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The Very Best Cosplay of 2014

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

What an amazing year for cosplay! Hot dam,n you are all so talented and clever and creative it almost makes us mad. But we love you and all the great cosplay we saw this year. So as a tribute, here is a collection of our favorite cosplay moments from 2014. Read more...

A Twisted Film About Parents Who Replace Their Dead Son With A Monster

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Some family dramas are stranger than others. After suffering a tragedy, a grieving mother orders orders a mysterious product from the Internet. The result is that her life and her husband's go much differently than either of them planned. Read more...

Some New Things I Learned From This Profile Of Iain M. Banks

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Iain M. Banks is one of my favorite science fiction writers, and we've done a guide to his Culture novels, but I still learned some new stuff from this in-depth profile of him in Kirkus Reviews by io9 contributor Andrew Liptak. Read more...

Are We Entering The Age Of The Practical Superhero Costume?

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This year two big Superheroines have gone through major redesigns - Batgirl and, this week, Spider-Woman. Both designs shared a similar mantra: ditch the spandex, and get practical. But are they first steps in revitalising superhero designs into something more feasible in the 21st Century? Read more...

Watch A Man Control Two Prosthetic Arms With Just His Thoughts

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : Gamma Squad

Roboticprostheticshavecomealong,longwayinasurprisinglybriefperiodoftime.Anditcanbealittleshockingjusthowfastthoseadvancesare,butinagoodway,especiallywhenitgivesthoselimbsbacktoamanwho’shadnoarmsforfortyyears.CourtesyoftheJohnsHopkinsAppliedPhysicsLaboratory,LesBaughhadtwoarmsforthefirsttimeindecades.

Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs Of 2014

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This year, humanity landed on its first asteroid, a child was born to a woman with a transplanted womb, and a fossilized sea shell forced us to reconsider our conceptions of human culture. Those are just a taste of the 20 achievements, innovations, and advances we've selected for our roundup of 2014's biggest scientific breakthroughs. Read more...

The Power of the Ears Compels You

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

These baby Bat-eared Foxes were rescued by a farmer who discovered them when he was building a dam on his property. When the dam collapsed, they were seen struggling in the water, so he scooped them up and attempted to locate their den and/or their mother. Show More Summary

The First Person To Ever Receive Two Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Meet Les Baugh, a double amputee from Colorado who lost both his arms in an electrical accident nearly 40 years ago. He's now entered into the history books by becoming the first person to ever receive two shoulder-level prosthetic arms that he can control with his mind. Read more...

New Books and ARCs, 12/19/14

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : Whatever

This will be the last of these, I expect, of the year, so: What here looks good to you? Share in the comments.

The Fifteen Best New Comics Of 2014

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : Gamma Squad

2014wasabanneryearforcomics.Theindustryisgrowingrapidly,fueledasmuchbypopularadaptationsasbyarisingoveralltrendinquality.Noteverybookwasgreat,ofcourse,butthere’saconsistenttrendofbetterandbetterbooksonthestands,andwe’rerollingoutourviewofthisyear’sbestnewbooks.

Golden-Winged Warblers Can Predict When Tornados Will Strike

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A recent study out of UC Berkeley has discovered that tiny golden-winged warblers can predict impending storms — or rather, they can actually hear them approaching. Scientists hope to use what they've learned to help save lives ahead of violent weather. Read more...

Release Of U.S. Historical Documents Delayed Due To Iran Nuke Talks

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The State Department has blocked the release of declassified documents about the CIA's role in the 1953 coup that overthrew Iran's democratically elected prime minister, due to the ongoing negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program. But some historians think this is a dumb decision, that could actually backfire. Read more...

A Chart Of When "Dirty" Words First Appeared In The English Language

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

English is rich with clinical, silly, and sometimes filthy words for our naughty bits and the things we do with them. But when did words like "fart," "prick," "spunk," and "moon" enter the English language? Read more...

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