io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011 WHATEVER HAPPENS IN VEGAS... | Sin City is a tough place to play, since everything fell apart. "In the Mists of Vegas" concept art by Robin Olausson.


io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011

10 Computer-Animated or Motion-Captured Characters Who Actually Look Cool

Rise of the Planet of the Apes proved that a motion-capture performance can capture audiences' attention. And a mocap character doesn't need to be a lovable blue cat person to win people over. More »


io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011Terrify your enemies by mastering ‘dark fire'

This trick only works at night, in cities with old sodium streetlights, but it looks very badass. With just a small torch and a spray bottle, you can make the dread 'dark fire.' That's right - you will see black flame, just like in this picture. More »


io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011School bans Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-5, so Vonnegut Library gives copies to students for free

Most of us regard Kurt Vonnegut's classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five as a masterpiece of thought-provoking science fiction, but the School Board of Republic High School in Missouri felt differently. More »


io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011Is impotence linked to dating within your group of friends?

For men in heterosexual relationships, time out with the guys can be important. Now, research suggests that it may be better for the guys' sex lives if their female partners don't tag along. More »


io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011What to Expect From Fringe Season 4: "The show has a meaning that we haven't shared yet"

Fringe returns for a miraculous fourth season next month, and we'll finally get to discover just what kind of world(s) our characters are living in now. More »


io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011Tim Heidecker had a UFO encounter in Brooklyn

Last week, Tim Heidecker (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! fame) was minding his own business when an entire UFO fleet began to descend upon the neighborhood of Greenpoint. More »


io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011Now we really want to see Warehouse 13's H.G. Wells spin-off!

You might recall that Syfy gave the green light to development of a Warehouse 13 spin-off starring H.G. Wells a while back. Back when this was announced, we were pretty excited - but that was before we saw last night's episode, guest-starring Torchwood's Gareth David-Lloyd. More »


io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011Chimps prove that human generosity is an ancient trait

Is selfless behavior in humans a unique evolutionary development? For years, studies designed to test prosociality, or altruism, in chimpanzees have presented them as "reluctant altruists" that are indifferent to the welfare of their fellow chimps. More »


io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011Rats are awesome masters of all things poisonous

We recently learned that rats in Africa can use plant poison to kill lions, and their North American counterparts also have a few tricks up their sleeves. More »


io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011Resident Evil 5: Milla's On A Boat will shoot this October

And you thought the fourth Resident Evil film would be the last, you silly, stupid fools. Resident Evil: Retribution (the official title of the fifth film) is getting ready to shoot this October. More »


io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011First Photos of Matt Damon as a Cyborg on the Edge in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium

District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is filming his next movie, set 100 years in the future on another planet. And it looks like Matt Damon is going to be a machine-man in trouble, judging from these new set pics.More »


io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011Chris Sarandon explains the insane reason why Fright Night's vampires crave fruit

The original badass vampire from the first Fright Night movie dropped a piece of batshit insane knowledge on us during our exclusive interview. More »


io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011Mars rover Opportunity is about to embark on a new mission, looking for signs of life

Things can be pretty slow-going on the red planet for NASA's Mars rover Opportunity. Since January of 2004, the solar-powered Opportunity has been chugging along the planet's surface at a leisurely pace of 60 centimeters an hour, but there's exciting news on the horizon. More »


io9 Roundup: August 9, 2011Say goodbye to the little town that could: Syfy cancels Eureka

Just last week Syfy "hoped" they could pick up six more episodes for a possibly final season of Eureka. Sadly, Syfy has changed its mind. There will be no more Eureka after the 2012 season. More »