One Thing the Game of Thrones TV Show Does So Much Better Than the Books

As an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, the Game of Thrones TV series will always be compared to its source material. Given how beloved the books are, the show can usually only match them, and more often fall short. But there’s one way that the show is kicking the books’… » 6/02/15 12:05pm 46 minutes ago

Nemesis Games is James S.A. Corey’s Empire Strikes Back

There comes a point in any long running book series when things start to get stale. But that’s not the case with the latest entry in James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series, Nemesis Games. In it, the gloves come off and the balance of power in the solar system is turned upside down. This is Corey’s Empire Strikes Back. » 6/02/15 11:07am Today 11:07am

7 Archaeologists Who Were Real-Life Indiana Joneses

Indiana Jones may not be beloved by real-life archaeologists, but there is one thing that Dr. Jones has in common with many historical archaeological and scientific explorers: he’s lived a very exciting life. Here are some real historical figures who had remarkable adventures and made plenty of discoveries along the… » 6/02/15 10:00am Today 10:00am

LIGHTSPEED Presents: "Die, Sophie, Die" by Susan Jane Bigelow

io9 is proud to present fiction from LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE. This month’s selection is taken from LIGHTSPEED’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction! special issue, guest-edited by Seanan McGuire100% written and edited by queer creators. The story is “Die Sophie Die” by Susan Jane Bigelow. You can read the story below. Enjoy! » 6/02/15 9:52am Today 9:52am

Today's Best Deals: Logitech Anywhere Mouse, Louder Laptop Sound, More

Here are the best of today’s deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best. » 6/02/15 12:45pm Today 12:45pm

Why Japan’s Bullet Train Will Finally Bring High-Speed Rail to America

High-speed trains—which can hit 300 miles per hour or more—are the ultimate example of how futuristic engineering can solve real-world transportation problems. In the past several decades, dozens of safe, sustainable high-speed train systems have started racing across the planet. And the place that does high-speed… » 6/02/15 12:41pm Today 12:41pm

Finally, A Hulkbuster Toy That Can Fit An Iron Man Figure Inside Itself

The whole point of the Hulkbuster is that it’s a suit that goes over Iron Man (well, that’s secondary to the point of it punching the Hulk, but you know what I mean) but so few of the myriad Hulkbuster toys have let you put a full Iron Man figure inside them. At last, King Art’s glorious Hulkbuster toy is changing… » 6/02/15 11:32am Today 11:32am

Plasmoids Could Change the Way We Create Thermonuclear Fusion

Imagine a puff of cigarette smoke suddenly turning into a sphere and rolling around. That’s what happens with plasma becomes a plasmoid — it forms a structure that contains itself and moves as a unit. We finally have pictures of plasmoids as well as our first simulation of them. Here’s why that’s a big deal. » 6/02/15 8:15am Today 8:15am