Concept Video Unveils Robotic Arm for Retrieving Surface Samples on Mars

The Mars Sample Return Program is a bold plan to deliver precious samples of Martian soil back to Earth without human intervention. A part of the plan includes a roughly 8.2-foot-long (2.5 meters) robotic arm that will deliver tubes full of Martian soil to a rocket for delivery back to Earth.

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Source: io9 – Concept Video Unveils Robotic Arm for Retrieving Surface Samples on Mars

Dungeons & Dragons & Novels: Revisiting Weasel’s Luck

For the first book in the Dragonlance Heroes series, The Legend of Huma, the story of the greatest knight in Krynn was told, and how he banished the Dragon-goddess Takhisis and saved the world. Now, in the third installment of the series, Michael Williams’ Weasel’s Luck, we have the tale of… some kid who’s primarily…

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Source: io9 – Dungeons & Dragons & Novels: Revisiting Weasel’s Luck

That Squid Game Reality Show Is Off to a Great Start as Contestants Play Red Light, Green Light in Subzero Temps

Contestants on the upcoming Squid Game reality show reportedly faced hardships that even the contestants of the satirical hit Netflix series didn’t even have to face. Reports out of the UK where filming for Squid Game: The Challenge is taking place noted sub-zero temperatures early this week, and contestants…

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Source: io9 – That Squid Game Reality Show Is Off to a Great Start as Contestants Play Red Light, Green Light in Subzero Temps

Twitter Is Being Incredibly Vague on Why It Banned Third-Party Apps

The hits don’t stop coming as Twitter’s change-of-hands into billionaire Elon Musk’s grasp continues. Earlier this month, third-party apps like Tweetbot were barred from Twitter’s application program interface (API) without reason. Now Twitter is giving a reason—it’s just a very, very vague reason.

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Source: io9 – Twitter Is Being Incredibly Vague on Why It Banned Third-Party Apps

Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon Finally Reveals Some Footage

Although Zack Snyder first announced he would be making a science fiction epic Rebel Moon back in July of 2021, it feels like we’ve been waiting a lot longer—a lot—to actually see what the damn thing looks like. Thankfully, Netflix has rolled out a preview of what’s coming to the streaming service in 2023, and it…

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Source: io9 – Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon Finally Reveals Some Footage

Bugs Bunny Builders Celebrates the Year of the Rabbit, As It Should

The year 2023 is going to be big for Bugs Bunny, the original wascally rabbit. The WB mascot is going to provide some of that rabbit fortune for the studio’s 100th anniversary celebration and for the Lunar New Year. Things kick off with a Year of the Rabbit celebration on Cartoonito’s Bugs Bunny Builders before more…

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Source: io9 – Bugs Bunny Builders Celebrates the Year of the Rabbit, As It Should

Twitter Reportedly Considering Putting Popular Usernames Up for Auction

Twitter CEO Elon Musk is desperate for new revenue streams as the company has hemorrhaged advertisers ever since he took over last October. As part of this endeavor to make the bird app finally make some money, the company is considering monetizing users’ very names on the platform.

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Source: io9 – Twitter Reportedly Considering Putting Popular Usernames Up for Auction

The Riverdale Gang Goes Super Mecha in a New Archie One-Shot

Is there anything Riverdale’s scrappy teens haven’t faced by now? How about giant robots and kaiju monsters? Now this new one-shot Archie & Friends: All Action kicks off with a story written by Daniel Kibbelsmith (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert) titled “Super Mecha Teens”—and he binged all of Evangelion to prepare!

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Source: io9 – The Riverdale Gang Goes Super Mecha in a New Archie One-Shot

History's Greatest Painters Illustrate This Week's Toy News

Welcome back to Toy Aisle and welcome to a brand new year. We’ve already christened 2023 with a mountain of new sets from Lego, but there’s still lots more to budget for as we push on through January. This week, some of history’s greatest artists and painters are represented as Mezco Toyz brings us a new TMNT box set…

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Source: io9 – History’s Greatest Painters Illustrate This Week’s Toy News

Elon Musk Undoes Twitter's Ban on Political Ads

After almost four years, Twitter is reversing its ban on political advertising. The company announced Tuesday it was “relaxing” its policy for “caused-based” advertising, which relates to political and social issues, and would make a similar move with overtly political ads in the coming weeks.

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Source: io9 – Elon Musk Undoes Twitter’s Ban on Political Ads

Margot Robbie's Pirates of the Caribbean Film Is Dead in the Water

Back in 2020, Margot Robbie and her Birds of Prey writer, Christina Hodson, announced that they were working on a film for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Robbie was set to star and Hodson was taking up the pen for the female-led installment. While the Hollywood Reporter said that Jerry Bruckheimer, the…

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Source: io9 – Margot Robbie’s Pirates of the Caribbean Film Is Dead in the Water

Maybe James Cameron Won't Make 5 Avatar Movies After All

How many Avatar movies does one person need in a single lifetime? For years—pretty much since the film debuted in 2009, becoming the highest-grossing movie in the world—that number was five, according to director James Cameron. Now, he seems to be hedging his bets on his giant, lanky blue cat people.

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Source: io9 – Maybe James Cameron Won’t Make 5 Avatar Movies After All