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Date: Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 00:00

A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Decides To Follow The Way Of The Samurai

Once he was a teenager no longer, Leonardo left the sewers of New York to live according to the principles of bushidō. Artist Chet Phillips illustrates the katana-wielding samurai turtle fighting under the banner of pizza. Check out the full image below.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "tmnt, chet phillips, concept art, samura..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 23:40

Could Israel's Orbital Tugboat Rescue Europe's Galileo Satellites?

Last week, two European Space Agency Galileo satellites were injected into a wrong, lower orbit. As concerns grow about finding a way to correct the mishap, an insurance company is reportedly consulting with an Israeli startup that is developing an orbital tugboat to grapple wayward satellites.

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Author: "Mark Strauss" Tags: "satellites, esa, science, space"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 23:20

This Could Be The Most Underrated Benefit Of 3D-Printing

We've been hearing promises that 3D-printing could revolutionize almost every aspect of our daily lives, from how we shop to the food that ends up on our plates. But is one of its biggest benefits going to be largely invisible to most of us?

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Author: "Ria Misra" Tags: "design, comment of the day, manufacturin..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 23:00

As Above, So Below Has Spirit, But It's Digging In The Wrong Place

As Above, So Below is an ambitious excavation horror movie that tries to blend the world of Indiana Jones with the found footage genre. And though the locations are breathtaking and the scares very real, the film as a whole collapses under its own mythology. But we kept rooting for the survivors.

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Author: "Meredith Woerner" Tags: "horror, movies, movie review, as above s..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 22:20

Sure, it can be cool hanging out with the guy who's always saving the world...sometimes. But in this DC Nation: Tales of Metropolis short, Jimmy Olsen finds that being Superman's (only) pal can actually be pretty exhausting.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "dc nation, short film, cartoon, short fi..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 22:00

These Dutch Safety Posters Are Beautiful—But Utterly Disturbing

There is nothing coy about these vintage Dutch safety and anti-alcohol propaganda posters. They want you to know just how horribly inattention to your work will maim you, live wires will electrocute you, and alcohol will destroy your life.

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Author: "Vincze Miklós" Tags: "safety posters, art, propganda, concept ..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 21:55

The LEGO Movie Directors Are Rebooting The Greatest American Hero

Believe it or not, the classic superhero dramedy The Greatest American Hero may be coming back to television, and we're thrilled to see who is on board. The Lego Movie directors and Clone High creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller are shepherding the reboot.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "phil lord, greatest american hero, telev..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 21:30

In theory, you may know that it's important to treat your friends with understanding and respect, but this comic by Nate Swinehart reveals the "real" reason why you should play nice with others—and it's pretty darn funny.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "aliens, goofballery, comics, nate swineh..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 21:04

If You Could Take Just One Item Back In Time, What Would It Be?

You're about to go back in time, but you don't know when and you are allowed to bring just one item with you. What item do you choose and why?

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "army of darkness, open channel, time tra..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 20:40

The Ebola outbreak currently ravaging West Africa likely started with a single infected person. This is actually good news because it means the current strain is descended from the original Ebola viral jump, and not new versions of the pathogen. It also means the current public health response is the right one.

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Author: "George Dvorsky" Tags: "viruses, epidemics, ebola, diseases, sci..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 20:30

The GIF Guide To Pigeons And The Animals That Eat Them

Pigeons are everywhere. New York City, alone, is thought to harbor as many as 7-million of them. But where are all the dead pigeons? The short answer: Inside other animals. The long answer – horribly, but necessarily – involves GIFs.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "biology, holy crap wtf, please god no, a..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 20:20

Americans shouldn't panic about speculation that ISIS is planning an imminent terrorist attack in the U.S., advises the Truman National Security Project. Despite alarmist reports, the main concern is not a coordinated attack, but that a "lone wolf" sympathizer within the U.S. might act on their own.

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Author: "Mark Strauss" Tags: "terrorism, defense"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 19:40

​The Defiance Season 2 Finale Defiantly Kicked Some Ass

When io9 does its "Best TV of 2014" this year, I'm going to vote Defiance for "Most Improved Show." If that category doesn't exist, I'm going to create it. Because while Defiance isn't a masterpiece, it's so much better than it used to be, and this excellent two-part finale showed all the reasons why.

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Author: "Rob Bricken" Tags: "defiance recap syfy, television, tv reca..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 19:20


Engineers at NASA found out in the test video above, when they assembled these 3D-printed rocket engine injectors, and put them up against a temperature of over 6,000º F and 20,000 pounds of thrust.

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Author: "Ria Misra" Tags: "rocket engine, engineering, 3d printing,..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 19:00

Darkness and Whimsy: The Art of Fairy Tale Game Woolfe

In Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, players guide Red Riding Hood through mazes and puzzles while battling steampunk soldiers and fairy tale menaces. Check out this gallery of concept art that shows off the game's distinctive, Anton Pieck-inspired aesthetic.

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Author: "Ed Grabianowski" Tags: "woolfe the red hood diaries, video games..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 18:20

You Can Use A Vibrator To Give Yourself Powerful Body Illusions

How can I put this delicately? Do you have a vibrating toothbrush? A personal body massager? If you do, you can perform some amazing sensory illusions, like making your nose seem huge or your waist small. Finally, an excuse to give the TSA agents when they search your bags!

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Author: "Esther Inglis-Arkell" Tags: "sensory illusions, pinocchio illusion, i..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 18:00

Why Aren't We Fully Monitoring These Active Volcanoes in the U.S.?

The U.S. is one of the most volcanically rich countries in the world, with 169 active volcanoes. 57 of them are deemed high threats. But efforts to predict potential eruptions are being hampered by outdated equipment and lack of funding for scientific monitoring.

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Author: "Mark Strauss" Tags: "volcanoes, daily explainer, earth scienc..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 17:40

Russia Responds To Canada's Sarcastic Geography Lesson

Russia has fired back at Canada's NATO delegation in response to a snarky Ukraine tweet that went viral earlier this week.

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Author: "George Dvorsky" Tags: "russia, social networking, geopolitics, ..."
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 17:20

Did the astronauts aboard the International Space Station snap a photo of where you live from orbit? Now you can find out, thanks to an interactive map of more than 650 pictures that the astronauts shared with the world on Twitter.

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Author: "Mark Strauss" Tags: "photography, space"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 17:15

Fargo, Double Walking Dead Limited Editions, Robot Vacuums [Deals]

Fargo just won the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries, get it for 20% (or more) off today. [Fargo]

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Author: "Shane Roberts, Commerce Team" Tags: "io9 deals, deals"
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