Jada Pinkett Smith Showed Up To Gotham Audition With a Man on a Leash

I'm still feeling out Fox's new Gotham show, but I can definitely say that the highlight of the show so far is Fish Mooney, the ruthless queenpin contender that is made of 100% certified organic allure, played by Jada Pinkett Smith. Mooney is not in Batman canon, but after reading how Pinkett Smith auditioned for the… » 10/19/14 6:27pm Yesterday 6:27pm

Gorgeous Drone Footage Of Killer Whales Is The First Of Its Kind

Earlier this year, researchers came together to investigate the health and habits of killer whales using a custom-built, remotely operated hexacopter. The study, which resulted not only in incredible footage but fascinating observations, is the first to incorporate a drone in the monitoring of killer whales. » 10/19/14 1:45pm Yesterday 1:45pm

Think You Know The Solution To This Classic Riddle? Think Again.

Today's puzzle will be posed in two halves. The first half is a classic riddle – in fact, I suspect many of you will have heard it before. The second half, however, is an extension of the riddle that reveals its most common solution be be insufficient. » 10/19/14 11:00am Yesterday 11:00am

Trailers are no longer the best way to advertise a Movie - Songs are

Here at io9, we love trailers - but apparently the golden age of the trailer might be on a decline. According to a new study, Trailers are no longer the biggest piece of shared advertising for movies. » 10/19/14 1:37pm Yesterday 1:37pm

Martian Robots Brace For Close Encounter With Comet Siding Spring

Mars is all set to protect its beloved robots as comet Siding Spring charges past today spewing dust and gas during its close approach to the Red Planet. Meanwhile, everyone from the rovers to Earth-based telescopes will be tracking the comet, learning as much as possible. » 10/19/14 1:09pm Yesterday 1:09pm

Robert Downey Jr. literally owns the Avengers' Emblem

Actors taking home items from the movies and TV shows they work on is a very common practice - but it's normally just a piece of costuming or a small prop. Robert Downey Jr however, doesn't tend to do things the usual way though, and his memorabilia from The Avengers was a little bit bigger than that. » 10/19/14 12:57pm Yesterday 12:57pm

7 Ways Marvel Studios Rewarded Comicbook Fans’ Loyalty

Marvel Studios has rewarded the loyalty of its fans in a lot of ways (chief among them the simple fact that they produce consistent, quality content), but here I want to specifically highlight the way they reward loyalty to fans of the comicbooks, to people who enjoy accuracy to the source material. I had the thought… » 10/19/14 11:55am Yesterday 11:55am

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Is Way Darker Than You Probably Realize

You'd never know from all the high-contrast photographs of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that the comet is actually quite dark. This recently released composite image reveals how little light there is emanating from 67P/C-G, relative to other objects in our solar system. » 10/19/14 8:30am Yesterday 8:30am

Dysprosody: When You Can't Stress Words or You Can't Stress Words

What's the difference between telling people they shouldn't do something and telling them they shouldn't do something? If you have dysprosody, nothing. People with dysprosody can't control the stresses in their speech, and it makes a world of difference. » 10/19/14 8:00am Yesterday 8:00am

This Truculent Duck Evolved The Bodily Equivalent Of Brass Knuckles

Everyone, meet the steamer duck. The steamer duck is one bad mother. See those orange nubbins on its wings? Those are keratinized spurs, which the steamer duck has evolved to wallop the living cuss out of any creature hapless enough to cross its path. (See that red stuff on the duck's head? Yeah. That's blood.) » 10/19/14 7:30am Yesterday 7:30am