Five Republican Senators Want a Special Rating for Shows About LGBTQ+ Characters

Five GOP senators are trying to create a new rating for television shows that feature LGBTQ+ characters and topics. The group outlined their reasoning in a letter to the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board. For a party so hellbent on complaining about cancel culture, the Grand Old Party seems to be really obsessed…

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Source: io9 – Five Republican Senators Want a Special Rating for Shows About LGBTQ+ Characters

5 Robots That Were Actually Just Humans in Costume

The world of technology has always been filled with fakes, as people looking to make a quick buck try to pass off their “inventions” as the real deal. The world of robotics, though, holds a special place in the pantheon of phonies. It’s a type of product that thrives on the wow-factor of a live demonstration, which…

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Source: io9 – 5 Robots That Were Actually Just Humans in Costume

Shanghai Lockdown Spurs NFTs to Avoid Government Censorship

After weeks of being locked inside their homes under strict Covid-19 restrictions, residents of the populous Chinese city Shanghai are using NFTs as an outlet to their growing frustrations. The main appeal of the non-fungible tokens is that they cannot be deleted as the government works overtime to censor any type of…

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Source: io9 – Shanghai Lockdown Spurs NFTs to Avoid Government Censorship

Even More Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Set Pictures Could Tease a Major New Villain

Sam Raimi wants to get back to horror after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Robert Eggers wants to go sci-fi. At least one major star won’t return for Picard’s third season. Wyatt Russell could head to the Godzilla universe for the Monarch TV show. Plus, superpowers for everybody on Riverdale! To me,…

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Source: io9 – Even More Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Set Pictures Could Tease a Major New Villain

Intermittent Fasting Not Better Than Regular Dieting, Year-Long Trial Finds

A popular dieting trend, intermittent fasting, may not offer much over traditional dieting for losing weight, according to a new randomized trial published this week. The study found that people living in China who were told to fast while dieting did lose weight over a year’s time, but not significantly more than…

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Source: io9 – Intermittent Fasting Not Better Than Regular Dieting, Year-Long Trial Finds

Russian Doll Gets Chronologically Weirder in Its Season 2 Trailer

If you slept on the first season of Netflix’s Russian Doll, you missed a wonderfully dark and occasionally poignant comedy about a woman named Nadia who discovers she’s stuck in a time loop where she keeps dying but then returning to the night of her birthday party. I highly recommend you give the Natasha…

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Source: io9 – Russian Doll Gets Chronologically Weirder in Its Season 2 Trailer

India Blocks YouTube Channels With 2.6 Billion Views Over National Security Concerns

India has blocked close to two dozen YouTube channels for “for spreading disinformation related to India’s national security, foreign relations and public order,” the country’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting announced on Tuesday. The 22 banned channels had racked up a combined 2.6 billion views between them.

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Source: io9 – India Blocks YouTube Channels With 2.6 Billion Views Over National Security Concerns

‘It’s Now Or Never’: We Have 3 Years to Reverse Course, Major Climate Report Finds

In order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the world needs to make a serious U-turn over the next three years to curb our emissions, a stark new report finds. It’s possible to do so, concludes the report, released Monday from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—but only with serious, immediate,…

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Source: io9 – ‘It’s Now Or Never’: We Have 3 Years to Reverse Course, Major Climate Report Finds

Ms. Marvel's First Trailer Brings a Radical New Kamala Khan to the MCU

The first full length trailer for Ms. Marvel is here and it’s as adorable, fun, and exciting as the comics. Full of absolutely excellent directorial decisions and featuring Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel, the new series looks like a tone-perfect mashup of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Sky High.

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Source: io9 – Ms. Marvel’s First Trailer Brings a Radical New Kamala Khan to the MCU

Elon Musk’s Latest Plans for Useless Money Pits Target Miami and Texas

Poor performance and even poorer public perception have forced Elon Musk’s Boring Company to largely pivot away from its most ambitious projects and opt instead to prioritize more politically friendly locals. Now, Musk reportedly has his sights set on Texas and Miami for the company’s near future.

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Source: io9 – Elon Musk’s Latest Plans for Useless Money Pits Target Miami and Texas

It's Official: Y: The Last Man is Dead

Back in October, FX on Hulu canceled Y: The Last Man just a few weeks before the end of its first season. Based on Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s 2005 Vertigo comic, the post-apocalyptic series starred Ben Schnetzer as Yorick, the last surviving cis male on the planet (and his pet monkey) as they travel the new…

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Source: io9 – It’s Official: Y: The Last Man is Dead