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.
Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction: Hello Horror Offers Some Summer Terror, while Mad Scientist “Greatens” All of Us @ SF Signal
Researchers this week announced the recovery and identification of four sets of human remains belong @ io9
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.
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.
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?
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? “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]
Cardiac arrest has claimed one of wrestling's most iconic names and the star of one of the screen's greatest fight scenes.
We now have proof that Spider-Man will indeed show up in Captain America: Civil War -- and has already been on set.
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.
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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.
A Mod For The PC Version Of ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Lets You Bust Perps As Alfred @ UPROXX » GammaSquad
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, 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).
Lionsgate Gets On The Anime-Adaptation Train With A Live-Action ‘Naruto’ Movie @ UPROXX » GammaSquad
“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, 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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?
Even The Crow himself may not be able to come back from the latest turn of events for this troubled film.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch the terrifying teaser for this horror import if you dare.
Doctor Who Series 8 and more are heading to Netflix on Aug. 8.
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.
GammaSquad Review: ‘Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds’ Is A Bizarrely Nostalgic Good Time @ UPROXX » GammaSquad
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 famously broke his leg stepping back into Star Wars, but he wasn't the only one injured.
Lucy Lawless And Renee O’Connor Still Look Great In This ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reunion Pic @ UPROXX » GammaSquad
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.
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.
J.J. Abrams Broke His Back On The Set Of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trying To Help Harrison Ford @ UPROXX » GammaSquad
Here's our monthly mixer of new and upcoming Blu-ray releases to relish.
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’ 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.http://toybox.io9.com/the-hot-toys-h...
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]http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HETD0KC/...
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.
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.
Quit your hesitating and come on in, GIFs! We’ve been waiting on you.
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.
October Sky is based on a real story; but does the film stay true to the events?
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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.
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!
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