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You've Never Read A Book About Magic And Loss Like Signal To Noise

Plenty of books use magic to talk about coming-of-age stories and the secrets that people bury... but few of them are as sad, or as evocative, as Silvia Moreno-Garcia's new novel _Signal to Noise_. Her story of three friends in Mexico City and their musical obsessions feels true, as well as truly sad.Read more...

Journey to the center (ahem, "centre") of the earth, with this interactive applet created by the fol

Journey to the center (ahem, "centre") of the earth, with this interactive applet created by the folks at BBC Future. It's... surprisingly engaging.Read more...

Amidst The Field Of Hieroglyphics

Dr. Bulygin hadn't just found human writing among the broken monoliths. He'd discovered a Rosetta Stone, humanity's linguistic gateway to the community of the cosmos. Concept art by Shahab Alizadeh.Read more...

Is A Kilobit 1,000 Or 1,024 Bits?: A Mathematical Debate Explained

What is a kilobit equal to? The answer is 1,000 bits, but some people say it should really be 1,024. Read more...

Must Watch: 12 Monkeys' Amazing Coke-Fueled Himalayan Mummy Dance Party

Even apart from its many other delights, Syfy's decision to make a TV series of 12 Monkeys will have been worth it just for this weird-ass scene where businessmen wheel out a thousand-year-old frozen corpse in a Japanese nightclub. Now THAT's a party! Watch for yourself.Read more...

Hawkgirl Is Joining The Arrow/Flash Spinoff

If it wasn't obvious already that the CW's new spinoff of the _Arrow_ and _Flash_ universe was an attempt tocreate a Justice League for TV , it is now. The show has revealed the first of three DC heroes joining the roster alongside Sara Lance, Ray Palmer and Martin Stein: Kendra Saunders, better known as Hawkgirl!Read more...

Stunning New Images Of Rhea Herald More Photos Of Saturn's Icy Moons

For nearly two years, the orbital path of NASA's Cassini spacecraft has limited the mission's encounters with Saturn's moons. These newly released photos of the icy moon Rhea mark the spacecraft's return to the planet's equatorial plane, realm of the ringed world's frozen satellites.Read more...

Custody Battle Over Massive Emerald Worth $370 Million Rages On

It's 180,000 carats and weighs 840 pounds. Its value is estimated somewhere in the $370 million range, but really, the Bahia Emerald is so rare it's virtually priceless. No wonder the raw gem, which was found in 2001, is such a hot property — and has been at the center of a legal saga that's lasted years.Read more...

When A Cockroach Falls For A Human, He Takes Over Her Boyfriend's Body

A solitary Roach lives in the walls of Joesphine's kitchen, accompanying her accordion playing on his melancholy violin. Then one night, he hits on an idea for how to woo her face to face.Read more...

Now It's Alien Isolation's Amanda Ripley's Turn To Get An Action Figure

Ripley figures are apparently like buses — you wait ages for one, and then a bunch come along at once. Now Ellen's daughter Amanda is joining the Ripley figure party as well. Rejoice!Read more...

Behind-The-Scenes Videos Show How Iconic Movie Special Effects Were Made

When you're watching a movie, it's easy to get lost in the magic and not think too hard about how King Kong climbed the Empire State Building, how _Jurassic Park_'s T-Rex roared to life, or how Charlton Heston encountered the Statue of Liberty at the end of _Planet of the Apes_ — but these videos reveal all those movie secrets.Read more...

Mulan Is The Next Disney Character To Get Her Own Live-Action Adaptation

Live-action all the Disney animated movies! No, but really, Mulan could be pretty badass. Read more...

YA Fantasy Book Series The Mortal Instruments Gets Another Shot On TV

The news was announced last year , but now _The Mortal Instruments_ TV show, based on Cassandra Clare's popular YA fantasy book series, has a title (_Shadowhunters_), a network (ABC Family) and a complete series order, under the guiding hand of previously-announced showrunner Ed Decter (_Helix_).Read more...

Gawker LBJ Was Obsessed With His Dick | Gizmodo A Simple Design Tweak May Keep Drunk People From Fal

Gawker LBJ Was Obsessed With His Dick | Gizmodo A Simple Design Tweak May Keep Drunk People From Falling On Train Tracks | Jalopnik Top Gear's Head Producer Says Farewell To BBC In Leaked Email | Kotaku The Year's Most Must-See Episode Of Pro Wrestling Airs Tonight | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...

What Should Happen In The X-Files Reunion?

After being decommissioned 13 years ago, FBI agents Muller and Scully are returning to TV for a six-part event miniseries. It's exciting, but given the lackluster way the TV show ended and the two so-so movies that followed it, it's also kind of disconcerting. So what do _you_ want to see when _The X-Files_ return?Read more...

Watch This CD Rip Apart –  At 170,000 FPS

The Slow Mo Guys filmed a CD spinning up to 23,000 rpm at a genuinely incredible 170,000 frames per second. It's the highest frame rate they've ever employed on the channel, and it's pretty spectacular to watch. (For reference, the footage up top was shot at "only" 28,500 FPS.)Read more...

Tiny 'Nanoneedles' Could Help Your Damaged Organs Repair Themselves

In a trial involving mice, an international team of researchers used microscopic "nanoneedles" to coax the body into generating new blood vessels. Applied to humans, the technology could eventually be used to get organs and nerves to repair themselves.Read more...

Marvel Is Putting Out A Faux-Newspaper To Try And Explain Secret Wars

Even if you've been following our coverage of Marvel's _Secret Wars_ event, it would be understandable if you're confused as to what the hell is actually going on in the Marvel Comics universe. Marvel understands, so it's releasing a handy guide to the event next month. The problem? IT'S JUST AS CONFUSING.Read more...

Our First Look At The US Adaptation Of Sweden's Hit Scifi Series Humans

Hey, remember _Real Humans_? That brilliant Swedish show about synthetic androids who work as family servants, but who also harbor a dark secret? Well, we already told you that AMC was remaking the series as _Humans_, but now they've aired the first brief, intriguing teaser trailer. Read more...

Sharks Can Bark Like Dogs

Sometimes nature is just out to screw with you. There are at least two kinds of shark that can, when handled, bark like dogs. Anyone who wonders if their bark is worse than their bite is welcome to try to find out.Read more...

Do You Suffer From 'Exploding Head Syndrome'? You're Not Alone.

New findings indicate nearly one in five college-age students has been startled awake by an abrupt, loud noise that doesn't actually exist. Known as "exploding head syndrome," the psychological condition appears to be more common and disruptive than previously thought.Read more...

Team Fortress 2 Fan Film Is The Best Action Movie I've Seen In Ages

Got 20 minutes? Cool, that's enough time to watch one of the funnest action movies I've seen in ages. And yes, it was made in _Team Fortress 2_. Read more...

Absolutely Incredible Cosplay From Emerald City Comicon: Day 3!

The cosplay does not stop! Emerald City Comicon was just bursting with beautiful recreations of costumes from comics, movies, television and books. And to prove it, here's one last batch of the best ECCC cosplay!Read more...

Adam West And Burt Ward Will Star In An Animated 1966-Style Batman Movie

After a wonderful return on Blu-ray the Bat-buzz around the 1966 _Batman_ TV series has been unstoppable. And now it's coming back, but in animated movie form. Read more...

io9 March Madness Championship Round: Star Wars vs. Star Trek!

In a way this was inevitable, wasn't it? As we moved closer and closer to the finals, it became clear that everything else was just distractions from another chapter in a debate that's raged for decades: _Star Wars _vs. _Star Trek_. Read more...

It Turns Out Phil Isn't The Most Conniving Person On Last Man On Earth

Phil has spent the last few episodes of _The Last Man on Earth_ as a pretty ineffective schemer, trying to apply sitcom logic to get his way. But it turns out that someone else is much better at manipulating post-apocalyptic life to get what they want — and even get it from Phil.Read more...

What Would Being In A Bunker For 15 Years Really Do To Your Head?

So a woman emerges from a bunker after 15 years. She's cheerful and ready to embrace life. It's the premise of the recent Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but what is the reality? What do years of isolation and confinement actually do to a person's brain?Read more...

"Magic Is Privilege": The Insidious System At The Heart Of Harry Potter

Every year, the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) delves into the themes and ideas of science fiction and fantasy. And this year, according to attendee Cecilia Tan, one big topic was the idea that Harry Potter's Wizarding World is "a metaphor for racism."Read more...

Audit This: The Most Disturbing Scientology Stories of the Last Decade

Following the premiere of the damning Scientology documentary _Going Clear_ last night, you may have more questions about the bizarre cult and its recent history. Compiled below are the most insane reports about Scientology from the past ten years.Read more...

First Teaser For AMC's Martial Arts Drama Promises Swordplay, Intrigue

The teaser for _Into the Badlands_ is here! Unfortunately, it doesn't offer much more intel than what we already knew , except for a confirmation of the title, that swordplay will _definitely_ have a major role, and a suggestion that the action will kick off in the antebellum American South. Read more...


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