The android squirmed in the chair as Dr. Rockwell drilled in the fresh tooth. The dentist shook his head as he exchanged the drill tool for the water flosser. "If I detach your jaw for the procedure," he told the robot, "you'll never learn to stop using your mouth to open oil drums." Concept art by Cedric Peyravernay.
Serious Eats Chief Creative Officer J. Kenji Lopez-Alt baked 1,536 cookies in his quest to find his personal perfect chocolate chip cookie, and he has been kind enough to share the results of his baking experiments in a fascinating longread that explains the chemistry behind these classic cookies.
Five years ago, Paul and T.J. delighted the Internet with _An Engineer's Guide to Cats_, a deadpan examination of the art and science of cats. Now the pair are back, measuring feline-borne crotch pressure, checking kitty aspect ratio, and applying more corporal cuddling—this time aided by autotune.
Kirobo became the first talking robot in space when it arrived on the International Space Station earlier this year. In this video, we can see the adorable artificial astronaut undertake its mission through a conversation with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata.
He wrote about depression and thoughts of suicide, humorously chronicling his own struggles with the disease, but the jokes only masked the turmoil inside. On Dec. 19, author Ned Vizzini, 32, committed suicide by jumping from the roof of his parent's Brooklyn home.
The architecture of the Galactic Empire dominates the skyline of a city on the Outer Rim planet Lothal in this new concept art from the upcoming animated series _Star Wars Rebels_.
In what has now become a seasonal tradition for artist Mike Maihack, we see how Batgirl and best pal, Supergirl, spend the holidays in these adorable mini-comics..
This week's Concept Art Writing Prompt takes us under the sea, where a small cottage sits in shadow near a bright and bubbly city. What stories happen in this underwater divide?
How do you follow up one of the weirdest cliffhangers in television history? With an episode chock full of jaw-dropping moments and one terrible shock. They could have called this "The Last Temptation of Nikita." This show is going out on an amazing high note.
The Oxford English Dictionary has a fun little web toy that lets you see a word that was first used during the year of your birth. What's your birthday word?
This edible Optimus Prime is made of 700-800 individual pieces of gingerbread. And it doesn't just look impressive—it also won its maker, artist Caroline Eriksson, a huge cash prize.
_The NeverEnding Story_ doesn't need a darker reboot in the least, but Nicolas Francoeur's concept art, imagining a more "mature" version of the classic films, are still quite lovely. Let's just hope they don't give film executives any ideas.
_Harry Potter_ is getting a prequel, but it's not a book or movie about the Marauders at Hogwarts or the rise of Voldemort. Instead, it's a stage show about Harry Potter's life before he received that precious acceptance letter.
The sun takes on a jewel-like quality in this video from NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio, which converts light at various wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye into images that humans can see. Watch as various features on the sun's surface appear and disappear depending on the wavelength range.
Sette Frummagem and Duane Adelier are an unlikely pair of traveling companions. She is the young daughter of the head of a criminal family, quick with a lie or a boast, eager to liberate money from its rightful owner, and oddly gifted with a lion's tail and a nose that can sniff out things that no one else can smell. He's an undead wizard, forced from his quiet afterlife to serve as Sette's body
_X-Men: Days of Future Past_ reunites many of the cast members from the earlier X-Men film trilogy, but one previously announced character will be absent: Anna Paquin's Rogue, whose scene ended up on the cutting room floor.
Community may not be getting a claymation Christmas special this year, but it does get a bit of animated holiday cheer in this ad for the new season, in which Dean Pelton crashes Jeff's lonely Christmas with a costume and a willing reindeer.
This weekend in the world of cartoons, a lot of shows are still off, but we are greeted by the once-in-a-year joy of holiday specials! _My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic _is the sole new bit of regularly scheduled animated joy this week, but a new _Robot Chicken_ special airs to fill the void. We also take a look at some holiday faves from the past.
Astronauts Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio are currently on the first of three scheduled urgent spacewalks to repair the cooling system on the International Space Station. You can watch the event live online thanks to NASA TV.
They took an educational BBC series about dinosaurs and turned it into a goofy kids' movie. To be honest, I expected _Walking With Dinosaurs_ to be a lot worse than it actually was. The actual movie is lovely to look at, but dumb as bricks. And full of surprises — including _Saved by the Bell_-style time outs.
I picked half a dozen or so of my favorite illustrations and made them wallpaper-sized for all of my io9 friends.
It's starting to look like 2014 is going to be the year of artificial intelligence movies. First _Her_, now _Transcendence_, look at what happens to humanity when AIs live among us.
This is the Chagan nuclear test. It was part of a larger effort to both test nuclear weapons and to use those weapons for peaceful purposes. The result is a lake it is barely safe to swim in and a severely polluted river nearby.
Wine and tea are both delicious, this we know and have always known. But, new research has finally given us the precise locus of just where their deliciousness comes from.
A new report says that chemicals used in fracking may be causing serious hormonal disorders in humans, including those linked to cancer, low fertility rates, and decreased sperm quality. So, in addition to causing earthquakes and spewing radioactive water, fracking also appears to mess up our endocrine system.
Bad news, everyone! New measurements show that electrons are perfectly round. This is a problem because it means something's still seriously wrong with a critical theory that's supposed to tell us why the universe exists.
How do you wash your clothes in zero gravity? It's a bigger problem than you'd think at first, and there are some very complicated solutions for what you could do on a long interplanetary voyage.
Check out the first clip from the _Doctor Who _Christmas special, "Time of the Doctor." In which the Doctor finally faces a problem too big for the sonic screwdriver.
Humans often rear their children with help from family and friends. But why would such a strategy evolve? What could we possibly get out of rearing somebody else's child? Now, scientists believe that they've unraveled this mystery — at least when it comes to birds. In some species, birds temporarily forgo having chicks so that they can help their family members raise their children. Here's why t
The world's most advanced robots are battling it out in Florida this week to see which one is best suited to hit the scene when disaster strikes. You can watch the live stream right here.