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To All The Ice Bucket Haters, Here's Why The Challenge Matters

The internet is absolutely abuzz with videos of famous faces and normies all dumping buckets of ice water upon their heads as a call for awareness about the neurodegenerative disorder ALS. And just as like all things popular, the haters are coming out of the woodwork. But here's why the Ice Bucket Challenge matters. » 8/20/14 4:32pm A minute ago

Which Character Is A Hero To Us, But A War Criminal To The Other Side?

Sometimes, one culture's hero is another culture's villain — especially if they were on opposite sides of a conflict. Everybody always says that the winners write history, but often both sides have different versions. So which character is either a savior or a butcher, depending on whom you ask? » 8/20/14 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

Automata Trailer Shows Off A Robot Action Movie That Gets Robots Right

We'll be honest, we did not know much about Antonio Banderas and Gabe Ibáñez's Automata, but this trailer has us very, very excited about this robot movie. From what we can tell, Automata appears to be twisting around Asimov's laws of robitcs, which is great. Also, we're really happy to see that the robots look like… » 8/20/14 2:20pm Today 2:20pm

io9 Is Hiring: We're Looking For A Few Good Researchers!

Are you just starting your career, and want to get your feet wet with a research job at io9? We've got three openings — two for contributing researchers who focus on culture and entertainment, and one for a half-time editorial fellow in the sciences who will do research, writing, and outreach in the science community. » 8/20/14 2:09pm Today 2:09pm

The Ultimate Tour Of The DC Universe And Grant Morrison's Multiversity

Grant Morrison's more-insanely-epic-than-usual DC project Multiversity begins today, which will try to tie pretty much every single part of every single DC universe into one coherent whole. This video is the best explanation of what Morrison's trying to accomplish I've seen so far — it's definitely worth a watch. » 8/20/14 1:40pm Today 1:40pm

New Photos Highlight One Of Our Galaxy's Grandest Star Factories

This spectacular image was captured by the Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, and released today by the European Southern Observatory. To the right of the photograph is nebula NGC 3576. On the left is star cluster NGC3603, home to the Milky Way's highest known concentration of massive stars. » 8/20/14 1:39pm Today 1:39pm

A Rare Chunk Of Giant Asteroid Vesta Has Been Stolen

Giant asteroid Vesta is the second-biggest object in our solar system's asteroid belt, and the origin of an estimated 5% of Earth's meteorites. Yesterday, an especially rare chunk of Vesta recovered from the Netherlands in 1925 was reported stolen from the Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory in Utrecht, Netherlands. » 8/20/14 12:26pm Today 12:26pm

This 1965 Soviet Documentary About Lunar Colonization Is Astounding

The Space Age gave birth to some absolutely beautiful visions of space exploration and life in space — including a ton of lovely artwork from Soviet creators. And one of the most striking Soviet works of space-age futurism came in 1965, in a documentary called Luna or Moon. The whole beautiful thing is online, with… » 8/20/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

Stop Complaining About Gentrification Unless You Know What It Is

In many cities, it's become popular to hate "gentrifiers," rich people who move in and drive up housing prices — pushing everyone else out. But what's going on in these rapidly-changing urban spaces is a lot more complicated than that. » 8/20/14 11:35am Today 11:35am

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Get 92% Off The Complete iOS 8 & Swift Development Course (Pre-Order)

In a few months, Apple is releasing iOS 8 along with Swift, their new development language. Want to get a jump start and learn how to build apps in this new language? For a little while, you can lock in this extra low pre-order price (92% off for $79) on the Complete iOS 8 & Swift Development Course. » 7/01/14 3:44pm 7/01/14 3:44pm

Top 10 Most Ridiculously Overcomplicated Doctor Who Villain Schemes

The Doctor, that time-traveling alien mad scientist, is a clever man — but his foes often outsmart themselves. We may never know the Doctor's real name, but the Master's name is clearly Rube Goldberg. Here are the 10 most ludicrously byzantine plots that Doctor Who's baddies have cooked up. » 8/20/14 10:30am Today 10:30am