io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: 7/30 - 7/31 | Mark James Yamamoto's organic Voltron, which you can see in full here. (Via Super Punch)


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011Clarissa Explains It All prophesied the movie Cowboys & Aliens

Way back in the early 1990s, before Cowboys & Aliens was a graphic novel/film pitch, Clarissa Explains It All predicted the existence of the film in a throwaway line courtesy of Clarissa's dorky brother Ferguson. Now we know where Hollywood gets its ideas — trawling Nickelodeon teen sitcoms. More »


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011Fine art with a dash of Turtle Power

At the "Shell-Shock" art show, artists paid tribute to our favorite quartet of mutant reptiles, with pizza-filled paintings and illustrations from Dimension X. More »


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011The secret history of the greatest Thor stories ever written

At Comic-Con, io9 had a nice long talk with Walt Simonson, the man responsible for the defining run on The Mighty Thor in the 1980s (indeed, Simonson's tenure on the comic was a big influence on this summer's Thor movie). More »


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011How to use dice to stop people from lying on surveys

Whenever we turn on the news, we're treated to statistics about things there seem to be no way of verifying. How many people has the average person slept with? How many crimes has the average person committed? The numbers quoted are often the result of surveys. In a survey, there's nothing to keep people honest, especially about things like crimes. Scientists have found that dice can shake the truth out of people. More »


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011Holy hell, the 1970s Alien comic book was awesome

We recently ran an interview with Thor writer Walt Simonson in which he mentions an Alien movie adaptation he worked on for Heavy Metal back in 1979 with Archie Goodwin and John Workman. I'd never read it before, so I looked it up. And guess what? It's an absolute jaw-dropper. More »


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011The new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a magical mystery tour through Alan Moore's head

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century - 1969 sees Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's Britannic literary superteam in Love Generation London, where Aleister Crowley analogue Oliver Haddo conspires with Terner Purple, a thinly veiled reference to Mick Jagger's role in the rock-and-roll drama Performance. More »


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011The Rapture will be televised, on Torchwood

With the clip above, Torchwood zeroes in on two strands of Protestant politics, especially in America. There's the "City on the Hill," in which the elect are chosen in advance for paradise. And then there's the forgiven sinner, in which the worst sin can be wiped clean as someone is lifted up by the grace of God. More »


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011Jango Fett attended a prom in New Zealand

Here's a cute story about bounty hunters and school dances. When New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett, Abin Sur in Green Lantern) was asked by his niece to attend a Star Wars-themed school ball in the city of Rotorua, he made a guest appearance. In other news, a school held a Star Wars prom! More »


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011Tremble before Bane's full costume from The Dark Knight Rises!

Yesterday in Pittsburgh, Tom Hardy braved the summer heat wearing his full Bane get-up to deliver a speech to some bad guys. Also, some new camouflage Batmobiles rolled down the street. Warning: spoilers and supervillain fashion galore! More »


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011Art installation allows you to be a kaiju in the city of the mole people

For the upcoming MS Dockville music festival in Hamburg, Germany, designer EVOL transformed an empty field into a weird subterranean cityscape that visitors can tromp through. More »


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011Saying swear words actually stresses your brain

While there's nothing quite like reeling off a string of profanities to blow off some steam, our brains might not agree with that sentiment. Saying swear words out loud actually triggers reactions deep in the emotion centers of the brain. More »


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011You tell us what Bane is reading on this piece of paper

Earlier today, we posted photos of Tom Hardy decked out in Bane attire on the set of The Dark Knight Rises. One of the stranger snapshots has Bane staring intently at a scrap of paper. More »


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011There were just too many humans for Neanderthals to survive

The extinction of the Neanderthals remains a matter of intense debate. Were we smarter than them? More warlike? Or perhaps we simply sexed them into extinction? The real answer might have more to do with our quantity than our qualities. More »


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011David Tennant's first TV role was in the world's worst anti-smoking PSA

Before he became renowned the world over for playing Barty Crouch Jr. (and some other role I can't remember off the top of my head), David Tennant starred in what was possibly the world's most stultifying anti-cigarette program. Together with some bemulleted child, a 16-year-old Tennant plays a teenage smoker with "beautiful legs." More »


io9 Roundup: July 31, 2011Tree DNA tests prove that Benjamin Franklin isn't ruining the Gulf Coast

Much of the southeastern US is struggling with Chinese tallow trees, an invasive species that is overrunning the Gulf Coast and wreaking havoc on the natural habitat. And, until now, people figured it was that big jerk Benjamin Franklin's fault. More »