Fantastic Four May Have Its New Director: WandaVision's Matt Shankman

Spider-Man’s director is out, WandaVision’s director is in. Matt Shankman, best known for directing the hit Marvel Studios, show is apparently the company’s new choice to direct its upcoming Fantastic Four film, which will be out November 8, 2024 as the first film in Phase Six. He’s currently in talks to take the job.

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Source: io9 – Fantastic Four May Have Its New Director: WandaVision’s Matt Shankman

$2.8 Million for One Treatment: These Are the Most Expensive Drugs in the U.S

The U.S healthcare system is, to put it lightly, a complete trash fire. Compared to people living in other well-off countries, Americans are overall sicker and die at a younger age. Adding insult to injury, Americans also have to pay more for their health care, and a large part of that added cost comes from…

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Source: io9 – .8 Million for One Treatment: These Are the Most Expensive Drugs in the U.S

Lawmakers Demand FBI, DHS, and Others Reveal Purchases of Personal Data That Circumvent Warrants

Two top Democrats in the House of Representatives have issued requests to a host of federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, demanding details of alleged purchases of Americans’ personal data. The lawmakers accuse the seven federal agencies of using commercial dealings…

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Source: io9 – Lawmakers Demand FBI, DHS, and Others Reveal Purchases of Personal Data That Circumvent Warrants

Why She-Hulk: Attorney At Law Tweaked the Character's Origin Story

She-Hulk comic book fans might be a little confused later this week when the character finally makes her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the comics, the character’s origin happens when Jennifer Walters, successful lawyer and cousin to Bruce Banner, is shot in a mob hit. Her cousin tries to save her but…

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Source: io9 – Why She-Hulk: Attorney At Law Tweaked the Character’s Origin Story

Batman and Judge Dredd Writer Alan Grant Dead at 73

Alan Grant had the kind of comics career that quickly becomes legendary. He started in the 60s, writing romance comics. Later, he teamed up with John Wagner to work on Tarzan and 2000 AD for IPC comics. After working on numerous horror/sci-fi titles, Grant and Wagner co-wrote Judge Dredd, which Grant worked on…

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Source: io9 – Batman and Judge Dredd Writer Alan Grant Dead at 73

The MacBook Air Seems to be Missing a Crucial Component

The new MacBook Air is an excellent laptop, but one considerable shortcoming might dissuade power users from purchasing Apple’s least expensive notebook. If you’ve been keeping tabs on the latest model, then you know the limitation I’m referring to: heat management. Under a heavy workload, the fanless MacBook Air with…

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Source: io9 – The MacBook Air Seems to be Missing a Crucial Component

Don't Buy a Garmin Yet: Apple Could Launch a More Fitness-centric Apple Watch

Apple will likely announce a “pro” tier of the Apple Watch this fall. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who publishes the Power On newsletter, Apple is planning a high-end variant to help its wearable compete with the industry’s best fitness watches.

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Source: io9 – Don’t Buy a Garmin Yet: Apple Could Launch a More Fitness-centric Apple Watch

A Super-Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Just Booted Up

The LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment team has announced the results from its first scientific run today; the experiment is the world’s most sensitive dark matter detector, and though it did not find any dark matter in this first round, the team confirmed that the experiment is working as expected.

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Source: io9 – A Super-Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Just Booted Up

Jesus Goddamn Christ, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Strange New Worlds has prided itself in its first season on a somewhat sense of ephemerality—that even at its direst of stakes, our enterprising heroes would come out the other side and move on to the next big adventure. This week’s penultimate episode of the season proved just how scary and incredible the series can…

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Source: io9 – Jesus Goddamn Christ, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1630 Has Arrived—And You Should Probably Avoid It

Nvidia today quietly launched the GeForce GTX 1630, an entry-level graphics card set to compete against the AMD Radeon RX 6400 and Intel Arc 380M as a basic upgrade to integrated graphics. The GTX 1630 is based on a Turing TU117-150 graphics processor and sports 512 CUDA cores. For comparison, the new card lags behind…

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Source: io9 – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1630 Has Arrived—And You Should Probably Avoid It

Smart Pet Door Uses Facial Recognition to Keep Critters Out

Installing a pet door can make pet ownership less of a chore by eliminating the need to constantly have to let them outside for bathroom breaks and then back in again after, and the Petvation wants to make sure it’s only your dog or cat (or naked mole rat, we don’t judge) coming back in by leveraging the same facial recognition…

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Source: io9 – Smart Pet Door Uses Facial Recognition to Keep Critters Out

Lego Sides With Planet Earth Over Figuring Out Your Next Blind-Bagged Minifigure

As much as Lego fans love the company’s endless series of collectible minifigures, they loathe the fact they’re sold in blind generic packaging—something that’s going to become a truly random experience late next year as Lego continues to move away from plastic packaging.

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Source: io9 – Lego Sides With Planet Earth Over Figuring Out Your Next Blind-Bagged Minifigure

A Camera That Sees Vibrations Can Record the Sounds of Multiple Instruments Separately

Although the sensitivity and performance of microphones has improved quite a bit since Alexander Graham Bell first patented them, they still have one big drawback that researchers from Carnegie Mellon University may have finally overcome by using a pair of run-of-the-mill video cameras.

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Source: io9 – A Camera That Sees Vibrations Can Record the Sounds of Multiple Instruments Separately

A New J.R.R. Tolkien Collection Gathers the Author's Writings on Middle-earth's Second Age

With Prime Video’s prequel series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power arriving in early September, it stands to reason there’ll be a renewed interest in J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings on Middle-earth’s Second Age. So the timing is perfect for The Fall of Númenor, which gathers all of Tolkien’s works on the…

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Source: io9 – A New J.R.R. Tolkien Collection Gathers the Author’s Writings on Middle-earth’s Second Age

Kate Bush Has Thoughts About Her Massive Stranger Things-Inspired Success

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Kate Bush has rocketed back to the top of the streaming charts according to both Billboard and Spotify after her 1985 hit Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) was featured in the hit supernatural series, Stranger Things. According to The Hollywood Reporter, after the show’s initial…

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Source: io9 – Kate Bush Has Thoughts About Her Massive Stranger Things-Inspired Success