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Why Predators will suck

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Predators hits theaters in just two days. Like every movie involving this bad-ass alien culture that has come out since the original Predator in 1987, this progression will serve as a regression for the series — in other words, it will suck.

Why? Well, the plot here involves the Predators abducting a group of earth-dwelling warriors including a Yakuza gang member, Black Ops operative, and other assorted violent human beings, and dumping them onto an alien planet. Home-field advantage — Predators.

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Childhood Artifacts: School Survival Supplies We Loved

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Photos by Megan Swann and Renee Stevens

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With back to school season just around the corner, Handshake contributor Nick McCrea takes a look at the most-needed school supplies of days gone by. If this doesn’t make you nostalgic for second grade again, nothing will.

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Pia Guerra Talks Past, Present, And Future

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Artwork from Y: The Last Man, Volume 1

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In the world of Y: The Last Man every male on the planet started bleeding out of every imaginable orifice, coughed up blood, and dropped dead at the same instant—except one, Yorick, aka Y.

This is the world that turned Vancouver-based graphic artist Pia Guerra and writer Brian K. Vaughan into idols in the comic book world.

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Pia Guerra’s Top Five Artists and Writers To Watch

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Illustrations by Naoki Urasawa, Moritat, Dan Boultwood, Paul Cornell, and Makoto Yukimura

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Comic book artist Pia Guerra, of “Y: the Last Man” fame recently swapped e-mails with Handshake.

We asked her to give her list of five graphic artists and writers to keep an eye on. Here are her favorites:

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Len Peralta’s Geek A Week

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“52 geeks. 52 weeks. One challenge.”

That’s been artist Len Peralta’s mantra since March when he started his odyssey, now in its 14th week. His mission is to interview one influential geek every week for a year, then chronicle these conversations with a trading card featuring each geek.

“The trading card is really a great vehicle because, as you know, geeks are really into collecting things,” Peralta says. “The card is kind of like proof that I was able to connect with that person in some kind of meaningful way.”

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Hypersonic Travel: Travel From London To New York In An Hour

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Picture this: You hit the snooze button on your alarm one too many times and just woke up in your London flat. You look over and let out a scream because you just realized you have a business meeting in New York in an hour and a half!

No worries, Australian defense scientists and the U.S. Air Force are on it. They’re testing a hypersonic airplane that travels at 5840 km per hour, or around 3,629 mph for the anti-metric types. That would cut the travel time from New York to London down to under one hour.

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Soldier Arrested For Leaking Video Of U.S. Helicopter Attack

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Monday morning, the Pentagon released a statement confirming it had arrest an Army intelligence analyst who it believes distributed classified information, including a video of a 2007 Apache helicopter attack that killed 12 civilians, including two journalists.

Specialist Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Md. is being held in “pre-trial confinement” in Kuwait while the military investigates the release of the video, according to the Pentagon’s statement.

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LEGO Before Law: Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO Wonders

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Six years ago, Nathan Sawaya was making six figures practicing corporate law in Manhattan. But his heart wasn’t in it. So he quit and began building an art empire, LEGO brick by LEGO brick.

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Quiet Cape Town During World Cup—Stadium, Not So Much.

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Later this month, while nearly 70,000 crazed soccer fanatics rush into South Africa’s Green Point Stadium to scream and blow horns like maniacs during the World Cup, residents of Cape Town might not even notice. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Foxconn, A Company In China, Asks Its Employees Not To Kill Themselves

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A factory in southern China that assembles Apple products, including iPads and iPhones, is pleading with its employees. The Foxconn plant in Shenzen, China, isn’t trying to avoid a strike or sit in, instead it’s trying to convince workers to stop jumping off the building. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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