This Spacesuit's 'Take Me Home' Button Could Rescue Astronauts Adrift in Space

Imagine the frightening scenario—dramatized in movies like Gravity and 2001—where an astronaut gets sick or disoriented during a spacewalk. Confused, and on the cusp of losing consciousness, she struggles to operate the suit’s jetpack. Unable to get her bearings, and without a tether to keep her secured to the space…

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Artificially Intelligent Robot Predicts Its Own Future by Learning Like a Baby

For toddlers, playing with toys is not all fun-and-games—it’s an important way for them to learn how the world works. Using a similar methodology, researchers from UC Berkeley have developed a robot that, like a child, learns from scratch and experiments with objects to figure out how to best move them around. And by…

Lego's Next Series of Collectible Minifigures Includes a Mermaid Batman and Superman's Dad

Lego’s second feature film, The Lego Batman Movie, wasn’t as big a hit as the toymaker’s first theatrical outing, but it was one of those rare times when the sum of its parts was greater than the whole. That’s why Lego is creating another series of blind-bagged minifigures based on Batman, and all the wacky DC Comics…

Will Beall's 2012 Justice League Script Sounds So Much Wilder Than the Movie We Got This Year

Before Justice League finally hit screens last month, and even before the DC movie universe as we knew it kicked off with Man of Steel, Gangster Squad’s Will Beall was working on a script for a movie that would’ve brought the League up against DC Comics’ Darkseid. Details of the script have leaked here and there over…

Marvel Is Making a Serial-Like Murder Mystery Podcast Starring Richard Armitage as Wolverine

You can’t swing a severed arm laced with adamantium these days without hitting someone who has a new podcast. Everyone’s gotten into the game these days and Marvel’s Wolverine is no exception. Beginning next year, Marvel will launch The Long Night, its first scripted podcast styled after WBEZ’s Serial. And it’ll star…

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You Can Own a Lifesize Version of the Worst R2-D2 Action Figure of All Time for $3,200

Rushed out the door to meet the tremendous and unexpected demand for Star Wars toys, Kenner’s original R2-D2 action figure, which bore only a passing resemblance to the droid, looks downright archaic by today’s toy standards. But that’s also made it incredibly popular among collectors, and to capitalize on all that…