io9 Roundup: February 5, 2012

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In this semi-drunk movie about Superman's death, Elijah Wood is Cyborg Superman

Remember when the Man of Steel died and came back in the 1990s? Well, this is the closest we're going to get to a live-action Death of Superman movie. And it's kind of amazing. More »


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Second Mona Lisa may have been painted at the same time as the original

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Does the Mona Lisa have a twin sister? For years, art historians thought a second version of Leonardo Da Vinci's famous painting was a copy created years after the original. But now that the painting has been restored, it appears it may have been painted at the same time - and in the same room - as its more famous sibling. More »


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Is Obi-Wan Kenobi the toughest Bounty Hunter in the Star Wars Universe?

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This week, the Regular Show comes to Saturday Morning Cartoons and John Belushi returns from the dead! Clone Wars heats up with a trial to test Obi-Wan's undercover bounty hunter skills as well - minor spoilers ahead! More »


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Science fiction futures ruled by the popular kids

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Some people's futures are determined by popular vote: American Idol contestants, class presidents, and people who want to get gay married in California. But what if every aspect of our lives was determined by our reputation and popularity? Would our futures be better, or would the tyranny of the popular spin us into dystopia? More »


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Re-creating Noah's Ark, with lizards, for science!

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After a hurricane wiped out all the lizard species on certain islands in the Bahamas, scientists re-populated the small islands with two lizards of each kind. They then sat back and watched how those lizards evolved to get an up-close look at the Founder Effect. More »


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Is Harrison Ford starring in the Blade Runner sequel?

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With Ridley Scott giving us a Ripley-free Alien movie, it wouldn't be surprising if his new Blade Runner project didn't include Harrison Ford's replicant hunter Deckard. But Harrison Ford may be picking up the blaster for a direct Blade Runner sequel. More »


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Concept Art Writing Prompt: A submarine decays in the middle of the desert

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It's time again for the Concept Art Writing Prompt, where we ask you to write a piece of flash fiction in response to an unusual piece of artwork. This week, we're headed into the desert, where, of all things, a submarine lies rotting. You're the author, so tell us: How did it get there? More »


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Jim Bakker's Christian amusement park is now a post-apocalyptic ghost town

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In 1986, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Heritage USA was the third most-visited amusement park in the US, behind only Disney World and Disneyland. Now the park that once entertained millions of guests is falling to pieces, and looks more like the scene from a post-apocalyptic movie than a place for family fun. More »


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Try as he might, there are some things T-Rex just can't do

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Pity the poor Tyrannosaurus. With those teeny little arms and that great big body, T-Rex is incapable of doing things that come easily to you and me. More »


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Are there really more people alive now than have ever lived?

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There's a popular claim that the seven billion people alive today outnumber all other humans who have ever lived. It's meant as a stark reminder of humanity's population explosion over the last 200 years...but is it true, or total crap? More »


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Perhaps the most well-researched map ever of The Hunger Games‘ Panem

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Part of the fun of Suzanne Collins' dystopian Hunger Games series is trying to figure out where in North America the districts of the future nation of Panem are located. One Hunger Games fan took a crack at mapping the fictional country, looking not only at information in the book, but also tectonic plate formations and possible ways huge swaths of the continent might flood. More »


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Meet Iran's 3,500-woman-strong ninja army

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To round out their squadron of flying boats and UFO project, an estimated 3,500 Iranian women are training in Japanese ninjutsu, according to a state-run news station. It's official - the Iranian government is in cahoots with COBRA from G.I. Joe. More »


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No, a Chinese boy doesn't have glow-in-the-dark cat eyes

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A three-year-old video in which a young Chinese boy appears to demonstrate night vision is making the rounds once again, with news sources wondering if the boy really has mutant night vision or freaky alien powers. Yeah...this shouldn't take long. More »


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Pin-up calendar ladies survive the sexy apocalypses

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They're not appropriately dressed, but these ladies are managing to get by in the apocalypse all the same. Illustrator Andrew Tarusov created a doomsday calendar, with a different gal and a different apocalypse for every month of the year. More »


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