Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Horrible, Amazing, Odd Story Behind the Stories of Thackery T. Lambshead [Art]

What do you get when you cross NYT bestselling author Lev Grossman with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and a collection of strange artifacts? You get Doctor Roboticus, that’s what. More »
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"Death Panels" don’t hurt patients [Medicine]

During the health care reform debate in the U.S., one of the talking points against the move was that of “death panels,” a term used to vilify a standard and important talk that have with patients wit… Continue reading

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Before the Cheap Digital Camera, There Was the Kodak FunSaver [Past Perfect]

Despite teetering on the verge of bankruptcy, Kodak will forever be legend. Slides! Kodachrome! Advantix! In the 2000s, they morphed into a maker of easy-to-use digital cameras and pocket camcorders. B… Continue reading

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Vampire Diaries finally goes for the "vampires/gays" analogy [Video]

‘s sort of amazing that Vampire Diaries has taken this long to try doing an “ex-gay” storyline, in which somebody tries to “cure” vampirism with radical therapy. And we all get to debate whether it’s … Continue reading

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MIT’s "artificial leaf" turns sunlight into storable fuel [Video]

Take a look at this video. See the little bubbles racing to the water’s surface? What you’re looking at is an “artificial leaf,” unveiled yesterday by a team of researchers at MIT. On either side of t… Continue reading

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Egyptians demand quicker move to democracy at protest rallies

US actor Sean Penn visits Tahrir Square and supports calls to end emergency laws dating back to the rule of Hosni MubarakThousands of protesters, including the US actor Sean Penn, took to the streets across Egypt on Friday to call for an end to emergen… Continue reading

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Why does eating a spoonful of this powder turn sourness to sweetness? [Food Science]

Miraculin is a special protein that makes people perceive sour tastes as sweetness instead. At least, for a limited time. Now we know why it works. More »

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This week’s new film events

Grimm Up North, ManchesterWhy wait till Halloween to wallow in the guts? This early autumn festival brings you fresh horror meat that’s bound to be figuring later in the season. Like the promising opener Retreat, starring Thandie Newton, Cillian Murphy… Continue reading

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This week’s new DVD & Blu-ray

George Harrison: Living In The Material WorldAs Beatles go, George Harrison might not immediately appear to be the obvious choice for a lengthy, Martin Scorsese-directed documentary.Not as darkly acerbic as Lennon, or as cheerily prolific as McCartney … Continue reading

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This week’s new films

Melancholia (15) (Lars Von Trier, 2010, Den/Swe/Fra/Ger) Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård. 136 minsNever have crippling depression and the end of the world looked so appealing. Personal and planetary orbits a… Continue reading

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Terra Nova: nine things you need to know

New Steven Spielberg TV dino romp cost as much as $50m to bring to our screens. Will it be money well spent?Sci-fi is a notoriously tricky beast to get right. Sometimes you get a Battlestar Galactica, but more often you get a V or Bionic Woman; sometim… Continue reading

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Skye Sherwin: A Good Look

The Guide’s art critic puts the month’s pop culture images through a high-art blenderThe Iron LadyThe poster for The Iron Lady suggests we’re in for something very different from Thatcher, the hawk-nosed hard-ass of Spitting Image. Here, Meryl Streep’s… Continue reading

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3D is wasted on The Lion King. It’s not nearly tacky enough

Re-releasing old favourites such as the Lion King in all-new 3D versions? It’s all part of Hollywood’s cynical circle of life, says John PattersonI’ve had a good time in 3D just twice in my life. Once was on Friday 13th August 1982, the day Friday The … Continue reading

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Watch Five Breathtaking Underwater Videos Made by Robots [Video]

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Person of Interest makes good on its promises and fills me with paranoid glee [Video]

In last night’s episode of Person of Interest, “Ghosts,” we learned more about our mysterious vigilantes, the ninja Reese and the hacker Finch. Unlike the pilot, which was occasionally uneven, this ep… Continue reading

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Verizon Appeals FCC Net Neutrality Ruling [Internet]

Verizon filed an appeal in federal court today protesting the FCC net neutrality ruling. It claims the rules are unnecessary and will create confusion. Left unsaid is that it thinks the ruling could cu… Continue reading

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The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy in October [Io9 Calendar]

October will fill your days and nights with horror. There are four new and returning horror/dark fantasy TV shows, including Walking Dead. There are tons of monster movies, plus the dystopian In Time. … Continue reading

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Celebrity portraits

MIA on a trapeze high above New York, Diane Keaton flat on the floor, a windswept Marion Cotillard… great photographers on how they found new ways to shoot some of the world’s most photographed stars Continue reading

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The New Essential Apps September 2011 [Apps]

iPhones. iPads. Android. Windows Phone 7. We’ve updated all of our essential apps lists to include a few forgotten favorites, some long awaited arrivals and, as always, even more amazing apps. Check th… Continue reading

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Stay tuned after Doctor Who for Bedlam’s creepy, sexy ghost stories [Video]

We still have to wait another week to discover American Horror Story’s fetishy brand of haunted house story — but there’s another haunting coming to television this weekend. BBC America is debuti… Continue reading

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