K-Pop stars 2NE1's latest video will dazzle you with geeky wonder

Our favorite Korean pop group, 2NE1, is back with a new science-fiction-themed album and tour, All Or Nothing. Check out the first teaser, including lightsabers, mutant powers... and eight-sided dice that only have ones and zeroes on them. Awesome. But who are those weird fox priests? » 1/21/14 11:41am 1/21/14 11:41am

The Hottest Trend in Recent Korean Television: Time Travel. For Love.

China may have cracked down on television shows that depict time travel — but meanwhile, in Korea, journeys through time became the hottest trend on the small screen. » 1/15/13 3:40pm 1/15/13 3:40pm

World's deadliest golf course boasts land mines and man-bear-pigs

Along the DMZ, golf is not a sport for the faint of heart. The golf course at Camp Bonifas, just south of the Korean demilitarized zone, boasts just one hole, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in hazards. Live land mines line the course, and bizarre animals stumble out from the woods. » 4/28/12 8:00am 4/28/12 8:00am

In The Fox Sister, a Korean priestess hunts down the fox demon who…

Thanksgiving may have put you knee-deep in family dysfunction, but at least your sister isn't a people-eating fox demon. In the webcomic The Fox Sister, a young girl witnesses the death of her entire family at the paws of a nine-tailed fox and seeks revenge on the demonic killer. The only catch? The fox is now wearing… » 11/26/11 8:00am 11/26/11 8:00am

Motion capture suits may someday allow you to control a robotic twin

The applications of motion capture technology go beyond Andy Serkis hopping around as Gollum, whispering to his Precious. Korean roboticists are researching the ways in which motion capture could someday aid humans in controlling a mechanical (or dare we say, a mecha?) doppelganger. » 3/07/11 4:30pm 3/07/11 4:30pm

Could self-aware cities be the first forms of artificial intelligence?

The cities of the future will be huge and super-dense — but will they also be alive? Could the increasingly complex systems needed to manage the next generation of megacities become our first true artificial intelligence? » 8/23/10 3:36pm 8/23/10 3:36pm

South Korea loses contact with rocket immediately after launch

That's not a happy rocket-launch picture. South Korea lost contact with its Naro-1 rocket right after launch, and the Koreans believe it exploded at 43 miles. The Koreans were attempting to launch a scientific satellite to cope with climate change. » 6/11/10 6:00pm 6/11/10 6:00pm

Tech giant Cisco goes into the business of building instant cities in…

Cisco is a Silicon Valley company that makes routers, and famously helped generate the "great firewall of China" to aid that country's government with internet censorship. Now they're creating an instant, high tech city in Korea, controlled entirely via internet. » 6/02/10 12:15pm 6/02/10 12:15pm

Korean Pig Monster Movie "Chaw" Goes Splatstick

If you've been drooling over the new Korean monster film Chaw, about a giant, bloodthirsty pig who eats people, we've got a treat for you. A new trailer shows off the movie's deeply goofy side. Plus, glimpses of the monster! » 12/17/09 9:00am 12/17/09 9:00am

A Robot Who Can Be Your Real-Life Avatar

One of the dreams of robotics has been to create a machine that can act as a remote version of its operator - like the movie Surrogates, only cool. Now a group of Korean engineers have brought us closer to this goal. » 12/04/09 9:00am 12/04/09 9:00am

The Superheroes of the Far East Are About To Get Really Good

The Busan International Film Festival in South Korea wrapped yesterday, and everyone was buzzing about two major superhero flicks hitting Asian countries this winter. The sequel to 2003's Cicak Man » 10/07/08 4:20pm 10/07/08 4:20pm from Malaysia will hit theaters in early December. And audiences eagerly anticipate , a Harry Potter superhero flick…

China Takes Over Sequel to "The Host"

We've seen it all before: A giant monster attacks and countries come together as a result to defeat it. But here's a different twist: Monster attacks, and countries come together to recreate it. Well, sort of. In fact, the sequel to last year's awesome Korean giant monster movie The Host is actually being taken over… » 6/26/08 10:20am 6/26/08 10:20am

The Evolution of Urban Madness

Korean-born, Barcelona-based artist Lee Jang Sub takes blueprints of city roads as they existed in different eras and overlays them on top of each other to create art that shows the way urban spaces evolved crazily over the centuries. Here you can see Paris, a jumble of roads that developers built without really… » 4/16/08 8:40am 4/16/08 8:40am

Korean Movie Explores Human Emotions From a Cyborg Perspective

Welcome to MangoBot, a biweekly column about Asian futurism by TokyoMango blogger Lisa Katayama. If you've ever questioned whether you're really an alien or a cyborg, well, you're not alone. Young-goon, the protagonist featured in acclaimed director Park Chan-wook's latest film, I'm a Cyborg But That's OK, is sent to… » 3/07/08 9:00am 3/07/08 9:00am

Teardrop Skyscrapers and a Metonymic Park in Seoul 2016

Eight years and $31 billion from now, Seoul, Korea's Yongsan business district's cityscape will feature a whole new set of super-tall, futuristic buildings. The project is led by a seemingly odd alliance between Samsung Corporation and the National Pension Fund Service.
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Korea of Space — Bad Commies, No Kirk

Music-and-comics blog Armagideon Time offers more proof that the 1950s were a golden age for science fiction that offered wonder, amazement, and more than a little bit of patriotic xenophobia. Witness the lost classic "Korea Of Space", which AT describes thusly: » 1/28/08 8:20am 1/28/08 8:20am

With a tease like that, how could you not want to…

Could the Cloverfield Monster Ever Top This?

We just told you about how Host 2, the sequel to last year's awesome giant-pollution-monster movie from Korea, would have multiple cool monsters. Well, here's one of 'em, from the first Host. Top this, Cloverfield weenies! If your monster were this cool, I bet you wouldn't be afraid to show it before the flick comes… » 1/10/08 2:30pm 1/10/08 2:30pm

World's Fastest Lens Tracks Mega-Lightning

South Korea's first astronaut will take action shots of the "mega lightning" in the Earth's stratosphere. Mega lightning starts 9 to 12 miles above the Earth, and shoots upwards into space, reaching the upper mesosphere 60 miles up. (Internet whackjobs claim this "super lightning" destroyed the Space Shuttle Columbia… » 12/26/07 2:00pm 12/26/07 2:00pm