What Secrets Are Hidden In The Wildlings' Costumes On Game Of Thrones?

Here's some concept art showing Sam and Gilly approaching the Wall from the North, exclusively at io9. It shows the scale and the magnificence of the Wall — and how daunting it is to climb. This comes from the book Inside HBO's Game of Thrones, and we've also got an exclusive look at the Wildling's costume designs. » 7/30/14 12:00pm 19 minutes ago

The Radical Plan To Eliminate Earth's Predatory Species

Should animals be permitted to hunt and kill other animals? Some futurists believe that humans should intervene, and solve the "problem" of predator vs. prey once and for all. We talked to the man who wants to use radical ecoengineering to put an end to the carnage. » 7/30/14 11:36am 43 minutes ago

Dishonored's Party Level Rewrote The Rules Of Stealth Games


The mission seems to be going well enough; it's been tough, but you've persevered, making your way through some tense situations by avoiding the gaze of patrolling guards. You've just infiltrated the enemy base—now it's time to assassinate someone. You're hiding, maybe in the bushes or around a corner, and wham,… » 7/30/14 2:08pm Today 2:08pm

The 13 Greatest Science Fiction Comedies Of All Time

On Friday, Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters, with its unique blend of space-opera and insane comedy. Which classic films must Guardians defeat to take its place among the greatest science fiction comedies? Here are the 13 greatest (live-action) science fiction comedies of all time. » 7/30/14 10:46am Today 10:46am

How Much Energy Would You Need To Replicate Elsa's Powers In Frozen?

Not all of us are fortunate enough to be born with magical powers, but science offers us the opportunity to create our own. A physics student with an apparent case of Elsa envy decided to investigate the matter by calculating the amount of energy that would be required to freeze Disney's Kingdom of Arendelle. » 7/30/14 9:30am Today 9:30am

​It's Been A Bad Week For Strong Female Characters

I think I've finally discovered what caused my mysterious, unknown apocalypse. I believe the illness known as "con flu" — in which one sick person at a con basically makes every attendee sick — mutated in some way to affect everybody that even thought about Comic-Con this week. Because I feel like shit. But not as bad… » 7/30/14 9:02am Today 9:02am

Promising results from possible first malaria vaccine

GlaxoSmithKline has become the first to seek regulatory approval for a malaria vaccine from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Today, the results of their phase III trials have been published in PLOS Medicine, and while not completely effective, the results are still pretty promising. » 7/30/14 11:25am Today 11:25am

A Map Of The U.S., If There Had Never Been A Mexican-American War

In 1846, President James Polk, driven by a belief in Manifest Destiny, waged a war to seize land from Mexico and expand the nation's boundary from Texas to California. But events could have plausibly gone very differently, resulting in a map of the U.S. that would be significantly unlike the one we have today. » 7/30/14 7:40am Today 7:40am