Researchers this week announced the recovery and identification of four sets of human remains belong @ io9

Researchers this week announced the recovery and identification of four sets of human remains belonging to leaders of colonial Jamestown. Among the items recovered from the graves was a sealed silver box, revealed by X-ray to contain bone fragments, and two pieces of a lead ampulla.


AMC orders up 15 episode second season of Fear The Walking Dead @ Sci-Fi Storm

Wasting no time as usual, AMC during a Television Critics Association panel confirmed that they’ve already ordered up a second season of spinoff series Fear The Walking Dead, with 15 episodes. The first season of six episodes starts August 23rd.

FTWD is set in Los Angeles and deals with the outbreak of the virus and will address the collapse of civilization and the response of the government and the military.

Under the Dome Wasted Its Chance to Make You Love Me. Screw Everything! @ io9

I’m a sad Dome here. I’ve spent the past few years waiting for everyone to realize how awesome I was, because all along it was clear that eventually something terrible would happen, and I would get to do what Domes do best. And then it finally did, and... sigh.


RIP "Rowdy" Roddy Piper @ io9


I'm About to Pour a Weak Acid on Your Face.  Are You Safe? @ io9

Let’s say someone offers you a lot of money to pour a vial of acid on your face. They won’t tell you what kind, but they will reassure you that it’s a “weak acid.” Should you do it?


A Time Lapse View of the Drought Collected From Satellites @ io9

It’s been a common refrain in the Midwest this year: If only we could pipe all this rain to the West. But a new NASA visualization shows just how drastic the difference has been.


Here’s a sunny, stress-free Internet diversion: Can you spot a drowning child? @ io9

Here’s a sunny, stress-free Internet diversion: Can you spot a drowning child? “Computer programmer Francisco Saldaña created the simple educational game to help people recognize the deadly situation. A person who is drowning is physiologically incapable of calling out or waving for help – meaning often there is little noise or splash.” [NYT]


They Live star and wrestling legend 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61 @ Blastr

Cardiac arrest has claimed one of wrestling's most iconic names and the star of one of the screen's greatest fight scenes.

New Spider-Man writers confirm that Spidey's Civil War cameo has been filmed @ Blastr

We now have proof that Spider-Man will indeed show up in Captain America: Civil War -- and has already been on set.

Obi-Wan takes on Jabba's thugs in 6-page peek at Marvel's Star Wars #7 @ Blastr

Watch old Obi-Wan strut his Jedi stealth skills to protect young Luke Skywalker.

“We did plan to do a museum about social history of women, but as the project developed we decided a @ io9

We did plan to do a museum about social history of women, but as the project developed we decided a more interesting angle was from the perspective of the victims of Jack the Ripper”—former Google exec Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, explaining why a proposed women’s history museum was revealed, once constructed, to be a Ripper museum instead.


The Geekender: July 31-August 2: Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Neal Stephenson, and more! @ Blastr

Here's what our writers are reading, watching, and playing this weekend. What's on your list?

I Talked With the Astronauts Living in NASA’s Underwater Lair @ io9

Deep at the bottom of the Atlantic, NASA has built an underwater lab—and there are astronauts living there. I joined them (sadly, in a digital format) to see what they’re up to down there and just what kinds of things they might be bringing back from the depths.


Archaeologists have uncovered evidence proving that members of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition res @ io9

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence proving that members of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition resorted to cannibalism. The two-ship fleet, dispatched in 1845 to map the Northwest Passage, became hopelessly stuck in the Arctic ice. Remains of 36 bones show signs of cutting, breakage, and bone marrow extraction.


Adrienne Martine-Barnes (1942-2015) @ Locus Online

Adrienne Martine-Barnes, 73, died July 20, 2015 in a Portland OR hospital.

Born January 19, 1942 in Los Angeles CA, Barnes began publishing with “Di Catenas” (1982) in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover anthology Swords of Chaos. Her debut novel The Dragon Rises appeared in 1983, and her series Chronique D’Avebury includes The Fire Sword (1984), The Crystal Sword (1988), The Rainbow Sword (1988), and The Sea Sword (1989). She collaborated with Bradley on three Darkover novels: Exile’s Song (1996), The Shadow Matrix (1997), and Traitor’s Sun (1999). With Diana L. Paxson she wrote the Chronicles of Fionn mac Cumhal: Master of Earth and Water (1993), The Shield Between the Worlds (1994), and Sword of Fire and Shadow (1995).


The Team Behind Entourage Is Developing An Alien Bounty Hunter Franchise @ io9

“I’ve got an idea for an alien bounty hunter franchise.” “Oh yeah? What should we call it?” “How about... Alien Bounty Hunter.” “Perfect!” “Love it!” *High fives and bro hugs all around.*


Hieroglyph Wins MSFW Award @ Locus Online

Hieroglyph, edited by Kathryn Cramer & Ed Finn(Morrow) is one of the winners of the 2015 Most Significant Future Works (MSFW) awards, in the category honoring works which “Illuminate the future through literary or artistic works.”

The MSFW Awards were founded by the Association of Professional Futurists “for the purpose of identifying and rewarding the work of professional futurists and others whose work illuminates aspects of the future.”

For the full list of winning projects, see the APF website.

Selina Kyle is a Brilliantly Complex Character When She's Not Catwoman @ io9

When Catwoman #35 kicked off a new story arc for Selina Kyle—written by frequent io9 contributor Genevieve Valentine—many fans bristled at the thought of taking Selina Kyle and placing her as role of a mob boss. But not only does it work, it turns Selina, and eventually Catwoman, into one of DC’s best current characters.


Gawker Remember When Dr. @ io9

How NASA is working to avoid traffic jams on Mars @ Blastr

A decade or so ago, you pretty much had free rein to send a satellite or rover to the Red Planet and not have to worry about crashing into someone else’s gear. Now? NASA is having to put forth some effort to avoid martian traffic jams.

What's the Most Revolting Thing You've Ever Seen in a Horror Movie? @ io9

Some horror movies are carefully constructed operas of psychological dread. And others are just out to make you feel like you’re gonna yak into your popcorn. While we love the former, today’s question is all about the latter: what is the single most repulsive, gore-gastic thing anyone’s ever dared to put onscreen?


See how Star-Lord and Yondu first met in new clip for Guardians of the Galaxy animated series @ Blastr

Check out this first extended peek at the new Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon series.

Arrow casting intel reveals new DC baddies for Season 4 flashbacks @ Blastr

Though most of the attention is typically on the modern-day, The CW’s Arrow spends a good bit of its time focused on the past. So who is the new flashback baddie for Season 4?

That remake of The Crow may finally be dead @ Blastr

Even The Crow himself may not be able to come back from the latest turn of events for this troubled film.

Three Things That Make Fallout 3 Special @ io9

“I don’t want to set the world on fire,” the Ink Spots croon, but the truth is, I’ve just arrived outside Galaxy News Radio headquarters with every intention of detonating a nuclear warhead. When the Super Mutant Behemoth charges through the wreckage, bellowing, I’m ready. I take aim, then pull the trigger, letting loose nuclear armageddon. I set the world on fire, and it feels good.


io9 Newsstand: More Proof That Andrea Hairston is a Fantastic Author @ io9

This week’s stories are about dying languages, about the stuff of dreams crossing on over—and about how the world can come to an end more than once.


Spider-Gwen Comic Can't Create New Characters Because Of Sony—Or Can It? @ io9

There’s been plenty talk of how Marvel’s movies influence their comics —but the story took a seemingly strange twist today following alleged comments from Spider-Gwen artist Robbi Rodriguez claiming the comic can’t create new characters, otherwise Sony would have “first crack” at adapting them for the big screen.


What It's Like to Have the Oldest Phone in San Francisco @ io9

I live in the world’s most famous tech city, surrounded by the most advanced personal electronic devices. None of them, however, grab quite as much attention as my own phone does.


Who's Steven Moffat on what it'll take to finally get a female Doctor @ Blastr

It’s a debate that’s been raging for years, and now the man who is in charge of Doctor Who has chimed in on exactly how a female Doctor could fit into the canon.

This Unusually Dusty Comet is Spewing Mysterious Chunks of Debris @ io9

A new comet is currently making its inaugural trip to the inner Solar System from the Oort cloud where it likely originated. New images show a tremendous amount of dust streaming away from it, along with strange blobs that have attracted the attention of astronomers.


The Animal-Lover's Dilemma: I Don't Eat Meat, but My Pet Does @ io9

When moral philosopher Gary Steiner first adopted his cat Pindar, the vet advised him to put the cat to sleep. A rescue animal, Pindar had tested positive for FIV (feline AIDS) and feline leukemia, and has since developed other chronic health issues, including kidney disease. Steiner decided to keep Pindar, triggering an ethical dilemma he still struggles with nearly a decade later.


Super creepy trailer for Goodnight Mommy continues recent horror streak @ Blastr

Watch the terrifying teaser for this horror import if you dare.

Doctor Who Series 8 + 12 more genre movies and shows hitting Netflix in August @ Blastr

Doctor Who Series 8 and more are heading to Netflix on Aug. 8.

A Starship Troopers Tragedy Becomes Hilarious Real Fake History @ io9

Few movies bring me as much pleasure as Starship Troopers. The satire, the seemingly intentionally bad performances, the insane action and never-ending quotable dialogue... it all gels together perfectly. And that makes a video like this one so much better.


Why Are Dogs So Insanely Happy to See Us When We Get Home? @ io9

Unlike a certain companion animal that will go unnamed, dogs lose their minds when reunited with their owners. But it’s not immediately obvious why our canine companions should grant us such an over-the-top greeting—especially considering the power imbalance that exists between the two species. We spoke to the experts to find out why.


Cats Have Been Fucking Shit Up Since 100 A.D. @ io9

Paw prints from a domestic cat were recently noticed by researchers on a 2,000-year-old Roman roof tile, proving that cats have been remorseless life-ruiners since at least the dawn of Christianity.


The Case of the Killer Who Really, Really Hated Her In-Laws @ io9

Meet Hella and Stavros Christofi. He was from Cyprus and worked as a waiter; she was from Germany and worked in a shop. In 1953, they enjoyed a simple but happy life in London with their three kids. Happy ... until Stavros’ mother Styllou became a part of the household.


The U.S. Doubled Its Farm Production In Just 60 Years. Here's How @ io9

Something strange has been going on in farm country in the last sixty years: Farmers are using less labor and less land, but they’re growing more—a lot more. Here’s how they did it.


Has Filming A Movie And Its Sequel Back-to-Back Ever Had a Good Result? @ io9

James Cameron wants to film three sequels to his mega-hit Avatar, all in one go. This sounds like a hugely ambitious undertaking—but he’s not the first director to try this. There have been some disasters, but also a few triumphs. Here’s our complete history of people directing a movie and its sequel back-to-back.


Luke Howard Named All the Clouds You Learned About in Grade School @ io9

You know about cirrus, stratus, and cumulus clouds, but do you know about the man who gave them those names? The names are the result of one guy—a weather (and Latin) nerd named Luke Howard.


Get a full, virtual reality fly around of the spaceship at the heart of Syfy's The Expanse @ Blastr

One of the most ambitious space epics of the year is set to bow this December, and now we have a full-on flyby of the ship at the heart of The Expanse.

Possibility of Negan in Season 6 of The Walking Dead: 'We have a plan' @ Blastr

With The Governor’s story long over, Walking Dead fans have been wondering when we might meet the next Big Bad from the comic canon. Turns out it could be this year.

Nic Cage Says You Can See Superman Lives With The "Power of Imagination" @ io9

Would-be-Superman Nicolas Cage is not really in the new documentary about his failed superhero film Superman Lives . He didn’t have time to be part of the film during production—but he’s now offered up some suitably nostalgic (and slightly crazy) comments on the project.


Harrison Ford wasn't the only one who broke bones making The Force Awakens @ Blastr

Harrison Ford famously broke his leg stepping back into Star Wars, but he wasn't the only one injured.

First Look At The Attack on Titan TV Show Is Decidedly Lacking In Titans @ io9

Which honestly isn’t that surprising—considering that if this live-action TV series featured as much CGI Titan shenanigans as the upcoming movies did, it would probably be called Attack on Oh God Wait Stop Our Budget Can’t Afford This.


Level 8 In A Land of 34s: A Newbie's Take On Destiny @ io9

I am late. The mysteries have been solved. The loot cave has come and gone. I’m the guy just now turning in his first encrypted engram—green, of course. I’m either playing Destiny the best way or the worst way.


A car and drones spinning around in a circle is a fantastic light show @ io9

Here’s a really cool video that’s a little bit trippy and a lot of bit fun. A car and a fleet of quadcopter drones are outfitted with lights and then made to dance and spin and move around while a camera captures them. It’s light painting but with a car and drones as the paintbrush.


Blu-ray Roundup: Edward Scissorhands, Christine, The Hunger + 9 more hot new HD releases @ Blastr

Here's our monthly mixer of new and upcoming Blu-ray releases to relish.

Mission Impossible 5 Will Restore Your Faith In Tentpole Action Movies @ io9

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation starts off on another level. Literally. In the first scene of the film, Tom Cruise runs from the ground and flies through the sky on the side of an airplane. It’s the film’s way of screaming at the audience, “You are in for a fucking crazy ride.” And then, it delivers.


Hot Toys' Hulkbuster Just Got A Serious Upgrade @ io9

Hot Toys’ Age of Ultron Hulkbuster was already a freakishly detailed and ridiculously impressive toy —and not to mention insanely expensive. Now it’s getting even more ridiculous, and that can only mean good things.


X-Rays Reveal a Mysterious Component of Human Hair @ io9

A new and surprising component of human hair has just been discovered, according to research recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association. Remarkably, it’s a discovery that could lead to improved hair products.


Today's Best Media Deals: The Ultimate Harry Potter Collection, & More @ io9

Today only on Amazon, $98 gets you a whopping 31 discs featuring all eight Harry Potter films on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy, along with 45 (!!!) hours of special features. The set normally sells for $150 or more, and makes a perfect gift for your favorite Harry Potter fans. [Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection, $98]


Here's How a 13-Foot Wide Egg Mass Fits Inside a 5-Foot Squid @ io9

On July 9th of this year, divers off the coast of Turkey ran across an enormous lump of gelatinous goo which turned out to be one of the largest squid egg masses ever found. That inspired science writer and squid expert Danna Staaf to make this video explaining how all that goo fit inside a much smaller mother squid.


HBO confirms 8+ seasons of Game of Thrones, open to prequel series @ Blastr

We’ve all been wondering when Game of Thrones might come to a close, but HBO’s president just added (at least) one extra season to what fans had expected. Oh, and maybe even a spinoff series.

Today's Best Deals: Running Shoes, Speakers, Screen Protectors, & More @ io9

Here are the best of today’s deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best.


Deadspin Chris Mortensen Won’t Talk About Being Fed False Info By The NFL | Gizmodo How To Survive T @ io9

Come on In, GIFs! It's Party Time @ io9

Quit your hesitating and come on in, GIFs! We’ve been waiting on you.


George Miller's aborted 2000’s Justice League flick: 'Like a story of Greek gods' @ Blastr

George Miller’s aborted Justice League flick that fell apart in the mid-to-late 2000s was already a fascinating prospect, but in the wake of Mad Max: Fury Road, we’re downright fascinated by what could’ve been.

Fact or Fiction: How True is October Sky? @ Omni Reboot


October Sky is based on a real story; but does the film stay true to the events?

October Sky is one of the most popular and influential films about rocket science. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as real life NASA engineer Homer Hickam who grew up in Coalwood, West Virginia. Hickam was supposed to enter the coal mines like all the other men in his town; but he became interested in rocket science with a few of his friends and ended up being successful at it. The film was nominated for several awards and won the Critics Choice Award for Best Family Film and the Humanitas Prize for Feature Film. Rotten Tomatoes rated the film 90%, saying, "Rich in sweet sincerity, intelligence, and good old-fashioned inspirational drama, October Sky is a coming-of-age story with a heart to match its Hollywood craftsmanship.” But is the film accurate to Hickam’s life or just Hollywood fodder?
The film is just a snapshot of Homer Hickam’s adolescence. It details how he was inspired to pursue rocket science after seeing the Soviet Union’s Sputnik in the sky over his town and how he and a few of his friends ended up working with their teacher to create rockets of their own. There are some setbacks, such as when the police apprehend Hickam and his friends for setting off a rocket that they claim started a forest fire when it really didn’t; and when Hickam’s father is injured and Homer himself must drop out of high school to work in the mine to support the family. But ultimately, Hickam is able to enter his rocket into the national science fair where he not only wins but is bombarded with college scholarships from all over.


While it seems like just another Hollywood movie, the real Homer Hickam confirmed that the film was largely accurate. Hickam and the friends he built rockets with while attending Big Creek High School called themselves the Big Creek Missile Agency. When they won the 1960 National Science Fair, Hickam received a scholarship to Virginia Tech where he graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree. The one thing he didn’t agree with in the movie? "Our rockets were quite a bit more sophisticated than shown in the movie,” he told the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in a 2012 interview. “With our last designs, our rockets went supersonic within a half-second of ignition.”
After graduating from Virginia Tech where he developed more rockets, he served as a First Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry Division during the Vietnam War in 1967 and 1968. He became an engineer for the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command from 1971 to 1978 and then moved on to be an engineer for the 7th Army Training Command in Germany. He joined NASA in 1981 as an aerospace engineer at the age of 38 and trained astronauts on multiple subjects. He ended up retiring in 1998 after he served as the Payload Training Manager for the International space Station Program.

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Hickam says he is grateful that October Sky and his book Rocket Boys have influenced so many people. He told ASME, "Even 13 years later, we receive letters and e-mails every day from people all around the world who tell us how much they love the movie October Sky as well as Rocket Boys, the book the movie was based on [written by Hickam]...I've lost count of the engineers who've told us they wouldn't have been engineers had they not seen the movie or read the book."
Believe it or not, Hollywood can indeed take a real life story and do it justice on the big screen. Hickam’s story has influenced hundreds of people and he is happy about that. His books Rocket Boys, The Coalwood Way, Sky of Stone and We Are Not Afraid all detail different moments in his life relating to his interest in rocket science as a child in order to help people find what they are passionate about. He hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams. “To dream is not enough,” Hickam said. “You have to do. As [Jimmie] O’Dell said in Rocket Boys, ‘A rocket won’t fly unless somebody lights the fuse.’”

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The Kodkod is the Cutest Cat You Never Knew Existed @ io9

The kodkod is the smallest wildcat—smaller, even, than the average house cat. It’s a tiny, Andean pocket panther that takes tree-dwelling to a whole new level.


Could New Live-Action Star Wars TV Shows Really Be Heading To Netflix? @ io9

Bruce Boxleitner says that he’s done with Tron. Stephen Amell says Arrow will never give Oliver Queen his comic book goatee. Transformers 5 gets its writers. Plus, new pictures from Batman v Superman and The Walking Dead, a new clip from Fantastic Four, and a look at the cool spaceships of The Expanse. Spoilers!


Featured Product Of The Day: Extreme Fliers Micro Drone 2.0 @ Omni Reboot

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