George R.R. Martin won't add 13-year-old begging for 'gruesome' death to next novel

Two huge Game of Thrones fans recently earned spots in a future novel from George R.R. Martin by donating $20,000 to causes close to the author's heart. Sadly, 13-year-old "Jack B." wasn't one of those winners. But when Jack's father showed him a news article about the charity campaign, the young teen felt inspired to donate his "pocket money" in hopes that Martin might consider adding just one...

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DC comes for Marvel on the small screen: a first look at 'The Flash' and 'Constantine'

While DC doesn’t have quite the spread of TV shows and movies that Marvel has developed, it’s a few months away from launching three new series based on the lower-profile parts of its comics empire. Wednesday night, we got a look at the pilots from two of those series: The Flash, airing on CW, and NBC’s Constantine. Both have potential, but they couldn’t be more different – and neither is a sure bet.

The Flash ties into CW’s existing Green Arrow adaptation, and the protagonist, Glee star Grant Gustin, seems to nail the tone it’s going for: earnest and incredibly excited at its own geekery. The pilot quickly sets up Barry Allen’s rise to World’s Fastest Man: raised as an orphan after his mother is mysteriously killed and his father takes the blame, he becomes a quirky young forensic investigator obsessed with paranormal science. That is, at least, until he’s hit by a bolt of lightning from a particle-accelerator accident and wakes up nine months later with super-speed and...

Both have potential, but neither is a sure bet

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The coolest posters of Comic-Con 2014

Movie posters need to appeal to a wide, wide audience if they actually want to get people into theaters, so today’s posters often aren’t all that interesting. But things can be different at Comic-Con. At Comic-Con, everyone is a fan, and everyone is looking out for something a little bit more exciting. Below, we’re rounding up some of the best posters that we see heading to the 2014 San Diego...

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Feeling powerful increases how much time you think you have

A new study titled "Power and Time Availability" by the University of California Berkeley has found that the more power you possess, the more time you feel like you have at your disposal. The study asked a few hundred people, some primed as "bosses," and others as "employees," to fill out surveys about how much time they felt they had to complete a specific set of brain teasers. They found that...

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Elon Musk tells Stephen Colbert his wild plans for cars, jetpacks, and wireless charging

Last night, Stephen Colbert's guest on The Colbert Report was Elon Musk. And, after Musk dodged the question about his inevitable slide into supervillainy, he talked a bit about the future of Tesla, SpaceX, his plan to go to Mars, and a few ideas that are somehow even more ambitious.

Musk told Colbert that he and SpaceX are focused on reusability for space flights: building a rocket that can take off, land, refuel, and take off again is incredibly important. He also says that he'll be sending people to space in two years. He talked about Tesla's desire to personalize your car, and told Colbert that he named his Old Faithful. But the most...

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This is Hot Wheels' life-size 'Darth Vader Car'

A visit to the Hot Wheels booth at Comic Con's exhibition floor will give visitors a look at a life-size car that looks just like Darth Vader's iconic helmet. And is it ever strange. Hot Wheels went all out with the car, giving it all the Star...

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Best New Apps: Ultratext

Ultratext is a dead-simple iOS app for creating GIFs and sending them via MMS and iMessage. It creates flashing neon messages, with the words you type blown up in all caps, accessorized with emoji and selfies and other photos from your camera roll. Every time you hit the space bar, Ultratext...


A new fossil suggests 'all dinosaurs' may have had feathers

You've never seen a dinosaur, naturally, but you probably have a pretty good idea of what they look like. We've seen the same look over and over, across dozens of movies, books and museums: there's the balanced tail, the lizard-shaped head and,...

Pesticide linked to three generations of genetic damage

No one's used the pesticide Methoxychlor for more than a decade — but according to a new study, it may be harming people for generations to come. A group of researchers at Washington State University have discovered new effects from the pesticide that reach into a subject's epigenome, affecting children and even grandchildren of the initial subject. That ancestral exposure can contribute to adult onset kidney disease, ovarian disease, and obesity in later generations.

'Join us in our ritual,' beckons Cthulhu-based cryptocurrency

Written in the voodoo cultspeak of futurist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft's short story, "The Call of Cthulhu," the creepy Cthulhu Offerings may be the most confusing digital currency yet.

"The time draws near, the return of The Great Old One is...

Preparing for the insanity of Comic-Con 2014

The stars! The cosplayers! The lines! This week, Comic-Con is taking over San Diego for the annual celebration of fandom. Casey Newton, preparing for his first-ever trip to Hall H, explains what's about to happen.


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Hello — again.

As you might have heard, I’m stepping in to be the next editor-in-chief of The Verge. I’m also excited to announce that my friend Dieter Bohn will be our new executive editor. We’ll be working with the amazing team that’s already...

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We piloted a giant robot from 'Pacific Rim' using Oculus Rift

Last night, Legendary Pictures gave us a brief look at how it wants to bring the worlds of Pacific Rim and Guillermo del Toro's upcoming gothic horror film Crimson Peak closer to real life. For Pacific Rim, the company teamed up with Oculus to put fans inside a virtual Jaeger. For Peak, del Toro himself was on hand to walk us through a gallery of props and costumes, explaining some of his vision for what we can expect from the film.

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