io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011

LONELY SURVIVOR | A piece of debris near Lake Nacogdoches in Texas has turned out to be a fragment from the Space Shuttle Columbia, which burned up on re-entry in 2003. The tank was part of the orbiter's electrical system. Via BBC.


io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011

Did Earth once have two Moons?

The two sides of the Moon look nothing like each other: the near side is flat and low, while the far side is incredibly mountainous. We may now be able to solve this topographical mystery...and it involves a second moon. The current best theory for the origin of the Moon is the "giant impact" model. More »


io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011Planet of the Apes: A Timeline and An Explanation

Rise of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters this Friday with a moving tale of genetically-altered apes who achieve human-level intelligence. But how does this film fit into the complicated time-travel tangles of the 40-year-old franchise? More »


io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011A theory that could finally explain how the Great Pyramids of Egypt were built

There are many theories about how the Great Pyramid in Egypt was constructed, ranging from UFOs to elaborate ramps and machines. But none has ever fully explained how mere human effort could raise such an incredible structure. More »


io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011Amazing Fairy Tale Art from a Biology PhD

If you want to create unforgettable dreamlike images of fairies, dragons and other fantasy creatures, maybe it helps to have a background in science. Bluefooted, aka Erin, has a PhD in biology, and her work has an astounding vividness. More »


io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011Stunning Shots of the Real-Life Hong Kong Locations Featured in Ghost in the Shell

When adapting the Ghost in the Shell manga into an anime film, director Mamoru Oshii chose to turn the real-life streets of Hong Kong into a hyper-stylized, dreamlike city of the future. More »


io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011Many people don't care about having an orgasm, says health researcher

Orgasms are supposed to be the goal of most sexual activity. Sex without one would be like watching a space opera with no giant starship battle at the end, right? More »


io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011Zachary Quinto on Star Trek 2: It's time to repopulate the universe with Vulcans!

What's next for Spock in Star Trek 2? We caught up with Zachary Quinto, and he told us that ponn far may be on Spock's mind. How will Spock handle being in love with a human when the Vulcan race needs to be rebuilt? Quinto gave us some hints about what Spock may do next. More »


io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011First close-up photographs of giant asteroid Vesta reveal "Snowman"

Right now NASA's Dawn spacecraft is 114 million miles from Earth, orbiting thousands of miles above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. And Dawn's been taking pictures. Shown here is the first full frame image snapped by Dawn's onboard framing camera. More »


io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011J.J. Abrams wants your ideas for how Lost should have ended

J.J. Abrams finally broke his long silence on the controversial ending of his most successful TV show, Lost. In an interview with the Guardian, he said that he hasn't heard anybody come up with their own ideas for how Lost should have ended. We thought you'd never ask. More »


io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011Miranda July explains why you're living in a time bubble right now

Miranda July's new movie, The Future, plays with time obsessively and weirdly. Just the title hints at a battle against the sneakiness of time, creeping up on you. More »


io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011First trailer for The Darkest Hour unleashes lightning-powered alien invaders

Watch the first trailer for director Chris Gorak (Right at Your Door) alien invasion flick The Darkest Hour, with Emile Hirsch facing a pack of invisible electricity-hungry aliens. More »


io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011In 1959, mathematician-philosopher Bertrand Russell had two things he wanted to say to people of the future

Words to think about concerning our ever-shrinking, interconnected world, from a 1959 BBC interview with British philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell. More »


io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011Everyone in HBO's Superheroes documentary is going to die

Much as we love Batman, we certainly don't think it's a wise idea to go out into the streets looking for crime to fight. People have guns. They will shoot you in the face. More »


io9 Roundup: August 3, 2011First clip from Marvel's short film about life at S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agent Coulson is finally getting his break-out Marvel movie! Granted it's just a short and will only be premiering on the Thor DVD, but there's no such thing as too little Coulson! More »