io9 Roundup: May 23, 2011

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io9 Roundup: May 23, 2011

Another Icelandic volcano blots out the sky

Last Saturday, the Icelandic volcano Grimsvotn stirred from its slumber and shot out a 7-miles plume of gas and ash. A massive airport shutdown shouldn't happen this time around, but the view from the ground is certainly dramatic. More »


io9 Roundup: May 23, 2011The Suicide Girl comic book! It's a nip-slip dystopia! NSFW!

In IDW's Suicide Girls miniseries, the eponymous pin-up girls are a crack team of katana-wielding freedom fighters who have trouble keeping their blouses buttoned. More »

io9 Roundup: May 23, 2011Stan Lee spoils the hell out of the new Spider-Man movie

Like a lovable grandpa spoiling the surprise birthday cake at the family dinner, Marvel's venerable Stan Lee spilled the beans on Marc Webb's Spider-Man reboot. More »


io9 Roundup: May 23, 2011Star Trek's wildest spin-off is starting to show its age

Peter David's Star Trek: New Frontier series has spawned 18 novels and a host of tie-in materials. The weirdly soap-operatic book spinoff has become an obsession for a host of Trek fans. More »

io9 Roundup: May 23, 2011Using very short words can make people fall in love with you

Generally speaking, romantic relationships form around common interests, compatible personality traits, or similar beliefs and values. But none of that compares to the love connection that can be formed by using basic words like "he" or "and" together. More »

io9 Roundup: May 23, 201110 reasons to bow down before your shark overlords

Sharks aren't just scary-looking and deadly. They're also superpowered. They rarely get sick, never sleep, and possess sensory organs all over their bodies that allow them to smell electricity and see vibrations. More »

io9 Roundup: May 23, 2011Game of Thrones gives us 1000 reasons why Viserys would make a great King

Last night, Viserys finally got his promised reward, on Game of Thrones. Yay Viserys! He's shown the kind of leadership we can get behind. And now that his qualities have finally been recognized, he can clean up this whole mess. More »

io9 Roundup: May 23, 2011Why this weird little fish is one of the top ten species discovered last year

We're constantly discovering new species, and it isn't just little things like insects or plants. The ten biggest species discovered last year include a six foot long lizard, an antelope being sold at market, and this truly unique-looking creature. More »

io9 Roundup: May 23, 2011See a Mythbuster cage dance to the Dr. Who theme while being blasted by Tesla coils

At the 2011 Bay Area Maker Faire, Adam Savage of Mythbusters teamed up with Tesla coil musical troupe ArcAttack for some freestyle cage dancing. This is definitely one of those "Don't Try This At Home" moments. More »

io9 Roundup: May 23, 2011Why every human has a blind spot – and how to find yours

There are grizzled heroes and sleek assassins in movies who don't have metaphorical blind spots. They do have literal ones, though. Because of the way the eye is constructed, every human being does. More »

io9 Roundup: May 23, 2011Watch Chewbacca grind his furry pelvis to Guns N' Roses, while an Ewok Slash plays him off

Every year the Disney theme parks host a Star Wars weekend, which means one thing: more demented "Dancing with the Star Wars Cast" videos. But 2011 may be our new favorite. More »

io9 Roundup: May 23, 2011You Will Not Believe These Star Wars Pictures Are Real

These photos (and they are genuine photos, not a photoshops), of Grand Moff Tarkin, were taken in 2011. Yet the man who played the Star Wars villain, screen legend Peter Cushing, died in 1994. More »

io9 Roundup: May 23, 2011What it feels like to meet an ornery hammerhead shark in a tiny boat

This video in a nutshell? Fishing teenagers catch a blacktip shark. A huge hammerhead shark eats the 6-foot-long blacktip and almost runs into the boys' boat. More »

io9 Roundup: May 23, 2011The Inspiring Story of the 45-y-o Woman Who Had Her Brain Completely Erased at Age 22

When Su Meck got hit with a ceiling fan and woke up one week later with a total memory loss, her husband Jim thought she "was Su 2.0. She had rebooted." More »