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New Guster Album Features Ferrofluidic Art

Switzerland based photographer Fabian Oefner specializes in combining art and science. Here, you can watch him manipulate a ferrofluidic art piece (comprising oil, watercolor, and magnetic, nanoscale iron particles) commissioned by Guster for their forthcoming album, Evermotion. Read more...

Arsenic in drinking water is causing health problems -- but not the ones you might expect.

Arsenic in drinking water is causing health problems — but not the ones you might expect. In fact, new research into arsenic ingestion has led doctors to believe that it's a possible cause of cardiovascular disease. Over at the _New York Times_, Deborah Blum reports on the connection between pollution and heart disease.Read more...

American Horror Story Takes A Break From Singing To Deliver Horror

_American Horror Story_ finally stopped singing and delivered an actual story. Thank goodness for Halloween, the one time of year this series delivers. Read more...

Concept Art Writing Prompt: He Does Not Sleep

Time to get your horror ideas flowing! For Halloween week, we have a monstrous Concept Art Writing Prompt. Do you have an idea for a story inspired by this illustration? Write it up and share it here!Read more...

High Number Of Sex Partners Linked To Lower Risk Of Prostate Cancer

A survey of more than 3,000 Montreal-area men has found those who reported having had more than 20 female sex partners are 28% less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who had slept with only one woman. Cue the avalanche of spuriously justified sexual decisions!Read more...

There Is "Epic Movement" In A Water Drop

Directed and animated by artist Sharon Liu, _Geronimo! _is a whimsical, watercolor-illustrated reminder of the "epic movement we miss in every drop" of water. If you're familiar with the fluid mechanics of water droplets, you'll understand the reference; if you're not, it's high time you learned about coalescence cascades . Read more...

What's The Secret Of Turning A Single Story Into An Endless Franchise?

We knowhow (and where) franchises go to die, but what turns a one-off movie or a standard TV series into a franchise that can go on, sometimes even for generations? Read more...

If You Really Want to See the Future of City Life, Watch This Video

Assuming we don't destroy ourselves in a mountain of toxic garbage, humans are going to start building more sustainable,environmentally-friendly cities . And that means a lot more animals will be sharing our cities with us. Here's a glimpse of what that might mean.Read more...

Michael Showalter Is Producing A Scifi Comedy For FX

FX has put in a development deal for his new scifi comedy series _Daedalus 6. _Read more...

Check Out John Constantine's Psych Profile: "A Real Charming Gentleman"

If you're still wondering whether John Constantine's rough edges are going to be smoothed out in his new TV show, this brand new featurette — exclusively at io9 — should help to answer the question. Hell no. Watch Constantine's therapist try to analyze him, only to wind up wigging out.Read more...

Supergirl TV Show Will Introduce A Brand-New Character—Kara's Sister

Casting has started for the upcoming _Supergirl_ TV series, and the casting notices give us a little more insight into Kara and her life. For one thing, they reveal a character who doesn't appear in the comics: Kara's older foster sister.Read more...

The Greatest Werewolf Art Of The Middle Ages And Renaissance

While they weren't always depicted as shirtless teen heartthrobs, creatures who turn from human into wolf (and vice versa) appear in tales dating back to antiquity. So throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, artists have had plenty of strange and creepy stories to inform their werewolf illustrations.Read more...

The Weird Artist Who Combines Surrealism And Retrofuturism

These images by Russia-born, New York-educated artist Dasha Shishkin are just endlessly fascinating. They're cartoony in their simple, stark lines, but also surreal and reminiscent of 1960s futurism. Here's a detail from a new picture called "analyte detection via protein nano spores."Read more...

Our New Batman, Ben Affleck, Fights To Save Real-Life Bats

Bats are a crucial component of healthy ecosystems. They eats massive amounts of insect pests and, like bees, are important pollinators. White-nose syndrome, plus wind farms and habitat degradation, mean they're in trouble. Batman (and Lois Lane) have come to the rescue.Read more...

A New Frog Species Has Been Discovered ... In New York City

Introducing _Rana kauffeldi_, the first amphibian to be discovered in New York since the Fowler's toad in 1882. Crazily enough, the elusive 'cryptic' leopard frog has gone unnoticed elsewhere; the darned thing is widespread along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Read more...

What Supposedly Scary Story Made You Laugh Instead?

The line between terror and hilarity is kind of ill-defined at the best of times. There's a reason why we have so many horror comedies . But sometimes, a movie, TV show or book sets out to be scary... and just winds up making you laugh. What's the most unintentionally funny piece of horror you've ever seen?Read more...

Deadspin In Defense Of The Selfie | Gawker What Are The Odds These New Media Brands Will Survive?

Deadspin In Defense Of The Selfie | Gawker What Are The Odds These New Media Brands Will Survive? A Power Ranking | Gizmodo IKEA Sit/Stand Desk Review: I Can't Believe How Much I Like This | Lifehacker This Calculator Shows How Long It Will Take to Save a Million Dollars | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...

The Peter Pan Live Trailer Is Kind Of Terrifying

NBC has released a trailer for their _Peter Pan LIVE!_ But because this is a live presentation, this isn't really a trailer at all, but a weird behind-the-scenes video of a photoshoot in which an orchestra warms up and the sound of unknown people marching faster and faster. It's actually kind of creepy. Read more...

Glory And Thunder! You Could Own These Original Boris Vallejo Paintings

Hardly anybody* ever did sword-and-sorcery art better than Boris Vallejo — complete with beefcake and cheesecake figures in larger-than-life situations. With eye-popping colors and a flair for the dramatic. And now a few newly discovered Vallejo originals are up for auction.Read more...

The Motherlode Of Deliciously Disturbing And Disgusting VHS Horror Art

Remember the good old days of trolling the video rental horror section and just starring agape at the wondrous collection of VHS horror cover art? Well, this Halloween we're ready to celebrate all things horror by taking you back to the days of grotesque VHS cover art in our massive gallery. Enjoy. Read more...

A Short About A Mysterious Business Meeting, By The Director Of Oldboy

Park Chan-wook, director of _The Vengeance Trilogy_, _Thirst_, and Stoker, delivers an enigmatic short film filled with riddles. An inventor goes to meet an eccentric investor, one who insists on making the inventor follow a series of clues and bizarre requests before considering his new technology.Read more...

Okay, The 100, So That Was Creepy

We have members of the Ark spread out in this week's episode of _The 100_, but things are moving forward on all fronts. While the adults try to establish some semblance of order on the surface, Clarke learns the dark secret lurking beneath Mount Weather.Read more...

These Charts Reveal Whether More Income Really Would Make You Happier

Does having more money automatically make people happier? We know a little about how that works (and doesn't work) on an individual level, but what happens when we're talking not just about individuals, but about the happiness of entire countries?Read more...

Your Brain's Reaction To Gross Images Can Predict Your Political Views

Past studies have shown that people who self-identify as politically conservative are more likely to experience involuntary physiological responses to disgusting images. Now, researchers have taken things a step further by using brain scans to predict test subjects' political leanings with freakishly high accuracy.Read more...

Researchers Have Just Found A Better Way To Edit DNA

Sorry CRISPR, but there's a new genomic editor in town — and this one's better than you. It's a new approach to site-specific gene targeting that will allow scientists to safely replace disease-causing genes with functional copies. And they've already used it to relieve the effects of hemophilia in mice.Read more...

This compilation of Movie Lens Flares is Blindingly Beautiful

Lens Flares have a bit of a bad rap - especially among Sci-Fi fans thanks to JJ Abrams' over-reliance on them in his _Star Trek_ movies - but as this edited compilation of Lens Flares shows, from _Man of Steel_ to _E.T._, they can still be beautiful.Read more...

Syfy's New 12 Monkeys Trailer Really Shows How Time Travel Is Hell

What's worse than living in a post-apocalyptic future where a plague has wiped out everyone? Traveling back in time to change things, only to discover that time travel is slippery and the past a lot more confusing than you realized. Welcome to Syfy's version of _12 Monkeys_.Read more...

The Perfect Lineup of Tabletop Horror Games for a Scary Game Night

Halloween is a great excuse to get together with friends and do some gaming. These horror-themed board and card games are perfect for playing in a single crisp autumn evening, and you might even prevent (or cause) the apocalypse.Read more...

David Mitchell Grew Up Drawing His Own Maps Of Tolkien's Middle Earth

__ _Cloud Atlas and _The Bone Clocks_ _both prove that author David Mitchell has an incredible knack for world-building. So it's probably not a huge surprise that he was obsessed with Tolkien as a child, to the point of drawing his own maps of Middle Earth.Read more...

Fall Back: Set Your Clocks Back One Hour on Sunday for Some Reason

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 AM this Sunday, at which point most of the country will set their clocks back one hour for no real reason other than that our parents did it. We love us some ridiculous traditions.http://thevane.gawker.com/spring-forward... Read more...


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