Trench Warfare in World War I Was a Smarter Strategy Than You Realize

History remembers trench warfare as wasteful, futile, and uninspired, but in reality it was a deeply thought-out system that underwent constant revision. Here's how it worked during World War I. » 9/22/14 11:11am 11 minutes ago

Chris Foss Designed Totally Thrilling Rocket Sled Art For Flash Gordon

The 1980 Flash Gordon movie was a completely berserk masterpiece of weird visuals and over-the-top insanity. But it could have featured even more striking designs in one area: master designer Chris Foss (Alien, A.I., Jodorowsky's Dune) created designs for the Hawkmen's rocket sled that Flash rides, which weren't used. » 9/22/14 10:47am 35 minutes ago

Our Vampire Hunters Reveal Their "Master" Plan On The Strain

It's the antepenultimate episode of The Strain, so it's high time the show finally got down to business. It's Team Vampire Hunter versus The Master in a no-holds-barred match to the death! Only one side will survive! (Please ignore the fact that there are two episodes left and The Strain was renewed for a second… » 9/22/14 10:40am 42 minutes ago

​7 Cartoons Screwed Over By Their Own Toylines

It's not just enough to make a good cartoon any more. Too often, animated shows are dependent on selling action figures in order to stay on the air, ratings (and quality) be damned. Here are seven shows whose fates would have been far different if they had gotten their merchandising together… » 9/22/14 10:00am Today 10:00am

This Week's TV: 3 New Series, Including A Crazy Ridiculous Hacker Show

Fall TV is back! You may have already decided whether you're watching the Batman prequel show Gotham or the immortal medical examiner Forever, but what's up with supergenius show Scorpion? Plus, info on the season premieres of Sleepy Hollow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Person of Interest, and a frozen Once Upon a Time! » 9/22/14 9:00am Today 9:00am

MAVEN "Nails It," Swinging Into Mars Orbit With Style

The MAVEN spacecraft used an orbital insertion burn just 11 seconds longer than nominal when slipping into Mars orbit last night. That's a fantastically short correction to end a a 10-month journey over 711 million kilometers, and a perfect kickoff to its mission investigating the structure and evolution of the… » 9/22/14 11:37am Today 11:37am

Evidence For The Big Bang Theory May Have Just Been Dust

Earlier this year — and in a discovery that screamed Nobel Prize — Harvard physicists announced that they'd found evidence of gravitational waves in the early universe, potential proof that our universe began with a bang. The claim was duly criticized, but a new analysis may be the most damning yet. » 9/22/14 8:20am Today 8:20am

Dystopia, USA: A Chilling Clip From Person Of Interest's Season Opener

Person of Interest season three ended with one hell of a cliffhanger: the whole country plunged into an Orwellian dystopia by a ruthless artificial intelligence. Where can we possibly go from there? Check out an exclusive clip from tomorrow night's season opener which shows how dark things can get. » 9/22/14 7:40am Today 7:40am

Ant-Man Villains Revealed? Plus Some Surprising Game of Thrones Photos!

What secrets do Interstellar posters reveal? The Maze Runner sequel already has a release date. Star Wars really could be revisiting a planet from the Original Trilogy. Another Mark Millar comic's heading to the big screen. Plus the movie sequel you never expected to hear about. Spoilers now! » 9/22/14 6:00am Today 6:00am

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Running a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your devices ensures that you're securely connected, protects your data, and allows you to access region-blocked content. For a little while, io9 readers can get 70% off 3 years of VPN Unlimited's Premier Plan. That's 50 cents/month for peace of mind online – not bad. » 8/20/14 5:23pm 8/20/14 5:23pm