Black holes, fictional characters with real problems, BLARPs and more!

Every week, we round up the best tips that you post in io9's tips forum. This week, we've got a mash-up of black holes, fictional psyches, getting things in perspective, plastic antibodies, BLARPing, weeping angels, adorableness, and much more!

If you want to post a tip, just click on the #tips link on our navigation bar, or include the word #tips in any comment, on any post, that you think is a good tip for the people who read and write io9.

Tip: This information would have benefited pretty much every crew on Star Trek.

Astrophysicists think they may be able to solve that whole "black holes sucking in the universe and destroying all things/allowing Nero to come and kill Kirk's dad" thing! Though it also might result in something even more catastrophic and seems to be nearly impossible to achieve. Mathmos bought us the tip:

Black holes, fictional characters with real problems, BLARPs and more!

How to destroy a black hole.

[www.technologyreview.com]

Tip: Ever want to figure out just what in the hell is up with Bella and Edward's relationship?

Me neither! But now you can read about it, as well as other psychological profiles on fictional characters.

CuriousYellow alerted us to the article:

Neat article. Psych doc students train by diagnosing fictional characters, ranging from the Twilight kids to Winnie the Pooh.

[online.wsj.com]

Tip: The universe is much, much bigger than you.

And in case you've forgotten that, TheGreat&PowerfulTurtle brought us this video to further drive that terrifying point home:


So the next time you feel like your problems are larger than life...

Tip: Just one word: plastics.

Actually, there are a lot more words than that. And all of them indicate a possibly large step forward in medical advances! Eirias brings us the scoop:

Scientists have successfully gotten plastic antibodies to isolate a toxin from the blood, bettering test-subject outcome, in a mouse model.

This is a major event, one that will likely go unheralded in the media. Monoclonal antibodies (-mab drugs) are the best new treatments, in terms of cell-specificity, to be created in years and huge gains are being made in terms of their efficacy of action. They are quite literally the future of medicine. They are also prohibitively expensive. Soliris (eculizumab) cost $409,500 a year as of this past February. Moreover, such compounds are time consuming to prepare, made as they are in living mammalian donors.

Plastic antibodies would be less costly to develop, particularly using computer modeling of antigenic epitopes, and far cheaper to produce.

This is very good news.

[www.sciencedaily.com]

Tip: Is your RPG too... fantastical? Then maybe try one based a little more in reality.

Black holes, fictional characters with real problems, BLARPs and more!

This looks pretty fun and, as a former office lackey, it calls out to me. Razoky alerted us to the awesomeness:

If, like me, you are currently sitting in an office environment and need a laugh or want to bite your thumb at "the man," check this out:


[synergonrpg.com]

Synergon is a table-top RPG that some friends put together. It's also poking fun at corporate culture, or BLARPing. So whether you like to play RPGs or you just need something funny to read, it should deliver.

Carry on, brave soldiers.

Tip: In terrifying news, meet the new star of your nightmares.

Cosplay has never been this scary and, yes, I'm considering all the crazy hentai shit I've seen. Though props must go to this person because, damn, that's cool.

Via Darklighter:

I present to you perhaps the greatest cosplay ever:
[www.therpf.com]

Black holes, fictional characters with real problems, BLARPs and more!

(Yes, it's two years old, but I hadn't seen it before and figured I might not be the only one.)

Tip: Comic book heroes that you want to snuggle and smush together.

And now to help you get to sleep after the idea of Weeping Angel cosplay, Discodave: R.O.A.C.H. M.O.T.E.L. brought us this awesome site:

Awwwwww.

Cute super heroes (although the Joker is still pretty screwy).

[www.comicsalliance.com]

Black holes, fictional characters with real problems, BLARPs and more!


Never have bloody Adamantium claws been so adorable.