Which Movie Subplot Do You Wish Had Gotten More Screen Time?

Sometimes a movie has subplots that are better off left on the cutting-room floor because they drag the whole thing down. But sometimes, a subplot adds a lot of depth, and you only get to glimpse how wonderful it could have been. Which science fiction or fantasy movie had a subplot you wish you could have seen more of? » 11/26/14 2:07pm Today 2:07pm

Victor Von Doom goes toe-to-toe with Darth Vader in this amazing Art

The Dark Lord of the Sith might have gone up against Batman recently, and that's all well and good - but what would happen if he brawled with everyone's favourite All-Caps leader of Latveria? Comic artist icon Alex Ross imagined just that in this awesome piece of work. » 11/26/14 4:37pm Today 4:37pm

Star Wars Deleted Scenes Reveal The Utter Disaster That Could Have Been

The documentary Star Wars: Deleted Magic shows a version of Star Wars: A New Hope that never made it to theaters, one filled with deleted scenes. And watching the entire thing made me realize one of the more miraculous things about A New Hope is that we got such a wonderful movie instead of a mediocre one. » 11/26/14 1:00pm Today 1:00pm

This Starts As A Cute Toy Soldier Movie—Then Reveals The Terrors Of War

In order to cope with the battle around him, the soldier in this short film imagines a land where toy soldiers kill only balloons, shoot daisies from their rifles, and receive chocolate coin medals. But even in his imagination, he can't escape the horrifying truth about war and what it costs the people who fight. » 11/26/14 11:30am Today 11:30am

Why the U.S. Is One of the Cruelest Places in the World for Lab Animals

The United States prides itself on being a country of animal lovers. But when it comes to the ethical treatment of lab animals, few countries perform worse. Here's how the U.S. has fallen out of step with the rest of the world, and why many of its practices are considered unscientific and inhumane. » 11/26/14 11:00am Today 11:00am

How to Explain Net Neutrality to Your Relatives: A Thanksgiving Guide

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means turkey, mashed potatoes, and getting peppered with questions about tech-related news stories because hey, you read a bunch of blogs and you even know what a yik-yak is! It's only a matter of time before they ask you "So what's up with that thing on the internets?" » 11/26/14 1:33pm Today 1:33pm

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

Touchscreens are okay, but controllers are better. What beats a controller? A quality retro one like the NES 30. Playing with the NEs 30 is straight nostalgia – only improved. For a little while, io9 readers can grab 25% off the NES30 (w/ free shipping). For $29.99, why not pick one up for the holidays? » 11/24/14 2:25pm Monday 2:25pm