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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 08:30

The Whole

At least according to new research from Exeter University. According to a study conducted by the university's Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour (CRAB), not only do they not steal shiny objects, they're afraid of them.

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Author: "Katharine Trendacosta" Tags: "university of exeter, animal behavior, b..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 06:00

Behold: Wonder Woman With a Lightsaber on a Two-Headed Unicorn

That's a lot of awesome packed into one image. See the full thing below.

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Author: "Katharine Trendacosta" Tags: "joey chou, unicorn, pegasus, lightsaber,..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 04:00

The Marvel movies rightly get praise for their action and their witty writing, but Gen Kim has made a video that focuses on the universe's more subtle moments. Without dialogue, and set to José González's "Stay Alive," the emotion the actors convey with their faces and body language are thrown into stark relief.

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Author: "Katharine Trendacosta" Tags: "marvel, thor, iron man, gen kim, hulk, c..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 03:00

According to Batman: The Animated Series, young Bruce Wayne grew up watching the pulp adventures of the Gray Ghost (voiced by none other than Adam West) on television. And the first half of this Gray Ghost fan film feels like a dream the adult Batman might have after falling asleep watching old episodes.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "short film, short films, noir, batman th..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 02:00

Whale-watching is not as harmless as it appears. Conservationists say whales are stressed out by the frequent boat trips, which affects their behavior and puts their long-term survival at risk. As many as 13 million people flock to the oceans each year in hopes of seeing whales and dolphins up close.

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Author: "George Dvorsky" Tags: "dolphins, whale watching, whales, ecotou..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 01:30

The Quickest Way To Pick Cherries Is With a Giant Vibrator

Want to know the easy way to harvest cherries? It's simple – just shake the tree.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "shock wave shaker, engineering, physics,..."
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 00:33

In Late Summer, the Alien Ships Gather Their Rare Flowers in Fog

As the light fades, you can just barely see the aliens unspooling long, prehensile fishing lines from their ships. They trail over the grasslands, as sensitive as whiskers, looking for the fuel blooms that power their engines. All they need are a few to make the trip back home to the Oort Cloud.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "art, andreas zafiratos, concept art"
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 00:30

The next time you are at your yoga class and the instructor asks you to take a moment to clear your mind for some peaceful meditation, instead of focusing on that tabletop water fountain she bought at Ross, I want you to think about this cat with a tiny frog on its head.

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Author: "Rebecca Rose on Jezebel, shared by Katharine Trendacosta to io9" Tags: "cats, cat overlords, team cat"
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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 00:06

If you're unaware of the never-made J.J. Abrams' Superman movie, you are in for a treat. Here's a video breakdown of the insanity that could have been, including one dead and then resurrected Superman.

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Author: "Meredith Woerner" Tags: "mcg, jj abrams, superman, superman flyby..."
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 23:40

If stars themselves are giant balls of gas and appear as dots in the night sky, why is it so common to draw them with pointed arms? Minute Physics explains how the light from stars interacts with our eyes to create that "star-shaped" image.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "light, physics, minute physics, eyes, st..."
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 23:23

These Water Balloons Are Having More Fun Than You

Jiggly, wiggly, and eminently GIFable, this vaguely obscene slo-mo footage of bouncing water balloons is sure to put a smile on your face.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "flex camera, video, slow motion, cheer u..."
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 23:20

Why We Still Want To See Superhero Movies That Make Us Laugh

Superhero movies have definitely taken a turn towards the dark lately — but that doesn't mean we still don't love the superhero movies that manage to pull off a truly herculean task: making us laugh.

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Author: "Ria Misra" Tags: "movies, comment of the day, superheroes,..."
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 23:11

Chinese Government Tries to Quell Unrest with an Animated Princess

Uighers are an ethnic minority in western China, largely Muslim, who have been protesting the Chinese government for its discriminatory policies against them over the past several years. Now the Chinese government hopes to appease the protesters with a bizarre princess story.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "social science, princesses, animation, p..."
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 22:40

Fox's Animation Domination HD is probably best-known for their terrifying, disgusting "Scientifically Accurate" cartoons. But upon the news that Ghibli may cease production, the animators created this genuinely poignant goodbye to the anime studio that gave us Spirited Away, Totoro and more.

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Author: "Rob Bricken" Tags: "anime, animation, studio ghibli, adhd, g..."
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 22:30

In the Future, Your Clothes Will Be Cleaned By Schools Of Robotic Fish

Inspired by 'doctor fish' who feed off human skin, a South Korean industrial designer has conceived of a radical new way of cleaning clothes. Instead of using a traditional washing machine, fleets of robotic fish will clean your clothes in a water tank — and without detergent.

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Author: "George Dvorsky" Tags: "robots, pecera, design, futurism, electr..."
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 22:21

Behold These Incredible Artworks Grown from a Rice Field in Japan

It's like a reverse crop circle. The people of Inakadate, a village in Japan with only 8,000 inhabitants, found an artistic way to lure tourists: in 1993, they planted a rice field behind the town hall. Over the years, they've used different types of heirloom rice to grow art in the paddy.

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Author: "Vincze Miklós" Tags: "art, rice, earthworks, agriculture"
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 22:20

Physicists Have A Simple Answer For How Egyptians Built The Pyramids

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the last of the ancient world's "seven wonders." The 4,500-year-old structure was constructed from 2.4 million limestone blocks, most weighing around 2.5 tons. Today we're still debating how the Egyptians managed to move these blocks from local quarries. Now scientists have a new hypothesis.

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Author: "Mark Strauss" Tags: "egypt, physics, pyramids, secret history..."
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 21:38

There Are Bugs Dying in Your Pores and Leaking Poop On Your Face

Mites like the one pictured here are living, dying, and leaking poop on pretty much everyone's faces. So at least you're not alone.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "entomology, holy crap wtf, health, derma..."
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 21:20

Horns Trailer Shows Daniel Radcliffe Utilizing His New Demonic Powers

Finally, footage of Daniel Radcliffe demonstrating the power of his new demon hornsin the latest trailer for the movie adaptation of Joe Hill's novel Horns.

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Author: "Meredith Woerner" Tags: "trailer frenzy, movies, joe hill, horns"
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