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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: 6/19 - 6/25 | Dr. Strange 180 by Steve Ditko and the late Gene Colan.

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The bizarre musical instruments behind classic scifi movie sounds

Some of the strangest sounds in scifi movies and television come out of equally strange musical instruments. Here are three weird instruments you've probably never seen, but have almost definitely heard before. More »


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Sweet Edsel Jesus, there's a Pope Car in Cars 2

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Cars 2 has the body of burnished Pixar purdiness, a chassis built of the bleached bones of Geoffrey the Giraffe, and an engine kissed by the Cylon god. More »


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Neil Gaiman Reveals the Future of American Gods

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It's a big year for Neil Gaiman's American Gods. There's a fancy anniversary edition, "updated and expanded with the author's preferred text." There's the promise of a big-budget TV adaptation. More »


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American Faces Minimum 1 Year in Prison for Bringing Manga to Canada On His Laptop

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If you're traveling to Canada, a country whose customs officials are notorious for playing the role of morality police, you'd better leave your Japanese comics at home. More »


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The 10 Best Futurama Episodes

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Futurama returns tonight for another thirteen episodes worth of 31st century craziness. In honor of the show's latest triumphant return, we recommend the 10 episodes where Futurama is at its most hilarious, most cosmic, most emotional, and most brilliant. More »


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Aliens, acid trips, and James Brown: the best scenes from Miami Vice's science fiction episode

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In 1987, Miami Vice served up "Missing Hours," an episode that's considered to be the worst hour of pastel-soaked cop drama ever created. You wouldn't think Crockett and Tubbs would have an extraterrestrial encounter...but they did. More »


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Why Torchwood Still Rules Television

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With just five episodes in the summer of 2009, Torchwood went from a mildly diverting Doctor Who spinoff to a show that could stand alongside Twin Peaks, Fringe and The Prisoner as one of television's great insane rides. Now, after a two-year break, Torchwood is finally coming back. More »


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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Star Wars

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Star Wars. It's part of our culture. A crucial feature of our lives, like an energy field that binds all living things together. You may think you know everything about this rich universe... More »


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What are the top ten failed states of the past year?

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Every year, Foreign Policy magazine and the Fund for Peace do a survey of "failed states," nations whose citizens they judge to be in the most dire circumstances in the world. More »


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Robopocalypse may well be the summer's best movie - in book form

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Cool robots unlike any you've seen before battle humans in a near-future world where computerized cars and military drones are out to smash all homo sapiens. More »


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10 Psychological States You've Never Heard Of - And When You Experienced Them

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Everybody knows what you mean when you say you're happy or sad. But what about all those emotional states you don't have words for? Here are ten feelings you may have had, but never knew how to explain. More »


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Can we stop Green Lanternizing other superheroes, please?

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Superheroes have been appropriating each other's schticks since Year Dot. Superman's had Supergirl and the Bizarro Superman. Batman had Batgirl and Catman. More »


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Why are Superman, Batman and the Avengers staying away from Comic-Con?

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Now it's official: Marvel Studios won't be promoting The Avengers, or any other forthcoming movies, at Comic-Con. With this news, Marvel joins parent company Disney, plus Warner Bros. More »


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What color are the sash and bonnet in this painting? Wrong.

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At the time this was painted, over 200 years ago, they would have been considered yellow. Colors aren't as eternal as we imagine them to be. The way our cultures perceive colors changes over time, just like everything else. More »


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