These Japanese Candy Animals Were Once Sold By Ninjas

At a tiny shop in the old downtown of Tokyo, you can see an art form that almost died out—and eat it, too. The craftspeople at Amezaiku Yoshihara make intricate candy creatures by hand as you watch, forming sugary starch into delicate legs, wings, and ears in just the couple of minutes before the candy hardens.
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One Perfect Issue: Saga of the Swamp Thing #21

It might be a bit of hyperbole to say this is the issue that changed the course of comic books forever. But not by much. This was the issue that introduced American audiences to Alan Moore and the man exploded onto the scene like few creators before or since. In one fell swoop, a regular horror comic transformed into… » 4/21/15 10:13pm Yesterday 10:13pm

This Food Psychology Experiment Was Nearly Foiled By Chronic Politeness

Psychology experiments have to straddle the line between letting people act naturally, and forcing them to act out an extremely specific situation. Sometimes that doesn’t work out. Here’s an experiment that drove psychologists crazy. Why? Because they underestimated the politeness of Minnesotans. » 4/21/15 4:40pm Today 4:40pm

Meet the Futurist Politicians Who Want Free Education and Free Internet

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The day is coming when designer babies are the norm, space travel is available to everyone, and robots have personhood and even pay taxes. It may not be coming soon, but a number of futurist political parties have emerged in the last few years to make sure we’re ready when it does.
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Which Science Fiction Story Could Have Gone In A Much Darker Direction?

Lots of science fiction and fantasy stories like to flirt with real darkness — showing heroes who cross the line occasionally, or situations that have no right or wrong answer. But then they usually return to the path of lightness. Which story missed out on the potential to go to a really dark place? » 4/21/15 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

We Saw 12 Minutes Of Terminator Genisys, Featuring Bizarro John Connor

We’ve seen a whole mess of footage from Terminator: Genisys. The good news is, the footage looks a lot better than what we’ve seen so far in the trailers, and this new bizarro John Connor is fun. The bad news? The complications of the rebooting this franchise look really intense. Spoilers ahead...
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Harbinger And Bloodshot Lead Valiant Comics' First Five Movies

The Valiant Comic Cinematic Universe took its first major step today as Sony Pictures announced a five-movie deal to bring the publisher’s heroes to life. First up: Two movies based on the X-Men-esque series Harbinger, two about the nanotech-infused assassin Bloodshot, and Harbinger Wars, a movie to combine them. » 4/21/15 1:40pm Today 1:40pm

Get 50% Off One Week of Blue Apron: Fresh Ingredient & Recipe Delivery 

With fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes delivered to your home weekly, Blue Apron cuts down on meal-planning drudgery and focuses on the fun and flavor of home cooking. Even better, Blue Apron is offering io9 readers the first week - three meals for two people – for just $30, half off the regular price. » 4/17/15 9:48am Friday 9:48am