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Sponges Are Surprisingly Good At Soaking Up Problem Chemical BPA

Scientists cleaning their labs have discovered that a plain old sponge is surprisingly well suited to removing bisphenol A (BPA) from surfaces and equipment. Read more...

Why You Should (And Shouldn't) Put Hydrogen Peroxide On Cuts

Most of us have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to dab on our cuts, if we get superficial wounds. But hydrogen peroxide by itself doesn’t kill bacteria. It needs something more — and your blood provides it, even when it shouldn’t.Read more...

Every Key Detail And Killer Moment From The Batman V. Superman Trailer

It’s finally here — thefirst HD footage of the clash between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. We’ve already watched the HD version a half dozen times, but now it’s time to pore over GIFs and screencaps, to catch every detail and all the insane drama. Here’s everything we spotted!Read more...

The Strange, Bitter 19th Century Debate Over Where Toledo Was

From our smug (though extremely temporary) perch atop history, we can safely say that we know exactly where the U.S. city of Toledo is: It’s in Ohio, of course. But in the 1800s, the answer wasn’t so easy — and the resulting battle was incredibly bitter.Read more...

Watch The First Batman V. Superman Trailer In Full Glorious HD!

You saw a version of it last night — but now here’s the official HD trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. In which absolutely everybody despises Superman, and Batman wants to ask just one. Simple. Question.Read more...

Nymphomaniac Director Lars Von Trier Is Making A Serial Killer TV Show

Danish director Lars von Trier is often referred to as “polarizing,” but if there’s one thing the man behind works like _The Kingdom_, _Dogville_, _Antichrist _(pictured), and _Nymphomanic_ knows, it’s how to freak the hell out of an audience. So why not focus on a serial killer next?Read more...

The Exact Moment When I Realized Daredevil Wasn't Your Typical TV Show

Marvel’s new series _Daredevil_ doesn’t look like the company’s other television offerings, like _Agents of SHIELD_. The violence is bloodier, the palette murkier, the humor darker. But what convinced me this was something way different was the second episode — when the show avoided my least favorite trope.Read more...

The Whys, Wherefores, and Wonders of Mathematics

Check out this delightful video of math teacher Paul Lockhart—author of _Measurement, "_a permanent solution to math phobia by introducing us to mathematics as an artful way of thinking and living"—waxing lyrical about the splendors of mathematics and mathematical thinking, and why "the mathematical question is always 'why?'"Read more...

Everest's Modified Route Still Poses Deadly Challenges For Climbers

In light of a deadly incident last year at Mount Everest, Nepalese guides have charted a modified route to reduce avalanche risk. Trouble is, it will expose climbers to some extremely challenging – and potentially deadly – terrain.Read more...

12 Years A Slave Writer-Producer Working On New Marvel Show For ABC

Academy Award-winning writer and producer John Ridley has been reported to be working on a new TV show for Marvel, to air on ABC. Could this have something to do with the recently rumored _Agents of SHIELD_ spinoff ? I think it just might.Read more...

Have You Been Struck By "Pine Mouth"?

I’ve avoided pine nuts since the first time I had them. That’s because a few hours after snacking on them, I noticed that my mouth tasted like I’d been eating old engine parts that had been soaked in ammonia. Everything, including my own breath, tasted metallic and bitter. I figured I was mildly allergic. I was wrong.Read more...

Bandai's War Machine Toy Comes Complete With Patriotic Action Features

Well, I say that, but it basically means Bandai's latest _Age of Ultron_ Figuarts toy can be posed saluting. There's pictures of this thing swooshing around, firing plastic laser blasts, being a badass — but a shot of a little saluting action figure is easily the best thing about it.Read more...

Contributors at the excellent marine science blog Deep-Sea News have published an article in PLOS on

Contributors at the excellent marine science blog _Deep-Sea News_ have published an article in _PLOS_ on how to conduct effective online science outreach. It is (appropriately? ironically? self-consciously?) presented in list format. Here are Ten Simple Rules for Effective Online Outreach.Read more...

Gizmodo Jay Z Dumps Tidal’s CEO, Now Has 98 Problems | Jalopnik How Do You Get A Job In The Auto Ind

Gizmodo Jay Z Dumps Tidal’s CEO, Now Has 98 Problems | Jalopnik How Do You Get A Job In The Auto Industry? | Jezebel Every Single _Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 _Review Is a Damn Masterpiece | Kotaku Watch The First Trailer For _Star Wars Battlefront_ | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...

Just Robbed A Vehicle In Mexico? You Might Have A Radiation Problem

There’s a bizarre crime wave afoot in Mexico, in which thieves are targeting trucks transporting radioactive materials. But before you suspect terrorists, know this: in _all_ of the recent cases (three in the past 18 months, including one this week), the robbers had _no idea_ what they were stealing. Read more...

Point/Counterpoint: Does Firefly Still Matter?

Welcome to a new feature: Point/Counterpoint, where we debate, vehemently, angrily, over issues of extreme importance. Today: Does _Firefly _still matter?Read more...

Archie Vs. Sharknado Is An Actual Comic That Is Actually Happening

When did Archie Comics become the weirdest, craziest comic company around? The Riverdale icon is no stranger crazy crossovers — he’s recently gone up against the living dead , and earlier this week faced the goddamn Predator . Archie’s next crossover challenge? Syfy’s _Sharknado_. _What?!_Read more...

Which Summer Movie Will Be This Year's Biggest Flop?

It’s almost summer movie season — which means it’s time, once again, for our annual poll. Which of this summer’s big tentpole movies will lose the most money? Make your predictions now!Read more...

Grim Discovery Confirms Cannibalism Among Early Britons

A recent analysis of human-chewed remains has provided some of the most compelling evidence to date that ice age Britons engaged in cannibalistic practices. Read more...

io9 Newsstand: The Best Stories from the Week of April 12 - 18

This week’s best stories are about what it means to be human, about balancing the universe’s harmonies, and about using one’s voice as a weapon or a balm — depending on the situation.Read more...

This Baffling 1936 Murder Was Solved With A Hair And A Piece Of String

__On April 10, 1936, the body of aspiring novelist Nancy Titterton was found raped and strangled to death (by her own pajamas) in the bathtub of the New York City apartment she shared with her husband, an executive at NBC. The only clues: a short length of cord and a single horsehair. Read more...

Iron Man's Dad Is Officially Jesse Custer In The Preacher TV Series

As it was rumored, so it has come to pass! Dominic Cooper, a.k.a. Howard Stark in the early days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been cast as the lead in Seth Rogen’s TV adaptation of Garth Ennis’ hit Vertigo comic _Preacher_.Read more...

Spiral Zone was a cartoon ahead of its time

The 1980’s. A time where cartoon series were part of every kid’s life and so many tied into toy lines. We all know the biggies: _G.I. Joe, Transformers, He-Man, She-Ra _and so many more. Most of them were light stuff, fun but nothing really deep. But there was one exception. A cartoon far more dark, dramatic and powerful than the rest of them out there and one that could really scare the hell ou

The Terrifying True Story Of America's Youngest Serial Killer

In 1872, 12-year-old Jesse Pomeroy was briefly sent to reform school after brutally attacking several children. After his release, “the Boy Fiend” progressed to murder. A new book takes a look at this unusual case, one of the first to bring the insanity defense — and all its complications — into the public eye. Read more...

There's A Brand New Section Of A Wrinkle In Time That You Can Read

A newly-unearthed section of _A Wrinkle In Time_ has been released by Madeline L’Engle’s granddaughter — and it has some strong words about the dangers faced by democracies, as they try to balance security and freedom.Read more...

Watch The First Trailer For Star Wars Battlefront

After a decade of cancellations, false starts, and one tragic studio demise , this is the year we’ll finally see a third _Star Wars Battlefront_ game. Here’s our first look.Read more...

10 Ways To Create A Near-Future World That Won't Look Too Dated

Writing about the world to come is a scary proposition, because nothing becomes obsolete faster than futuristic visions. Especially if you're writing about a decade or two from now, your story risks looking ridiculous within a few years. So here are 10 tips to keep your near-future setting from looking too dated.Read more...

Radioactive WWII Aircraft Carrier Found Off The California Coast

The _USS_ _Independence_ — a World War II-era aircraft carrier — has been found in 2,600 feet of water off the coast of California's Farallon Islands. Surprisingly intact after 64 years, it was exposed to atomic blasts during the Bikini Atoll tests until it was deliberately sunk in 1951.Read more...

Welcome to Asteroid War Games, Where Scientists Practice Saving Earth

There’s a 1200-foot asteroid headed straight for the Earth. You’ve got five days to come up with a plan, or go the way of the dinosaurs. This isn’t the script for the _Day After Tomorrow _sequel — it’s the scenario being war-gamed by a roomful of PhDs as we speak. Read more...

Sony Really Wanted To Make That Doctor Who Movie

Remember those rumors of a big-budget_ Doctor Who _movie ? The one that was going to be directed by David Yates? Well, in the recently release batch of hacked Sony emails, it appears that Sony was pushing hard for this movie — and only Steven Moffat and the other _Doctor Who_ producers stood in their way.Read more...


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