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It was roughly 35 years ago that Mattel decided to do its own action-adventure toyline, to make up for its decision not to do Star Wars toys in 1977. In an exclusive excerpt from the book The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, we've got exclusive early sketches, plus the first He-Man pitch memo!Read more...

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The holidays aren't just about getting stuff; they're also about lending a hand to worthy causes. If you've got a lover of science, science fiction, or both on your list, consider making a donation to or buying a membership for one of these organizations. You can even buy merchandise from them.Read more...

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The extraordinary mummified remains of a 50-year-old woman discovered in a fetal position is set to go on display at a museum in France.Read more...

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Is the heavily hyped Syfy miniseries Ascension the second coming of the second coming of Battlestar Galactica? Nope. Read more...

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How better to kick off io9's Year In Review than with fifty of our favorite photos and videos from 2014?Read more...

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The Harry Potter books are packed with heartbreaking deaths. Friends, family members, and mentors all march off to the literary guillotine over the course of the series. There is one character, however, that author J.K. Rowling regrets killing—and it's a bit of a surprise.Read more...

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It's not the Illuminati, but there is a New World Order cropping up all around us — if we're willing to look closer and see.Read more...

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Slayer fans, beware - you might have gotten all excited at the news of Fox remastering Joss Whedon's classic TV series for HD formats, but prepare to be disappointed. Turns out that all is not well in Sunnydale when Fox butchers the show to cram it into a 16:9 format.Read more...

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In the early '80s, Voyager did a flyby of Saturn's moons and sent us back some tantalizing, but garbled, photos. Now, those same pictures are giving us one really great reason to feel pretty good about just what we might be able see in the next few decades.Read more...

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No, it's not marijuana. It's a close cousin, known as Humulus lupulus, better known as "hops." You know it as a key ingredient in beer, but its fat, resinous flowers are also prized for their flavor and their medicinal properties. We're just starting to unlock the biochemical secrets of hops, and discover why this plant is so magical.Read more...

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And you thought you had a lot of random stuff lying around the house. The Virginia Museum of Natural History just scored a taxidermy collection so enormous, its value is over $1 million.Read more...

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Given the extreme age of the Galaxy, extraterrestrial civilizations should have occupied every corner of it by now. Yet we see no signs of this. A short new video produced by New Scientist beautifully explains why the Fermi Paradox is a very real scientific problem and why it should be taken more seriously. Read more...

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This new trailer for Disney's Cinderella only further confirms our suspicions that this live-action adaptation is almost a scene-for-scene remake of Disney's cartoon fable. GOOD. Read more...

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It's no wonder that audiences have been clamoring for a Mirror's Edge sequel since its release in 2008. DICE's brief detour from their best-selling Battlefield series was a slick, inventive, and gorgeous video game. Read more...

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ThinkGeek has some great gift ideas for the nerds in your life, and a lot of their most popular items are discounted today. Plus, free shipping! [Think Geek is Having an Everything Sale | Free Shipping with Code SHIPUS]Read more...

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We puny humans can be depressingly fragile and flawed, a realization that's all the more discouraging when we consider the incredible potential for robots. Here are 12 reasons why machines will always have the edge over us meatbags.Read more...

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If you thought last week was bad, well, we've got an even lighter week ahead of us as all things gaming wrap up for the holidays. But it's time to dig into that back catalogue you've been saving for now! Tell us what you'll be jumping into before Christmas in this week's Tuesday Game Room!Read more...

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Last week, Greenpeace activists provoked international outrage when they undertook a publicity stunt , trespassing on the Nazca Lines World Heritage Site. Newly released done footage shows how much damage they left behind.Read more...

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There are a handful of species, around the world, that can figuratively put a pin in a pregnancy and come back to it at a more convenient time. It's called delayed gestation, or embryonic diapause. But how widespread could it be?Read more...

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Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking."Read more...

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On the night of June 11, 1962, three inmates escaped Alcatraz aboard a makeshift inflatable raft. They were never seen again and are believed to have died in the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay. But a new computer model using historical tide data indicates they had a narrow time window to make it safely to land.Read more...

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When Apollo 17 lifted off from the moon 42 years ago this week, a camera captured the movements of the spacecraft — even though nobody was left behind to, say, establish a lunar base. How was that possible?Read more...

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Lego have released an online catalogue detailing upcoming sets in 2015 - including a first look at images of the new tie-in sets for Avengers: Age of Ultron. What can we learn about the movie among all the brick-based Lego goodness? Read more...

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Sometimes it seems like every villain is obsessed with murdering the hero of the story. (Or making the hero realize they're alike.) But it's not true — in fact, some of the best villains have their own goals, and the hero just happens to get in the way. Here are some great villains whose schemes don't revolve around the hero.Read more...

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