io9 Roundup 6/24/2011

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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 »


The most amazing movie about alien women who can turn masturbation into Force Lightning [NSFW]

Alien Sex Files III: Alien Babes is one of those films that really has to be experienced. Nobody can be told, you must see for yourself. These are some of the most insane, profane and ludicrous clips of all time. More »

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If Television's Greatest Scientists Worked in Tech Support

Scientists are all-purpose miracle workers on television. Whether it's a rogue virus or a genocidal computer, there's nothing that a television scientist can't handle. More »

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Neil Gaiman Reveals the Future of American Gods

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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A genetic "cheat code" that activates dormant DNA

Scientists have found a gene that can 'lock' and 'unlock' certain sections of your genetic code, allowing other genes to be expressed in your body. If you are under enough stress, this gene springs into action. More »

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

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

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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Gorgeous Tree of Life stills look like the greatest science epic of all time

Chances are, you've heard about the gorgeous cinematography and visual effects in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. But now you can see for yourself. More »

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How database searches solved a 50-year-old medical mystery

Calcium is everywhere in your body, not just your bones and teeth. In fact, this mineral is crucial to countless biological processes, from regulating your hormones to aiding muscle function. More »

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Watch the new Captain America trailer, and you'll know who this guy is

Seriously, after just two and a half minutes of this trailer, I have a totally clear idea of who Steve Rogers is, and why he's special. And why he deserves to be Captain America. More »

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Who'll still be alive at the end of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire?

Next month, A Dance With Dragons hits the bookshelves, and we get that much closer to the ending of George R.R. Martin's astounding A Song of Ice And Fire series. And given Martin's penchant for killing off major characters at the drop of a dragon's egg, one thing is for sure. More »

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First Official Picture of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins

Here it is at last - your first look at Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. What do you think? Does this seem like a hero worth having Leonard Nimoy sing about? More »

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Get the Plans for the Death Star at last

The great thing about Star Wars, especially the original trilogy, was how gritty and lived-in everything looked. Everything felt solid. Now, at last you can see the actual blueprints that made that galaxy look like a place you could visit. More »

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The 10 Best Futurama Episodes

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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