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Best of io9: May 17

Why are watermelons exploding in China?

Watermelons are bursting at the seams in farms throughout southeastern China, and no one is quite sure what's causing it. Is it chemicals? Freak weather conditions? More »


Best of io9: May 17What's the secret of a good genre mashup?

Lately it seems like a lot of the freshest genre works are mash-ups of well-worn ideas. Whether it's "police procedural with elves" or "superhero movie with Cold War intrigue." But why do some genre mashups rule, while others fail horribly? More »

Best of io9: May 17ABC releases trailers for horror series The River and the dark fairy tale Once Upon A Time

Take a sneak peek at ABC's exceptionally Disneyfied series Once Upon A Time, starring Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White. Plus take a look at the mockumentary series The River, whose cast includes the nutso deputy from The Crazies! More »


Best of io9: May 17Marvel Comics' nastiest villains get dapper costume makeovers

The blog Project Rooftop is obsessed with the sartorial side of superheroics and posts oodles of redesigns (both official and unofficial) of your favorite capes. More »

Best of io9: May 17The real Mona Lisa is about to be discovered

We might be on the verge of the biggest archaeological discovery in art history. A tomb in Florence could hold the remains of the model who sat for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa some 500 years ago. More »

Best of io9: May 1710 Sexiest Assassins

Murder for hire doesn't have to be sexy, but it's just more fun that way. And the best assassins are almost always sexy, using their sexual allure to confuse their prey and delight everyone else. More »

Best of io9: May 17First Footage from Torchwood: Miracle Day! Plus will Eliza Dushku star in a Torchwood spinoff?

Here it is, your first ever look at the brand new Torchwood miniseries, Torchwood: Miracle Day. What will happen to the people of Earth when everyone on the planet stops dying? More »

Best of io9: May 17Your next ocean vacation could be on an abandoned oil platform

What do you do with an oil platform after it has outlived its usefulness? You've got this giant structure, set up for people to live and work on it, and it's solidly sunk into the ocean floor. More »

Best of io9: May 1742 images from X-Men: First Class show off Azazel, Angel and Emma Frost

X-Men: First Class keeps looking better and better! A new batch of stills from the mutant prequel shows off the red-faced Azazel (Nightcrawler's Daddy), plus plenty of images of Angel and her plentiful collection of mini skirts. More »

Best of io9: May 17First Tintin movie trailer reveals a pirate mystery and his loyal dog Snowy

The first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn is out. Even though we don't see the characters' mouths jabbering, Snowy ("Milou" to all you Francophones) and the Unicorn pirate ship look rather nifty. More »

Best of io9: May 17Why are so many teens fleeing to Bordertown?

It's a city on the edge of our world, full of elves and magic. It's rumored to welcome outcasts, artists, and dreamers. And now that its gates are open to humans again, teens are fleeing to Bordertown from everywhere. More »

Best of io9: May 17"Leviathan Wakes" is as close as you'll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form

When you dive into Leviathan Wakes, the first in the Expanse series from James S. A. Corey, you'll feel like you're watching the opening scene in any of a dozen awesome science fiction films. More »

Best of io9: May 17Places on Earth that Aliens Might Find Hospitable

NASA released an absolutely stunning gallery of real-world locations where alien life forms might like to spend some time if they visited. These are the weird, extreme places where astrobiologists have studied unusual life forms and conditions. More »

Best of io9: May 17First Trailers for J.J. Abrams' Alcatraz, plus Grimm and Awake!

Fox has finally released the first footage from J.J. Abrams' mysterious time-traveling series Alcatraz. It's so Abrams-y, it makes us squeal - quick, to the lens-flare machine! More »

Best of io9: May 17Who's a bigger fool on Game of Thrones: the King, or his Hand?

It's easy to think of King Robert as a fool, and Ned Stark as the wise counselor who tries to save the King from his own folly. But like most things in Game of Thrones, it's not quite that simple. More »