io9 Roundup: July 19, 2011

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io9 Roundup: July 19, 2011

Our hominid ancestors were walking like us nearly 4 million years ago

One of the most basic differences separating us from other apes is our ability to walk fully upright, and that goes back to the emergence of the Homo genus 1.9 million years ago. More »


io9 Roundup: July 19, 2011The Beastie Boys' epic 11-minute music video pits G.I. Joes against zombies

Here's something for all your Supermarionation fans out there. Longtime Beastie Boy collaborator and Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze has directed 11 minutes worth of action figures teaming up with the Abominable Snowman to battle a vast anti-Beastie Boy conspiracy. More »


io9 Roundup: July 19, 2011What Got Cut from the Final Harry Potter Movie? And What New Scenes Were Added?

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 went out with a blinding magical explosion. But why did director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves choose to make so many changes from J.K. Rowling's original novel? More »


io9 Roundup: July 19, 2011True Blood tells the story of 3 Men and A Trash Baby

Last night True Blood was all about weird creepy Mom fetishes. Sookie was Eric's Mom, Nan was Bill's Mom, and then someone had sex with their great-great-great-great grandchild. More »


io9 Roundup: July 19, 2011This "galaxy" is a cosmic optical illusion

This chaotic mess may look like a single galaxy. However, NGC 3314 is actually two distinct galaxies separated by millions of light-years that just happen to be perfectly arranged relative to Earth so that they look like one gigantic galaxy. More »


io9 Roundup: July 19, 2011The Most Ludicrous Moments from Lifetime's J.K. Rowling Biopic

It's almost impossible to pick the greatest bits of wrongness in last night's Lifetime Original movie about the life of Harry Potter's creator... but we'll try. More »


io9 Roundup: July 19, 2011The Most Accurate Sonic Screwdriver Models Ever Created!

If you've ever wished you could use "sonic" as a verb — or be as swashbuckling a gadgeteer as the mysterious time-traveling Doctor and his friends — then this is your lucky day. Quantum Mechanix is unveiling a series of Doctor Who sonic screwdrivers, designed by the actual Doctor Who propmaker. More »


io9 Roundup: July 19, 2011This anamorphic Medusa painting is the coolest thing you'll see all day

Italian designers Ninja1 and Mach505 were so taken with a certain snake-haired gorgon that they created an anamorphic painting of the monster. Watch Medusa's herpetological hairdo come together only at a particular vantage point. More »


io9 Roundup: July 19, 201110 Fantasy Book Series That Could Replace Harry Potter at the Movies

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 had the biggest opening weekend of any movie in box office history. Which means that Hollywood is going to be twice as desperate to find a new Potter-style addictive fantasy series. More »


io9 Roundup: July 19, 2011This ancient insect was a chimera

Scientists have found fossils of an early insect that seems to have the body parts from many different types of today's insects. It represents an evolutionary conundrum. More »


io9 Roundup: July 19, 2011Damn It Feels Good to Be a Lannister: The Music Video

Jamie and Tyrion Lannister rap to the tune of "Damn It Feels Good To Be a Gangster" but with their own, special Game Of Thrones-themed lyrics. "Always pay your debts!" Take a listen! More »


io9 Roundup: July 19, 2011This is where Falling Skies starts to get really good

Falling Skies has shown tons of potential, and some fascinating story threads, ever since the post-apocalyptic alien occupation show started. But last night's intense "Sanctuary Part 1" was the first time this show really felt like it delivered. More »