posted 2 days ago on io9
With limited free time for reading, tight publishing markets, and the rise of e-readers, people have been sounding the death knoll for the book for quite some time. But they haven't died. Not even close. So what is it that makes them so enduring?Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
Last night, fantasy and science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin, author of The Left Hand of Darkness and the Earthsea series, won the medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards. She gave a speech about the importance of fantasy in a world of ugly realities.Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
Call it Orphan Black: Astronomers believe they've discovered a supermassive black hole that was kicked out of its home galaxy during a collision with another galaxy. Originally thought to be a supernova, the rogue black hole is adrift in interstellar space, some 2,600 light-years away from its host galaxy's core. It's considered the first discovery of its kind. Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
In the United States, Republicans are continuing their campaign to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from doing its job. Their latest effort includes accusing the EPA of "secrecy" because the agency refuses to disclose citizens' private health information. Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
Carrie Vaughn is the author of the mega-successful Kitty Norville novels — but she didn't want to rest on her laurels. Instead, she fought to break out of the "urban fantasy" category, which she hadn't even known existed until she was put into it. Her story is fascinating.Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
Classic robots are absolutely weird , but there can be something unnerving about seeing dogs, snakes, bees, fish, and birds in robotic form. From uncanny headless creatures to mechanical snakes that can squeeze their way up a person's leg, here are the robotic critters we can't stop staring at.Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
Frankly, I'm shocked it took this long, but finally someone is offering a study abroad course in Potterology. That someone is California State - San Marcos, who's offering a three-credit course in England for those with a penchant for learning and an affinity for magic (and $5,000).Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
Last night's episode of The 100 made some revelations and moved some plotlines forward, and the most interesting ones involved performing science experiments on human beings. But one topside plot and one underground plot involved the same idea: How do you destroy someone's sanity?Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
Stories change over time, and characters get added or subtracted every time a story is retold. And sometimes, an existing universe gains a new character who adds something special. Or not so special. Who's the best (or worst) brand new addition to an existing group of characters?Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
BBC Wildlife has selected its favorite photographs of the year — but not the ones taken by actual photographers. Rather, these photos were taken by automated camera-traps — and they're surprisingly awesome.Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
It came up the other night as dinner conversation. "Where do you think the next nuclear war will break out?" I asked. Everybody had an opinion.Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
Oh my. NECA dashed hopes of a 'proper' Keaton Bats figure when they released their (admittedly cool) video-game version - but it's now been revealed they'll be making one for the 1989 Movie's upcoming blu-ray rerelease. Rejoice!Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
If you had any doubts about Meryl Streep taking on Into The Wood'scoveted part of the Witch, check them at the door. This is the first long clip of Streep singing the highly emotional "Stay With Me" from the movie adaptation. And it's just great. Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
Deadspin The Amazing True Story Of My Exploding Balls | Jalopnik How Formula One Actually Works: A Guide For Confused Americans | Jezebel Lessons on Love and Marriage From Charles Manson and His Fiancée | Lifehacker The Best Bedroom Upgrades for a Better Night's Sleep | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
We've seen one artist portray Batman as a medieval knight battling and endlessly grinning Joker dragon , but this illustration by Jason Kang focuses more on what the medieval Dark Knight's armor might look like—and his might steed, the Bat...well...Bat. He even has a Robin.Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
It isn't every day that you get to hear the actual sound of a spacecraft touching down on a comet 310 million miles away.Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
At first, this animated short seems rather pleasant: A kiwi encounters a golden nugget, and upon consuming it, feels a glorious sense of bliss. But as the bird continues to chase that first high, things quickly turn dark.Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
Sugary drinks are now the number one source of junk-food calories for kids, says a new report from Yale's Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity on the amount and kinds of sugary drinks being knocked back today. While soda consumption has fallen a bit, energy drinks just keep on picking up.Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
A recent experimental study sought to answer the question as to whether bankers are more likely to cheat than people in other professions. You can probably imagine the results, but you'll be surprised as to the reason why. Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
It's strange that we can be blasé about space-imagery, our appetites glutted by a steady stream of "mesmerizing," "humbling," and "mindblowing" footage of our planet. It takes more than a view from the ISS to give us pause. So trust us when we say that this video is definitely worth the watch.Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
These utterly gorgeous posters don't celebrate Star Wars or other classic films the way some of our favorite Olly Moss posters have. But they're still incredibly beautiful and will fill you with a love of the great outdoors. And they're on sale for four days.Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
Two groups of healthy green sea turtles are thriving off the coast of Peru. This is hopeful news, as these turtles are part of an endangered group and their numbers were shrinking. It seems that protecting their habitats has worked, and their populations are growing again. Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
The How It Should Have Ended guys have gotten their hands on Guardians of the Galaxy to the delight of everyone, including director James Gunn, who wrote: "Haha! I love these. Having a 'How It Should Have Ended' is better than winning an Oscar." Doesn't this mean they should direct GotG2? Or at least the last bit?Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
Pennyworth and Bullock hit the streets looking for Bruce Wayne. And what we get is a totally great, ass-kicking Alfred Pennyworth. Take an exclusive look at next week's episode now. Read more...

Read More...
posted 2 days ago on io9
Though over 1 billion people suffer from them, they're called "neglected diseases." That's because they attract little public attention and research money. But these diseases are about to explode across the globe, which is why many doctors say the neglect needs to stop now.Read more...

Read More...