Who Is Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer? And Why Does He Rock Doctor Who?

One of the most startling things about last Saturday's episode of Doctor Who was the brief glimpse of a certain Dalek-fighting badass with a chainsaw sword, in a montage of galactic criminals. But just who is Abslom Daak? And why is his appearance on the television show such a big deal? » 9/23/14 4:48pm 29 minutes ago

Shapeshifting Metal Brings Us One Step Closer to the T-1000

Composed of liquid metal, the robot assassin in Terminator 2 could change its shape at will. In boring real life, surface tension makes forming non-spherical liquid shapes impractical—at least until now. New research has yielded a technique that makes it possible to manipulate liquid metal into multiple configurations. » 9/23/14 1:40pm 37 minutes ago

Is There Any Plausible Reason Why Aliens Would Evolve To Look Like Us?

In science fiction movies and TV shows, intelligent aliens are usually the same basic shape as humans: two arms, two legs and a head. But why would creatures that evolved on a completely different planet look so similar to us? We asked some experts, and they told us the most likely explanations for humanoid aliens. » 9/23/14 12:49pm Today 12:49pm

This Virtual Nurse Is (Almost) Ready To See You Now

Meet Molly, a virtual nurse that could someday provide follow-up care to patients, assess their condition, and provide caregivers with the information they need. The company behind the technology, Sense.ly, just raised $1.25 million to take the product to the next level. » 9/23/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

You Are Alive Today Thanks to the Symbionts in Your Body

Mitochondria float around in the goo of your cells, tirelessly making the molecules that power your body. But these mitochondria used to be independent of your body; they were bacteria, floating free in the world. You are, at a fundamental level, the result of symbiosis — the interdependence of two life forms. » 9/23/14 11:27am Today 11:27am

Republic Of Thieves Proves That A Fantasy Novel Can Be Epic AND Fun

Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastards books have received the type of acclaim you expect for some of the best known fantasy authors — for good reason. Lynch has a strong, fun voice that keeps the pages breezing past. His latest, the long-overdue Republic of Thieves, is a more complicated, but no less fun book than its… » 9/23/14 11:13am Today 11:13am

On Gotham, Criminals Are A Super-Silly And Cowardly Lot

Long before Batman existed, Gotham City was a weird, creepy place where the criminal element liked to get kind of silly. At least, that seems to be the main point of Gotham, the show set 10 years before Batman. Last night's premiere was ridiculously entertaining and impossible to take seriously. Spoilers ahead... » 9/23/14 10:45am Today 10:45am

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Running a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your devices ensures that you're securely connected, protects your data, and allows you to access region-blocked content. For a little while, io9 readers can get 70% off 3 years of VPN Unlimited's Premier Plan. That's 50 cents/month for peace of mind online – not bad. » 8/20/14 5:23pm 8/20/14 5:23pm