What's cooking in io9's lab? We had our Mad Science Week and talked about air particles and computer viruses and futurism. We also remembered the time Captain Janeway turned into an amphibian by flying in a spaceship too fast. WHOA.
Archaeologists trap the last pure air particles on Earth
In order to understand how the Industrial Revolution affected the air we breathe, environmental engineers need to find pristine air particles. To do that, they have to go 130 feet above the remotest corners of the Amazon rainforest.
You too can own a Stargate for $100,000!
On September 25-26, oodles of Stargate props will be auctioned off. The biggest catch is the Stargate from SG-1 and Universe, which is going for $80,000-$100,000. Why buy a house when you can mortgage a Stargate?
The 10 goofiest computer hacking scenes in cinema history
Computer hacking isn't really a spectator sport, so movies will embellish hacking scenes with funky visuals, inane jargon, and supercomputers that run on magic and prayer. Here are 10 of the most awesomely groanworthy hacking scenes.
Ryan Reynolds: I'll be in either Deadpool or R.I.P.D., but probably not both
Legions of Deadpool fans are waiting anxiously for the Merc With A Mouth's spin-off movie, hoping it'll redress Wade Wilson's mistreatment in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But Ryan Reynolds told us he'll either star in Deadpool or R.I.P.D... but not both.
Most frustrating TV shows canceled on a cliffhanger
As the fall TV season starts up, shows are resolving their agonizing summer cliffhangers - but for some unlucky shows, that resolution never arrived. Here are the most frustrating "cancel-hangers," cliffhanger endings for shows that got cancelled too soon.
Six scientists tell us about the most accurate science fiction in their fields
What do scientists think about seeing their fields of research pulverized by science fiction? We asked researchers from diverse fields to tell us whether any science fiction gets it right.
Read the strangest superhero origin of them all! Enter... The Fly!
Jack Kirby and Joe Simon didn't just create Captain America - they had a long partnership, during which they created countless other heroes. Here's an exclusive first look at a new collection of their lesser known stories, featuring... the Fly!
Inside secrets of Supernatural's new "noir" season
Supernatural returns tomorrow night for its most "noir" season. Will Bobby get his soul back? Will Sam be the older brother now? We asked the producers, plus actors Jim Beaver and Misha Collins, and here's what they told us. Spoilers...
The chosen research areas of mad scientists, 1810-2010
Mad scientists have haunted science fiction since Mary Shelley created Victor Frankenstein in the 1810s. But what kinds of research have fictional mad scientists done since? I was determined to find out. This chart shows what I discovered.
The most ludicrous depictions of evolution in science fiction history
At its best, science fiction can help people better understand science, explaining new ideas and theories in the context of a thrilling, gripping story. And then there are these 10 utterly ridiculous stories about evolution.