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Date: Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 01:00

The Best Stormtrooper Makeovers From Our Episode VII Photoshop Contest

Last week, we asked you to put your digital manipulation skills to the test by coming up with a new look for Star Wars' Stormtroopers . Here are the greatest—and strangest—ideas that you came up with.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "art, concept art, digital manipulation, ..."
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Date: Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 00:30

Dispatches from the Yacht War of 2035

You could make a lot of cash if you were a yacht captain with military training and a death wish. Defending the perimeter of a coastal estate wasn't the cushy job it was back in the twenties. But there was a certain thrill in launching a missile from the deck of a ship whose bathroom was fitted with a gold-plated sink.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "art, design, futurism, war, concept art,..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 23:46

It's Not A Trap: The Most Incredible Cosplay From Long Beach Comic Con!

We've seen a lot of truly astonishing cosplay over the past summer, so it's easy to get jaded. And then you see the quality and creativity of the costumes from this past weekend's Long Beach Comic Con, and your enthusiasm gets renewed all over again. Here's the most fantastic cosplay from LBCC 2014.

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "long beach comic con 2014, photography, ..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 23:40

Demon Lover Diary is sort of like American Movie and Blair Witch Project rolled into one, amazing cinematic experience. In 1975, filmmaker Joel DeMott went with her boyfriend Jeff Kreines to Michigan, to help a young Donald G. Jackson (of Rollerblade notoriety) film his first feature, Demon Lover. The results are insane.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "donald g jackson, documentary, movies, d..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 23:30

Remember Wakko's informative, catchy "50 States and Their Capitals" song from the classic '90s cartoon Animaniacs? Well, this gentleman named Kylan has remade the song to include both every nation on the planet, and their capitals, too. It's beyond impressive (and still ridiculously catchy).

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Author: "Rob Bricken" Tags: "music, this is awesome, geography, anima..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 23:20

Are There Any Good Reasons Why We Should Explore Space?

It's difficult to look up on a clear night and not feel the pull to get out there, anywhere, and see a little more of the universe than the little blue marble that we've anchored ourselves on. But, when faced with the need to justify the money, time, and tech to get us there, what are the best reasons to explore space?

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Author: "Ria Misra" Tags: "robots, space colonization, comment of t..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 23:13

The new season of Person of Interest plunged us into a dystopian A.I.-monitored world. And all of a sudden, Root is the linchpin of everything, as she helps the undercover Machine Gang. We talked to Amy Acker about Root's new role, her flirtation with Shaw, and whether Root will be meeting Samaritan's right-hand woman Rousseau.

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "artificial intelligence, television, pol..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 22:40

Synth Pioneer Bernard Szajner Re-Issues Dune Concept Album

It's been a good year for fans of Frank Herbert's Dune. First came the release of the award-winning documentary Jodorowsky's Dune , and now comes the re-issue of a forgotten cult classic, Bernard Szajner's Dune-influenced concept album from 1979.

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Author: "George Dvorsky" Tags: "bernard szajner, music, concept-albums, ..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 22:20

These Are Plans for the First City in Antarctica

As the climate warms and the human population spreads out, it makes sense that eventually we'll want a city in Antarctica. That's why Argentinian architect Amancio Williams designed this futuristic city for the frozen continent.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "design, futurism, amancio williams, anta..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 22:01

Vintage Cigarette Boxes Feature Designs From The Soviet Space Program

In earlier decades, when someone reached for a smoke, they might shake out a cigarette from a box featuring the cosmonaut dog Laika, Sputnik, or the Soyuz. These largely Russian cigarette packages are a retro look at a time when even a quick hit of nicotine would remind us of our spacefaring dreams.

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Author: "Vincze Miklós" Tags: "cigarettes, art, design, space history, ..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 21:55

Why Nobody Ever Asks If Irony Has Ruined Science Fiction

Every few years, there's another essay insisting that irony is ruining culture. Hipsters and postmodernism have created an insincere world where nothing means anything. But you never hear anybody insisting that irony has ruined science fiction. That's because irony is part of the creative life-force of the genre.

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "handmaids tale, thomas pynchon, books, i..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 21:40

California's Ongoing Drought Linked To Climate Change

Using a sophisticated combination of computer simulations and statistical techniques, scientists at Stanford University have shown that the extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California's lengthy drought are likely caused by today's global warming conditions.

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Author: "George Dvorsky" Tags: "earth sciences, global warming, drought,..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 21:30

Statistician Creates Model To Predict What's Next In Game Of Thrones

Call it the ultimate spoiler: Richard Vale, a lecturer in the Statistics Department at the University of Canterbury, has developed a mathematical model to predict the fates of the characters in the next two Game of Thrones novels.

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Author: "Mark Strauss" Tags: "game of thrones, mathematics, science"
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 21:20

It sounds like a children's fable: Albert the Squirrel wakes up one chilly morning to discover that his scarf is nowhere to be found. As he searches the woods, he meets various animals who ask his advice on their various woes. That's when things start getting weird...

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "short film, cartoon, short films, eoin d..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 21:15

Celebrating Coffee, Astronaut-Style

It's International Coffee Day, a high-caf holiday made far more entertaining by its celebration in low-Earth orbit by our astronauts on the International Space Station. Warning: this contains the most adorable real-life astronaut-buddy-movie clip yet.

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Author: "Mika McKinnon on Space, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9" Tags: "reid wiseman, coffee, alexander gerst, i..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 21:10

Which Story Went Terribly Wrong, But Then Managed A Beautiful Ending?

The world is full of stories that stoked up your excitement, only to deliver a weak ending. But sometimes, the opposite happens — sometimes you get a disastrous middle, and then a story randomly pulls out a beautiful ending. What's the most wonderful ending to a weak story you've ever seen?

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "comics, movies, television, books, open ..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 21:00

The Secret History between Marvel and Super Sentai Shows

We already know that Toei's Japanese Spider-Man show gave us one of the weirdest versions of Spider-Man ever , but did you know that Marvel played an incredibly important role in the evolution of the Sentai genre as we know it?

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Author: "James Whitbrook on Toybox, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9" Tags: "marvel, spider-man, comics, japan, toei,..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 20:48

So I just finished Young Justice....

And I'm incredibly impressed, and sad, and saddened that it was cancelled. Probably my favorite interpretation of the DC universe, plus a very well-done long-form cartoon at that.

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Author: "Matt McC on Observation Deck, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9"
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 20:20

The Simpsons' couch gags have turned into a showcase for different directors and animators who often turn the opening credits into spectacular short films. We're particularly in love with the sublime strangeness of last night's couch gag, which imagines the animated family some 8,000 years in the future.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "simpsons, couch gag, don hertzfeldt, ani..."
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