Insanity Defense Will Be The Focus Of James Holmes' Mass Murder Trial

Opening arguments in the trial of James Holmes, accused of killing 12 and injuring dozens more during a 2012 screening of The Dark Knight Rises, began today in Centennial, Colorado. Holmes has pled not guilty by reason of insanity, but prosecutors say tests have shown he is sane. » 4/27/15 5:15pm 38 minutes ago

The Complete History Of The Joker's Many, Many Incarnations

Jared Leto’s prison-tattooed version of the Joker made a big splash the other day — but a radically transformed Joker is nothing new. Batman’s most iconic foe has undergone many revamps, reimaginings, updates and interpretations over the past 75 years. Here’s the complete history of the ever-changing face of the Joker. » 4/27/15 1:14pm Today 1:14pm

Google Attempts to Fight Patent Trolls with a Pretty Dubious Strategy

Google’s legal team has just announced that they’ll be buying as many patents as possible in order to “remove friction from the patent market” and defeat patent trolls, companies that buy patents just to sue people on bogus charges of infringement. But there’s a big problem with this strategy. » 4/27/15 3:29pm Today 3:29pm

Nance Tries To Turn Avenger, But Nobody Can Outwit Lizzie On Chronicles

A lot of people kick the bucket on this week’s Lizzie Borden Chronicles episode, “Welcome to Maplecroft,” and shockingly — shockingly! — not all of them are done in by the divine Miss B. Our pint-sized psychopath does get the most creative kill, however, in yet another ep that mixes gore with arch, arch dialogue. » 4/27/15 3:09pm Today 3:09pm

Age Of Ultron Is Getting An Extended Cut And Alternate Ending On Blu-Ray

Might as well resign yourself to watching Avengers: Age of Ultron twice — once when the movie premieres in theaters this Friday, and again when it comes out later this year on Blu-ray... as an extended edition with a new, different ending. Somehow I imagine this won’t put too many of you out. » 4/27/15 11:30am Today 11:30am

The Comic Book Guardians Of The Galaxy Are Getting An Amazing Figure Set

When Guardians of the Galaxy came out last year, if you wanted the entire movie team in Hasbro’s 6” Marvel Legends Line, you had to spend money (and get figures you might not want) to get all the parts for the “Build-A-Figure” Groot. That’s not the case with this brilliant new set based on their comic book looks! » 4/27/15 2:00pm Today 2:00pm

Alan Moore's Intro To His New Favorite Fantasy Novel Is A Glorious Rant

Alan Moore really, really loves the fantasy novel The Vorrh by B. Catling, which he calls the new century’s first landmark work of fantasy. He’s so spellbound by Catling’s strange vision, he’s written a long, beautifully ranty intro. Read Moore’s intro exclusively at io9 — and listen to him reading it aloud! » 4/27/15 11:00am Today 11:00am

They’re Calling This Adorable Creature The ‘Platypus’ Of Dinosaurs

Meet Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, a newly described dinosaur discovered by a seven-year-old boy in Chile. The theropod was related to famous meat-eaters like T. rex, but researchers think it was a vegetarian. Stranger still: It possessed a mixture of anatomical features unlike anything researchers have seen before.
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10 Obvious Superhero Weaknesses (That Supervillains Hardly Ever Exploit)

We think of superhero weaknesses as being fancy or complicated — radioactive fragments of their old home planets, or the people they love. And that’s why superheroes win. In fact, most superheroes have super-obvious weak points. Here are 10 obvious superhero weakness that villains almost never attack. » 4/27/15 10:17am Today 10:17am