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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 22:18

There Are Over 1300 Species Of Birds In Danger Of BIRTHDAY PARTIES, and eighteen other science headlines The Toast's Mallory Ortberg (and I, and you, and everyone) would like to see more of.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez"
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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 21:30

Gorgeous Deep-Sea Footage Of 'An Unusually Large' Dumbo Octopus

Deep-sea researchers led by Robert Ballard (best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic wreckage) have caught a rare, extended look at an uncharacteristically jumbo dumbo octopus, with the aid of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in the unlit depths of the Caribbean sea.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "cephalopods, dumbo octopus, biology, thi..."
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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 20:02

Bang Bang Baby is the forthcoming 1960s science fiction musical headlined by Jane Levy, star of Suburgatory and last year's Evil Dead reboot.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "trailer frenzy, movies, bang bang baby, ..."
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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 19:00

The Personality Test That's All About Hand Gestures

Here's a personality test that is based on how we interpret vague hand gestures. Take a look at what people can tell from what is essentially a drawing exercise, and decide if you want to contribute a hand gesture of your own.

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Author: "Esther Inglis-Arkell" Tags: "psychology, the hand test, edwin wagner,..."
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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 18:01

Watch Karen Gillan Shave Her Head For Her Guardians of the Galaxy Role

Straight from Karen Gillan's criminally underutilized Vimeo page, here's a minute-long clip of the actress chopping off all her hair for her turn as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "nebula, goofballery, haircuts, karen gil..."
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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 18:00

Woman 'Lives by Hormones' for a Month, Achieves Perfection

Female hormones are always regarded as "extreme" and "unpredictable." But what if you could outwit them by treating your body like a predictable baby-making vessel, prone to moves so obvious it may as well be the hormonal equivalent of a Hollywood ending? One woman tried. And succeeded.

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Author: "Tracy Moore on Jezebel, shared by Robbie Gonzalez to io9" Tags: "hormonology, gabrielle lichterman, hormo..."
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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 18:00

The Coolest Cosplay at PAX Prime, Day 2

Want impeccably done Borderlands, Judge Dredd and Kingdom Hearts cosplay from the Pacific Northwest? Well, come right on in.

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Author: "Evan Narcisse on Kotaku, shared by Robbie Gonzalez to io9" Tags: "cosplay boom, pax prime, cosplay, pax pr..."
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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 17:03

World's Largest Public Archive of SF And Fantasy Receives $3.5-Million

Earlier this month we learned that UC Riverside Library's Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy – the world's largest public reserve of SF/F books and materials – has come under threat by new management. Now, the Eaton Collection is the beneficiary of a $3.5-million gift – the largest ever received by the university's library.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "uc riverside, science fiction, libraries..."
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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 15:30

Behold, A Rocket-Powered Motorcycle From The Early 20th Century

Caught up in the let's-attach-a-rocket-to-everything-and-see-what-happens fad in Germany in the late 1920s, one genius came up with a rocket-propelled motorcycle.

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Author: "Ron Miller" Tags: "max valier, friedrich wilhelm sander, ro..."
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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 15:10

The Tick Is Being Revived, With Patrick Warburton To Star

The much-loved TV version of The Tick was axed by Fox in its first season, after just nine episodes. Now, it looks like the Big Blue Bug of Justice is back! According to People, the show is being revived by Amazon – and Patrick Warburton will star! And original creator Ben Edlund will write and produce! SPOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "patrick warburton, fox, amazon, the tick..."
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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 15:00

When astronaut Alex Gerst checked in on this empty spacesuit, he proclaimed it was sneaking in some air guitar when no one was watching. But it seems like this spacesuit could be doing so much than that. You tell me: What's the best caption for this photo?

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Author: "Mika McKinnon on Space, shared by Robbie Gonzalez to io9" Tags: "astronauts, alex gerst, iss, caption thi..."
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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 14:43

Read A Lost Chapter From Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

"The Vanilla Fudge Room" appeared as the fifth chapter in early drafts of Roald Dahl's beloved novel, but was "deemed too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral" for publication. Now, to celebrate the book's 50th anniversary, the lost chapter can be read in its entirety over at The Guardian.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "roald dahl, afternoon reading, books, ch..."
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Date: Sunday, 31 Aug 2014 02:00

​What's So Bad About Hating The Daleks, Anyway?

Tonight's Doctor Who episode is the third or fourth Dalek story in a row where the focus is on the Doctor's unreasonable hatred for his foes. (It's also the third or fourth Dalek story to rely on a weird gimmick, as if the Daleks are kind of played out.) But what's wrong with hating the Daleks?

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "doctor who, doctor who recap, television..."
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Date: Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 21:00

Guardians Of The Galaxy Is Now The Highest Grossing Movie Of 2014

The Marvel franchise critics once called too-minor and too-goofy to succeed has upped the ante yet again. Guardians of the Galaxy has surpassed The Lego Movie and Captain America: The Winter Soldier to become the highest-grossing movie of the year at the domestic box office.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "marvel, movies, box office, guardians of..."
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Date: Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 20:00

Astronomers Discover A Planetary Impact Outside Our Own Solar System

In a study published in the latest issue of Science, astronomers led by graduate student Huan Meng, of the University of Arizona in Tucson, announced the discovery of remains of a mammoth planetary collision.

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Author: "Ron Miller" Tags: "astronomy, kate su, huan meng, space por..."
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Date: Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 19:00

The latest webcomic from the always-excellent Rosemary Mosco (previously ) gives us a whimsical peek at the animal kingdom's online dating scene.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "biology, rosemary mosco, bird and moon c..."
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Date: Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 17:30

You Can Now Access All Of Richard Feynman's Physics Lectures For Free

The lectures of Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman were legendary. Footage of these lectures does exist , but they are most famously preserved in The Feynman Lectures. The three-volume set may be the most popular collection of physics books ever written, and now you can access it online, in its entirety, for free.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "the feynman lectures, richard feynman, t..."
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Date: Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 17:00

Do You Really Want To Live Forever?

The average human lifespan is increasing at a rate of around five hours a day. Meanwhile, "longevity startups" have become a thing . According to one aging expert, life extension is the biggest change confronting humanity in the 21st century. Are we prepared for this change? Do we even want it?

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "futurism, immortality, radical life exte..."
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Date: Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 17:00

The Coolest Cosplay at PAX Prime, Day 1

The PAX that begat all other PAXes has come back around, bringing thousands of fans of all stripes to Seattle to nerd out together. Is there cosplay? Of course. Take a look at some of the best geek culture get-ups right here.

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Author: "Evan Narcisse on Kotaku, shared by Robbie Gonzalez to io9" Tags: "cosplay boom, pax prime, cosplay"
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Date: Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 16:30

There Is A Tiny Donald Glover Easter Egg Hidden In Amazing Spider-Man

Donald Glover got to voice one Spider-Man, Miles Morales , but he also turns up in The Amazing Spider-Man in a very small way. Even Peter Parker is a Glover fan.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "spider-man, movies, amazing spider-man, ..."
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