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These Battling Bots Bring Dystopian Warfare to Your Living Room Floor

It’s an unsettling glimpse into the inevitable future of warfare where battles are indistinguishable from video games, but watching a pair of robots duke it out is always entertaining. If your aspirations of one day rolling your competitor into the BattleBots arena have been thwarted by a complete lack of engineering…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Ios, Android, Gadgets, Toys, Science, Tech, Robots, Consumer Tech, Gjs Geio


The Magicians Broke Me

Those who know me know I don’t like to get too personal with my writing. It’s one thing to share your opinion, another to expose your heart. However, for this The Magicians recap, I can’t avoid it. As I write this, hours after watching the season finale, tears still prick at the corners of my eyes. I saw something…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Syfy, The Magicians, TV Recap, Lev Grossman, Jason Ralph


The Magicians' Showrunners Explain That 'Deliberate,' and Very Permanent, Finale Decision

Did my office suddenly fill up with onions, or am I still bawling my eyes out? The season finale of The Magicians pulled one of its biggest, and most shocking, surprises to date. You might think (or hope) it’ll lead to another epic quest, like the one to bring back magic in season three. But according to the…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Syfy, The Magicians, Lev Grossman, John McNamara, Sera Gamble, Jason Ralph, Henry Alonso Myers


The 10 Best Things That Happened at Star Wars Celebration Chicago

Star Wars Celebration 2019 is in the books and it marked probably the biggest, most action-packed Celebration yet. It was the first convention to reveal a title for a Star Wars saga movie, the first time anyone saw footage of a live-action Star Wars TV show, and oh so much more. Below, are our 10 favorite things that…Read more...
Tags: Books, Comics, Science, Marvel, Disney, Chicago, Streaming, Lucasfilm, Marvel Comics, Ahmed Best, Star Wars Celebration, Kelly Marie Tran, Star Wars Resistance, Star Wars Clone Wars, Vader Immortal, The Mandalorian


Celluloid Swords Into Archaeological Plowshares

Declassified hi-res photo negatives from Lockheed U-2 spy plane flights from the '50s and '60s are helping map out early civilization..."Interesting archaeological features captured in the images included a canal irrigation system in Northern Iraq and prehistoric stone-wall hunting traps called desert kites, which were used to trap animals like gazelle over 5,000 years ago. The kites were preserved for a very long time because of the dry desert environment, but as modern agriculture expanded int...
Tags: Science, Guns, Iraq, Planes, History, Tam, Neat-o, Lockheed U


What Palpatine Left Behind

A cackle in the dark. That was all it took for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to deliver its biggest shock—a shock that not even a title, a Death Star, or a host of other reveals in its first trailer could compare to. Sheev Palpatine, Darth Sidious, Emperor Palpatine, call him what you want: He’s back. And it’s a…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Comics, Science, Video Games, Disney, Lucasfilm, Star Wars Rebels, The Force, Palpatine, Emperor Palpatine, Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker, Sheev Palpatine Darth Sidious


This Digital Camera Draws Every Photo It Snaps on an Etch A Sketch

The challenge of trying to draw anything even partially recognizable using just two spinning knobs has somehow made the Etch A Sketch a popular toy for almost 60 years now. Some artists have managed to master the unique medium with endless hours of practice, but Martin Fitzpatrick opted to hack together a shortcut…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Photography, Toys, Science, Cameras, Hacks, Etch A Sketch, Martin Fitzpatrick


Game of Thrones Returns With No Time to Spare (Literally)

It’s taken nearly two years, but the game is finally entering its final round. Last night’s long-awaited eighth season premiere was full of moments fans have been dying to see since the series began, and it advanced the story with ruthless efficiency towards its epic conclusion, too. So why did it feel so…Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, Fantasy, Game Of Thrones, George Rr Martin, TV Recap, Game of Thrones recap


Game of Thrones Language Builder David Peterson Is Working on Denis Villeneuve's Dune

The man who crafted the languages of Essos for HBO’s Game of Thrones is heading to Arrakis. Dothraki and Valyrian language builder David J. Peterson is doing language work for Denis Villeneuve’s highly-anticipated Dune. Now, how do you say “the spice must flow” in High Valyrian?Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, Language, Game Of Thrones, George Rr Martin, Dune, Frank Herbert, David Peterson, David J Peterson, Denis Villeneuve, Dothraki, Jane Goldman, Valyrian


The First Machine-Generated Book by a Scholarly Publisher Is a Boring Read

Amazon’s online book store is plagued with thousands of auto-generated ebooks crudely hacked together from other texts by shady authors” looking to make a quick buck. Most are unreadable, but it’s not always going to be that way. Springer Nature, a publisher serving the research community, just published its first…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Science, Research, Artificial Intelligence, Batteries, Machine Learning, Ai, Springer Nature


The Day Our Planet Took A Bullet

The Tanis site, in short, did not span the first day of the impact: it probably recorded the first hour or so. This fact, if true, renders the site even more fabulous than previously thought. It is almost beyond credibility that a precise geological transcript of the most important sixty minutes of Earth’s history could still exist millions of years later—a sort of high-speed, high-resolution video of the event recorded in fine layers of stone. DePalma said, “It’s like finding the Holy Grail clu...
Tags: Science, Guns, History, Earth, Nature, Tam, Richards, DePalma, Tanis, Jimmy Hoffa


WATCH: Super satisfying magnet action

These magnetic balls look fun as heck. Keep them out of the way of small kids and pets, please. Said the IMGURian who posted them where I found 'em, “Love these things, and it’s great that they’re no longer banned in the US.” You can buy them on Amazon for $17.99 right now, and they're highly rated. Comes in a set of 216 5mm balls + 3 pieces building magnets. [via]
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Post, Toys, Science, News, Magnets, US, Said


Passive noise cancellation?

A hollow tube textured to prevent sound waves from passing through it. Imagine a wall made up of these stacked donuts. You can see through them, but you can't make out conversations happening on the other side.Imagine what this could do for suppressors! . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Science, Guns, Tam, Neat-o, Teh Intarw3bz, Vidjo


35 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Check Out in April

April showers won’t bring you down if you have a nice pile of rainy-day books to keep you occupied. We’ve got a bumper crop this month, featuring vengeful magicians, space pirates, spelunkers on alien planets, alternate supernatural histories, a rebellious gnome, and so much more.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Ken Liu, Bookshelf Injection, Timothy Zahn, Charlie Jane Anders, Josh Malerman, Terry Goodkind


Guillermo del Toro Explains the Difficulty of Adapting Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

For generations, the book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has haunted kids and adults alike. On name recognition alone, the Alvin Schwartz series seems like a perfect choice for a film adaptation. And yet, it’s not just one story, it’s lots of stories, which made that process more than a little difficult. io9…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Interview, Horror, Guillermo Del Toro, Cbs, Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, Stephen Gammell, Nostalgia, Andre Ovredal


Neil Gaiman and the Cast of American Gods Talk About Belief, Happy Endings, and Going to War

In the second season of Starz’ American Gods TV series, the motley deities and celestial beings dotting the landscape of the United States are getting ready for war. It’s a conflict that will change what we know about them and how Shadow and the show’s other characters perceive themselves.Read more...
Tags: Set Visit, American Gods, Neil Gaiman, Interview, Ricky Whittle, Yetide Badaki, Ian Mcshane, Orlando Jones, Omid Abtahi, Moussa Kraish, Books, Demore Barnes, Starz


The Dark Tower Is Finally a Go at Amazon as a New Gunslinger Arises

The movie version of The Dark Tower fled across our memories, and the new Amazon television show followed in its path. But some news today has refreshed our excitement once more.Read more...
Tags: The Dark Tower, Stephen King, Sam Strike, Jasper Paakkonen, Books, Amazon Studios, Streaming


18-Year-Old Arrested in New Zealand For Sharing Terrorist's Facebook Video 

An 18-year-old man who shared a video of Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand has been charged with distributing the video and inciting violence. The man allegedly posted a photo of one of the mosques targeted in Friday’s attacks with the words “target acquired.” He faces up to 28 years in prison,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Guns, Youtube, Russia, India, Social Media, Egypt, Terrorism, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Facebook Video, Christchurch New Zealand, President Trump, Jacinda Ardern


The First Full Trailer for Toy Story 4 Gives Woody a Grand New Quest

The toys are back in town—and the world beyond bedrooms has only gotten weirder and more wonderful since their last adventure.Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Disney, Animation, Pixar, Toy Story, Toy Story 4


Nothing Can Stop Captain Marvel's Cat-Based Domination, and More Purrfect Toys This Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the best and brightest in wallet-emptying goodness on the internet. This week: Goose’s thrall over us all tightens its furry grip, Netflix’s new Tokusatsu star gets an incredible figure, and we’re up, up and away with TV’s Supergirl. Check it out!Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Netflix, Game Of Thrones, Super Mario Bros, Hasbro, Goose, Plush, Ultraman, Winterfell, Captain Marvel, Threezero, Bob Omb, Toy Aisle, Wrebbit, The Red Keep


49 Dead and Dozens Wounded in New Zealand Terror Attacks That Were Livestreamed on Facebook

At least 49 people are dead and dozens more have been seriously wounded during multiple terror attacks today in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attacker used several long guns to target Muslims in the country and had what police described as explosive devices. One series of attacks was livestreamed on Facebook for 17…Read more...
Tags: Scribd, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Guns, Australia, Youtube, Terrorism, New Zealand, Reddit, Mosque, Donald Trump, Terrorists, Gun Violence, Christchurch


Does Einstein’s First Wife Deserve Some Credit for His Work? That’s the Wrong Question to Ask

Little was known about her or his children with her — and there was little interest in finding out — until the discovery in 1986 of her correspondence with Einstein
Tags: Books, Science, News, Opinion, Uncategorized, Einstein


J.K. Rowling Adds More Fuel to the Dumbledore/Grindelwald Fire 

The upcoming Blu-ray release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald features some choices quotes from writer J.K. Rowling and director David Yates regarding the are-they/aren’t-they relationship between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Harry Potter, Jk Rowling, Lgbtq, Warner Bros, Fantastic Beasts, J K Rowling, Albus Dumbledore, Blu Ray, Grindelwald, David Yates, Fantastic Beasts The Crimes Of Grindelwald, Dumbledore Grindelwald Fire, Gellert Grindelwald Read


Lynn Enright Destroys Myths About the Female Body

In her new book Vagina: A Re-Education, Lynn Enright (journalist and “accidental vagina specialist”) is debunking the myths, theories and lies that many women grew up believing. From gender bias in sex education to pain, pleasure, pregnancy and beyond, Enright explores the female body and the experience of living inside one—with many personal anecdotes. Enright spoke with Kelly Pigram about the book, which is fascinating …
Tags: Health, Books, Gender, Science, Design, Education, Anatomy, Sex, Reading, Culture, Bodies, Linkaboutit, Enright, Kelly Pigram, Lynn Enright, Vagina: A Re-Education


These Gorgeous Game of Thrones Storyboards Offer Just a Glimpse of a Massive New Book

As Game of Thrones comes to an end, many of us find ourselves looking back to the beginning. Why did the show become so huge? What were our favorite moments? How did it all happen? Like the show itself, those are rather large questions, but the “how” is getting a suitably large answer in a new book.Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, Insight, Game Of Thrones, Behind The Scenes, Exclusive, William Simpson, Storyboards


Kinetics of Steeping Tea

Steeping is the final step in the lives of tea leaves. And in their final act, they slowly unfold and unravel, creating a beverage that tells the story of where they came from. Every time we drink liquor from the steeped leaves, it tells us what the weather was like before they were plucked and how they were handled, processed, and stored before they reached your cup. Chemically speaking, steeping refers to the act of infusing tea leaves in a solvent (water) to make a solution that is on average...
Tags: Tea, Science, Epa, Water Quality, Tony Gebely, Kinetics, Steeping, Tea Epicure Blog, Tea Association of the United States


Kinetics of Steeping Tea

Steeping is the final step in the lives of tea leaves. And in their final act, they slowly unfold and unravel, creating a beverage that tells the story of where they came from. Every time we drink liquor from the steeped leaves, it tells us what the weather was like before they were plucked and how they were handled, processed, and stored before they reached your cup. Chemically speaking, steeping refers to the act of infusing tea leaves in a solvent (water) to make a solution that is on average...
Tags: Tea, Science, Epa, Water Quality, Tony Gebely, Kinetics, Steeping, Tea Epicure Blog, Tea Association of the United States


George R.R. Martin Says There May Be 'Discrepancies' Between the Game of Thrones Finale and His Books

Yes, George R.R. Martin is still working on The Winds of Winter. Yes, that means A Dream of Spring will come eventually. But before that happens, we’re getting the eighth and final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. What will this spoil for fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series? Hopefully: not everything.Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, Game Of Thrones, George Rr Martin, A Song Of Ice And Fire, George R R Martin


HBO's Lovecraft Country Could Be Everything Green Book Wasn't

There are as many valid criticisms of Peter Farrelly’s Best Picture Oscar-winner Green Book as there are listings in Victor Hugo Green’s The Negro Motorist Green Book. But an upcoming adaptation has a lot more potential to tell the real story, even if there are Lovecraftian monsters involved.Read more...
Tags: Books, Hbo, Science, Mahershala Ali, Race, History, Racism, Oscars, Viggo Mortensen, Ku Klux Klan, Jordan Peele, Matt Ruff, Peter Farrelly, Lovecraft Country, Green Book, HP Lovecraft


Batshit QAnon Book Is Currently One of the Highest Ranked Politics Books on Amazon

A book promoting the batshit insane QAnon conspiracy theory is currently ranked in the top 75 most popular books on Amazon, according to a report by NBC. Amazon also promoted the book on their books division home page, where it was listed under the algorithmically generated category “Hot new releases.”Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Science, Social Media, Algorithms, Conspiracy Theories, Q, Maga, Pizzagate, NBC Amazon, QAnon, Online Fever Swamp



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