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Things We Saw Today: X-Men: Apocalypse‘s Destroyed Cairo Set

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The Cairo set in X-Men: Apocalypse looks a bit out-of-sorts in this photo, via director Bryan Singer. We figure the film’s taking Storm back to her roots — could all that rubble be the result of weather damage? (via Instagram)

  • Jurassic World just hit 1.522 billion at the box office, making it the third-highest grossing film of all time. Then again, if you adjust for inflation, it doesn’t even make the top ten. (via Hollywood Reporter)
  • New research in human evolution reveals a “hobbit” species that may or may not be distinct from human ancestry. (via LiveScience)
  • This Pepper Potts figure by Hot Toys, designed after Gwyneth Paltrow’s image, works in tandem with their Iron Man figure. Pepper deserves to wear that armor, Rescue-style!

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  • Forbes has an AI contributor named “Quill,” run on the power of big data. Kris Hammond, Quill’s dad/creator, believes AIs can learn how to tell better stories than we lowly humans. Let’s not forget that big data is also what powered the bots in Ex Machina … always be kind to robots, everyone! (via Forbes)
  • Nintendo has revealed an 8-bit Mario Amiibo design. The September release date for this retro variation on the world’s most famous plumber coincides with Super Mario Maker. (via Polygon)

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Maddy Myers, journalist and arts critic, has written for the Boston Phoenix, Paste Magazine, MIT Technology Review, and tons more. She is a host on a videogame podcast called Isometric (relay.fm/isometric), and she plays the keytar in a band called the Robot Knights (robotknights.com).