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Date: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 20:30

Prepare to Have Your Mind Blown by a Balloon and a Minivan

If you don't already know why a helium balloon tethered to the floor of a minivan has the power to make your jaw drop, you're going to want to see this. Seriously – set aside five minutes of your time, have a seat and watch. You won't regret it.

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Author: "Robert T. Gonzalez" Tags: "fluid dynamics, this is awesome, destin,..."
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Date: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 20:00

The New England Aquarium Has Some Great Advertising

Over on its website, the New England Aquarium has archived all of its ad campaigns from the past six years. And some of them are truly great.

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Author: "Katharine Trendacosta" Tags: "sharks, new england aquarium, fish, sea ..."
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Date: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 19:00

The Doctored Results of the Concord Prison Study

Between 1961 and 1963 a group of inmates at the Concord Prison were treated with a combination of therapy and psilocybin - a drug derived from psychedelic mushrooms. They had a much lower recidivism rate. Or so we thought.

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Author: "Esther Inglis-Arkell" Tags: "psychology, psylocybin, timothy leary, s..."
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Date: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 18:45

Weekend Deals: Blu-rays, Games, Anime, and David Attenborough

Sorry you didn't find the golden egg in today's hunt. Here are a whole bunch of deals pulled from our five Twitter accounts to cheer you up. While you're here, you may as well follow them too.

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Author: "Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Kotaku, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to io9" Tags: "deals, kotaku deals, dealtaku, moneysave..."
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Date: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 18:00

The Most Astounding Cosplay From WonderCon: Day 2!

And the hits just keep on coming. Comic-Con may have Tom Hiddleston playing Loki live on stage, but WonderCon has some of the best cosplay we've ever seen. Saturday's cosplay focused on gender-swapped characters, clever puns, and some pretty deep cuts. See for yourself!

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "wondercon 2014, this is awesome, cosplay..."
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Date: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 17:17

Here now for your aural pleasure are 42 minutes and 29 seconds of sound effects from vintage Warner Bros. cartoons. This is highly concentrated auditory nostalgia, delivered right to your ear-holes.

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Author: "Robert T. Gonzalez" Tags: "sound effects, this is awesome, warner b..."
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Date: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 16:00

Orphan Black Just Threw Us Deeper Down The Cloning Rabbit Hole

Orphan Black isn't kidding around. The first episode of the new season raises the stakes for our Clone Club members while giving us a better look at the dangerous forces that are battling over them—plus unveils a major surprise. Spoilers ahead.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "orphan black recap, orphan black, clonin..."
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Date: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 15:09

What Happens When You Expose a Peep to a Vacuum?

Trap a peep under a bell jar and suck out all the air with a vacuum pump. What do you think happens to the peep? (Hint: It doesn't end well for our marshmallowy friend.)

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Author: "Robert T. Gonzalez" Tags: "peep, easter, holy crap wtf, experiments..."
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Date: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 15:00

A baker in Poland decided her confections were lacking a certain something, so pulled out her laser cutter to engrave rolling pins with dinosaurs. The result is edible geekiness, and further proof that baking is science for hungry people.

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Author: "Mika McKinnon on Space, shared by Robert T. Gonzalez to io9" Tags: "dinosaur, design, food, fossil"
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Date: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 15:00

​What Creators of Doom and Myst Thought Of Each Other's Games in 1993

'"It's an adventure game! It's mass market! It's the anti-Doom! We have to crush this game!" "'What is this?! Demons on Mars?! People are playing this?!"

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Author: "Evan Narcisse on Kotaku, shared by Robert T. Gonzalez to io9" Tags: "id software, cyan worlds, myst, nyu game..."
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Date: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 00:40

Watch the Brand New Batman Beyond Short, Featuring Kevin Conroy

We showed you the preview earlier this week, now watch the full version of Darwyn Cooke's Batman Beyond animated short, featuring Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle.

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Author: "Robert T. Gonzalez" Tags: "short film, batman beyond, cartoon, darw..."
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Date: Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 00:18

Our First Look at Christina Hendricks in Ryan Gosling's Monster Movie

Ryan Gosling's Lost River (formerly How to Catch a Monster) is being publicized as a dark fantasy movie with some pretty big-name stars, including Christina Hendricks and Matt Smith . Here are the first two images from the film, including one of a woman (presumably Hendricks) standing before a rather ominous-looking door.

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Author: "Robert T. Gonzalez" Tags: "how to catch a monster, christina hendri..."
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 23:26

Check Out The First Clip From Star Wars: Rebels!

Here it is, folks – fresh from its WonderCon debut, our very first glimpse of actual footage from Star Wars: Rebels!

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Author: "Robert T. Gonzalez" Tags: "rebels, star wars rebels, animation, tel..."
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 22:09

Announcing the 2014 Hugo Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2014 Hugo Awards have been announced! This year's nominating ballot saw a record-shattering 1,923 valid nominations. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony at Loncon 3. Hit the jump for the full list!

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Author: "Robert T. Gonzalez" Tags: "awards, hugo awards, hugos"
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 21:40

Just How Stupid is Portland for Dumping 38-Million Gallons of Water?

A teenager peed into one of Portland, Oregon's drinking water reservoirs – a 38-million gallon repository of good, potable H2O – and now the city intends to drain it. This is a very, very dumb idea.

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Author: "Robert T. Gonzalez" Tags: "portland, holy crap wtf, water, chemistr..."
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 21:15

Of Penises and Planets: On Labels in Science and Culture

Just what counts as a penis? A debate over what to call the genitals of an unusual group of cave insects has broader implications, because it gets right at the heart of science and science communication: what's the relationship between the labels we use in science and the way those labels are understood by our culture?

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Author: "Jason G. Goldman on Animals, shared by Robert T. Gonzalez to io9" Tags: "culture, categorization, sexual organs, ..."
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 20:00

We expect killer action and dystopian insanity from Continuum, the Canadian time-travel adventure show. But we don't usually expect to get punched in the heart, the way we did by this scene — which also features a love triangle The CW would never dream of having. Spoilers ahead...

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "television, tv recap, continuum, novikov..."
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 19:00

The world's largest wind turbine is off the coast of Scotland. Construction started in 2012, with pieces assembled in the winter of 2013. Now the prototype is churning out enough power to supply 4,800 homes.

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Author: "Mika McKinnon on Space, shared by Robert T. Gonzalez to io9" Tags: "energy, wind"
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 18:45

The Most Amazing Cosplay From WonderCon: Day One!

Every year, the WonderCon cosplayers keep astonishing us, both with their attention to detail and with their creativity. You keep thinking you've seen it all — and then you see what people have come up with this year, and it's a brand new delight all over again. Here's our favorite cosplay from WonderCon day one.

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "wondercon 2014, anime, superheroes, this..."
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Date: Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 18:34

New TV Spot Gives Us Our Best Glimpse of Godzilla Yet

Here's our clearest look yet at the big beastie, from the waist up. It's a brief glimpse, but a glimpse, nonetheless.

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Author: "Robert T. Gonzalez" Tags: "trailer frenzy, movies, godzilla, traile..."
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