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After boosting a communications satellite into orbit, SpaceX's Falcon 9 reusable booster rocket performed a successful soft-landing on the Atlantic Ocean. Best of all? A camera strapped to the rocket captured it for our viewing pleasure. Rocket selfies are the best selfies.Read more...

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Congress Edits is a Twitter bot that tweets every time a person in US government anonymously edits Wikipedia. This is our favorite edit so far, in which an anonymous person in the House of Representatives added a denial to an article on U.S. politicians being secret alien lizards.Read more...

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Another snapshot of our strange universe: astronomers recently caught a pulsar — a particular kind of dense star — switch off its radio beacon while powerful gamma rays brightened fivefold.Read more...

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The first poster for The Hobbit 3: Citizens On Patrol The Battle of the Five Armies has arrived; while it's not exactly a shock, seeing a very, very angry Smaug descend on Laketown and Bard is still pretty badass. Here's hoping that this means movie #3 is more like movie #2, at least in terms of excitement.Read more...

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Two kayakers in Argentina were paddling off the coast of Puerto Madryn recently, when a whale took sudden interest in their boat, swam beneath their vessel, and lifted it gently from the water.Read more...

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A principle that guides the evolution of animals may also apply to airplanes as well. Called "constructal law," it compares the progression of aircraft to birds and other creatures, while also providing guidelines for the development of future planes. Read more...

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There's a saying among futurists that a human-equivalent artificial intelligence will be our last invention. After that, AIs will be capable of designing virtually anything on their own — including themselves. Here's how a recursively self-improving AI could transform itself into a superintelligent machine. Read more...

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While exploring a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, Polish archaeologists discovered a 12-inch stoneware bottle, still corked, containing Europe's number one brand of mineral water for nearly a thousand years.Read more...

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Everyone on Earth has been through it, but there's a lot about birth that you're probably unfamiliar with. Here's a dozen facts on the human birthing process you may not have picked up in biology class.Read more...

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Looks like those rumors that Sony was concerned about the Amazing Spider-Man movie series weren't entirely unfounded. Sony has just announced that Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be delayed two years, until 2018... but that the Sinister Six movie will now premiere on November 11th, 2016.Read more...

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You come to io9 for a lot of reasons. You want to escape with science fiction and fantasy, but you also want to learn about what's possible in the real world using science and technology. You want to know what's coming next, and what it will take to get there. What other stories do you want to see?Read more...

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We've got a very nice selection of comics and graphic novels today, several of which are free:Read more...

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It's generally agreed that liquid water and a stable atmosphere are the minimal requirements for life. But new research shows that oceans play a vital role in stabilizing and moderating climates on Earth-like planets.Read more...

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A document obtained by the National Security Archive reveals for the first time the details of a Cold War spy operation that briefly "borrowed" and studied a Soviet spacecraft that was part of an international exhibition — and then returned it without the Russians ever knowing it happened.Read more...

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The titular supervillain of Richard Sala's deliciously over-the-top crime webcomic, Super-Enigmatix, is the puppet master behind most of the world's crime. He can make dogs attack their owners or place human-eating plants in the local botanical gardens—and he's always surrounded by beautiful henchwomen. Can he be stopped? Should he be stopped?Read more...

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Here is the first ever official glimpse at Neil Blomkamp's next film Chappie. We don't know much about this project other than it's a comedy about a robot, it will feature zef-style duo Die Antwoord, and will once again re-team Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley. But this poster certainly looks promising. Read more...

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Here's an interesting little experiment. A group of chickens and a group of humans were asked to "rate" male or female faces based on beauty. The chickens agreed with the humans. But what does it mean?Read more...

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Before I start answering this week's letters, I just wanted to let you know that I, as a fake mailman living in the post-apocalyptic future, know everything that's going to be announced and shown at this year's San Diego Comic-Con already. And I'm not telling. Nyeh.Read more...

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Whether your last experiment involved combining baking soda and vinegar and calling it a volcano or you took your DIY science efforts pro in a lab, we want to hear about the best experiment you ever did.Read more...

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The military has always looked toward new technologies to keep its soldiers fed while in the field. Canned food, for instance, was first created to provide sustenance for Napoleon's troops. Now the U.S. Army is investigating 3D printers as a way to produce more nutritious, and hopefully tastier, military rations.Read more...

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Colin Furze is building the biggest fart machine ever — a valveless engine that will be housed in a specially constructed pair of buttocks. His ultimate goal is to place it on top of the cliffs of Dover and aim it across the Channel towards France. Read more...

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Spoiler warning, grains of salt, you know the deal. Let's just say if this rumor is true, it's a role worthy of Brienne of Tarth. Details after the jump!Read more...

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What is Marvel's plan for its ambitious movie schedule through 2019? How will the new Power Rangers movie connect to the TV show? Robin Lord Taylor says Gotham has a story for how the Penguin gets his distinctive walk. Lucy Lawless joins the cast of Agents of SHIELD. Plus, fresh looks at The Walking Dead season five. Spoilers now!Read more...

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Chinese brewers are making wine from tiger bones despite specific regulations against the trade in tiger bones. And it's not technically illegal, since they're not actually selling the bones. What?Read more...

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