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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 05:07

Both Julianne Moore and Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer enter the world of the Hunger Games with this trailer for Mockingjay, Part 1. It's all-out war as Katniss steps into her role as the symbol of the rebellion.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "julianne moore, natalie dormer, trailer ..."
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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 00:31

Brand New Avengers 2 Props Reveal Ultron Mark One

Today, Marvel is displaying a whole slew of props from Avengers 2 — including Ultron's Mark One (the body he cobbles together for himself before attacking Earth's mightiest heroes) and Captain America's cracked shield.

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Author: "Meredith Woerner" Tags: "avengers 2, sdcc 2014, comics, movies, u..."
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Date: Monday, 28 Jul 2014 00:00

Propaganda Posters From The Dawn Of Star Wars' Galactic Empire

When the Empire rises in the wake of Revenge of the Sith, it doesn't merely want to rule the Galaxy with an cybernetically enhanced fist; it also wants to win hearts and minds. So the Star Wars: Rebels team developed propaganda posters for the fledgling Galactic Empire.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "art, star wars rebels, concept art, prop..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 23:47

You'll probably have a better day if you strike up a conversation with a stranger on the bus or train. New psychological research shows that commuters mostly believed that talking to strangers would make their journeys worse, but discovered after doing it that it almost always made them better.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "public transit, psychology, science"
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 23:00

This Could Be the Greatest Advance in Water Balloon Technology Ever

Shut up about your high tech super soakers, because Bunch O Balloons is about to take water fights to the next level. Just look at it! You can fill like a zillion balloons all at once, and then DRIVE YOUR ENEMIES BEFORE YOU.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "technology, this is awesome, balloons"
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 22:30

What Was The Most Exciting Surprise Or Biggest Letdown Of Comic-Con?

They're rolling up the spacewalks in the San Diego Convention Center, and it's a great moment to take stock. What panels, exhibitions or other events were especially great? What stuff failed to meet your expectations? If you were at Comic-Con, we want to hear from you!

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "comic con, sdcc 2014, open channel"
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 22:00

This video will let you see scientists do to a cheeseburger what Judge Doom did to that cartoon shoe in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. They dunk the cheeseburger in hydrochloric acid and see what happens. It's not an explosion, but it's a pretty good show all the same.

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Author: "Esther Inglis-Arkell" Tags: "hydronium ion, hydrochloric acid, chemis..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 21:30

Secret Tunnels in Warfare Are Less of a Threat Than You Think

Israeli troops claim that they have discovered more secret tunnels that Hamas is using to get into the country. Though the tunnels sound terrifying, military strategy experts say they have little value when it comes to battlefield results.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "military, defense, history, war, afterno..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 21:00

Supernatural Shows Us Dean's Demonic Rampage, And It's Awesome

Supernatural pulled another huge status-quo change at the end of last season, and now we've gotten our first glimpse of how this massive event will play out. And let's just say Demon Dean reminds us a little bit of Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Spoilers ahead...

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "comic con, sdcc 2014, television, comic ..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 20:30

We Are So Ready for The Kilt to Drop on Ron D. Moore's Outlander Series

We've seen the sexy, sexy premiere of Ron D. Moore's time traveling romance series Outlander. And it was fantastic. We loved it so much. Here are our spoiler-free first impressions.

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Author: "Meredith Woerner" Tags: "sdcc 2014, ron d moore, television, firs..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 20:00

Coolest Comic-Con Cosplay Day 4: Everything Is Awesome

The con may be winding up, but not the cosplayers. The massive amount of amazing, crazy, or just plain inspired costumes seen around San Diego continues to astound us. Here are just some of the highlights from Day 4!

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Author: "Rob Bricken" Tags: "comic-con, cosplay, sdcc-2014"
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 19:15

What Turned This River in China into a Blood-Red Mess?

People in Wenzhou, a prefecture in the Zhejiang province, woke up yesterday to discover that their local river had turned a dark crimson. What could have caused the sudden transformation?

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "holy crap wtf, industry, environment, sc..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 19:00

Ichabod is Snarky About the Banking Industry in New Sleepy Hollow Clip

Oh, Ichabod. I don't what delights me more: 1) His confused but irate remonstrances against our modern way of life, 2) the fact that this new clip means season 2 of Sleepy Hollow is getting ever closer or 3) that chained pens and credit cards aren't even scratching the surface of America's financial crisis.

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Author: "Rob Bricken" Tags: "television, comic-con, sleepy hollow, sd..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 18:16

These Insects Build Carapaces of Gold and Pearl

The aquatic caddis fly begins its life in a larval stage, and must build an artificial carapace in order to survive into adulthood. When artist Hubert Dupras discovered that they build these cases out of whatever materials are at hand — including sticks and rocks — he had a strange idea.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "caddis fly, art, biology, hubert dupras,..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 17:37

Now you can see first Mad Max: Fury Road trailer, unveiled yesterday at Comic-Con, with your own eyes. It's full of gorgeous deserts, blooming smoke bombs the color of bruises, and a giant dust storm that looms over the landscape like a terrestrial tsunami. Dystopia has never looked so desolate and fascinating.

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Author: "Annalee Newitz" Tags: "trailer frenzy, mad max fury road, movie..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 17:00

Book Of Life Is The First Movie To Honor—Not Steal From—Day Of The Dead

Day of the Dead is everywhere these days; calaveras have been adopted by everyone from punks to Pixar. But for The Book of Life director Jorge Gutierrez, the holiday isn't just about the cool visuals; it's also intensely personal.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "cartoon, movies, animation, guillermo de..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 16:15

Produced by The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman, Air stars TWD's Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou as maintenance workers in a silo containing the remnants of cryogenically frozen humanity after the air turns poison. As this first trailer reveals, something goes wrong, and the two workers have to fix it... fast.

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Author: "Rob Bricken" Tags: "trailer frenzy, air, walking dead, movie..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 15:30

First Impressions: Harvey Bullock Steals Gotham From Jim Gordon

We saw the Gotham pilot last night at Comic-Con, along with a couple thousand other people. It was not as bad as we feared nor as good as we hoped. But Donal Logue flat-out killed the role of Harvey Bullock. He's so good, you'll wish Jim Gordon wasn't the main character.

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Author: "Katharine Trendacosta" Tags: "fox, television, first impressions, goth..."
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 15:00

You Know What Today Needs? Slime.

Goopey, slippery, stretchy slime is easy to make, and way too much fun.

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Author: "Mika McKinnon on Space, shared by Annalee Newitz to io9" Tags: "diy, experiments, toys, slime"
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Date: Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 15:00

Ascension: An Alternate History About a Planned Community in Space

New series Ascension has just finished filming on its first few episodes, and we learned a lot about it at Comic-Con on Saturday. It sounds extremely promising and got us excited for what's to come.

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Author: "Katharine Trendacosta" Tags: "syfy, television, ascension, tricia helf..."
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