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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 03:00

Maximum water levels in New York harbor during major storms have risen by nearly two-and-a-half feet since the mid-19th century. That means the chances of water spilling over the Manhattan seawall are at least 20 times greater than they were 170 years ago.

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Author: "Mark Strauss" Tags: "new york city, oceans, climate change, f..."
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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 02:00

Star Wars fans should count themselves lucky that George Lucas found talented sound designer Ben Burtt to bring the audible portion of his scifi universe to life. Because as this video proves, Star Wars would have been a much different movie with a less talented foley artist in charge.

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Author: "Rob Bricken" Tags: "goofballery, sound effects, star wars, b..."
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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 01:30

Supernatural Shows What Happens If You Live With Monsters Too Long

Last night's Supernatural included one emblematic moment of Dean Winchester badassery that is bound to be immortalized in GIFs and T-shirts forever. "Look at me, Bitch!" And yet, the show also used that moment to talk about how Dean is becoming a monster. Something that happens when you spend too much time around them.

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "television, tv recap, supernatural"
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Date: Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 00:00

You Haven't Seen Firefly Until You've Seen It On An Etch A Sketch

How much love does Firefly inspire? Enough to make cartoonist Boulet sit down with his Etch A Sketch and draw this single-line Firefly scene, with Serenity sitting in the background.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "art, etch a sketch, firefly, this is awe..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 23:40

Could Roberto Orci Really Be Directing Star Trek 3?

Roberto Orci played a huge role in revitalizing the struggling Star Trek franchise with the 2009 reboot, which he co-wrote. And now, according to Variety, he's lobbying to direct the third Trek movie, which J.J. Abrams is too busy to helm himself.

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "please god no, movies, jj abrams, robert..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 23:20

How Can You Tell If A Spinoff Series Will Succeed -- Or Fail?

Spinoffs can vary pretty wildly in quality, from shows that are good enough to stand all on their own to shows that make even their predecessors unwatchable by association. But what are some of the signs that help you figure out which kind you're getting?

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Author: "Ria Misra" Tags: "comment of the day, television, spinoffs"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 23:00

What did last week's blood moon eclipse look like from the moon's perspective? University of Pennsylvania astronomy professor Mark Devlin explains what someone standing on the lunar surface would have seen while looking at Earth.

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "astronomy, lunar eclipse, blood moon, mo..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 22:42

'Daredevil' Delivers Again in 'Frisco [Spoilers]

Taking characters in a new direction can be tricky . It needs to be justified, it needs to make sense, and it needs to be good. It should help readers stay interested, if not excited to pick up the next issue. When it comes to Daredevil, I am ecstatic. Spoilers below.

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Author: "caseyjonescaseyjones on Observation Deck, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9" Tags: "daredevil"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 22:40

Wasp Nest Merges With Human Face To Become Nightmare Fuel

A wasp nest merged with this wooden statue to form... your darkest fears.

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Author: "Meredith Woerner" Tags: "nightmare fuel, holy crap wtf, please go..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 22:20

Inspired by a script outline by Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, Exit Log follows two astronauts on a ship that can travel three minutes back in time. When they receive an emergency message from an alternate version of themselves, how will they proceed?

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Author: "Lauren Davis" Tags: "exit log, geoffrey fletcher, short film,..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 22:20

A radical new theory by a well-respected scientist suggests that consciousness is a state of matter, like a liquid or gas. According to MIT's Max Tegmark, "perceptronium" gives rise to various types of consciousness when certain mathematical and physical conditions are met.

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Author: "George Dvorsky" Tags: "quantum physics, consciousness, cognitiv..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 22:00

The Cosmic Wonder of Colliding Galaxies

When the massive collections of stars known as galaxies collide, the results are spectacular. Here's a gallery of galaxies that are interacting — sometimes to the point of completely changing each other's shapes in the most dramatic ways imaginable.

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Author: "Vincze Miklós" Tags: "astronomy, space porn, science, space"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 21:47

Supercentenarian's Blood Provides Clues To Extending Human Life

Prior to her death at the tender age of 115, Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper was the world's oldest woman. Recently, scientists had the opportunity to study her blood — and what they discovered could have serious implications to the future of rejuvenation therapies.

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Author: "George Dvorsky" Tags: "futurism, blood, rejuvenation therapy, r..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 21:23

John Malkovich Goes Full Insane Pirate King in Crossbones

Stop what you are doing immediately, and watch the trailer for NBC's new looney-tunes, pirate escapade show Crossbones. Starring John Malkovich, and his indecipherable accent.

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Author: "Meredith Woerner" Tags: "john malkovich, trailer frenzy, crossbon..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 21:15

Agents of SHIELD's Ward Is So Much Better Now That He's Being Himself

Who would have thought that Grant Ward would become my favorite character on Agents of SHIELD? Really. And all it took was one surprising reveal. Last night's episode was a nifty thriller, in which we discovered that monsters who know they're monsters are actually the most horrifying. Spoilers away!

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "marvel, comics, movies, television, tv r..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 21:00

Just about every dramatic series has its funny moments. But every so often, the writers decide to lighten up a bit, and write an entire comedic episode. Usually, this works best when the show has been on for a while, and we're comfortable enough with the characters that we can fully appreciate seeing them in unfamiliar, humorous situations.

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Author: "Mark Strauss" Tags: "television, open channel"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 21:00

Sleep Disorders in Disney Cartoons Were Surprisingly Accurate

"Sometimes," said Walt Disney, "we can recognize ourselves in animals. That's what makes them so interesting." He was more right than he knew. One group of people may have had particular insight into human sleep behavior and its disorders: Disney animators.

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Author: "Jason G. Goldman on Animals, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9" Tags: "psychology, animal behavior, rem, animat..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 20:30

The Supernatural Spin-Off Bloodlines Looks Ridiculous

And it's obviously a Supernatural spin-off, so that's really saying something. Three words: Organized monster crime.

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Author: "Rob Bricken" Tags: "cw, television, supernatural, bloodlines"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 20:23

Do Frozen And Other Disney Movies All Have Pro-Gay Messages?

The Atlantic recently ran an article that shows how, with the right perspective, almost every major Disney movie seems to have pro-gay themes. And given the company's support of its LGBTQ employees, the Atlantic speculates that Disney is eager to support the gay community. But is the subtext really, there or are people grasping at straws?

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Author: "Jason Krell on Animation, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9"
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