Everybody freaks out over the idea of getting bitten by a scorpion or spider — but those are nothing. Our planet contains creatures with much more deadly toxins to defend themselves with. Here are some revealing videos of the most venomous creatures on Earth. »
Laser raptors. Gun-toting vikings. A kung fu-obsessed Adolf Hitler. Hacking your way back in time. This is just some of the ridiculousness that you can expect from Kung Fury, the crowdfunded movie that mashes together all sorts of action flick favorites into one hilarious short film. »
What do theme parks sound like? For starters, there’s the sound of the people, the rides, the popcorn machines, the ambient noises of the highway and local wildlife. But there’s also an elaborate soundtrack that you may not have even known existed. And here’s how it’s made. »
Although curious chloride is not the most popular name for curium and chlorine, it’s actually an official name. And true to its name, this substance has a slightly-whimsical, slightly-sinister property — which actually might be useful when making soup. »
Yesterday, John Bohannon reported on his deeply (and intentionally) flawed study claiming chocolate accelerates weight loss. Today, we have a new twist: The editor of the journal that published his paper claims they never really published it in the first place, despite emails to Bohannon to the contrary. »
There’s one thing that fans love almost as much as inventing our own canon for our favorite universes — and that’s coming up with our own dream casts for things. Which actor would you dearly love to see play your favorite character... but you know it’ll never, ever happen? »
Getting pregnant changes a woman’s hormonal state: there’s a normal chemical interplay between mother and fetus. Hormones affect the brain, and their effects can differ in people. So if no one is surprised when a pregnant woman feels elated, why are they surprised when some pregnant women are clinically depressed? »
Still wondering about the Wachowskis’ and J. Michael Straczynski’s new TV show Sense8, debuting on Netflix on June 5th? Well, these eight new trailers — each one devoted to one of the Sensates who share their minds with the others — will at least give you a better clue who the main characters are. »
Cancer misinformation runs rampant on the internet. Headlines on “natural living” websites expose the alleged truth about doctors and scientists in cahoots with Big Pharma. According to the self-styled experts behind these stories, so-called studies claim that everything from baking soda to coconut oil to green juice… »
Who is Andy Serkis playing in the upcoming Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens? Well, it turns out that when Annie Leibovitz photographed the movie’s cast for Vanity Fair, she captured Serkis in his mocap suit, and now that photo and his character’s name have been revealed. »
Professor Soap — a.k.a. artist Ryan Mauskopf — has done it again. He describes his latest short film, the musical science lesson Positronic, as “a sock-puppet-rock-saga about positrons and electrons.” The vibe is charmingly retro and the instrumental is quite the snappy toe-tapper. »
It’s not too surprising that Marvel and Fox are engaged in a little “secret war” of their own, over the licensing of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. But as Fox presses forward with movies based on both properties, that war is slowly becoming public. Here’s a guide to how Marvel is trying to erase two of its biggest… »
Descender is a comic book series where humans perform an ethnic cleansing of robots. Imagine the universe of Mass Effect, bled dry of its small amounts of hope or optimism.
After 7 years and a whole lot of vampire sex watching, I’m leaving io9. Gather up friends, this is the goodbye post.
By using the Gemini Planet Imager, an international team of astronomers have captured an image of a protoplanetary disc that shares remarkable similarities with our own Kuiper Belt — though as it was at a much earlier time in our Solar System’s history.
When I was in graduate school, I wondered what changes made erectile tissue in the penis shift from its soft and flexible state to its stiff and inextensible state. Then, with the help of some armadillos, I did the research and figured it out. Tell me what you wonder about, and I’ll see whether I can figure it out for… »
One of those extraterrestrial trophy hunter swings by Earth during the Crusades in the fan film Predator: Dark Ages. After dead bodies start piling up, a party of Templar Knights is sent to find a “demon,” which turns out to be a familiar alien killer.
There’s gold in them thar’ space rocks, say the miners of the future. There’s also platinum, rare earth elements, and even water. Mining in space may sound like science fiction, but as the founders of two space mining companies recently told me, their plans are very real. »
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