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Actors taking home items from the movies and TV shows they work on is a very common practice - but it's normally just a piece of costuming or a small prop. Robert Downey Jr however, doesn't tend to do things the usual way though, and his memorabilia from The Avengers was a little bit bigger than that.Read more...

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Pele, the volcano goddess of Hawaii, has very definite ideas on traffic patterns. When she says a road is closed, nothing we puny humans do or say is going to change her mind.Read more...

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Tonight's episode clinches it: Doctor Who is doing a much more ambitious character arc than it's done in years, even as the show's "mystery" storytelling is drastically scaled back. Even with a few stumbles here and there, this is really major. You have to applaud the ambition, and a lot of the execution. Spoilers ahead…Read more...

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Oh God, what have I done? Oh that's right, I asked the wrong people to create an alternative line of sexy video game Halloween costumes . I brought this on myself, and now I'm bringing it to you. Read more...

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In 1993, Russian scientist Natalia Polosmak discovered the remains of a 25-year-old woman covered in tattoos who came to be known as the Ukok Princess. Now, an MRI has revealed that the young woman was suffering from breast cancer as well as a bone marrow infection at the time of her death, and scientists have stated that she most likely used cannabis to treat herself. Read more...

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Tony Zhou is back with another excellent episode of Every Frame a Painting (previously here and here ). This quick installment illustrates how camerawork is used to reflect the power struggle between Jodie Foster's Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.Read more...

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The prospect of future tourists gawking at the ice fountains of Enceladus , the volcanoes of Io and the grand canyons of Mars has many people forgetting what's in their own backyard.Read more...

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Here at io9, we love trailers - but apparently the golden age of the trailer might be on a decline. According to a new study, Trailers are no longer the biggest piece of shared advertising for movies.Read more...

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The first trailer for the documentary on the making of iconic British comic 2000 AD just landed, and it's a profanity-ridden masterpiece.Read more...

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One of our biggest wishes for Legend of Korra Book 4 was that Kuvira, who is forcibly reuniting the Earth Kingdom, would be, if not a sympathetic antagonist, at least a relatable one. But after this episode, we could almost see ourselves rooting for her. And that's why she's so insidious.Read more...

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Hot Toys have done a lot of Wolverine figures in the past - but none have come so close to capturing the perpetual scowl of Hugh Jackman's take on Alberta's finest like this new one has.Read more...

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Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin's announcement this week that it could make small-scale nuclear fusion power a reality in the next decade has understandably generated excitement in the media. Physicists, however, aren't getting their hopes up just yet.Read more...

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Marvel Studios has rewarded the loyalty of its fans in a lot of ways (chief among them the simple fact that they produce consistent, quality content), but here I want to specifically highlight the way they reward loyalty to fans of the comicbooks, to people who enjoy accuracy to the source material. I had the thought recently that Marvel Studios often plays the long game; they start with some elements of comicbook lore being more grounded or restrained, then when the characters or basic concepts have been successfully introduced, in later movies they fold back in additional elements that are more faithful to the source material. Sometimes they even do it within the span of a single movie (such as the Red Skull appearing to have a normal face at first, and then later revealing it was only a mask, hiding his comic-accurate look), but it's more common for them to wait and let the viewers get used to the basic concept before making it more fantastical. Read more...

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The all-new, all-female Thor is so new in the comic books that we still don't know who she actually is, but that hasn't stopped her from snagging a starring role in D3Publisher's ongoing Marvel Puzzle Quest. Read more...

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Since the mention of Sheriff Carter's actor Colin Ferguson dealing with vampires , the idea of an alternate Eureka where the supernatural instead of super science was the norm has been stuck in my head. So here are my ideas for Spooooky Eureka.Read more...

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Sailor Venus makes her grand début on Sailor Moon Crystal! Unfortunately, everyone is so amazed by Minako's amazing amazingness that they kinda forgot to bring a plot with them this week. But at least we have all of the Sailor Senshi together, at last.Read more...

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Costs on solar are coming down steeply, and now they're about to get even cheaper. A group of chemists at Ohio State University have invented a solar panel that stores energy without an external battery. The self-contained tuner/capacitor panels are already bein licensed to industry.Read more...

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Hawaii is a tropical island of picturesque eruptions. While usually the eruptions are mostly harmless , an offshoot of a new lava flow has been inching towards suburb since June. Now the residents of Puna are settling in to watch the slowly creeping doom.Read more...

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This terrifying, greenish UFO appeared hovering over Montréal last week, right in the middle of an evening newscast. It appeared to change shape and plunge to earth. Now there are reports of the same "mysterious ball" cropping up in Lima, Peru. What is this thing, and what is it doing?Read more...

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This short proof-of-concept film takes aim at for-profit healthcare. A woman copes with a terminal illness while a machine keeps her alive. And whenever time is up, her lover must pump more money into the machine.Read more...

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The shrouded figures with their chemical sprays didn't seem to have faces. We could see them from our tents near the fields. They walked among the glowing fungi that had suddenly appeared everywhere — tending them, or perhaps killing them. We had no idea. Nobody told us anything.Read more...

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Gather round the fire, vault dwellers, and let me show you a story. Perhaps you've heard this story before—but probably not like this.Read more...

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Directed by Ethan Shaftel, Flesh Computer is one part Videodrome and two parts fleshy computer bits. Not sure what to make of this particular picture, but it's weird. Very weird. It may not make a whole heap of sense, but we like the stuff that directly pertains to both the flesh and the computer. Read more...

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Here's the most brilliant, happy-making, fist-pumping "fuck yeah" moment from last night's Vampire Diaries. In which my two favorite characters team up and take out the trash. Booyah!Read more...

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We all know that diet can dramatically affect our health, both mentally and physically. But a new study shows that an off-kilter eating schedule could also affect well-being, too. Here's why.Read more...

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