The Real-Life Science Behind Orphan Black

In addition to being incredibly entertaining and provocative, the popular Orphan Black series is absolutely teeming with science. From human clones and genetic engineering through to DNA barcodes and genetic patents, here's what you need to know about the science behind the show. » 3/31/15 1:30pm Yesterday 1:30pm

No, It's Not Illegal To "Spock" Your Fives In Canada

In the wake of Leonard Nimoy's death, a number of Canadians have taken to the practice of converting the portrait of Prime Minister Sir Wilfred Laurier on the Canadian $5 bill into the iconic image of Mr. Spock. According to the Bank of Canada, defacing bills is not illegal — but it's not without consequences. » 3/03/15 6:20am 3/03/15 6:20am

The Top 100 Science Fiction-Themed Songs Of All Time

Whether it be rock or rap, metal or country, no genre of music has been left untouched by the influence of science fiction. Here are the 100 greatest songs about science fiction. » 10/24/14 10:17am 10/24/14 10:17am

What If You Awoke One Morning Transformed Into A Robot?

Acclaimed Japanese director Oriza Hirata is releasing a stage production of Kafka's surrealist classic The Metamorphosis. But in this production, our tortured protagonist does not wake to find himself transformed into a bug. Instead, he's an android. And remarkably, an actual robot gets to star in the show. » 10/09/14 7:20am 10/09/14 7:20am

Stephen Hawking Contributes Vocals To New Pink Floyd Track

Pink Floyd has a new album coming out next month called The Endless River, and it's set to feature a Stephen Hawking vocal sample on the track, "Talkin' Hawkin'." » 10/08/14 9:45am 10/08/14 9:45am

Final Trailer For Stephen Hawking Biopic Meshes Science With Emotion

The official international trailer for the upcoming Stephen Hawking biopic is now out. Called The Theory Of Everything, the film will chronicle the famed physicist's life, from his days as a budding university student to his work as a world-leading physicist. » 10/02/14 6:40am 10/02/14 6:40am

Synth Pioneer Bernard Szajner Re-Issues Dune Concept Album

It's been a good year for fans of Frank Herbert's Dune. First came the release of the award-winning documentary Jodorowsky's Dune, and now comes the re-issue of a forgotten cult classic, Bernard Szajner's Dune-influenced concept album from 1979. » 9/29/14 3:40pm 9/29/14 3:40pm

A Game Of Thrones Ballet Set To Metal Sounds Just About Perfect

If you're going to do a Game of Thrones inspired ballet, you could set it to traditional classical music. Or, you could do the right thing and perform it to music it deserves: savage, crushing heavy metal. Meet the Brutal Ballet company. » 9/22/14 3:40pm 9/22/14 3:40pm

Nat Geo Wild's Radical Approach to Science TV: Being Truthful

Science television in America has had a rough few years. We've been told that mermaids exist (they don't) and that Megalodon lives (it doesn't). Investigative journalists have discovered that some wildlife shows mistreat animals. But Nat Geo Wild has largely bucked the trend of misleading or lying outright to viewers. » 9/18/14 5:29pm 9/18/14 5:29pm

The Funniest Satirical Science Show You've Probably Never Heard Of

Though largely unknown to American audiences, the BBC's award-winning Look Around You is easily one of the most hilarious — and ludicrous — shows about science that you'll ever see. Here are some of our favorite clips. » 9/03/14 11:20am 9/03/14 11:20am

Morgan Freeman Talks To io9 About The Potential For A Zombie Plague

Tonight's episode of Through the Wormhole asks a question near-and-dear to our hearts: Could a zombie apocalypse actually happen? We spoke to host Morgan Freeman and producer Megan Parlen to learn more. » 6/25/14 12:40pm 6/25/14 12:40pm

The Best Museum Perks You've Probably Been Missing Out On

When most of us think of museums, we hearken back to field trips where we quietly walk through halls of elaborate, sometimes tedious exhibits. However, museums have so much more to offer that the general public may not be aware of. Here are just a few of the amazing services you can find at your local museum. » 6/04/14 2:45pm 6/04/14 2:45pm

Everything You Need to Know to Survive a Convention

When Summer gets started, the conventions come out to play (and don't stop until Christmas). Whether you're gearing up for Comic Con, Dragon Con, PAX, Comikaze, E3, Momocon, or any of the other hundreds of other cons, there are a few survival tips that can help maximize the fun. » 5/21/14 4:29pm 5/21/14 4:29pm

Rudy Rucker's The Big Aha is a psychedelic futurist's dream come true

Rudy Rucker's latest novel, The Big Aha, is pure transreal Ruckeriana featuring extreme biological and quantum technologies, steamy techno-sex, nasty aliens from higher dimensions — and all soaked in the unique atmosphere of the magical 1960s. » 12/11/13 3:40pm 12/11/13 3:40pm

James Woods explains why robots should eventually get to vote

Starting tonight, the Science Channel will air a six-part series called Futurescape, a slick documentary-style show hosted by James Woods about the world of tomorrow. We recently caught up with the oscar-nominated actor to learn more. » 11/19/13 8:30am 11/19/13 8:30am

The robot-gone-rogue movie is perfected in The Machine

We've seen it a hundred times— a human creates a sentient robot, sentient robot realizes humans are crap — but we've never seen it quite like this: The Machine is positively dripping with atmosphere, tension, and gorgeously unsettling design choices. Check out the trailer if you don't believe me. » 11/15/13 10:40am 11/15/13 10:40am

​I've figured out all the problems with Agents of SHIELD

Let me be upfront and say anyone expecting "The Hub" to be as epic as all its "Level 8 Clearance" promos implied it was going to be was surely disappointed. But despite my early misgivings, I ended up liking the episode a lot, although probably not for the reasons the showrunners hoped. But what most strikes me most… » 11/13/13 8:45am 11/13/13 8:45am

Kevin Smith has seen Ben Affleck's Batman suit and says it's fantastic

Good news for everyone who is tired of watching Batman put on varying styles of matte black armor in all of his movies — director and pal of Ben Affleck Kevin Smith says Zack Snyder has shown him the new costume, and that it will be totally different from anything that's come before in the Bat-movies. » 11/11/13 11:40am 11/11/13 11:40am

New Transformers 4 promo art reveals Optimus Prime riding Grimlock

This (admittedly fuzzy) picture comes from an unknown trade show, where toy companies like Hasbro ignore movie spoilers in hopes of inspiring buyers to carry their merchandise. And what could be a more inspiring site than a sword-wielding Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots, riding Grimlock in his dinosaur mode into… » 11/08/13 1:30pm 11/08/13 1:30pm

Massive trailer for Studio Ghibli's hauntingly beautiful new movie

Do you have three minutes? Do you like beauty? Then I highly recommend to take some time to watch this new, lengthy trailer for Studio Ghibli's new film The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) directed this gorgeous movie based on the classic Japanese legend The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. » 11/07/13 1:40pm 11/07/13 1:40pm