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Military Working on Real Iron Man Armor To Be Operational By 2018

Yep. That’s right. The United States military is hard at work on their own version of an Iron Man-esque armor. They’re currently calling it TALOS, or Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, and if things go well it will be up and running by 2018. The various features and abilities of the suit that the military is working on are, to put it simply, kind of intense.

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“Super-Alloy” Hello Kitty Mecha Will Out-Cute Everything [Video]

Sure, it’s a little long and it’s only in Japanese, but this anime video about the new Hello Kitty mecha that Bandai is releasing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of both Hello Kitty and it’s Chogokin “super-alloy” metal is pretty great. The only downside is that it makes me want to pilot my own Hello Kitty mecha.

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Lady-Created Comedies Are Taking Over Television

What do Tina Fey, Laura Gutin, and Laura Solon all have in common? They’re all female comedy writers with new series in development, by ladies, starring ladies.

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Abandon All Hope, Wallets Who Enter Here: Black Milk Does Mass Effect Now

I haven’t been particularly wooed by Black Milk for a while now, having managed to impress upon my brain that their prices are outside my budget and I don’t like wearing leggings or un-wired bathing suits anyway, so who cares? Well, I care. I care about Mass Effect. I care about clothing with the N7 stripe, regardless of many other factors, it seems. And while they’re not character hoodies, Black Milk’s latest line of sci-fi inspired duds (which do not end with the N7 stripe, by the way) are still pressing my ME button.

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Catch Up On BBC America’s Orphan Black And Watch The Finale This Weekend [VIDEO]

Have you been watching BBC America’s original series Orphan Black (finale teaser above)? I started watching it because the premise sounded interesting but I’m usually skeptical about new shows. Luckily, there was no reason to be. Orphan Black is fantastic, highly addicting, and one of my new favorite series. Star Tatiana Maslany has the incredible task of playing several different parts and does so deftly (Check out our interview with her here.) and the supporting cast are a joy to watch. If you’ve never seen Orphan Black, missed an episode, or just want to relive the fun, catch a Season 1 replay this Saturday, culminating with the final at 9/8c on BBC America. And yes, it’s already been renewed for a second season so don’t wait!

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New Pacific Rim Images Make Cancelling the Apocalypse Look Like a Good Idea

…good thing Idris Elba‘s on that.

I’m getting real sick of winter, guys. There are no good holidays left (Valentine’s Day doesn’t count) and it doesn’t seem like it’ll ever get warm. Also we have five more months to wait until Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim comes out. Can I just cryogenically freeze myself and wake up when the summer movies get here? No? Dang. I guess these new pictures (Mecha! Panicking civilians! Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi!) will have to tide me over.

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School Bus Service in Spain Gets Cut, So Mothers Pose for a Semi-Nude Calendar to Pay For It Their Own Darn Selves

Spain, as much of the world, isn’t doing too well economically. After the country’s construction bubble popped the government instituted sizable budget cuts, including to schools, many of which now charge way too much for lunches and have had to cut bus services. Dozens of kids at Evaristo Calayatud in Valencia now have to walk nearly four miles over unpaved roads to get to school.

But a group of mothers aren’t having it. If the government can’t afford school buses, well, they’re just going to raise the money themselves. By posing for a semi-nude calendar.

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Twilight Is Almost Over, Host Fever Begins [TRAILER]

I have no problem admitting I’ve read Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series (yes, even that bit online from Edward’s point of view). I don’t think it’s classic literature, but I enjoyed it for what it was. What I haven’t read is Meyer’s previous novel, The Host, which has a very Invasion of the Body Snatchers-type premise. I haven’t heard great things about it, but Summer Entertainment has timed its release very well to coincide with the ending of the Twilight Saga films. It stars Saoirse Ronan in the lead role though, and I adore her. Good trailer if nothing else?

(via Deadline)

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Hey Mass Effect Fans, Bioware Finally Reveals Female Turians

Our much beloved Mass Effect series is set in a lovingly crafted and intricate universe, where an ambitiously large number of alien races coexist (or at the very least tolerate each other as long as they keep out of their space). And gender isn’t an area of which the games are shy, though they’ve done it with a certain economy of character models. One of the biggest exceptions to this has been the absence of female Turians from the game (since Turians are a fundamentally egalitarian and widespread species in the galaxy, where military service for every citizen is seen as a mandatory part of adulthood and a cornerstone of their culture). Today, with the announcement of their latest DLC pack, Omega, they are finally revealed. (One more pic below.)

Here’s what male turians look like, for comparison:

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Wreck-It Ralph‘s Fake Hero’s Duty Trailer

It is 100% true to say that I would probably care less about Wreck-It Ralph if it did not include the fake modern shooter game Hero’s Duty, and if Hero’s Duty did not include female space marine Sergeant Calhoun. I’m not saying I wouldn’t care about it. I’m just saying I’d care about it less if I couldn’t pretend that somebody had put FemShep in a movie and paid Jane Lynch to voice her.

I also note with satisfaction that Wreck-It Ralph knew perfectly well what they were doing when they decided to call it Hero’s Duty.

(via Bleeding Cool.)