io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012IN MEMORY OF A GIANT SQUID | This life-sized model of a record-holding squid located in Glover Harbour, Newfoundland, is just one of many attractions from our Scifi Summer Road Trip. Read it (and the comments) for more fun summer destinations. Photo by Robert Hiscock.


io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012The Webcomic Guide to the Higgs Boson

If you're still a little fuzzy on what the Higgs Boson is or why particle physicists are so keen on finding it, check out this video by PhD Comics creator Jorge Cham. More »


io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012World's deadliest golf course boasts land mines and man-bear-pigs

Along the DMZ, golf is not a sport for the faint of heart. The golf course at Camp Bonifas, just south of the Korean demilitarized zone, boasts just one hole, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in hazards. More »


io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012Jeffrey Brown explains why Darth Vader would have made a great dad

With his new book Darth Vader and Son, cartoonist Jeffrey Brown answers one of the great hypothetical questions of the Star Wars universe: What if Darth Vader raised Luke Skywalker? More »


io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012Why do cultures always name red before they do blue?

The way different languages view colors is a curious topic. Much has been made of Homer's wine dark seas, and I've seen it claimed that Chinese had no word for pink before modern European contact, while the Russians use separate words for dark and light blue. More »


io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012Who are the richest characters in fiction?

Each year, Forbes magazine assembles its Forbes Fictional 15, comparing the fortunes of some of fiction's wealthiest folks. This year, dragons and vampires beat out corporate heirs, and Game of Thrones' richest family made the list. More »


io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012Appease your inner Indiana Jones and delve into The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology

Looking for a view of Maya technology that does not concentrate on absurd interpretations of calendars and December 21, 2012? If so, James O'Kon's The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology belongs on your bookshelf. More »


io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012John Noble's Finest Moment from Last Night's Fringe

John Noble just can't stop stealing episodes of Fringe. Last night's outing was all about dealing with yet another one of Walter Bishop's nearly endless catalog of mistakes... More »


io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012Watch a subway snub cause a bloody lightsaber battle

You should always give your seat on the subway to the old guy - not just because it's the right thing to do, but because that old guy might be a retired Sith lord with a penchant for skewering snot-nosed kids with poor transit etiquette. More »


io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012Extinct people of the Land of Fire were mighty wrestlers

Were the Selk'nam the Sumos of South America? Bones of an extinct people of Tierra del Fuego, "the Land of Fire," suggest they may indeed have been the mighty wrestlers that Charles Darwin and others said they were. More »


io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012Muppets illustrations reenact classic tales and legends

The Muppets may have just returned to the big screen this past fall, but BOOM! Studios has kept Kermit and the gang in business, both in The Muppet Show comics and in comics where the Muppets retell existing stories. More »


io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012Historical Photographs of Scientists in Love

Some couples are lucky enough to share not only their passions for one another, but their joint passion for scientific exploration. These photos, taken mostly in the first half of the twentieth century, celebrate couples who expanded our knowledge of the world together. More »


io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012The Doctor is a dog now. Dogs are cool.

Normally I don't go in for canine cosplay, but I have to admit that Blitzen the American Eskimo looks especially dashing in this Number Eleven costume. More »


io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012Game of Thrones concept art provides a raven's eye view of Westeros and beyond

The visuals in Game of Thrones keep blowing us away - and now we have a glimpse of the process that's created them. Concept artist Kimberley Pope has posted dozens and dozens of her designs for seasons one and two. More »


io9 Roundup: April 29, 2012Why is our skin waterproof?

It's something we all just take completely for granted: no matter how hard it rains or how much our clothes get soaked, our skin will keep the water out of our bodies. More »