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An Aging Fisherman Becomes Intimate With An Increasingly Human Lobster

No, the short film _Caterwaul_ isn't a tale of bestiality, but it is one of a strange relationship between a lonely fisherman and the lobster he decides to take home one day. Even as the lobster longs for the sea and becomes increasingly un-lobster-like, the man can't bear to part from his crustacean companion.Read more...

Doctor Who Is Finally Getting Its First Female Writer In 7 Years

_Doctor Who_'s been bringing in a lot of new writers in the past couple years, with some excellent results (notably Jamie Matheson and Neil Cross). But as Neil Gaiman recently pointed out, the show hasn't had any female writers since 2008. Luckily, it looks like_ Torchwood_ veteran Catherine Tregenna is writing for season nine. Read more...

We Can Thank Saturn for Helping Life to Evolve on Earth

Models show that if the ringed planet's orbit was just 10% closer in, or even just slightly tilted, its mass would have tugged the Earth into a wildly elongated orbit, causing it to spend part of each year outside the habitable zone.Read more...

Over 16,000 of Darwin's Papers On Evolution Are Now Available Online

Since 2007, the American Museum of Natural History and the Darwin Manuscripts Project have been digitizing Charles Darwin's writings on evolution, and putting them online. Today, on the 155th anniversary of the publication of _On the Origin of Species_, the project is more than 50% complete. Read more...

It's Official: Michelle MacLaren Will Direct The Wonder Woman Movie

After months of speculation Warner Bros. has finally announced who will direct the long-awaited, live action Wonder Woman movie. And thankfully they picked someone great. Read more...

The Best Budget Sound Bar Is Down to an All-Time Low Price

Both of the larger sizes of your favorite budget sound bar are at their lowest prices ever.Read more...

Gawker End Fraternities | Jezebel 'Law and Justice Aren't the Same': Interview With a UVA Rape Survi

Gawker End Fraternities | Jezebel 'Law and Justice Aren't the Same': Interview With a UVA Rape Survivor | Kotaku Grand Theft Auto V's Biggest Mystery Is Getting Even Weirder | Lifehacker Ten Clever Uses for Plain Text Files That Can Increase Your Productivity | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...

Which Long-Awaited Project Was Actually Worth The Wait?

Anticipation can be a dangerous thing. Sometimes you wait and wait for a book, movie or comic to materialize, and it's bound to be a letdown. But every once in a while, all your patience actually pays off. Which project did you wait years for... and it was totally worth the wait?Read more...

Why Sweet Potatoes Are About to Become Astronaut Superfood

Although astronaut cuisine has improved considerably over the decades, this year's Thanksgiving menu aboard the International Space Station still consists mostly of freeze-dried and dehydrated dishes. But future missions will likely have access to one fresh vegetable: sweet potatoes.Read more...

The 3 newest crew members have gotten safely aboard the ISS -- and, as is traditional, that new crew

The 3 newest crew members have gotten safely aboard the ISS — and, as is traditional, that new crew came bearing some gifts, including some New Year's caviar, and the very first space-compliant espresso machine. In other news, your housewarming gift idea of a potted plant is officially unimpressive.Read more...

Did This Medieval Sword Actually Belong To Ivan The Terrible?

Ever since this 12th century blade was discovered under a tree in 1975, archeologists have wondered how it got all the way from Sweden to Siberia. A controversial new theory suggests it belonged to none other than Ivan the Terrible — one of history's most notorious figures. Read more...

Everyone In Hollywood (Even Spielberg) Wants To Remake Last Starfighter

Rumor has it, everyone in Hollywood has tried to remake or (even better) make a sequel to the 1984 scifi cult classic _The Last Starfighter_. But, so far, everyone has failed. And this quirky little Twitter exchange kind of explains why.Read more...

This Beautiful Glass Dish Proves that Ancient Rome Traded with Japan

Over 1600 years ago, this deep blue glass dish made its way from a Mediterranean workshop, across Central Asia, to its final resting place in a 5th century Japanese grave. The journey may have taken over a century, and gives us a glimpse of what trade was like in the early days of the Silk Road .Read more...

Electric Shock Study Shows We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Strangers

How much money would you pay to prevent a complete stranger from being administered an electric shock? And how would that compare to what you'd give up to prevent your own pain? A fascinating new experiment suggests we may be more altruistic than we think.Read more...

Why Do We Force Weather Forecasters to Lie to Us?

Ever hear of "wet bias"? It's the tendency of forecasters to over-estimate our chances of feeling the wrath of the weather gods. Why do they do it? Basically, we force them to. Read more...

The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About Star Trek Season 2

No matter how much you already know about the original Star Trek, there's still undiscovered territory out there. And just like with season one, the new book series _These Are The Voyages_ by Marc Cushman uncovers loads of surprising secrets. Here are a dozen things you probably never knew about Star Trek's second season.Read more...

X-Men: Apocalypse Has Found Its Titular Villain

The third installment of the trilogy begun in _X-Men: First Class_ has found its Apocalypse — it's Oscar Isaac, who's just finished filming another possibly villainous role in _Star Wars: Episode VII. _Clearly, Isaac is pretty good at being bad. Read more...

After The Sun Incinerates Earth, Life Could Evolve On Titan

In about 4 billion years, our sun will become a red giant star, engulfing the inner planets and basking the outer planets in its ebbing heat. When the happens, according to a NASA scientist, Saturn's moon Titan, which resembles a frozen version of Earth billions of years ago, could evolve its own indigenous life. Read more...

Why James Gunn Is Right About Shared Universes

We're living inthe age of the Shared Universe - more and more studios want a snifter of Marvel's money, and we're due for even more Cinematic Universes in our moviegoing future. But over the weekend James Gunn raised an excellent point on Facebook that really highlights the potentially ruinous flaw in this new boom.Read more...

Behold The Real-Life Goosebumps Monsters For The Insane Goosebumps Film

The _Goosebumps_ movie stars Jack Black as real-life _Goosebumps_ author R.L. Stine. Apparently, Stine's books were also magical prisons that keep his monsters out of the real world. Ha! Take a look at the classic monsters from the series that have been recreated for the film. Read more...

Holy Crap! It's a Gold Spider! But Why?

Here's a picture that's beautiful and terrifying in equal measure. It's a spider coated in a very fine layer of gold. We'll tell you why people have made this gorgeous monstrosity, and what happens next.Read more...

Super Smash Bros. Wii U: The Kotaku Review

The first time I picked up a controller and turned on the Wii U version of _Smash Bros._, I felt relief. I was about to play the game the way it was meant to be played: on a TV, with Gamecube controllers, and with as many friends as I could find.Read more...

Constantine Should Team Up With Papa Midnite More Often

We had a glimmer of a more interesting, more bastardly John Constantine last week, but this week, it was his rival Papa Midnite who got to be the morally complex character. There is something fun about watching these two characters work together to solve a supernatural problem and insult each other all the way.Read more...

Confirmed: Batman And Superman Are Off-Limits For Arrow And The Flash

It shouldn't come as a huge surprise, but _The Flash _and_ Arrow_ producer Andrew Kreisberg has confirmed that the Emerald Archer and the Scarlet Speedster won't be stopping by Gotham City or Metropolis anytime soon. Read more...

Computers Wrote the Caption for This Photograph, and Changed Everything

Computers at Google now have a machine-learning system that can analyze images like the one above and generate captions for them. The phrase used to caption this image? _"A person riding a motorcycle on a dirt road__." _It might not seem like much, but it's actually one hell of an accomplishment. Read more...

Nickelodeon Comes To Its Senses, Brings Legend Of Korra Back To TV

Well, this is good, if somewhat baffling news: just days after Nickelodeon released _The Legend of Korra_ clip show episode (thanks to Nickelodeon slashing the show's budget mid-season), the network has announced that Book 4 of _The Legend of Korra_ will be airing on TV starting this week. Uh, yay, I guess?Read more...

Avengers and Days of Future Past for $10 Each, Black Friday Blu-rays

Days of Future Past and Avengers are just $10 each today.Read more...

Here's the good news: The makers of the Attack on Titan TV series have finally officially announced

Here's the good news: The makers of the _Attack on Titan_ TV series have finally officially announced that the hit anime will get a second season. Now the bad news: _It's not going to debut until 2016_. UGH. Well, at least we have the compilation films and the live-action movie to tide us over...Read more...

io9 Meetup in San Francisco, 12/2!

Join us for an io9 meetup in San Francisco, next week, December 2. This thrilling event will be from 6-8 PM at the lovely Borderlands Bookstore Cafe. Bring your actuators and laser noses! Meet io9 staff, io9 readers, and have as many geeky conversations as you could possibly want.Read more...

Are Lego actually making a gigantic SHIELD Helicarrier?

Prepare your Wallets, Lego fans: there's been a flurry of rumours over the weekend that Lego might be planning on bringing SHIELD's floating HQ to their range of Marvel toys next year - and not just as a normal set, but a humongous (and pricey) display model.Read more...


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