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When Will The Last Ever McDonald's Restaurant Close Its Doors?

McDonald's is one of the most successful franchises of all time — wherever you go, all over the world, there's bound to be a Golden Arches nearby. They stopped counting how many billions sold decades ago. Its dominance seems destined to last forever... but nothing ever does. When will the final McDonald's close? » 8/11/14 6:20am 8/11/14 6:20am

io9's March TV Madness: Pick the greatest science fiction TV show ever…

It's March, which means it's time once again for the most important tournament of our age: io9's March TV Madness. Yes, after crowning the best and worst sci-fi movies of all time, this year we turn our attention to television, as 64 of the best sci-fi and fantasy shows ever made square off in our bracket. It's time… » 3/12/13 12:09pm 3/12/13 12:09pm

Who Should Be In Charge of Defending Earth Against Asteroids?

After last week's near-miss asteroid encounter, along with a very definite asteroid hit over Russia, scientists and government workers are buzzing with questions about what can be done to protect humanity from blazing-fast balls of rock from space. We already have some pretty good ideas about what could be done to… » 2/18/13 3:30pm 2/18/13 3:30pm

Who do you LEAST want to play Young Han Solo in the new Star Wars

Earlier today, reports came out claiming that Disney plans on making a Young Han Solo movie set between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. And then this concept art from illustrator Iain McCaig, showing a young Han Solo as he would have appeared in Revenge of Sith, came out online. » 2/06/13 3:01pm 2/06/13 3:01pm

Are the latest ridiculous Nic Cage Superman test shots real or fake?

Who could forget the first insane image from Superman Lives, the Tim Burton and Nic Cage Superman movie that never was. Cage was wearing the shiny skin of a 1990s action figure, his brown mane cascading down his shoulders. It was exactly the kind of wrong we craved from a Cage and Burton superhero project. Alas, it… » 1/29/13 9:00am 1/29/13 9:00am

If only one past Doctor could appear in Doctor Who's anniversary…

The rumor mill is going crazy about which past Doctors, if any, are going to appear in Doctor Who's big anniversary special this November. And you should just get used to it — the rumor-mongering is only going to get wilder in the next few months. But suppose just one of the living past Doctors could make it, or made… » 1/24/13 2:00pm 1/24/13 2:00pm

What's worse: an all-powerful hero, or an all-powerful villain?

Sometimes, a hero becomes so powerful, nothing can touch him or her. Take pre-Crisis Superman, who juggled planets and laughed off nukes. And sometimes, a villain is so unstoppable, your best defense is as much use as a cardboard box. Like the Borg. Or the Observers, who are an army of teleporting super-intelligent… » 12/26/12 2:00pm 12/26/12 2:00pm

A Bold New Experiment In Storytelling — Voting, Round 2

The io9 community and the Framestore art department are collaboratively writing a story - half in prose, and half in images. Nearly 200 of you wrote flash fiction in response to the first pair of images we posted, and dozens more to the second pair. Now it's time for you to vote on which of the top four stories wins… » 10/11/12 3:22pm 10/11/12 3:22pm

Who would win in a battle: Unicorns or Gray Goo?

Unicorns are incredibly potent magical creatures whose horns pack a lot of healing and transformative power. Meanwhile, gray goo is the nightmare scenario for nanotechnology, in which nanotech runs wild forever, turning all organic matter into more of itself. But if these two amazing phenomena collided, which one of… » 10/04/12 1:00pm 10/04/12 1:00pm