io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011

THE ISLAND UNIVERSE | The isolated galaxy NGC 2403 appears inside the constellation Camelopardalis. Image via NASA.


io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011

Jane Eyre director could be making the next Moon

Here's an interesting premise for a film: a space assassin wakes up floating aimlessly through space. Unaware of how he got there, his only company is a robot voice programmed to turn off once his human companion runs out of oxygen... More »


io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011Scientists show that Peter Pan grows up with a shot of iodine

Axolotls are most well-known for their remarkable ability to re-grow amputated limbs. Their regenerative abilities come with eternal youth - that can be ended with a bit of iodine More »


io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011Marvel Comics unveil their new Spider-Man (who isn't Peter Parker)

Hot diggity dog! Remember the "Donald Glover for Spider-Man" Twitter campaign that started on the very site you're reading and eventually led to Glover donning the web-slinger's pajamas on Community? More »


io9 Roundup: August 2, 201110 Dumbest Magical Comedies Where Someone Learns An Important Lesson

For every Freaky Friday, there are a hundred Hot Chicks. Hollywood loves to bombard us with terrible comedies about contrived magical mix-ups, in which somebody learns something meaningful about life and stuff. More »


io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011Oxygen molecules discovered in space for the very first time

We've discovered evidence of just about every gas imaginable out in space, but one we'd never seen was molecular oxygen, the stuff we breathe everyday. Now, thanks to powerful infrared telescopes, we've found the very first traces of space oxygen. More »


io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011One video reveals the secrets behind creating the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros

Watch as Game of Thrones' Westeros is brought to life, in this amazing FX reel from Blue Bolt. Be warned: there are very big season finale spoilers in the video. More »


io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011Is this the world's oldest known protractor?

For over a century, archaeologists have argued over the original purpose of the strange looking object shown above, which was discovered in 1906 in the tomb of the ancient Egyptian architect Kha. Now, an Italian physicist claims to have deduced the artifact's true function:She says it's the world's first known protractor. More »


io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011The Complete Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy in August

What do August's science fiction and fantasy have in store for you? There's loads of movies, including David Tennant's vampire-hunting Fright Night. There's the return of Doctor Who! Loads of conventions, including Renovation/Worldcon! And tons of author appearances! More »


io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011Alan Ball returns for a 5th True Blood season - and answers your vampire sex questions

The cast members of True Blood and showrunner Alan Ball gathered on stage at the Television Critics Association to answer your questions about which were-panther is shtupping whom. More »


io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011Optical illusion poster is a tree . . . until you examine it more closely

Who doesn't love tree rings? Nobody, that's who. That fact alone should be reason enough to appreciate this beautiful poster by Gary, Aaron & Khairul. But look a little closer and you'll find an entirely new reason to love this lithograph print, which is aptly titled Tree of Life. More »


io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time, According to NPR

Back in June, we asked you to help NPR choose the 100 best science fiction and fantasy books of all time — and now the list of finalists is out! More »


io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011How Anthony Stewart Head Feels About What Happened to Giles

Rupert "Ripper" Giles is a mainstay of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — even when he went off to Britain to ride horses, he was still a vital part of Buffy's messed-up world. More »


io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011What Superman comic books is Henry Cavill reading to prepare for The Man of Steel?

Henry Cavill has some huge boots to fill as the new Clark Kent. So what source materials is he reading to prepare to star in Zack Snyder's reboot The Man Of Steel? More »


io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011Is Rise of the Planet of the Apes anti-science?

You could easily interpret the new Planet of the Apes movie as being an anti-science diatribe — since it's about foolish humans meddling with biology, causing a new race of super-intelligent apes to emerge. More »


io9 Roundup: August 2, 2011Architects of Air's inflatable Luminaria will blow you away

To step inside one of Architects of Air's inflatable Luminarium exhibits is to be transported to another world of breathtaking light and color. More »