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Aug 01, 2021

Will Black Adam Shift the Balance of Power in the DCEU?
Production has wrapped on DC's Black Adam movie, and it's about damn time we get to see Dwayne Johnson as the titular anti-hero. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (with whom Hiram Garcia and Johnson worked on Jungle Cruise) and written by Rory Haines, Black Adam is the main Antagonist of superhero Shazam and a sometimes…

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Aug 01, 2021

Could Cowboys & Aliens be Making a Cinematic Comeback?
Jon Favreau directs an all-star cast of actors in the 2011 film Cowboys & Aliens including, Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, and many others. It had everything to be a summer blockbuster franchise, but that didn't happen. At the cost of $160 million, the movie only grossed $175…

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Jul 31, 2021

There's Another ‘ ' on the Market: Pearson , the Wannabe Netflix for College Textbooks
As if there weren't enough services with a " " in their name, here's another for your list: Pearson , the wannabe Netflix for college textbooks.

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Jul 31, 2021

Apple Yanks Anti-Vax Version of Tinder From the App Store
Apple has yanked Unjected, an app that bills itself as "a safe space for the unvaccinated to come together uncensored through business, friendship, or love," from the App Store. The company said that Unjected violated its covid-19 policies and tried to get around the App Store review process, which in itself is…

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Jul 31, 2021

Knights of Sidonia Animated Feature Film Headed to Theaters
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train movie was a huge box office hit for the entertainment company and streaming service Funimation. Riding high on the success of that, the company is set to release another animated film, Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars, based on the manga from Tsutomu Nihei.


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Jul 31, 2021

Tomb Raider's Alicia Vikander Has an Update About the Movie Sequel
Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander opens up about the status of Tomb Raider 2.


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Jul 31, 2021

Jaws Musical Bruce Set to Hit the Seattle Stage Next Year
Bruce is the new musical from the Seattle Repertory Theater based on Jaws' screenwriter Carl Gottlieb's memoir The Jaws Log.


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Jul 31, 2021

Official Trailer for Brand New Cherry Flavor Series Hits the Internet
Netflix dropped the official trailer for the supernatural horror limited series Brand New Cherry Flavor which premieres on the streamer August 13. The show is inspired by a novel of the same name by Todd Grimson and stars Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel), Manny Jacinto (The Good Place), Catherine Keener (Get Out),…

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Jul 31, 2021

Linen Is the Hot New Fabric of the Summer/Eternity
Designer Jemma Swatek, who created the brand Lykke Wullf, went to college for environmental studies but later pivoted to fashion design. Now, though, she finds herself considering her environment constantly while making clothes.


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Jul 30, 2021

Google Fi Purportedly Isn't Letting Subscribers Call Poison Control for Some Weird Reason
Considering the amount of poisonous substances in this world, which can range from mundane things like nail polish to unlikely things like house plants, it's pretty important to be able to call Poison Control if you're exposed to something potentially toxic. Unfortunately, if you're a Google Fi user, that might not be…

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Jul 30, 2021

This Is the Way...to the Week's Best Toys
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round-up of the coolest toys we've seen on the internet this week. We've got Lego heading back to The Mandalorian, old favorites heading back to Ghostbusters, some very pretty Uno cards, and Hasbro taking another crack at the "build-your-own lightsaber" toy. Check it out!


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Jul 30, 2021

Disney Is Mandating Its U.S. Employees Get Vaccinated
In response to renewed concerns about the ongoing covid-19 pandemic and the spread of the delta variant, Disney is taking a major step to ensure that all of its U.S. employees are guarded against the virus.


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Jul 30, 2021

Will Everyone Be Exposed to Covid-19 Eventually? It's Complicated
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance on masking for those fully vaccinated against covid-19, recommending that people living in areas of high transmission once again don masks while inside public spaces. The move came after the CDC obtained new data concerning the Delta…

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Jul 30, 2021

Taika Waititi's Flash Gordon Film Might Be Live-Action Now
Filmmaker Taika Waititi is involved with so many things it's very easy to forget one or two. For example, you probably remember he's making Thor: Love and Thunder, and he's supposed to do a Star Wars movie. You may even know he's a bad guy in the new Ryan Reynolds movie Free Guy and produces What We Do in the Shadows,…

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Jul 30, 2021

A Congressman Just Introduced Legislation for a Four-Day Workweek
It turns out some Members of Congress despise the five-day workweek as much as the rest of us. This week, Rep. Mark Takano of California introduced groundbreaking legislation meant to make four-day workweeks the norm in the US, instead of the Monday-through-Friday grind full-time workers have learned to accept as…

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Jul 30, 2021

I Accidentally Recorded At Least 682 Gigabytes of Video of Myself Without My Knowledge
It's happened to all of us: You've been browsing your hard drive and found hundreds of gigabytes of lengthy video files of the inside of your office, apparently filmed without your awareness. Dozens or possibly hundreds of hours of footage of whatever you're up to when you don't think you're being observed, and you…

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Jul 30, 2021

81 Million Americans Are Suffering Under Heat Watches and Warnings
Extreme heat is blanketing a huge portion of the country, save those in the Great Lakes and New England (you lucky, lucky bastards). A staggering 81 million are living in areas under some form of heat warning from the National Weather Service.


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Jul 30, 2021

A Séance Goes Alarmingly Awry in This Spooky Excerpt From A Lesson in Vengeance
It's a known fact that we here at io9 are quite fond of stories set at spooky boarding schools, so we're very excited to be sharing an exclusive excerpt from Victoria Lee's witchy new boarding school-set novel A Lesson in Vengeance, which blends queer themes with Gothic chills.


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Jul 30, 2021

So, This Is What It Takes to Get Tim Cook to Say ‘F*ck'
Apple CEO Tim Cook is not known for losing his cool. He's had stern words for Facebook, and people trying to make a TV show based on Gawker for Apple TV , but generally speaking? Cook comes off as a genial, if surprisingly swole, gent—your wholesome tech grandpa. At least, until you put him on the phone with Tesla CEO…

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Jul 30, 2021

Astronomers Spot Two Unusually Red Objects in the Asteroid Belt
They're red, they're reasonably big, and they have no business being in the main asteroid belt, but their discovery confirms the complex conditions in place when the solar system was still forming.

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Jul 30, 2021

Top 5 Places to Try to Escape Societal Collapse
Everybody needs a plan to survive the zombie apocalypse, climate apocalypse, financial apocalypse, or all of the above. You need your shotgun, your go-bags, and your pickup truck but mostly you just need a good place to hide out while all the shit goes down—a refuge from systemic, global collapse.

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Jul 30, 2021

Black Widow Lawsuit Escalates as Scarlett Johansson's Team Fires Back at Disney
Like a battle in a Marvel movie, Disney and Scarlett Johansson continue to exchange punches.

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Jul 30, 2021

Speedo's Ridiculously Expensive Swimsuit for Olympians Actually Made Me Swim Faster
The sporting goods world is rife with hype. Can these basketball shoes make you jump higher? Can this jersey cut through the air and make you run faster? Usually, the answer is no. So when Speedo pitched me on its current high-end racing swimsuit, which some prominent Olympians are currently wearing, I didn't think…

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Jul 30, 2021

Australian Court Rules That Yes, AI Can Be an Inventor
In what can only be considered a triumph for all robot-kind, this week, a federal court has ruled that an artificially intelligent machine can, in fact, be an inventor—a decision that came after a year's worth of legal battles across the globe.

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Jul 30, 2021

Batman: The Movie Remains as Goofy and Entertaining as Ever
Even if you know what to expect, watching 1966's Batman: The Movie today is shocking. After years of being pummeled with serious, gritty, big-budget superhero spectacles, it's hard to fathom a film as innocent and self-aware as the one based on the popular TV show. Everyone involved is so game for silliness, so…

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Jul 30, 2021

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Finally Reaches the Conflict It's Been Waiting For
After many episodes of bounty hunting chases, Rylothi insurrection, and the briefest snifter of mounting resistance, Star Wars: The Bad Batch returned this week to a concept it fascinatingly pondered early on in its debut season. We know, as the audience, that the Clone army is destined to be replaced by the human…

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Jul 30, 2021

6 Surreal Images Showing Rare Snowfall in Tropical Brazil
Snow has fallen in Brazil, an extremely rare event for the tropical country. Thanks to an intense cold snap, snow or freezing rain fell in at least 43 Brazilian cities on Wednesday and Thursday, according to weather service Climatempo.


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Jul 30, 2021

Chipmaker for iPhone 13 and MacBook Pros Hit by Gas Contamination
You might not know Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. off the top of your head, but you definitely use gadgets featuring their chips. In fact, it's the sole semiconductor supplier for Apple's various devices. Now, Nikkei Asia is reporting TSMC's most advanced factory for Apple processors has been hit by gas…

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Jul 30, 2021

Underground 'Lakes' on Mars May Just Be Big Globs of Clay
Recent hubbub about subsurface lakes detected on Mars has a new twist, as new research argues that the underground structures aren't lakes at all. The researchers behind the study say that, rather than liquid water, the Martian south pole contains smectites, a class of clays that have been misinterpreted in the data.


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Jul 30, 2021

Russia Says Software Glitch Caused New ISS Module to Accidentally Fire Thrusters After Docking
Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are continuing to sort through an issue that caused the newly arrived Nauka module to inadvertently fire its thrusters after docking to the orbital outpost.


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Jul 30, 2021

A Shang-Chi Featurette Explains the Ten Rings' Larger MCU Connection
As one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's newest heroes, the responsibility to save the world (presumably) will fall to Shang-Chi in director Destin Daniel Cretton's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. But unlike many of Marvel's other upcoming projects that have previously-established roots in the MCU, Shang…

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Jul 30, 2021

Amazon to Appeal Record $886 Million Fine Over Advertising Practices
Amazon says it intends to challenge a record $886 million fine imposed by a European Union privacy regulator over what the company says are perceived privacy violations related to its advertising technology.

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Jul 30, 2021

Why DirectStorage Will Be a Game-Changer for Your Windows 11 PC
Windows 11 is on the way, bringing with it a fresh design and eliminating some features while adding new ones. One of the technologies that Microsoft's next operating system is bringing with it is DirectStorage, promising super-fast loading times for next-gen SSD storage. Here's everything you need to know about the…

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Jul 30, 2021

Snakes Are Monitoring Levels of Radioactivity
Fukushima's wildlife has been intensely studied since the tsunami and nuclear disaster struck the region a decade ago. But in a new paper, scientists detail how wildlife are being enlisted to monitor the region itself.


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Jul 30, 2021

Archer Threatens His Fellow Nerds and Fights Climate Change in an Explosive Season 12 Trailer
Let us put away all thoughts of the "coma seasons" of Archer, which were only intermittently fun—season eight's retro private-eye Dreamland had some good moments, but season 10's 1999 got lost in space rather quickly. Really, all they did was make us miss Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) and his Archer comrades in…

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Jul 30, 2021

Ron Popeil, Iconic TV Gadget Man, Dies at 86
Ron Popeil, that guy you watched on TV as a kid selling Ronco dehydrators and bagel cutters, died on Wednesday at 86 years old. According to the New York Times, Popeil died of a brain hemorrhage at a Los Angeles hospital. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, and four grandchildren.

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Jul 30, 2021

Updates From Doctor Strange 2, The Walking Dead, and More
Get caught up for what's coming in the season finale of the CW's Superman & Lois, and what happens when the Legends of Tomorrow get caught up in a murder mystery...board game? Plus, what's next for Apple TV 's See when it returns for season two. Spoilers now!


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Jul 30, 2021

The U.S.'s First-Ever Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Ban Is Even More Important Than It Seems
A refinery community in Washington passed a ban on constructing new fossil fuel infrastructure, becoming the first county in the U.S. to enact such a policy. It's a policy exactly in line with what science has shown is necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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Jul 30, 2021

8 Foods That Tasted Better in the 1980s
Do you remember foods that you loved in the 1980s, but don't taste as great today? Part of the reason is that our taste buds change as we get older. But there's another reason: Some of the products you loved as a kid might have the same name, but they're slightly different here in the second decade of the 21st century.


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Jul 30, 2021

This Soundbar Proves You Can Set Up a Solid Home Theater for Cheap
If you're not an audiophile, navigating the world of speakers and home entertainment can be insufferable. Everyone's got an opinion, and it's easy to get turned around by buzzwords like "simulated height" or "360-degree immersive sound." What if all you want is a system that does its job, won't look hideous in your…

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Jul 30, 2021

Texas Governor Bans Mask Mandates as Republicans Embrace Death and Disease
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order Thursday night that bans local mask mandates used to fight the covid-19 pandemic, which has gotten worse in recent days thanks to the highly infectious delta variant of the virus. The executive order comes after Republicans in Congress staged a protest Thursday …

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Jul 30, 2021

40 Burger King Locations Fined for Denying Workers Sick Leave During Pandemic
Tri City Foods, the owner of dozens of Burger King restaurants in the Midwest, has been ordered to pay $458,931 in restitution to workers and $100,000 to the city of Chicago after the company denied employees paid sick leave during the covid-19 pandemic, according to a press release from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.


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Jul 29, 2021

AMD's Most Affordable 6000-Series GPU Is Here to Level Up 1080p Gaming
We're in the midst of a pandemic and a global chip crunch, but that isn't stopping AMD from releasing yet another new GPU. The $380 RX 6600 XT is here, and it's now the most affordable member of AMD's current 6000-series GPU lineup. While its specs aren't quite as eye-popping as some of its more expensive siblings,…

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Jul 29, 2021

11 Actors Who Should Play Doctor Who's Next Doctor
Jodie Whittaker is Doctor no more. Well, she's actually very Doctor for the next year and a half, but with today's shock announcement that both she and current showrunner Chris Chibnall will be departing Doctor Who by the end of 2022, we've come to the time-honored tradition of dreaming buck wild over who could…

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Jul 29, 2021

It's Once Again Time to Hopelessly Dream About Doctor Who's Next Doctor
Jodie Whittaker is Doctor no more. Well, she's actually very Doctor for the next year and a half, but with today's shock announcement that both she and current showrunner Chris Chibnall will be departing Doctor Who by the end of 2022, we've come to the time-honored tradition of dreaming buck wild over who could…

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Gizmodo
Jul 29, 2021

Corporate America Is Building Its Own Surveillance State. Will the FTC Stop It?
Americans are used to hearing about what a great country they live in—how lucky they are to have been born in, or to have immigrated to, the United States. "American exceptionalism"—a phrase, funnily enough, coined by Joseph Stalin—is an idea that, on the whole, is still embedded in the country's collective identity.…

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Jul 29, 2021

A Waterworld TV Show Is in the Works
It may end up taking 30 years—but Waterworld could finally get the sequel it so desperately wanted. Collider reports that a streaming TV show take on the infamous 1995 Kevin Costner film is now in the works, which would pick up the story in that film 20 years after its ending. 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Boys director…

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Jul 29, 2021

Spock's Famous Gesture Imagined Like Never Before in this Star Trek Time-Lapse
August 2021 is a big month for Star Trek fans. Yes, your favorite Paramount shows are slowly beginning to trickle back onto the service (Lower Decks returns Augsut 12), but beyond that it's the 100th anniversary of something even more special: the birth of Gene Roddenberry. Star Trek's creator was born on August 19,…

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Jul 29, 2021

An Emerging Tickborne Disease Is Gaining Steam in New York
An emerging disease spread by ticks is becoming a substantial public health threat in New York State, researchers warn in a new study out this month. The study found that human cases of anaplasmosis have dramatically increased in the state over the past decade, and ticks are found to be carrying the bacteria…

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Jul 29, 2021

Here Are the 5 Major Regions Literally on Fire Right Now
Geologists have debated whether to call this era the anthropocene, a geological period where humans are the dominant force reshaping the planet rather than natural processes.


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Jul 29, 2021

Woman With Only Known Tape of J.D. Salinger's Voice Says She'll Have It Cremated With Her
The woman in possession of the only known audio recording of late author J.D. Salinger says she plans to have it cremated alongside her when she dies, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

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Jul 29, 2021

'World's Most Powerful' Tidal Turbine Starts Cranking Out Energy
When you hear the word "turbine," in conversation, chances are good you're picturing the same sort of giant windmill-esque apparatuses jutting out of the ground, turning wind into good, clean, fuel. But there's a new kind of turbine on the block—tidal turbines, that jut out from the ocean and let the water's currents…

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Jul 29, 2021

49 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Keep You Turning Pages in August
The end of summer is approaching, but there's still a full month of what we can technically refer to as "summer reading." Good thing August has a galaxy's worth of new sci-fi and fantasy book releases, with parallel universes, ghost hunters, supernatural battles, deep-space intrigue, all manner of witches, and so much…

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Jul 29, 2021

The Suicide Squad Is How You Pull Off a Spectacular Plan B
As hard as Warner Bros. and James Gunn fought to convince the public that The Suicide Squad wasn't a proper sequel or reboot of the studio's previous DC villain-forward film with a nearly identical name, the new movie is both of those things in the most positive sense.

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Jul 29, 2021

Hackers Breach San Diego Hospital, Gaining Access to Patients'... Well, Uh, Everything
Cybercriminals recently hacked into the email accounts of staff at UC San Diego Health, potentially thieving extensive financial and medical information from its patients and employees.

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Jul 29, 2021

Russian Module Unexpectedly Fires Thrusters After Docking to ISS
Serious drama unfolded in low Earth orbit today when the newly arrived Nauka module, for reasons unknown, began to fire its thrusters after docking to the ISS. Mission controllers are now working to control what appears to be an ongoing situation.


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Jul 29, 2021

Humans Lived Alongside Fierce Dog-Like Creatures in Prehistoric Europe, Fossil Find Suggests
New research details the discovery of an extinct dog-like animal that lived in the Caucasus region of Europe some 1.7 million years ago. Intriguingly, early humans occupied the same region during this time, prompting questions about potential interactions.


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Jul 29, 2021

Black Widow's Scarlett Johansson Is Suing Disney Over the Film's Streaming Release
Scarlett Johansson has spent nearly a decade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Black Widow, culminating in her long-awaited solo movie that was finally released earlier this month after multiple covid-19-induced delays. Now, the actor has announced she's suing the Walt Disney Company—for a breach of contract…

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Jul 29, 2021

Black Widow's Scarlett Johansson Is Suing Disney Over the Film's Streaming Release [Updated]
Scarlett Johansson has spent nearly a decade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Black Widow, culminating in her long-awaited solo movie that was finally released earlier this month after multiple covid-19-induced delays. Now, the actor has announced she's suing the Walt Disney Company—for a breach of contract…

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Jul 29, 2021

Batgirl's Bat-Signal to Be Lit By J.K. Simmons' Commissioner Gordon
When J.K. Simmons plays an authoritative figure in a superhero movie, he doesn't let anything take that role away. He's not just J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films, he reprised the role in the Marvel Studios Spider-Man films. He's Commissioner Gordon in Zack Snyder's Justice League and now, he'll return…

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Jul 29, 2021

Google Is Booting 'Sugar Daddy' Apps From the Play Store
You probably wouldn't expect to find references to "sugar daddies" in Google's policy updates, but this week that's exactly what happened. Android Police was first to note that Google quietly updated its inappropriate content policies in its Play Store to specifically forbid any apps meant to encourage "compensated…

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Jul 29, 2021

Vivo's First Trailer Is About the Power of Music (and Adorable Honey Bears)
We've known for years that the idea behind Vivo—and its Lin-Manuel Miranda-created original soundtrack—laid dormant until Sony Pictures quietly picked up the project five years ago. Now, we've finally got a glimpse of it, and perhaps a cute Kinkajou was worth the wait.


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Gizmodo
Jul 29, 2021

How to Make a Discord Bot
Once you've been on Discord long enough, you'll encounter a Discord bot. Perhaps it welcomed you to a new server, or booted someone who violated the rules. Maybe it spouted off quotes from Zero Wing whenever anyone typed the word "base." Some powerful variants of Discord bots have kept users in a given chat…

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Jul 29, 2021

John McAfee Virus Infects QAnon
The late John McAfee was a lot of things: a rumored rapist, murderer, and speed-fiend who somehow escaped prosecution, but also a libertarian cryptocurrency shark facing a Securities and Exchange Commission complaint and, of course, the founder of the security company bearing his name. Now, the Daily Beast reports, …

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Jul 29, 2021

Marvel's Hawkeye Aims Kate Bishop at Disney 's November Schedule
The night before Thanksgiving usually means getting together with friends and preparing for the feast to come. This year though, it means Hawkeye. Marvel Studios just revealed that its fourth live-action series will debut on November 24, with new episodes coming each Wednesday after that. If the series is six episodes…

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Jul 29, 2021

Step Inside the Wondrous World That's Inspiring Hayao Miyazaki's Final Film
Genzaburo Yoshino's How Do You Live? has become a classic in Japan since it was first published over 80 years ago, but until now it's never seen an English translation. Though it's a little outside the realm of io9's usual sci-fi and fantasy fare, we're thrilled to be revealing the cover and sharing an excerpt today…

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Jul 29, 2021

Hyenas Left a Massive Pile of Bones in a Saudi Arabian Lava Tube
Scientists investigating a dried-up lava tube in northwestern Saudi Arabia were stunned to find a huge assemblage of bones belonging to horses, asses, and even humans. It was a feast to last a lifetime, and then many lifetimes after that, and the researchers who excavated the site believe they know the identity of the…

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Jul 29, 2021

Tennis Star Feared Extreme Heat at the Tokyo Olympics Could Kill Him
The Tokyo Olympics continue to be an unmitigated climate disaster. It was so hot and humid on Wednesday that Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev thought he could die.


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Jul 29, 2021

Sweet Tooth Season 2 Is Set to Give Us More Animal-Hybrid Adventures at Netflix
Some extra saccharine news to report this morning: Netflix has renewed Sweet Tooth for a second season of apocalyptic adventures.

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Jul 29, 2021

Someone Made a Playable Clone of Pokémon for the Pebble Smartwatch
The Pebble was the first smartwatch that genuinely delivered on the promise of smart wearables, but despite a devoted user base, it was not long for this world, and was eventually bought by Fitbit. Despite the company no longer existing, the smartwatches still work just fine, and developers are still making apps for…

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Jul 29, 2021

Zuck Confirms Facebook's Smart Glasses Will Be Its Next Stab at Hardware
It's been a while since we've heard about Facebook's collaboration with Ray-Ban on a pair of augmented reality glasses. But in comments during an earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that no, he hasn't forgotten about the device. It'll actually be the company's next hardware release.


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Jul 29, 2021

Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall to Exit in 2022
The BBC has announced that current Doctor Jodie Whittaker as well as showrunner Chris Chibnall, will depart Doctor Who in 2022. The duo will, after the upcoming season 13, will say farewell with three special episodes to air throughout next year.

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Jul 29, 2021

‘It's a Miracle That We Are Still Alive': Inside Sardinia's Terrifying Firestorm
What had been a rich Mediterranean landscape of maquis, ancient olive trees, and ruby vineyards is now a charred skeletal tangle clinging to hills above the pristine Sardinian sea.


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Jul 29, 2021

Amazon Warns That Older Kindles May Start Losing Cellular Service Later This Year
If you're an owner of an older Kindle e-reader, your device may soon lose support for an important feature: internet access.

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Jul 29, 2021

Disney's Haunted Mansion Movie May Have Found Its Stars
Moonhaven's cast continues to grow. Issa Rae and J.J. Abrams are working on an adaptation of Octavia Butler's Fledgling for HBO. Plus, new pictures from Day of the Dead and Legends of Tomorrow's return, and what's next for American Horror Stories. Spoilers get!


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Jul 29, 2021

Nothing's Overhyped Earbuds Are Actually Extremely Good
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei is taking a OnePlus-esque approach to his new company, called Nothing. OnePlus established itself as a go-to brand for affordable smartphones with flagship features, and after months of hype, Nothing's first product has arrived to deliver the same thing OnePlus' smartphones did: solid…

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Jul 29, 2021

Watch Live: Russia's Nauka Module Docks at the International Space Station
It was a bumpy journey, but Russia's Nauka module is finally arriving at the International Space Station. You can catch the action live right here.


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Jul 29, 2021

Drivers at Elon Musk's Las Vegas Tunnel Instructed to Say Musk is 'Awesome!'
If you ride the Boring Company's Las Vegas tunnel, known as the Convention Center Loop, you might be tempted to ask your driver about the company's founder Elon Musk. But don't expect a straight answer. The company has a script for its drivers and TechCrunch got its hands on what employees are supposed to say. It's…

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Jul 29, 2021

Drivers at Elon Musk's Las Vegas Tunnel Told to Say Musk is 'Awesome!'
If you ride the Boring Company's Las Vegas tunnel, known as the Convention Center Loop, you might be tempted to ask your driver about the company's founder Elon Musk. But don't expect a straight answer. The company has a script for its drivers and TechCrunch got its hands on what employees are supposed to say. It's…

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Jul 29, 2021

Disneyland and Disney World to Require Masks Indoors Again Regardless of Vaccination Status
Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida will reinstate indoor mask mandates for all theme park visitors and staff over concerns about a surge in covid-19 cases. The skyrocketing number of cases in the U.S. is due in large part to many Americans refusing to get vaccinated, as well as the more…

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Jul 29, 2021

8.2 Earthquake Just 60 Miles From Alaska Coast Triggers Tsunami Warning
An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska, roughly 60 miles southeast of the town of Chignik, triggering a tsunami warning for large parts of Alaska early Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Tsunami Warning System.


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Jul 29, 2021

Tsunami Warnings Lifted After 8. 2 Earthquake 60 Miles Off Alaska
An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska, roughly 60 miles (97 kilometers) southeast of the town of Chignik, triggering a tsunami warning for large parts of Alaska early Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Tsunami Warning System.


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Jul 29, 2021

U.S. Pole Vaulter Sam Kendricks Tests Positive for Covid-19 at Olympic Games
U.S. pole vaulter Sam Kendricks tested positive for covid-19 at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday, according to the Twitter account of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee. Kendricks, who holds the U.S. record for pole vaulting, reportedly has no symptoms but has been forced to withdraw from the Games…

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Jul 28, 2021

Bizarre Shooting at Screening of The Forever Purge Leaves TikTok Star Wounded, Companion Dead
A 19-year-old TikTok star and his friend were gunned down in a California movie theater on Monday, in a bizarre and bloody episode that police still have little explanation for.

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Jul 28, 2021

What If...?'s Marvel Legends Figures Are a Weird, Wonderful, and Only Slightly Decaying Delight
Ever since we got our first look at Marvel's animated Disney series What If...?, the company has also been teasing merchandise based on its multiversal take on the MCU. Hasbro's Marvel Legends line is no exception, and at a special livestream today, the company dove deep into the first look at an entire wave…

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Jul 28, 2021

Google and Facebook Will Require Employees to Be Vaccinated Before Office Reopening
At the start of the pandemic, Big Tech led the way in embracing remote work. Now, it's also serving as a bellwether of how companies are planning to safely return to the office. But it doesn't look like everyone is on the same page. While Google and Facebook announced today they will require all staffers to be…

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Jul 28, 2021

Ethereum Founder Donated $1 Billion to Fight Covid in India, but Only $20 Million Has Been Spent
The co-founder of the Ethereum blockchain, Vitalik Buterin, donated roughly $1 billion in a Shiba Inu-themed cryptocurrency to a covid-19 relief fund in India in May 2021. So far, according to Bloomberg, just $20 million or roughly 2% of the original commitment has made it to its donation.

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Jul 28, 2021

Gross, Sad Things Happening to Pacific Northwest Salmon Due to Heat Wave
Shocking new video shows that though the record heat subsided in the Pacific Northwest earlier this month, the impacts are still rippling throughout ecosystems.

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Jul 28, 2021

New Lightweight Rocket Fuel Tank Ditches Metal for Carbon Fiber and Plastic
With the support of the European Space Agency, German aerospace company MT Aerospace has developed a unique design for a small-scale rocket fuel tank made of a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic. The tank can hold liquid hydrogen and oxygen without leaking and without the use of a metal liner.


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Jul 28, 2021

The Queen Really Hates Harry and Meghan's Kid
Queen Elizabeth has endorsed reducing plastic pollution at Buckingham Palace, but it turns out the monarchy may not be taking a climate-friendly turn just yet. On Wednesday, the Guardian published a scathing report detailing how the Queen spent months quietly lobbying Scottish ministers to exempt her private land from…

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Jul 28, 2021

TSMC Will Start Making 2nm Chips As Intel Tries to Catch Up
Just a day after Intel announced big plans to help the company regain its authority in chip production, Taiwan has now given the greenlight to TSMC to begin construction on the company's most sophisticated chip plant yet.

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Jul 28, 2021

Star Wars: The High Republic's Most Interesting Jedi Embraces His Failings
Star Wars' High Republic era is meant to be defined by the apex of institutions that we have, for most of Star Wars' recent storytelling (cinematic or otherwise), seen in great decline. The Skywalker Saga laid the frayed Republic low twice, and the Jedi Order was all but stamped out, with only the hints of its return…

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Jul 28, 2021

Former eBay Manager Caught In Deranged Cyberstalking Scandal Gets 18 Months in Prison
A former eBay security manager has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after helping to orchestrate a batshit insane plot to terrorize a Massachusetts couple who occasionally criticized the company in their newsletter.


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Jul 28, 2021

The Lord of the Rings Studio Wanted to Kill Off One of the Hobbits
Although Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings saga makes many tweaks in bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's world to the big screen, it is by and large a faithful adaptation. But pressure from the studio in one weird way would've taken it down a very different path: a bit of halfling havoc.


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Jul 28, 2021

Freaky ‘Penis Snakes' Have Finally Made It to the U.S., and of Course They Chose Florida
DNA analysis confirms that an eel-like creature pulled from a Florida canal two years ago is a caecilian, otherwise known as the "penis snake." The same canal has since yielded several other specimens, leading to concerns that the non-native amphibian has taken root in the United States.


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Jul 28, 2021

Physicists See Light Echoing From Behind a Black Hole for the First Time
Astrophysicists have detected light coming from the far side of a black hole, using telescopes to see physics predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity but not yet directly observed. The new findings affirmed ideas about how black holes warp light.


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Jul 28, 2021

Once and Future's Next Arc Begins With an Important Reminder: Don't Wake the Fairies
We've been enamored with Once and Future's modern twist on Arthurian fantasy ever since it kicked off and gave us a sweeping tale of magic, terror, and shitty nationalists being thwarted by grandmas with machine guns. But now the series is heading into a new chapter that's more mystical and dangerous than ever, and…

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Jul 28, 2021

The Nerd's Watch: Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Streaming in August
Though a lot of movie theaters are back to full function, the safer option for entertainment remains streaming, and fans who choose to stay home and take advantage are constantly rewarded with tons of new content. At the start of each month, most streamers—Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Disney , and HBO Max—do a little…

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Jul 28, 2021

Wishing Harm to Anti-Vaxxers and Climate Deniers Won't Solve Anything
I've been noticing a disturbing trend in how people are talking about covid-19. As vaccines have become widely available in the U.S., people are treating the unvaccinated with scorn and anger. Alabama's Republican Gov. Kay Ivey even went so far as to say "It's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks" for the new…

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Jul 28, 2021

Ecuador Tells Julian Assange His Citizenship Has Been Revoked
Julian Assange's long, contentious relationship with Ecuador is officially over: According to Associated Press, the nation has chosen to revoke his citizenship effective immediately.


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