io9 Roundup: July 5, 2011

RISING UP FROM THE NURSERY | Caesar the chimp revolutionary is trapped in a room full of baby toys, with only a single window on the outside world, in Planet of the Apes concept art.


io9 Roundup: July 5, 2011

Ryan Reynolds' and Jeff Bridges' R.I.P.D.: Men In Black Meets Ghostbusters

Ryan Reynolds' next big comic-book movie, R.I.P.D., could start filming any day now. A few weeks ago, casting calls went out for a bunch of supporting roles. And Reynolds already has a high-powered co-star: Jeff Bridges. We've read the screenplay for R.I.P.D., based on the Dark Horse comic, and it's a pretty fun romp. More »


io9 Roundup: July 5, 2011Have Summer Glau and Peter Dinklage made the greatest movie ever?

Move over Spider-Man, this movie is guaranteed to burn Hall H to the ground. Behold The Knights of Badassdom starring Summer Glau, Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kwanten, and Danny Pudi. More »


io9 Roundup: July 5, 2011Which DC Comics character could save DC's non-Batman/Superman movies?

So it's pretty official: Green Lantern is not rolling in green. What happens next for DC Comics? The next Batman movie is nearly a sure-fire hit, and there's still Superman... at least, for now. But what about other DC characters? More »


io9 Roundup: July 5, 2011Is Scientology the world's fastest-growing religion?

Scientology has never been more high-profile than in the past several years, thanks to celebrity adherents like Tom Cruise. But the brainchild of science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard remains mysterious and controversial. A new book, out today, aims to peel back the mystery of Scientology and reveal the truth. More »


io9 Roundup: July 5, 2011The First Cyborg Horror Story: "The Steam Arm" Ballad of 1834-35

In 18th and 19th century England, the ballad - sung in the street, in pleasure gardens, in taverns, or in private house parties - functioned as pure entertainment for the masses. More »


io9 Roundup: July 5, 2011Helpful chart explains the difference between "good" hacking and "bad" hacking

Hacking is a noble pursuit - it's what tinkerers do to create cool new machines and innovate. But the media is obsessed with using the word "hacker" interchangeably with "criminal." That's why IEEE Spectrum magazine has created this helpful chart. More »


io9 Roundup: July 5, 2011Planet of the Apes concept art shows the brutal weapons of the ape uprising

See the Rise of the Planet of the Apes unfold, with this exclusive look inside the world of ape revolutionary Caesar. Check out our amazing collection of concept art from the film, and see the world from Caesar's POV. More »


io9 Roundup: July 5, 2011What do the Chinese characters on the computers in Serenity and Firefly actually say?

Recently, hardware hacker Phil Torrone from Adafruit started learning Chinese. And of course the first thing he did with his newfound knowledge was try to translate the characters he'd seen on computer screens in Firefly and Serenity. More »


io9 Roundup: July 5, 2011In South Korea, falling asleep in front of a fan is the kiss of death

Here in America, the most famous urban legends tend to skew on the grisly side (see: The Hookman, the hand-licking escaped mental patient). But in South Korean urban folklore, there's an ever better villain: the killer, breath-stealing electric fan. More »


io9 Roundup: July 5, 2011The universe probably isn't a giant hologram after all

One of the strangest and most exotic theories to come out of theoretical physics is that the entire universe is a projection of a two-dimensional shell. More »


io9 Roundup: July 5, 201110 Classic SF and Fantasy Books That Were Originally Considered Failures

Some of science fiction/fantasy's classic books failed to win over readers at first. And the publishers of some of SF's most beloved works were convinced they had a disaster on their hands. More »


io9 Roundup: July 5, 2011An entire Taiwanese city does Lady Gaga cosplay for "Lady Gaga Day"

Yesterday was "Lady Gaga Day" in the Taiwanese city of Taichung, and the whole city went all out. Little children dressed in post-apocalyptic space disco outfits. More »


io9 Roundup: July 5, 2011Potato chips - the other natural way to get stoned

Scientists have found out why people can put the brakes on eating sugar, but will go through an entire bag of potato chips, followed by a plate of fries. More »


io9 Roundup: July 5, 2011David Tennant shows off his big vampire-slaying gun in new Fright Night stills

The Tenth Doctor is doing house calls - but he's armed with more than a screwdriver this time. David Tennant has never looked more fearsome or intense than he does in these new exclusive stills from Fright Night. More »