io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011

FINAL JOURNEY | The Space Shuttle Atlantis takes off on its final mission to the final frontier.


io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011

With Miracle Day, Torchwood becomes first-rate science fiction about ideas

There's seldom been an hour of television that brought up as many fascinating ideas about the nature of humanity as Torchwood: Miracle Day's first episode, which just aired. More »


io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011

High-Res Captain America Stills: F*@% Yeah!

Launch your weekend in heroic style, by gazing upon the full pyrotechnic glory of Captain America The First Avenger. Marvel has released a treasure trove of high-res stills from its second superhero movie of the summer, and they look fantastic.

More »


io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011Syfy's Monday Night Lineup: Pretty Darn Solid

Syfy comes back strong this Monday, with a block of new programming designed to get your attention. There are new episodes of Syfy's two most successful shows, Eureka and Warehouse 13, plus a 90-minute pilot of Alphas, a new series. More »


io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011The Legion of Art Nouveau Heroes

What we need in this troubled world is heroes. Who look cool. And what looks cooler than Art Nouveau? The European art style popularized in the late 19th century is synonymous with beauty, grace and total mind-blowing radness. More »


io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011The era of American space exploration is just beginning

While many have decried the end of the Space Shuttle program as America's last step into space, it won't be: the United States will continue to look to space in the long-term, much like it has throughout the history of spaceflight. More »


io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011One Reason to be Glad the Live-Action Akira Movie is Dead

It's apparently official: The live-action Akira film is dead. Director Albert Hughes walked away from it a while back, and by all accounts nobody else is stepping up. More »


io9 Roundup: July 8, 201130 Years of the Space Shuttle Program in Pictures

With today's last Space Shuttle flight, we've reached the end of an era in American space exploration. In this gallery, we look back on 30 years of the Space Shuttle program. More »


io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011Ten Ways to Keep a Long-Term Character From Being Hated

Sookie, Buffy, Clark - these are all well-known main characters whose series ran long after their store of audience goodwill ran out. A lot of series' main characters end up being hated by the very audience they attracted in the first place. More »


io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011First image of Sigourney Weaver as an evil vampire queen

You've already seen our massive gallery of images from Vamps by Amy Heckerling (of Clueless fame). Now get an eyeful of cult goddess Sigourney Weaver, vamping it out as the movie's big bad. More »


io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011Where did matter come from?

If you're like the rest of us, you're almost certainly made of matter. But where did all that delicious, gooey matter come from? In this In this week's "Ask a Physicist" we'll find out. More »


io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011Zookeeper is a horror movie about evolutionary biology

Everybody knows that talking-animal movies are really about the human condition. Marmaduke, Cats & Dogs, Yogi Bear... they all reflect human personalities filtered through the lens of silly animal stereotypes. More »


io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011Fierce, fashionable Vikings filed their teeth and ironed their clothes

A mysterious cache of dozens of humans skulls discovered earlier this year in Dorset, England belonged to Viking raiders. Anthropologists figured this out when they examined the teeth, and found that elaborate patterns had been filed into them. More »


io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011Learn to make a sword - using science!

An easy experiment with a gas range and a box of paper clips can give you a good understanding of how to strengthen, and soften, steel. Should you ever be hurled into a medieval world of elves and sorcerers, you can make your living as a smithee. More »


io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011Futurama offers up a surprisingly hilarious take-down of every cop cliche ever

Yesterday's Futurama gleefully smashed together parodies of such modern sci-fi classics as Minority Report, Avatar, Tron...and, uh, Police Academy. It also turned Erwin Schroedinger into a supervillain and gave us the most ridiculous police chief ever. More »


io9 Roundup: July 8, 2011Massive, Easter Egg-filled map of Game Of Thrones' Seven Kingdoms

Check out this amazing illustrated map of the seven kingdoms of Westeros - riddled with crests, beasts and heaps and heaps of amazing spoilers. More »