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Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer Are Sixtiestastic In Man From UNCLE Photo

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

It's been a long time since we heard anything about Guy Ritchie's big screen reboot of the 60s classic Man from U.N.C.L.E., but here we are with the first official still. I actually think Armie Hammer looks pretty great as Illya Kuryakin. Read more...

This Solar Flare Image Is Beautiful In Its Simplicity

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A solar flare peaked at 7:28 p.m. EST on December 19, and the NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught this image of it. It was classified as X1.8-class. X-classes are the most intense flares, with an X-2 being twice as strong as an X-1. Read more...

This Halo Spaceship Is Made Out Of $7,000 Worth Of Lego Bricks

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The Pillar of Autumn is perhaps one of Halo's most iconic ships - and the impressive cruiser cuts just as commanding an image when it's made out of Lego, as Lee Jones' gigantic model shows! Read more...

Science Shows That Reindeer Are Perfect Sleigh Pullers

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

On the latest episode of It's Okay To Be Smart, host Joe Hanson delves into the science behind a number of Christmas-related science quandaries. Including: Why do the lights always tangle? What's makes reindeers noses red? And what could let Santa visit every child in one night? Read more...

Acoustic Tweezers Can Rearrange Your Cells into Geometric Patterns

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Have you seen Chladni figures? They're patterns made when sand is exposed to sound waves on metal plates. They can be amazingly intricate. And now scientists could be making them with living cells. Read more...

FDA Ends Ban on Blood Donations By Gay Men ... But There's A Catch

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Talk about problematic progress. The AP headline crowing "US Moves to End Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men" comes with a whopper of an asterisk: gay and bisexual men who wish to donate blood may do so only if they've refrained from having sex with another man for a full year prior. Read more...

Barak Obama's Presidential Library Could Look Like An Alien Spaceship

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A number of architects had designs among the finalists for the Obama presidential library, but our favorite is this one by Oslo/New York firm Snøhetta. It's variously described as looking like a coral reef or a teardrop, but to us it looks like a pretty cool alien spacecraft. Read more...

Astronomers have detected five rocky planets around an ancient, metal-poor star.

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Astronomers have detected five rocky planets around an ancient, metal-poor star. At more than twice the age of our solar system, it is potential confirmation that terrestrial Earth-like planets have formed throughout our galaxy's history — which, in theory, means some intelligent civilizations may have had as much as a 4.6 billion year head start. Read more...

A Rescue Ship Raked the Ruins

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

It was almost too late. The buildings were falling to dust, eaten by the invisible jaws of the nano-disintegrators, and hostiles had ringed the city in deadly mechas. But then a rescue ship came out of nowhere, and we heard the Commander's voice calling from an open hatch. Read more...

December 23, 2014: Things I learned today!

Things I learned today: 1. How to make Osso Buco Milanese. 2. I don’t like Osso Buco Milanese. 3. Most of the Best Books of 2014 lists out there range from ridiculous to utter bullshit.  A novel shouldn’t be lauded merely on the basis of a touching premise.  Execution really should factor in. 4. My […]

The Best Local, Obscure Holiday Traditions Around The World

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

'Tis the season for all manner of celebrations. But, while some holiday traditions (like reindeer sweaters and the foisting of cookies on any and all unsuspecting visitors) have picked up traction, others (like your friendly neighborhood Mari Lwyd, pictured above) remain sadly obscure. Read more...

Was Michael Rockefeller Killed By Cannibals?

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Michael Rockefeller was the son of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, and an aspiring ethnographer. In 1961, he disappeared while researching the people of what was then New Guinea in what has become one of history's most intriguing unsolved crimes. Now, a documentary offers evidence that he was killed by cannibals. Read more...

The Evil Dead Show Will Have Two New Leads Along With Ash

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Last month news dropped that Evil Dead was coming back to Starz along with former lead Bruce Campbell and creator Sam Raimi. We were excited, and now we know a little bit more about the series. Read more...

Even if you're not in the UK, you can listen to the Good Omens radio play online.

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Even if you're not in the UK, you can listen to the Good Omens radio play online. BBC Radio 4 has the first two episodes of the adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's apocalyptic comedy are available for streaming, and will be for the next four weeks Read more...

Geographical Survey Helps Fans Of Psychedelics Avoid Bad Trips

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The annual Global Drug Survey charts drug use patterns across the globe. Of particular interest this year are some stats revealing which countries are the most likely to produce "bad trips" for users of psychedelic drugs. Read more....

Russian Underground Stations Look Even More Stunning In Black and White

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

These photos of Saint Petersburg and Moscow Metro system were taken by Russian photographer Andrey Kruglikov, also known as subwayspecial on Instagram. They highlight the rich architecture that Muscovites see on their daily commutes. Read more...

Fans of destruct-o-tainment: step right this way for Curbed's deeply satisfying video countdown of "

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Fans of destruct-o-tainment: step right this way for Curbed's deeply satisfying video countdown of "The 10 Best Demolitions of 2014, Judged Purely on Aesthetics." Fireworks! Earnest commentary! Stirring soundtracks! It's all here... no earplugs required. Read more...

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