Master's name is clearly Rube Goldberg. Here are the 10 most ludicrously byzantine plots that Doctor Who's baddies have cooked up.Read more...

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A few days ago, the Cygnus spacecraft, which had ferried supplies to the space station, was filled with debris and released into space, later burning up in Earth's atmosphere during a destructive reentry . The ESA has just posted video of the release maneuver. Taking out the trash has never looked so exciting.Read more...

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Beneath our feet, plants are locked in a slow-motion struggle for the elements necessary for survival: water, sunlight, and nutrition. But some plants have learned to game the system, stealing water and nutrients from those their neighbors. Some of these parasites even steal genetic material.Read more...

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The 2DS is a very low barrier to entry to the great library of 3DS games. Today the barrier is even lower at just $100, with options.Read more...

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Greetings, my little stamp scamps. I've wandered into a new area of my post-apocalyptic world where intelligent apes rule instead of man. They can speak, they have they have their own society… I know there's only one thing I must do: Come back with bananas and see if I can rule them as their god. Wish me luck.Read more...

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ABC is making a "family friendly" comedy inspired by Col. Chris Hadfield's memoir An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth, which sounds adorable. However, the main character had better have one excellent mustache, or we walk. Read more...

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Legislation introduced in Ohio's House of Representatives would, if passed, rewrite the state's education standards by encouraging teachers to teach "both sides" of the "debate" on evolution and climate change. And, on top of that, an initial draft of the bill would have banned major works of thought and literature.Read more...

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In an alternate universe, Canada has its own royal family, one whose tradition subjects its members to grotesque rituals and incarcerating fashions. This short faux anthropological comic by Michael DeForge may describe a people who don't exist, but who are so bizarre we can't look away.Read more...

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