This stunningly monstrous Godzilla maquette has a lofty price tag

Godzilla may have barely featured in his titular comeback earlier this year, but when he did show up, he was a pretty fabulous looking Kaiju - and this new statue from Sideshow really shows him off in all his glory. » 9/17/14 6:50pm 16 minutes ago

More Evidence That Early Earth Was Not A Complete Hellhole

The popular image of the early Earth as a magma-drenched ball of despair has taken yet another blow. New research affirms that our planet's first 500 million years were at times surprisingly similar to the present day — including the presence of oceans, continents, and crustal plates. » 9/17/14 3:30pm 37 minutes ago

You Have Better Taste Than You Realize

The old "tongue map" from our elementary school textbooks has been roundly debunked. Experimental confirmation of "umami" expanded Westerners' traditional four basic tastes—sweet, sour, salty, and bitter—into five. But did you know those 5 basic tastes might actually be 6 . . . or 7, 8, or more? » 9/17/14 6:10pm 56 minutes ago

Possibly the Most Relevant Political Movement for Our Future

In a stunning example of how a political movement can actually change lives, the Strike Debt project has raised over $100 thousand to purchase and abolish student loans for a group of recent grads with a punishing amount of debt. They hope to turn this into a national movement. » 9/17/14 3:01pm Today 3:01pm

Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem Is a Grim Facebook Dystopia

In movies like Brazil and 12 Monkeys Terry Gilliam established himself as a master of the dystopian. With his new film The Zero Theorem, he's created a garish, repulsive social media future full of "happy" surveillance and overworked techies. It's a compelling vision, but the movie never quite lives up to its own… » 9/17/14 2:23pm Today 2:23pm

This Novel Has Won Raves For Its Worldbuilding, And You Can See Why

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett has been getting lots of buzz lately, including praise for its layered, intense worldbuilding. This is a novel about a society that's forbidden to speak of the dead old gods... who might not be dead after all. We've got an exclusive exerpt, so you can check it out for yourself! » 9/17/14 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

This Massive Planet Is Causing Its Parent Star To Age Prematurely

There's a gas giant located about 330 light-years from here that's not only unusually large, it's also orbiting its host star at an incredibly close distance. According to a new study, this combination of factors is wreaking havoc on the star's innards. » 9/17/14 12:40pm Today 12:40pm

The Real Reason Why Endless Sequels And Remakes Are Bad For Us

These days, it often seems like the entertainment industry just wants to keep monetizing the same handful of properties over and over, instead of taking more risks. That makes for a "warmed-over meatloaf" feeling — but in Slate, Hieroglyph co-editor Ed Finn argues it's also bad for innovation.
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New Anime Reveals The Origins Of Attack On Titan's Biggest Badass

While we wait to hear when the infinitely anticipated second season of the hit anime Attack on Titan will finally air, we can content ourselves with this first trailer for Attack on Titan: No Regrets — a two-part OVA series revealing how a nobody named Levi became the world's most effective destroyer of Titans. » 9/17/14 11:52am Today 11:52am

You Could Own Storm's Actual Costume From The First X-Men Movie!

Suppose you're a really lazy cosplayer with a lot of money laying around... this is your golden opportunity. Premiere Props is auctioning off a thousand items on Sept. 27 and 28, including Halle Berry's original Storm costume (above). Plus a Bajoran nose-ring from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Deadpool's swords! » 9/17/14 11:44am Today 11:44am

Relive The Glory Days – Get 25% Off The NES30 Bluetooth Controller

Touchscreens are okay, but controllers are better. What's better than a controller? A quality retro one like the NES 30. Playing with this controller is straight nostalgia – only improved. For a little while, io9 readers can grab 25% off the NES30 (w/ free shipping, of course). For $29.99, it's an easy choice. » 9/12/14 2:57pm Friday 2:57pm