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This Medical Device Is a Major Gamechanger for Kidney Patients

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This device could improve the lives of tens of thousands of people who visit kidney dialysis centers. Using this 10-pound, miniature portable dialysis machine, they can cleanse and monitor their blood constantly, with minimal effort. The FDA has just put the device in its new " fasttrack program." Read more...

Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Four Horsemen Of The Modern Apocalypse

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The Horsemen of War, Famine, Death, and Pestilence get a makeover for the modern age in this week's Concept Art Writing Prompt. What story can you write inspired by this reinvented apocalyptic foursome? Read more...

How Is This Dragonfly's Prehensile Mouthpart Connected to Its Anus?

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

STOP LAUGHING THIS IS NOT A JOKE. This is a serious question about this larval dragonfly's grabby-grab face-appendage (technically, it's called a "labial mask") and its b-hole. And the answer is: "Way, way more than you think." Read more...

These Six-Word Stories Are Dispatches From A Strange Alternate Reality

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Drawn from the stories you submitted to us today, these tales rewrite The Sound of Music as a horror flick, give us some etiquette tips for how to behave in front of a black hole (hint! VERY WELL), and, most alarmingly, show a timeline where our attempts to land a comet turned out very differently indeed. Read more...

Quite Possibly the Worst Analysis of NSA Spying You Will Ever Hear

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

In a bizarre application of the old "blame the victim" idea, the Guardian's James Ball has decided that ordinary people with nosy neighbor syndrome are the fundamental cause of government spying. It's a classic example of confusing the cultural problem of gossip with the political problem of surveillance. Read more...

American Horror Story Threatens Our Favorite Freaks, NOT COOL

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Last night, American Horror Story: Freak Show teased around with a lot of our favorite characters and it was not cool. Not cool at all. But on the plus side, Jessica Lange went full-Lange this episode, and it was fantastic. Read mor...

The 100 Is Much More Interesting When It's Building Its World

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

With the Ark gone, the only corners of The 100 left to explore are on (or under) the Earth. And the show becomes much more interesting when it spreads out beyond the "Sky People" and Grounder factions. Read more...

Dogs Playing Poker Just Got Owned By Dogs Playing Dungeons & Dragons

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Hey, "Dog's Playing Poker," you're great and all, but "Dogs Playing Dungeons and Dragons" is the best dog painting in the history of all dog paintings. The end. Read more...

Aerial Photographs Reveal Mysterious Faces Etched into the Landscape

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

We see faces everywhere – on our morning toast, in a field full of flowers, or on Mars – thanks to a psychological phenomenon called pareidolia. But there are hundreds of faces on Google Earth, too. Here are some of the most amazing ones. Read more...

We Just Had A Pretty Major First For The Green Lantern Corps

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

And it's not a death, resurrection, or a zombie. Also, I think many of you are going to find it somewhat annoying, if that helps narrow it down at all. Spoilers for Green Lantern Corps #36, which just came out yesterday. Read more.....

What's The Craziest Scheme In All Science Fiction Or Fantasy?

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

One reason we love speculative fiction is the crazy, out-of-control storytelling. And one of the best things about science fiction and fantasy is the wild schemes that both heroes and villains come up with. But what's the most wild, impractical scheme that anybody's ever cooked up? Read more...

It Turns Out That "Longevity Genes" Don't Exist

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Very few people live to be 110 or older. Incredibly, many of these "supercentenarians" do virtually nothing to stay healthy or fit, leading scientists to speculate that certain genes are responsible. But recent analysis of the human genome suggests this is an oversimplification. Read more...

Gawker Rent a Cop: The Big, Shady (But Legal) Business of Secondary Policing | Gizmodo Philae's Bad

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Gawker Rent a Cop: The Big, Shady (But Legal) Business of Secondary Policing | Gizmodo Philae's Bad Landing Turns the Rosetta Mission Into a Race Against Time | Kotaku The Anita Sarkeesian Hater That Everyone Hates | Lifehacker How Many Credit Cards Should I Have? | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...

The Difference Between Good Worldbuilding And Great Worldbuilding

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Worldbuilding is the bedrock of science fiction and fantasy. We obsess about it constantly, because characters and plots are often only as compelling as the worlds they inhabit. We've decried bad worldbuilding before — but what makes worldbuilding great? Here's one key factor. Read more...

Cosmonauts Used to Carry Insane Machete Guns In Space

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

For decades, every Soyuz rocket crew packed a sidearm in their emergency kits—even after joining the International Space Station partnership. This "survival gun," the TOZ 82, had three barrels and a swing-out machete. But nowadays, the guns stay at home. Read more...

In This Short Film, The Robot Uprising Starts With Our Military Drones

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

In the future, the US government has removed human oversight from its drone missions, leaving unmanned military operations and surveillance to an AI. But the folks behind the project regret that decision when the AI starts targeting humanity at large. Read more...

It's Great We're Getting A Captain Marvel Movie. It's Also Not Enough.

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

When Marvel announced that its next round of movies would include a Captain Marvel movie, we were thrilled. Yes, a major Marvel movie featuring a popular and wonderful female superhero. But amidst that celebration, let's not forget there are still tons of worthy female superheroes who would make excellent movie stars. Read more...

?A Beginner's Guide To All Things Dragon Age

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Good news: Dragon Age: Inquisition is pretty great. Less-good news: Being a story-heavy role-playing game, it relies heavily on a familiarity with the Dragon Age series' dense lore. Newcomers might be a bit lost at times. Read more....

Holy @#$%! Underoos Are Back, Adult-Sized, And Better Than Ever!

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Today is a good day. Oh, I'm sure there's plenty of terrible things going on in the world right now, but today is the day that Underoos, the incredible t-shirt-underpants-minimalist cosplay underwear returns to stores! For adults even! And with awesome characters to choose from! Read more...

A Stunning Alt-History Map Showing A Completely Uncolonized Africa

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A map created by Swedish artist Nikolaj Cyon shows what Africa would have looked like had it not been colonized by Europeans. Shown upside down to skew the Eurocentric bias, it was compiled using historical, linguistic, and ethnographic data. Read more...

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