io9 Roundup: March 11, 2012

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I WONDER IF IT'LL BE FRIENDS WITH ME | Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams would have been 60 today. Celebrate his birthday by making friends with a whale, preferably one who isn't plummeting just over your head. Image by John Martz, via Nerdesque.


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Legendary French artist Moebius, the man who made The Abyss, Alien, and Tron even weirder, is dead at 73

Today is an incredibly sad day for fans of comic books, concept art, and downright anything science fiction. Artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud, who provided some of the most stunning scifi and fantasy art ever to grace a page, has succumbed to illness at the age of 73. It's pretty hard to overstate the... More »


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We already have the technology to send trains into space, at a fraction of the cost of rockets

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This is Startram, a proposed launch system that would use magnetic levitation trains, a 1000-mile tunnel, and a superconducting cable to reach low Earth orbit. More »


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The most detailed map of the Game of Thrones world yet

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We've seen a lot of fan-made maps that try to capture the geography of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, but none have been quite so detailed as this monstrous map by one serMountainGoat - More »


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In 1939, a robot dog was killed while chasing a car. Really.

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Sometimes you stumble across a piece of history that is too good not to follow up on. Sparko, the robot dog, is one such piece of history. Prepared for the World's Fair in 1939, he got out of his pen, chased a car, and was killed. More »


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Watch Grimm's horny dragon girl do her sexy dance

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There be dragons in this week's Grimm! Well, sort of. As Pilates Wolf so ridiculously pointed out, actual winged, fire-breathing dragons aren't real, dum-dum. More »


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Sweet superhero illustrations channel Winnie-the-Pooh

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Hulk really is a silly old creature from the Id. And Charles Paul Wilson III casts him as a character with a different sort of self-restraint issues: the honey-obsessed Winnie-the-Pooh. More »


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Somewhere there exists an R-rated version of Galaxy Quest

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Galaxy Quest isn't exactly a movie you'd expect to attract an R rating. After all, the parody of scifi TV shows and their fandoms is already pretty perfect with its innocent aliens and a nod to female eye candy who looks particularly stellar in a tight military uniform. More »


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Holy crap! This zombie attack bike is powered by a chainsaw

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I'm sorry, did you think I meant a chainsaw motor? I suppose that's understandable (after all, two-stroke chainsaw engines are often used to convert bicycles into rear-wheel-drive motorbikes), but I didn't say chainsaw motor, did I? More »


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The Monstrous Return of Darth Maul to the Star Wars Universe on Clone Wars!

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Clone Wars reaches its peak as Darth Maul returns, Archer's wife comes back from the dead, and we preview this week's DC Nation in what may be the largest edition of Saturday Morning Cartoons yet! More »


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New Game of Thrones trailer features more Joffrey-slapping action!

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As if we weren't sufficiently excited for April, HBO has released a new Game of Thrones Season 2 trailer that amps up the drama. In this trailer, we get a little Sansa Stark, some Tyrion and Shae, and fiery Daenerys - More »


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Webcomic Athena Wheatley flings a pre-Civil War inventor to the wacky year 9283

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When time travelers find themselves in a distant future era, they're usually time travelers from our own time - or from the late-Victorian or Edwardian eras, if we're feeling particularly steampunk. More »


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Artist suspends real clouds in the middle of the room

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That's not photoshop; that's an actual cloud hovering inside an actual room. Artist Berndnaut Smilde merges art and science to create small man-made clouds that exist - More »


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Get a glimpse of a fantastical factory in this steampunk fable about work

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Over at post-apocalyptic site Quiet Earth, we got a glimpse the concept trailer for a movie called Oculista that we hope will actually get made someday. More »


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