The One Big Problem Of The Shared Universe Boom

We're living in the age of the Shared Universe - more and more studios want a snifter of Marvel's money, and we're due for even more Cinematic Universes in our moviegoing future. But over the weekend James Gunn raised an excellent point on Facebook that really highlights the potentially ruinous flaw in this new boom. » 11/24/14 4:50pm 14 minutes ago

This Beautiful Glass Dish Proves that Ancient Rome Traded with Japan

Over 1600 years ago, this deep blue glass dish made its way from a Mediterranean workshop, across Central Asia, to its final resting place in a 5th century Japanese grave. The journey may have taken over a century, and gives us a glimpse of what trade was like in the early days of the Silk Road. » 11/24/14 1:28pm 37 minutes ago

Electric Shock Study Shows We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Strangers

How much money would you pay to prevent a complete stranger from being administered an electric shock? And how would that compare to what you'd give up to prevent your own pain? A fascinating new experiment suggests we may be more altruistic than we think. » 11/24/14 1:20pm 45 minutes ago

Super Smash Bros. Wii U: The Kotaku Review

The first time I picked up a controller and turned on the Wii U version of Smash Bros., I felt relief. I was about to play the game the way it was meant to be played: on a TV, with Gamecube controllers, and with as many friends as I could find. » 11/24/14 4:15pm 50 minutes ago

The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About Star Trek Season 2

No matter how much you already know about the original Star Trek, there's still undiscovered territory out there. And just like with season one, the new book series These Are The Voyages by Marc Cushman uncovers loads of surprising secrets. Here are a dozen things you probably never knew about Star Trek's second… » 11/24/14 12:34pm Today 12:34pm

After The Sun Incinerates Earth, Life Could Evolve On Titan

In about 4 billion years, our sun will become a red giant star, engulfing the inner planets and basking the outer planets in its ebbing heat. When the happens, according to a NASA scientist, Saturn's moon Titan, which resembles a frozen version of Earth billions of years ago, could evolve its own indigenous life. » 11/24/14 12:15pm Today 12:15pm

Constantine Should Team Up With Papa Midnite More Often

We had a glimmer of a more interesting, more bastardly John Constantine last week, but this week, it was his rival Papa Midnite who got to be the morally complex character. There is something fun about watching these two characters work together to solve a supernatural problem and insult each other all the way. » 11/24/14 11:30am Today 11:30am

Computers Wrote the Caption for This Photograph, and Changed Everything

Computers at Google now have a machine-learning system that can analyze images like the one above and generate captions for them. The phrase used to caption this image? "A person riding a motorcycle on a dirt road." It might not seem like much, but it's actually one hell of an accomplishment. » 11/24/14 11:09am Today 11:09am

Nickelodeon Comes To Its Senses, Brings Legend Of Korra Back To TV

Well, this is good, if somewhat baffling news: just days after Nickelodeon released The Legend of Korra clip show episode (thanks to Nickelodeon slashing the show's budget mid-season), the network has announced that Book 4 of The Legend of Korra will be airing on TV starting this week. Uh, yay, I guess? » 11/24/14 10:45am Today 10:45am

Get 41% Off SKEYE's Nano Quadcopter Drone (Limited Units Available)

As with most new technologies, drones are rapidly evolving to become smaller and lighter. The SKEYE Nano Drone, for instance, can fit in the palm of your hand, but can still pull off impressive tiny aerobatics — and io9 readers can grab one for $34.99 – that's 41% off. At $34.99, this is great for the holidays. » 11/21/14 3:31pm Friday 3:31pm