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These Character Names Should be Banned Forever

So you're writing a vampire novel filled with interesting, dynamic characters. You've worked out the plot, and come up with an unexpected yet satisfying conclusion. More »

Quadruple helix DNA found in living human cells - and it may be linked to cancer

The double helix DNA structure is about as iconic as its gets. But geneticists have long speculated about the potential for a quadruple helix to exist - a four-stranded DNA structure. And indeed, computer models and lab experiments have suggested that it's theoretically possible. More »

Can J.J. Abrams do for Star Wars what he did for Star Trek? And should he?

It's hard to overstate how boring Star Trek seemed in 2008. A pointless prequel had sucked the life out of it, the movies were crud, and the whole thing become a source of bland jokes on late-night TV. More »

Sperm Whales Adopt A Dolphin With Spine Deformity

Marine biologists working in the Azorean archipelago of the Northern Atlantic have discovered a group of sperm whales who appear to have taken in an adult bottlenose dolphin who has a rather serious spinal malformation. More »

Brilliant motion comic tells the story of a man hired to kill Death-without animation

How do you turn comic book panels into a movie without animation? Edson Oda's ingenious short film Malaria uses comic panels on individual sheets of paper, placing and moving and manipulating them in a way that manages to be far more cinematic than motion comics ever are. More »

11 Preposterously Manly Fantasy Series

What makes a book series manly? Is it the action? The violence? The lack of female characters? Is it male wish-fulfillment? Misogyny? Or a combination of all these things? I don't know the answer for sure, but I do know that these 11 fantasy series are all in their own unique way, very, very manly. More »

Do men really have higher sex drives than women?

There is possibly no greater source of debate than the age-old question of whether men want sex more than women. But embedded in that debate are a host of other questions. More »

All the Game of Thrones Fan Theories You Absolutely Need to Know

If there's two things fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series can agree on, it's that 1) author George R.R. Martin is weaving an incredibly dense tale where far more happens (and has happened) than what's just on the page, and 2) that no character is safe from GRRM's murderous pen. More »

Watch this squirrel deliver the greatest "oh sh*t" face in the history of nature documentaries

David Attenborough narrates as a leopard blows its cover, and a squirrel delivers one of the animal kingdom's greatest "oh shit" faces since dramatic chipmunk. From the first episode of Africa, the BBC's latest nature documentary. More »

How Frank Darabont will return Godzilla to his rightful place as a terrifying force of nature

We had the unbelievable pleasure of hosting a conversation between three amazing artists: the legendary movie poster artist Drew Struzan, director Frank Darabont and genre powerhouse actor (currently on Being Human) Sam Witwer. More »

What Is An io9? And Where Did It Come From?

This month marks io9's golden fifth anniversary. On January 2, 2008, we launched this site with three full-time staff, a handful of freelancers, and a burning vision of what tomorrow would bring. More »

Is there any science fiction left on TV, now that Fringe is over?

There are many reasons to be sad that Fringe is over. But chief among them is the fact that its passing leaves a conspicuous vacuum: there's just not a lot of science fiction on television any more. More »

Where Memes Really Come From

Though history will probably remember Richard Dawkins as the activist who spearheaded a new atheist movement, there is something far more famous and important that he invented - and few people know it. He is the guy who first popularized the idea of the meme, way back in the 1970s. That's right. Dawkins is indirectly responsible for every fruit-adorned cat, weird Japanese mashup video, and animated gif from Harry Potter fandom that has spurted out of the internet and into your face. More »

Scifi authors pose half-naked on this genderflipped book cover-for charity

What possessed four of science fiction and fantasy's superstar authors to strip down to their skivvies and gather around Hugo-award-winning writer Mary Robinette Kowal? More »

The 36 Greatest Supervillain Musical Numbers of All Time

There is nothing better than a musical segment, that lets a villain can stop and lay out his evil plans for the rest of the audience, set to music. A supervillain who can sing has more panache than regular mundane villains. More »