Mice With Genetically "Humanized" Brains Learn Faster

It's not quite a Pinky and the Brain scenario, but researchers from MIT and several European universities have spliced a human gene responsible for speech and language into mice — a bit of biological uplift that made the mice smarter in certain ways. » 9/16/14 2:50pm 9 minutes ago

Thousands Of FBI Documents About Civil Rights Era Destroyed By Flooding

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of COINTELPRO, a major FBI operation to "expose, disrupt and otherwise neutralize" hate organizations, including the Ku Klux Klan. It's just been revealed that many crucial questions about that period will remain forever unanswered, due to archival neglect. » 9/16/14 1:48pm Today 1:48pm

Who's The Greatest Science Fiction Character Of All Time?

Science fiction is full of brilliant ideas — but it's also the home of some fascinating characters. And the British Film Institute is trying to find the greatest science fiction character of all time — but I bet we can do even better, right here. Who are the greatest characters in all of science fiction? » 9/16/14 1:16pm Today 1:16pm

What's Happening With Crew Transport To The Space Station?

Today NASA announced new commercial partners to take over crew-transport to the International Space Station. Following in the wake of Russia playing hardball with astronaut training in Crimea, human spaceflight launches will finally be returning to the United States. » 9/16/14 3:58pm Today 3:58pm

Billy Batson Abuses His Shazam Powers To Solve A Problem On A Math Test

If you were school-aged child who could turn into a superpowered being with just a word, how would you use that power? To use the wisdom of Solomon an algebra problem? To sneak into an R-rated movie? These three DC Nation: Shazam! shorts reveal how Billy Batson uses three of his Shazam powers. » 9/16/14 12:30pm Today 12:30pm

So You Want To Make A Genre TV Show Part 2: Inside The Writers' Room

I'm a former Syfy exec who left the network to make a new TV show call Z Nation that airs Fridays at 10/9c on Syfy and Space Channel. I'm a co-creator/writer/co-executive producer on the series and thought it'd be interesting to share with fans how the series got made from conception to air. » 9/16/14 12:02pm Today 12:02pm

First Powers TV Pic Looks Nothing Like The Comic, Still Looks Good

The first photo of Sharlto Copley and Susan Hayward as Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim in Sony's live-action Powers adaptation has arrived! You may notice that neither of them look even slightly like their original comic counterparts. Who cares? Not co-creator Brian Michaal Bendis, that's for sure. » 9/16/14 11:58am Today 11:58am

Target, We Need to Talk About This

This past weekend I had my birthday party, and wanted some decorations, as one does. So I visit my local Tar-zhay, and decide on a Disney Princess/Superhero theme because I'm an adult and if I want Belle canoodling with Batman or Captain America then by God, I shall do so. Except for one very disappointing thing: » 9/16/14 2:48pm Today 2:48pm

How Do Fictional Poisons Stack Up To Real-Life Ones?

In books and movies, poisons are basically magic. It's kind of a letdown to read about deliciously evil poisons and then realize they're not nearly as potent in reality as they are in stories. Here are some myths about poison from pop culture — and the less impressive reality. » 9/16/14 11:22am Today 11:22am

Relive The Glory Days – Get 25% Off The NES30 Bluetooth Controller

Touchscreens are okay, but controllers are better. What's better than a controller? A quality retro one like the NES 30. Playing with this controller is straight nostalgia – only improved. For a little while, io9 readers can grab 25% off the NES30 (w/ free shipping, of course). For $29.99, it's an easy choice. » 9/12/14 2:57pm Friday 2:57pm