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The technological cycle is not a sentimental one: A new update comes and the old tech gets thrown out, over and over again. Sometimes, though, something goes askew in the whole process, and there’s something you just can’t quite let go of. Today we want to know what that thing is.Read more...

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You probably lost the ability to recognize a bad deal before you got into kindergarten. This experiment shows that they’re able to emotionally understand when hard work has earned something that’s not worth having—but it turns out in this instance, four-year-olds are wiser than six=year-olds.Read more...

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We all knew that True Detective season two was going to be totally different than season one: new cast, new case, new setting. But it seemed hopeful that the new episodes would keep the weird magic—that thing distinguishing True Detective from a zillion other cop shows—alive. So far, not so much.Read more...

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A Sherlock star may have joined Star Wars: Rogue One. Batman v Superman adds another comics character. There’s even more crazy rumors about the fate of a Game of Thrones favorite. Plus new looks at Bruce Timm’s Justice League film, and unlikely casting for The Bastard Executioner. Spoilers now!Read more...

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Hot Toys makes some of the most realistic collectible figures you can buy. If you’ve ever wondered about its process—or even how to get a job there—watch this video. Read more...

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Did you want to go to space camp as a child? The Guardian profiled NASA’s summer camp, how it stays current and relevant, and why children — despite the U.S. government’s historically low funding of NASA — are still inspired by space. Read more...

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This is an image of dwarf galaxy NGC 1140, which is ten times smaller than the Milky Way but is producing stars at roughly the same rate as our lovely galaxy. The blue stars in the image are the new ones. Read more...

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Martin Backes presents “What Do Machines Sing Of?” It’s an automatic machine that sings a number one song from the 90s and then randomly picks another. It wails the 90s into a microphone. Forever. Read more...

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Hugh Jackman has taken to Twitter to release the concept art from the upcoming third standalone Wolverine movie. He’s also asking for fifty words or less from fans about what they want to see. So go tweet “Logan using his knives to make fruit salad” — my personal hope.Read more...

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Neil Armstrong (blowing a kiss to his sons) is flanked by Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin on July 27, 1969 at Ellington Air Force base in Houston, Tex. On July 24, the Apollo 11 astronauts returned from their historic trip to the moon, but due to infection fears, they were quarantined for 21 days.Read more...

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‘They will never make a movie about him. He doesn’t have a troubled life. He has a family, and they seem happy, and he’s usually smiling.’’ A student describes the “super normal” Terry Tao, one of the world’s greatest mathematicians, in a recent NYT Mag longread, which, ICYMI, is outstanding. Read it here.Read more...

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Teletubbies meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon this is not. The trailer you see here is for a film called Monster Hunt, directed Raman Hui, a main animator on the Shrek films. That film, which was released earlier this July in China, has very quickly become the highest grossing film in Chinese history.Read more...

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Here’s a cool aspect of fluid dynamics that you might not have thought of before: When a shape is pushed into the water, it creates a space in its wake. As the space collapses, the shape inverts itself.Read more...

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Anonymous Destiny teammates come and go. They’re here for a game or two, gone forever afterward. Some of them are cool, valued companions. Some are total assholes.Read more...

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Drop an antacid into water here on Earth and you’ve got yourself a glass of fizzy water. Do the same thing up on the space station, and you’ve just made yourself a disco ball.Read more...

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Last night’s Falling Skies got off to a fantastic start—that opening sequence, showcasing the rubble of our world, dotted with alien corpses full of snakes, was beautiful. And seeing the renegade Pope as the heroic rescuer was fantastic. It was the set-up for a great episode... that didn’t quite materialize.Read more...

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Last week, we took a deep dive into the status of everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The only non-characters tackled were the Infinity Stones, six crucial elements to not only the films so far, but the films moving forward. And now they’ve been officially named.Read more...

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Yeah, I was pretty much pulling this face too after reading that headline.Read more...

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Call it the “Dead Show Walking” phenomenon. A TV show has already run out of ideas, it has no more sharks to jump, the plots are played out, and it’s clearly doomed. But it just... keeps... airing... episodes. What’s the worst example of a doomed show that kept airing that you’ve ever seen?Read more...

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With the 2015 con season hitting its halfway mark, the io9 staff got together for an in-depth, round-table discussion on what exactly makes for the best possible pop culture convention. Whether you’re a potential attendee or a longtime organizer, here’s everything you need any quality con need to have.Read more...

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Stephen Hawking is participating in his first-ever reddit AMA. Unlike previous Q&As hosted on the site, Hawking’s will be conducted in two parts. Today, you can submit questions here. Submissions will be selected from by Hawking, who aims to “answer as many of the questions... as possible over the coming weeks.”Read more...

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A few weeks ago, a new Gundam anime was announced a few weeks ago, and with it, new Gundam model kits . Now Bandai’s released high-res pictures of the kits, giving us our best actual look at the Mobile Suits of the upcoming series.http://toybox.io9.com/a-new-gundam-a... Read more...

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Millions of landmines remain strewn across Angola, remnants of the country’s long civil war. Remarkably, some elephants have learned to sniff out and avoid these hazards, and even alert an entire herd to the danger. Intrigued, the U.S. Army is now testing the ability of elephants to detect chemicals found in landmines—and they’re passing with “flying colors.”Read more...

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This is the first video ever capture of a cat riding a rhino. And man, it does not look like an easy ride. It’s basically a real life Timon and Pumbaa. Read more...

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Anytime Christopher Nolan finishes a movie, we take notice. Both for the movie itself and for the infinite possibilities of what he’ll do next. It turns out, after Interstellar, the director made a short documentary, it’s already done and screening in New York City this August.Read more...

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