io9 Weekend Roundup

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: 6/11-6/12 | Camerabots by Andrea Pertachi (via Nerdcore).


io9 Weekend RoundupIn "Americus," the Harry Potter censorship drama plays out in small-town America

Neil couldn't survive life in small-town Americus without his favorite fantasy series. But when a fundamentalist group threatens to censor the books, Neil finds himself on the frontlines of a social war – and may just find his own strength. More »


io9 Weekend RoundupThe mundane home lives of the world's greatest superheroes

Photographer Gregg Segal follows superhero impersonators from the glamor of Hollywood Boulevard to their homes, capturing them still in costume, going about their ordinary household chores. More »


io9 Weekend RoundupTom Hanks producing 6 seasons of Neil Gaiman's American Gods for HBO

Here's some good news for those readers upset that the television adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman stalled out. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions will produce a whopping six seasons of Neil Gaiman's earthbound-deities novel American Gods. More »


io9 Weekend RoundupIf this robot is any indicator, the Cylons' first steps were extremely awkward

Researchers at Japan's Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology recently released footage of their HRP-4C humanoid (which is best known for its forays into pop stardom) enjoying an experimental test stroll last year. They walk shuffle among us! More »


io9 Weekend RoundupNew Cowboys and Aliens trailer brings even more cowpoke vs. extraterrestrial mayhem

The latest lengthy trailer for Cowboys and Aliens aired last night on Spike's Guys Choice Awards. Are Sam Rockwell and Harrison Ford shoo-ins for next year's "Best Totally Bitching Bromance Award (sponsored by AXE)?" You be the judge, brah. More »


io9 Weekend RoundupScenes from an open-air airplane graveyard in the Russian Far East

If you ever find yourself 60 miles north of Vladivostok in the city of Ussuriysk, you can visit the crumbling Vozdvizhenka Air Base, where gutted planes sit in the open for trespassers to explore. Crazily enough, security's nonexistent here. More »


io9 Weekend RoundupEnglish city admits it's woefully underprepared for a zombie attack

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request by "concerned citizen" Robert Ainsley, the Leicester City Council was forced to concede (by law) that it did not have a zombie survival plan on the books. More »


io9 Weekend RoundupWhat do Doctor Who and The Dark Knight have in common?

We didn't really know what to expect from the midseason finale of Doctor Who, but we definitely didn't expect the Last of the Time Lords to turn out to have something crucial in common with the Caped Crusader. More »


io9 Weekend RoundupBlackbeard terrorized the high seas with scrap iron missiles

Blackbeard, who is almost certainly history's most infamous pirate, is a figure shrouded in myths and wild rumors. Now archaeological excavations into his sunken flagship is revealing that the historical Blackbeard was far scarier than any legend ever could be. More »


io9 Weekend RoundupNSA declassifies 200-year-old book

A cryptology instruction book…202 years old. A photograph of the U.S. Army's cypher bureau...from 1919. A breakdown of Russian electoral districts...circa 1948. Schematics for a magnetic tape memory system...nearly half a century old. More »


io9 Weekend RoundupIf you want to revolutionize science forever, don't give your paper a joke title

Nothing breaks the ice like a good joke, right? Sadly, that isn't the case with scientific papers, as those with the funniest titles get swept aside in favor of dry, technical titles. When did science become so hopelessly square? More »


io9 Weekend RoundupScott Pilgrim's creator drew the Transformers...when he was 8

On his Flickr account, Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O'Malley's posted some of his earliest comics work: a Transformers choose-your-own-adventure from when he was eight-years-old. Can you see echoes of the Katayanagi brothers' robots in these illustrations? More »


io9 Weekend RoundupShredder goes Uncle Sam in Foot Clan recruitment poster

This poster by Emily Bawn and Brandon Schaefer casts Oroku Saki in the role of a star-spangled military recruiter. If you join up, you get to listen to all the MC Hammer you want. You can pick up prints here. More »


io9 Weekend RoundupIs this the most regrettably shaped spaceship in anime history?

Yes, we're aware that the swastika predates the Third Reich by millennia, but this spaceship from the early 1990s anime Karasu Tengu Kabuto is just...well...damn. I suppose flying around on a giant swastika dragon is one way to get around. More »


io9 Weekend RoundupWhy did humans and monkeys evolve to hate the color red?

Red is the color of anger and hatred, of imminent danger and deadly heat. Even the English language tells us that "seeing red" is a bad thing. And this aversion for red might go back to our earliest primate relatives. More »