BRIGHT HORIZON | Dawn breaks over Mars's Gale crater, in a computer-generated image from NASA that shows the red planet's terminator — the boundary between light and dark sides. Mars' next rover, Curiosity, will land at the Gale Crater. [Via National Geographic]

Why no one hears the ocean in a sea shell

They also don't hear the blood going through their veins, although that is a popular misconception. What is it exactly that causes the roaring sound when the shell gets close to your ear? More »

io9 Roundup: July 29, 2011Sexy Post-Apocalyptic Fashions and Giant Crossbows from This Year's Mad Max Festival! [NSFW]

If you've ever fantasized about living in the world of the Mad Max movies, you owe it to yourself to get to the California desert in late September for the annual Road Warrior-inspired festival. More »

io9 Roundup: July 29, 2011Why I'm No Longer Sorry I Camped Out 6 Weeks for Star Wars: Episode One

When I fell. I fell hard. I fell true. And I fell in love. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I was born on the day that I saw Star Wars. More »

io9 Roundup: July 29, 2011Don't hold your breath for more Torchwood

Torchwood: Miracle Day has been one of the summer's great triumphs, both creatively and in the ratings. But Starz CEO Chris Albrecht tells Entertainment Weekly he doesn't see it as an annual event. More »


io9 Roundup: July 29, 2011Cowboys & Aliens will show you action like you've never seen it before

Summer science fiction movies are about spectacle. Gods channel lightning; robots deconstruct themselves in gleaming slivers of computer-generated light. More »

io9 Roundup: July 29, 2011What science fiction movie made Nathan Fillion cry?

We asked our big damn hero, Nathan Fillion, if there's a single science fiction film that actually made his chiseled mug burst into tears. Find out what he told us below! More »

io9 Roundup: July 29, 2011What is going on at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center?

Bloated raccoon? A human/animal hybrid? Whatever it is, the Montauk Monster washed ashore on Long Island, NY, and subsequently broke the internet in half when its picture began circulating online. More »

io9 Roundup: July 29, 2011Did you spot the Golden Age Marvel Comics easter egg in Captain America?

You probably knew there would be nods to the Avengers in Captain America: The First Avenger, but did you expect a brief appearance by the Human Torch? More »

io9 Roundup: July 29, 2011See the Future: Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Tarot Cards

The coolest science fiction already lets you see what's coming, but sometimes you need a little extra help. That's why it's a good thing there are tarot cards featuring science fiction and fantasy characters, who make the best guides. Check out our favorite fantastical tarot cards and tarot art! More »

io9 Roundup: July 29, 2011Ten Delightfully Weird Museums

Most of us spent some chunk of our formative years in one museum or another. Scifi addicts are no strangers to the pleasures of accumulation, organization, and presentation of knowledge (not to mention obsessive collections of stuff). More »

io9 Roundup: July 29, 2011Zombie 5K obstacle course has you racing from the undead

Live out your zombie chase fantasies with this amazing 5K zombie run. Participants in the 5K will race through a challenging obstacle course, while zombie volunteers chase them down. More »

io9 Roundup: July 29, 2011Attack the Block makes fighting aliens cool again

The British movie Attack the Block is so good, it puts almost all other movies to shame. It's a fantastic action flick. It's a brilliant character study. It's an uproarious comedy. Oh yeah... and it's a well-done science fiction story. More »

io9 Roundup: July 29, 2011The Lost City of Pompeii: Pictures of an Alien World, Frozen in Time

In the year 79 AD, Italy's Mt. Vesuvius erupted with superheated ash that rained fiery death on several Roman cities nearby. But none was hit harder than vacation town Pompeii, which was buried in a thick layer of broiling ash in a matter of seconds. More »

io9 Roundup: July 29, 2011Screencaps from The Avengers teaser show-off Marvel's ultimate superhero team

Last night the first ever teaser trailer for Marvel's giant superhero movie The Avengers was released, including a ton of blink-and-you'll-miss-it shots of the brand new line up of heroes. More »