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We all know what we should expect if we were to venture into the realm of our fictional heroes: Gruesome death. There's no way around that, so if you see a glowing portal open up in the air, and your favorite hero waving from the other side, run away as fast as your legs can carry you.
For decades, mankind has longed for cool exo-suits. In the 1960s, Tony Stark created one of the coolest fictional suits of high-tech armor ever. The Iron Man suit (and its many updated models) responds to brainwaves, increases strength, allows for flight and is equipped with electro-magnetic "repulsor blasts
The Dark Knight's lankiest villain may have been on to something after all: Scientists report that fear-inducing chemicals could soon be easy to synthesize.
Sure, The Scarecrow may have used crazy hallucinogenic gasses to cripple his victims with nightmarish visions, but the science behind more subtly influencing the textbook definition of fear is more real than ever.
The New Scientist reports that science has taken one of the first steps to a Harry Potter-style "invisibility cloak" that hides objects in plain view:Invisibility cloaks work by deflecting light waves so the light that reaches the eye shows no trace of the hidden object... Both new carpet cloaks... provide the first demonstrations of optical cloaking. As they are not limited to a narrow range of wav