io9 Roundup 6/28/2011

THE STAR CRUISER COMES TO TOWN | And everybody in the hillside town looks up in wonder. Concept art by Roph Ruppel, via Fuck Yeah Spaceship.


io9 Roundup 6/28/2011

Get a good awesome look at David Tennant, Vampire Hunter

See what the vampire-hunting David Tennant looks like, sans ridiculous wig and silly Las Vegas magician get up. It's not looking good for Collin Farrell's evil vampire. More »


io9 Roundup 6/28/2011Birds are the first non-human animals to use grammar

There are lots of animals, including dogs and apes, that can communicate in something we might understand as sentences. But only one non-human species has complex enough communication that they actually need grammatical rules. More »


io9 Roundup 6/28/2011The Case For Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must

Fifteen years ago, aerospace engineer Robert Zubrin published The Case for Mars, and issued a clarion call to his fellow scientists, and the people of Earth. More »


io9 Roundup 6/28/2011The Cowboys & Aliens Movie That Never Was

A "Calamity Jane"-inspired cowgirl lassos a big alien reptile, in some concept art from Cowboys and Aliens. But wait - there aren't any big reptilian animals in Jon Favreau's movie, are there? It turns out Cowboys and Aliens has been in development as a movie a lot longer than anybody realized. More »


io9 Roundup 6/28/2011Why is this optical illusion hardwired into our brain?

The Motion Aftereffect is an optical illusion in which stationary objects appear to be in motion if a person has just been looking at a moving background. More »


io9 Roundup 6/28/2011Alternate ending to Limitless: Is Bradley Cooper heading for the ultimate hangover?

Did you think the ending of Limitless was too neat and tidy? Did you think Bradley Cooper got off too lightly after spiraling down the rabbit hole of brain-enhancement drugs and superdickery? More »


io9 Roundup 6/28/2011100 years ago today, a meteorite (possibly) vaporized a dog in Egypt

Here's a bizarre milestone. On June 28, 1911, a meteorite fell over the outskirts of Alexandria, Egypt. The meteorite broke into several smaller rocks, one of which may have reduced a dog to a burnt smear. More »


io9 Roundup 6/28/2011Fishermen bag 23-foot-long giant squid off of Florida

Last Sunday, fisherman 12 miles off the coast of Stuart, Flordia found themselves with a mollusk of a tale to tell some folks - they had hooked a specimen of Architeuthis Dux, or the Atlantic Giant Squid. More »


io9 Roundup 6/28/201110 Avengers Villains We'd Love to See Joss Whedon Tackle

Who will be the ultimate villains in Joss Whedon's Avengers movie? Nobody really knows, even though speculation and rumors have been flying faster than a million quinjets. Which makes this the perfect time to assemble our own wishlist of Avengers villains that we'd like to see Whedon tackle. More »


io9 Roundup 6/28/2011In comics, Green Arrow trades bows for missiles and House MD goes Lovecraft

In the summertime, nothing beats a stack of ice-cold comics. Seriously, just put them in your freezer for two hours and slap them on your naked flesh like a tuxedo. More »


io9 Roundup 6/28/2011Hipster Lord of the Rings, where the Nazgul ride fixies!

Hipster Lord of the Rings, where the Nazgul ride fixies! More »


io9 Roundup 6/28/2011Jeff Bridges will bring The Giver to the big screen

The Dude has nabbed the rights to the influential novel The Giver by Lois Lowry. Bridges hopes to play the title role - the one person chosen to feel for the whole of a future community. Variety is reporting that Bridges is ready to produce and star in this movie adaptation of the book. More »


io9 Roundup 6/28/2011What will Anne Hathaway's costume look like in the Dark Knight Rises?

Joe Johnston explains how they turned Chris Evans into a 90-pound weakling for Captain America, while Kevin Feige explains the movie's earnest tone. Guillermo del Toro discusses the half-dozen projects he's working on, including what's next for Mountains of Madness. Spoilers from here on out! More »


io9 Roundup 6/28/2011True Blood's season premiere sneaks up on you from behind

True Blood is back! The first episode of the season started with a bang that rocketed us all to Faerieville. But don't worry, it had us back in time to be sexually assaulted by Eric. More »