Air New Zealand's New Hobbit Video Is Greatest Flight Safety Film Ever

In honor of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the folks at Air New Zealand have updated their Hobbit-studded flight safety video with even more special effects madness and costumed flight attendants—plus cameos from Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, and Sylvester McCoy. » 10/22/14 5:30pm 12 minutes ago

The Best times An On-Screen Adaptation Strayed From The Book

The disappointing changes made in the on-screen adaptations from some of our favorite books have been well catalogued. But what about the times when the on-screen adaptation diverted from its source material, for the best? » 10/22/14 4:20pm Today 4:20pm

MIT's Science Fiction Society Has 60,000 Books And Some Zany Traditions

Reason number 5,000,000,000 to wish you'd gone to MIT... There's a great article in MIT News Magazine about the MIT Science Fiction Society, with its incredibly awesome library. Which started with a wooden crate dragged between dorm rooms in 1949 and is now a massive storehouse of awesome. » 10/22/14 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

More Damning Evidence That Dr. Oz's Green Coffee Bean Diet Is A Scam

Earlier this year, the fat-burning effects of green coffee bean extract – an extract touted by daytime TV's Dr. Oz as a "miraculous" weight-loss aid – were called into question by the Federal Trade Commission. Now, the 2012 study purporting to demonstrate the extract's effectiveness has been retracted. » 10/22/14 2:23pm Today 2:23pm

Which Series Did You Love — Until It Killed Your Favorite Character?

Death adds real stakes to a fictional universe. If nobody ever dies, then nothing feels real. And yet some deaths don't just diminish us all, they just plain ruin a series. For good. Which science fiction or fantasy series lost its heart, or just became less good generally, when one character died? » 10/22/14 2:23pm Today 2:23pm

These 'sexy' Lord of the Rings costume designs aren't what you'd expect

It's less than 10 days to go till Halloween, and that means there's weird, wonderful and just plain awful 'sexy' costumes out on shelves everywhere - but this trio of lovely Lord of the Rings-themed designs by MJ Alexander are for characters who don't usually get the Sexy treatment. » 10/22/14 5:07pm Today 5:07pm

Dark Souls II’s DLC May Be The Peak Of The Whole Series

Dark Souls II's three expansions are a wonderful culmination of everything From Software has learned about making Souls games. And they should be considered essential playing for anyone who enjoyed the series so far. » 10/22/14 4:34pm Today 4:34pm

6 Prequels That Surpass Their Originals

Most prequels are bad. This is due to many staying to close to the originals that they become pointless as we already know what's going to happen like The Thing prequel. Others are simply bad and result in massive inconsistencies and headaches such as with Star Wars Episodes 1-3.http://io9.com/there-is-an-in... » 10/22/14 4:10pm Today 4:10pm

Toys R Us pulls Breaking Bad figures from sale after angry petition

As the collector's market for action figures has grown, it's been unsurprising to see the rise of toys based on 'adult' properties - almost everything has action figures these days. But after a Florida mother saw Breaking Bad toys in her local Toys R Us, media attention has seen the figures pulled from shelves. » 10/22/14 4:05pm Today 4:05pm

The Coldest Object In The Universe Has Been Created In An Italian Lab

For a period of 15 days, a cooled copper mass enclosed in a cryostat container may very well have been the coldest object in the Universe. At -273.144 degrees Celsius, it nearly achieved absolute zero. The technique, which resulted a world record, could produce important new insights into exotic particle physics. » 10/22/14 12:40pm Today 12:40pm

Morena Baccarin Joins Gotham As One Of Batman's Future Allies

The former star of Firefly has joined Gotham as Leslie Thompkins, a doctor who cares for Gotham's neediest, a friend of the deceased elder Waynes, and a surrogate mom-to-be of young Bruce Wayne. Thompkins will be a recurring character in season 1, but Baccarin will officially join the cast full-time in season 2. » 10/22/14 12:30pm Today 12:30pm

Sunset Overdrive Is Ready for the Apocalypse. Are You?

Are you the type who spends your Saturday afternoons standing in the park wearing a sandwich board proclaiming the glorious conflagration that's just around the corner? Is your fallout shelter stocked with a ten-year supply of nutritional bars, bottled water, and triple-ply toilet paper? Or maybe the words "incoming… » 10/22/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Pre-Order Exclusive: 55% off the Black Hawk Drone W/ HD Camera

Drones are usually playful things, painted in bright colors to attract the excitable kid in us all. Not so with BHD's limited edition Black Hawk Drone with HD Camera, which is the quadcopter equivalent of a stealth bomber. io9 readers can get a pre-order discount of 55% off a Black Hawk Drone + Free Shipping. » 10/17/14 2:37pm Friday 2:37pm