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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 13:00

Just How Many Major Characters Will Die In Walking Dead Season 5?

Lou Ferrigno's going to play the Hulk one more time! Could Star Wars return to being a summer-movie franchise? Bill Paxton wants to join the Avatar sequels. And a familiar face could be joining The Amazing Spider-Man 3. There's a report from someone who saw an hour of How To Train Your Dragon 2. Spoilers now!

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Author: "Katharine Trendacosta" Tags: "amazing spider-man 2, game of thrones, a..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 05:00

You haven't heard cheesy science-fiction dialogue delivered with total aplomb until you've watched this snippet of Beach Babes From Beyond, in which the eponymous Beach Babes steal their daddy's Space T-Bird and fly to the forbidden planet... Earth.

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "exploitation, beach babes from beyond, s..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 04:00

It would look A LOT like this.

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Author: "Meredith Woerner" Tags: "anime, movies, this is awesome, harry po..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 02:41

At Last, We Know What Those Mysterious, Undersea

The "bio-duck" noise is a mysterious sound that submarine operators and scientists have been hearing in Antarctic waters since the 1960s. Nobody was sure what generated the repeated, quack-like pulsing sound — until now.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "minke whales, biology, animal behavior, ..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 01:30

Finally, Someone's Getting Shit Done On The Tomorrow People

As frustrating as The Tomorrow People can get, and as dim as the Tomorrow People often are, at least this show offers a few reasons to cheer sometimes. Like the scene immortalized in this GIF. Spoilers ahead...

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "mutants, x-men, television, tv recap, to..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 01:00

Brace Yourself: Madeline Ashby Is Writing About The Singularity!

We're shaken up from the weirdness in vN, Madeline Ashby's novel about artificial consciousness and self-replicating machines. And now, she's written a novel about The Singularity, when artificial intelligence surpasses our own and everything changes. We've got a cover reveal, and some details, below.

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "company town, artificial intelligence, v..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 00:30

Physics Students Try To Create A

Anybody who has played Street Fighter is familiar with the awesome power of the "Surge Fist" attack, otherwise known as the Hadouken Fireball. While some of us might be intimidated by the thought of tapping into this primal energy, a group of students are determined to recreate it—by setting a dodgeball on fire.

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Author: "Mark Strauss" Tags: "experiments, physics, games, science"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 00:00

The Food Police Sent Their Best Mechs To Enforce The Latest Bans

Robots might not have any appreciation for food, but with a quick genetic scan, the Sanctions Enforcement mech could determine whether oysters came from the Eastern Independents' floating farms or if the maitakes had been harvested from the Buru Matsukaze fleet.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "art, illustration, concept art, cyberpun..."
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 23:40

​The Worst Nerds In The Entire World Return In This Week's Comics

Oh, you might think that the characters of The Big Bang Theory are bad, but they have nothing on Evan Dorkin's Eltingville Club, a group of the most awful, evil and terrifyingly accurate depictions of nerd-dom's dark side. Plus Justice League Canada, the end of The Walking Dead's war, and more!

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Author: "Rob Bricken" Tags: "marvel, comics we crave, idw, dc, justic..."
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 23:27

Resident Evil 6 Brings Back Two Classic Characters, Plus Dead People

When will the devil release Milla Jovovich from their pact? Apparently not until after 10,000 Resident Evil movies have been made. But that's OK, because Resident Evil: Apocalypse is the best one.

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Author: "Meredith Woerner" Tags: "video games, movies, paul ws anderson, r..."
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 23:25

Celebrate Earth Day With Baby Elephants

Every day, poachers kill 96 elephants in Africa. That's something to keep in mind today, the 45th Earth Day. The celebration was first proposed in 1969 at a UNESCO conference as a day to recognize the environment and the hope for world peace.

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Author: "Jason G. Goldman on Animals, shared by Annalee Newitz to io9" Tags: "earth day, poaching, animals, elephant, ..."
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 23:20

Every Science Fiction And Fantasy Cliché Ever, In One Short Story

Today, we looked at some of the most played-out tropes and storylines ever to plague a beleaguered editor of science fiction and fantasy. But just what would a story that combined all of those elements look like? Gaze upon this work, ye editors, and despair.

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Author: "Ria Misra" Tags: "science fiction, writing, comment of the..."
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 23:11

Why Do We Socialize? The Evolutionary Truth May Disgust You.

Though there are many social animals who live in groups, or protect their growing children, we still aren't sure how social behavior really began. Now we may have a clue — and it comes from observing the way a humble earwig shares food with its brothers and sisters.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "evolution, biology, insects, social anim..."
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 22:40

Romain Segaud and Christel Pougeoise's short film TimTom may be CG, but when it opens with a thaumatrope, you know it's going to be something special. And it is, paying tribute to low-tech animation techniques through computer graphics.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "short film, romain segaud, short films, ..."
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 22:36

I Just Don't Know What To Make Of Warehouse 13's Final Season So Far

Warehouse 13 is back for just six episodes, and apparently a season's worth of plot developments are being smushed into a short space. But even accounting for that, this show is feeling... weird this season. Like, none of the characters seem quite right. And the characters were this show's strength. Spoilers ahead...

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "syfy, television, tv recap, warehouse 13"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 22:30

Watch What This Man Creates with Some Sand and a Rake

It was while working as a computer tech that Andres Amador fell in love with fractals – mathematical sets of patterns out of which beautiful geometric designs emerge. He applied his fascination to the creation of what can only be described as land art. His canvas? A vast swath of open beach. His paintbrush? A set of trusty rakes.

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Author: "Robert T. Gonzalez" Tags: "mathematics, maths, andres amador, sciar..."
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 22:19

Communist Leaders Are Still Watching Us in These Monumental Portraits

The Revolution never dies, comrades — especially when we've painted its leaders on massive billboards that loom over your cities and towns. Here are some of the world's most imposing portraits of Communism's most famous instigators.

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Author: "Vincze Miklós" Tags: "art, history, public art, politics, comm..."
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 22:08

A Visualization Showing Where Asteroids Have Hit The Earth Since 2001

A new visualization produced by the B612 foundations reveals 26 significant explosive events recorded from 2001 to 2013 that were not the result of nuclear detonations — but rather asteroids hitting the Earth. That's a surprise, to say the least.

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Author: "Jason Major — Universe Today" Tags: "visualizations, b612, existential risks,..."
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