Best of the Week: August 18-24, 2012WATCH OUT BELOW | Just one of the new images from the concept art genuises at Framestore that are going to be part of our bold storytelling experiment — where io9's readers write a continuing story based on Framestore's art. Read more about it here.


Best of the Week: August 18-24, 2012This Fall's Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

What do science fiction and fantasy books have in store for you this fall? There are new fantasy series by Tad Williams and Jacqueline Carey. A brand new Culture novel by Iain M. Banks. Collaborations between Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, and Larry Niven and Gregory Benford. A classic Gene Wolfe novel. A massive Ursula K. Le Guin story collection. And much, much more. More »


Best of the Week: August 18-24, 2012Now we know why the Japanese tsunami was so huge

Last year's earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan left scientists baffled. They knew that the potential for large waves was very real, but the tremendous size of the Japanese tsunami went beyond their wildest expectations - with some waves reaching as high as 20 feet. But now, scientists at Cambridge University suspect they know what happened. More »


Best of the Week: August 18-24, 20129 Wonder Woman Villains (That Explain Why Nobody Talks About Wonder Woman's Villains)

Superheroes like Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man all have enemies that are immediately familiar to those unversed in comic book minutiae. But Wonder Woman? More »


Watch what happens when you play Cypress Hill through a squid's finBest of the Week: August 18-24, 2012

Cephalopods like squid and octopuses change their appearance with color-changing cells called chromatophores. Chromatophores can be stimulated via electrical signals - like the ones coming out of the headphone jack of an iPhone playing Cypress Hill's "Insane in the Brain." Watch what happens when you play Cypress Hill through a squid's finMore »


Best of the Week: August 18-24, 2012Robot and Frank: Science Fiction at its Absolute Best

The best science fiction is usually about our relationship with technology in some way - how technology changes us, and how we shape it, in turn. More »


Best of the Week: August 18-24, 2012Join us in a bold new experiment with storytelling

Starting today, we're going to be telling a story on io9. This story will be a sweeping space epic, gorgeously illustrated with professional artwork like what you see here. More »


Best of the Week: August 18-24, 2012NASA commissioned these bizarre and beautiful photographs of our Martian future

The Mars rovers should be credited as co-creators of Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea, the latest series by artists Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick. More »


Best of the Week: August 18-24, 2012How Britain's Failed Attempt to Develop a ‘Death Ray' Changed the Course of World War II

In the early 1930s, Great Britain found itself in a rather precarious position. Military theorists were predicting, quite correctly, that the next war would be dominated by air power, and the ominous threat of aerial bombardment. More »


Best of the Week: August 18-24, 2012Wonder Woman and Superman are now officially doing it

After decades of cavorting with human women - and occasionally being brainwashed into making pornos with superhuman gals - Superman has found a cervix hardy enough to withstand his ballistic Kryptonian seed. In next week's issue of Justice League, Superman and Wonder Woman will officially become the DC Universe's new power couple. Commence the atmospheric diddling! More »


Best of the Week: August 18-24, 2012Yes, Todd Akin, victims of ‘legitimate rape' get pregnant – here's scientific proof

If you haven't heard yet, it's time you did: yesterday afternoon, U.S. Senate nominee Todd Akin said in a televised interview that women rarely get pregnant following instances of "legitimate rape," because the female body has ways to "shut that whole thing down." Akin is wrong. More »


Best of the Week: August 18-24, 2012This gorgeous world map depicts all of Earth's hurricanes since 1851

Data visualization expert John Nelson likes to illustrate risk. Usually he focuses on individual events, but in recent months he's directed his design talents towards a series of bigger projects, in the interest of communicating information about "general geographic trends in existential risk." Translation: beautiful maps depicting the distribution of natural disasters over time. More »


Best of the Week: August 18-24, 2012Alan Rickman is awesome even when he's making tea in extreme slow-motion

Alan Rickman is commonly termed a "phone book" actor because so many people would be happy to listen to him read the phone book. But would you watch him make tea in super slow-motion while the soundtrack to Inception plays? More »


Best of the Week: August 18-24, 2012These mirrors will allow us to observe the birth of the Universe. Yes, really.

In 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will become one of the greatest tools in humanity's quest to understand the cosmos. Now, after eight years, the technology comprising the heart and soul of the telescope - an ultra-sophisticated beryllium mirror system - is complete. More »


Best of the Week: August 18-24, 201210 Myths About Space Travel That Make Science Fiction Better

We all love to point out the ridiculous bad physics in science fiction - it's like an awesome sport that everybody wins. (Except physics.) But the truth is, sometimes you have to violate the laws of physics to create science fiction stories that people want to watch. More »


Best of the Week: August 18-24, 2012Prominent scientists sign declaration that animals have conscious awareness, just like us

An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are - a list of animals that includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus. But will this make us stop treating these animals in totally inhumane ways? More »