The Loyal Dogs Who Served Alongside Human Soldiers In War

Both cats and dogs have served as mascots and pets during wartime, but while cats were useful for pest control, dogs had a rather different set of duties, including tracking, scouting, serving as sentries, and carrying messages into battle. Here are some of the animal soldiers who served as man's best friend in war. » 9/01/14 3:00pm 35 minutes ago

Artist turns Lego's 'Friends' dolls into badass superheroines

Lego's Friends line has been met with plenty of success, but it came under a lot of fire when it launched for conforming to female stereotypes. Artist Jon Lazar decided to change that with his Lego Super Friends project, taking these shopping-loving, cute-animal-crazy dolls and turning them into comic book heroes. » 9/01/14 5:18pm Today 5:18pm

Gorgeous Images Of Central Europe Reveal A Region Teeming In History

Located directly in the heart of Europe, the countries of Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria have been embroiled in some of the most pivotal moments in history. From the advent of Slavic Catholicism and the rise of the Hapsburg Empire to the start of the Great War and the fall of communism, these photos show… » 9/01/14 1:00pm Today 1:00pm

All The Best Dragon Con Cosplayers Fighting For Online Privacy

During this weekend's Dragon Con, we at io9 have been collaborating with the Electronic Frontier Foundation as well as fan communities on Project Secret Identity, a series of photos of cosplayers highlighting the importance of anonymity and privacy online. Now we can admire the costumes of these Internet freedom… » 9/01/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

We are entering an era of acceptance for 'weird' pop culture

With the news over the weekend that Guardians of the Galaxy has become the highest grossing movie of 2014 in the US, it feels like we're seeing the start of something new in sci-fi and fantasy media - you don't have to hide your properties inherent 'weirdness' to find mainstream success any more. » 9/01/14 2:39pm Today 2:39pm

A Maryland teacher has been incarcerated for writing science fiction. Set 900 years from now, Patrick McLaw's stories depict the aftermath of a school shooting — a subject that alerted the police. He was forced to take a psychological evaluation, is now barred from school property, and is suspended from his job. » 9/01/14 11:30am Today 11:30am

Have Humans Already Conquered The Threat Of Extinction?

The Great Filter theory suggests that all advanced civilizations eventually destroy themselves before acquiring the capacity to colonize space — a notion that could explain why we've never been visited by aliens. But there may be another reason for the celestial silence. Yes, the Great Filter exists, but we've… » 9/01/14 11:00am Today 11:00am

​The Strain Gets Back To Vampire-Fightin' Basics

After weeks of dawdling and last week's incredibly bizarre shocker, The Strain decides to return to well-trod territory for "Creatures of the Night." Actually, it told the most straightforward, archetypal monster story there is, but since that means Team Vampire Hunter was more or less fighting vampires, it continues … » 9/01/14 10:30am Today 10:30am

​10 Marvel Universe Artifacts More Powerful Than The Tesseract

The way the Marvel Cinematic Universe carries on, you'd think the Tessaract is the most powerful item in existence. But as the comics reveal, the Tessaract may be impressive, but it's small potatoes compared to some other magical and alien relics. Here are 10 things from the comics that dwarf the Tessaract's power. » 9/01/14 10:00am Today 10:00am