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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 00:30

NASA is producing an alphabet book of rocket science to unravel the acronym soup surrounding the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle project. The result is a fantastic bit of retro-futuristic art and a perfect reading reading companion for budding geeks.

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Author: "Mika McKinnon on Space, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9" Tags: "the next big step, nasa, orion, abc, edu..."
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 00:01

A Dragonriders Of Pern Movie May Finally Happen!

Warner Bros. has optioned Dragonriders Of Pern. With The Dark Knight series done, Harry Potter over, and The Hobbit winding down, it's only natural for Warner Bros. to be searching for the next big franchise. Cross every single finger you have for this one, people.

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Author: "Meredith Woerner" Tags: "pern, movies, dragons, dragon riders of ..."
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Date: Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 00:00

Fred Gambino's Cosmic Artworks Will Restore Your Sense Of Wonder

You've probably seen Fred Gambino's artwork on the covers of Isaac Asimov books, in movies like Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius and Ant Bully. But now, a new book showcases tons of his artwork — including his personal multimedia project Dark Shepherd — and we've got an exclusive gallery.

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "art, fred gambino, science fiction art"
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 23:20

Someone Needs To Make All These Fake Movies For Real

Whether tapping into the Hulk's sensitive side or taking the epic battle of Superman and Batman to the venue that it was always meant to end in (small claims court), the fact that these movies don't really exist will never stop making us sad. Fortunately, we've at least got the posters.

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Author: "Ria Misra" Tags: "movies, comment of the day, photoshop, m..."
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 23:00

If you've been waiting for the right time to check out acclaimed fantasy novelist Joe Abercrombie, then his new novel Half a King is probably the perfect jumping-on point. It's short, with a sympathetic main character, a fast-paced plot, and plenty of neat world-building. Highly recommended.

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "joe abercrombie, half a king, young adul..."
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 22:50

Here's Why Comic Con 2014 Was Actually Great For Comics

Is San Diego Comic Con still for comics? For years, people have bemoaned the fact that SDCC is increasingly about movies and TV, and now comics retailers are giving up. Yesterday, we listed comics as one of the "losers" of Comic-Con, but veteran journalist and Image Comics staffer David Brothers disagrees. Here's why.

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Author: "David Brothers" Tags: "marvel, comic con, sdcc 2014, comics, su..."
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 22:30

​Recreation of Richard III's Skeleton Shows Why He Was Called an Imp

Tourists visiting the Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester can gaze into the empty grave where the king's skeleton was discovered in 2012. His actual bones are being reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. But a 3D-printed replica is there, revealing details such as the late monarch's twisted spine and mortal wounds.

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Author: "Mark Strauss" Tags: "history, technology, 3d printing, scienc..."
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 22:00

Don't be fooled by the small square footage of these apartments; they're actually roomy homes in disguise. Thanks to walls the move, furniture that folds away, and disappearing kitchens, these apartments can store numerous rooms in a very tiny space.

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Author: "Vincze Miklós" Tags: "transforming apartments, design, mad arc..."
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 21:40

Outstanding Game of Thrones Make-Up Inspired By Each House

The Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons and more have never looked so fashionable! Fabulous artist Allison Chase designed these amazing GoT hair and make-up schemes inspired by all the main houses, and they're gorgeous (okay, except for House Bolton's. That one's pretty gross). Check 'em out!

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Author: "Rob Bricken" Tags: "allison chase, game of thrones, fashion,..."
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 21:40

What Museums Will Look Like After the Apocalypse

The Guggenheim Museum is instantly recognizable in this photo—but instead of being surrounded by a Manhattan skyline, it sits in a barren landscape, teetering on the edge of cliff. The photo is part of a series called "Apocalypse in Art."

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Author: "Mark Strauss" Tags: "photography, art, apocalypse"
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 21:32

It was really only a matter of time before someone paired Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor with Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes in a musical number filled with lyrical one-upmanship. The duo agrees that they should team up, but which of them will be the assistant?

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "music, sherlock, avbyte, goofballery, vi..."
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 21:23

The Worst Badvertising and Best Radvertising of Comic-Con 2014

The bigger Comic-Con gets, the more the marketing madness spreads across San Diego. And this year, the advertising was everywhere. Some good, some pretty terrible. So we picked through the swag and the interactive experiences, to find the very best and the very worst of Comic-Con advertising.

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Author: "Meredith Woerner" Tags: "sdcc 2014, comics, movies, television, b..."
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 21:15

What is climate change doing to our food supply? The datasets you need to answer that question are now all publicly available at the government's new Food Resilience data website, which has everything from food desert mapping tools, data from the last ag census, crop prediction models, and more.

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Author: "Ria Misra" Tags: "food, data, food science, science"
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 21:14

Reminder: There's Going To Be a Mad Max Game, Too

One of the biggest hits at this year's Comic-Con International was the fresh look at Mad Max: Fury Road, the new take on George Miller's classic dystopian opus. With all the buzz around the new trailer, it's a good time to remind ourselves that there's going to be a game set in the same grungy future wasteland.

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Author: "Evan Narcisse on Kotaku, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9" Tags: "ps4, xbox one, ps3, wbie, xbox 360, mad ..."
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 20:30

The U.S. Economy Is A Casualty Of NSA Surveillance Programs

Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the true extent of the National Security Agency's surveillance methods, the public debate has focused mostly on issues of privacy and national security. But new evidence shows that the fallout from the NSA backlash is wider than we thought, and could cost U.S. companies billions.

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Author: "Mark Strauss" Tags: "economy, technology, politics, business"
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 20:28

Which Character Was Supposed To Be Badass, But Ended Up Being Just Ass?

Sometimes, when it comes to making everybody think a character is supercool, less is more. Overkill just feels like overcompensation. And sometimes, creators spend so much time making a character cool on the surface, they forget to work on the other stuff. But which supposedly badass character fell the flattest?

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "comics, movies, television, books, star ..."
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 20:20

The Claws Of This Cyborg Scorpion Can Be Controlled Remotely

Because smartphone-controlled cyborg cockroaches are apparently not enough, Michigan-based Backyard Brains has turned their attention to predatory arthropods — this time using an electrical current to remotely induce a scorpion to strike with its claws and tail.

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Author: "George Dvorsky" Tags: "scorpions, biotechnology, holy crap wtf,..."
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 20:00

​All the Greatest Comics News From This Year's Comic-Con

Yeah, there was some! I know, it's easy to miss among all the movie panels and cosplayers and hoopla, but comics publishers did show up and announce a bevy of new titles — including a ton of great comics from the non-spandex crowd. Here's what you need to know!

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Author: "Rob Bricken" Tags: "marvel, comic con, sdcc-2013, idw, dc, t..."
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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 19:40

A Charming Webcomic Love Story About A Mermaid And A Sailor's Tattoos

While escaping her sinking ship, a pirate encounters a mermaid who wants to know the stories behind her tattoos. What follows is a sweet nautical love story.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "comics, charmingly antiquated, tattoos, ..."
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