It Basically Took Smaug's Entire Hoard To Pay For The Hobbit Trilogy

According to the Associated Press, Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema has spent a staggering $745 million to make the three Hobbit movies, and it's not quite done — that figure only takes us to April or so, meaning the last eight months of post-production work on The Battle of Five Armies hasn't been included yet. » 10/22/14 6:45am 6 minutes ago

Which Famous Movie Character Is Getting Gender-Swapped On Television?

There's yet another round of Star Wars spoilers. Sean Bean gets not one, but two new roles. Interstellar is already getting rave reviews. Could two more surprising characters meet on Game of Thrones? And when will Bruce and Selina meet on Gotham? Plus major spoilers from the creators of Syfy's 12 Monkeys TV show.… » 10/22/14 6:00am 51 minutes ago

It Was a Disaster When First Contact Was a Fender Bender

First contact wasn't made by some ambassador from a spacefaring species. It was just a guy out in his brand new ship, who crashed into something that shouldn't have been there. Translated, his words are "You permission from the spaceway commission to build that. THERE ARE RULES." » 10/22/14 1:30am Today 1:30am

Here's What Comet Siding Spring Looked Like From Mars

While all the robots were practicing duck-and-cover to avoid being sandblasted by comet Siding Springs this weekend, they were also trying to catch a glimpse of the event. Here are the first images of comet Siding Springs grazing past Mars and what we've learned so far. » 10/22/14 1:00am Today 1:00am

Maybe The Originals Is Better When It's Not Just About The Originals

Last night's episode of The Originals was another fun, crazy outing full of family drama. And yet, something felt... lacking. It was only after thinking about it a bit that I realized: There was just too much of the Original vampires, and not enough of the other characters. Spoilers ahead... » 10/21/14 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

We Demand The Return of Scientific Freedom In Canada!

In an open letter written to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, some 800 scientists from around the world are calling for an end to "burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists." » 10/21/14 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

Here's What Crows and Ravens Are Really Saying

OK, so we don't know exactly what they're saying, though I suspect that at least some of the time they are yelling, "Give me a peanut, human!" But this fantastic video from ornithologist Kevin McGowan helps you recognize the difference between crow and raven calls, as well as what they could mean. » 10/21/14 4:48pm Yesterday 4:48pm

Why We Love To Watch The World Burn

Whether by sweeping pandemic, by natural disasters of biblical proportions, by a horde of zombies, or by some unspecified slowly-unfolding environmental destruction, world-destroying fiction is having a moment. But what is it that makes it so appealing to see the world fall down around us? » 10/21/14 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

Freezing Your Eggs Isn't the Future of Reproduction. Here's What Is.

When Facebook and Apple announced that their new health plans include an option to freeze the eggs of female employees, the news was greeted with a mix of cheers and outrage. But freezing women's eggs is just a starting point. The future demands more than that. » 10/21/14 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

Pre-Order Exclusive: 55% off the Black Hawk Drone W/ HD Camera

Drones are usually playful things, painted in bright colors to attract the excitable kid in us all. Not so with BHD's limited edition Black Hawk Drone with HD Camera, which is the quadcopter equivalent of a stealth bomber. io9 readers can get a pre-order discount of 55% off a Black Hawk Drone + Free Shipping. » 10/17/14 2:37pm Friday 2:37pm