IN SPACE NOONE CAN HEAR YOU SQUEE | Another absolutely stunning image from Ridley Scott's new movie Prometheus. See tons of pictures of the interior of this spaceship here.

Cabin in the Woods will make you love movies all over again

When you hear that Joss Whedon and his Buffy the Vampire Slayer comrade Drew Goddard have created a "meta" horror movie, you fear the worst: this is something that sneers at genre entertainment, or else panders to fans of it. More »

The world's most isolated cave is home to 4 million year old "superbugs"

Lechuguilla Cave has been completely isolated from the outside world for over four million years, making it one of the world's most pristine ecosystems. More »

Pop Culture's 100-year Obsession With Eugenics

Everybody knows Khan Noonien Singh. He's one of the most famous Star Trek characters who isn't a starship crewmember. But he's also the poster boy for eugenics, the notion that you can improve the human race by rewriting our genes. More »

The io9 TV Show Has Launched! Watch It Here!

This morning marked the launch of io9's new television show, We Come From the Future. Hosted by Annalee Newitz and Esther Inglis-Arkell, the show will be broadcast directly into your retinas every Friday morning on Revision 3. More »

The Best Meta Horror Movies Of All Time

This weekend sees the release of two self-aware takes on the horror genre: Cabin in the Woods and Detention. So this is a great time to pay tribute to the long tradition of meta horror films that have winked at the audience and poked fun at the tropes of the genre. More »

The weirdest mating habits of the animal kingdom, explained using humans

The animal kingdom is brimming with fauna who get their rocks off in surprisingly unorthodox ways, and it adds an extra level of curiosity when you depict these behaviors using anthropomorphic models. More »

First official trailer for time-travel noir Looper will blow you away

The latest film from Brick director Rian Johnson is a brain-bendingly awesome take on organized crime and time travel. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis are the leads in this long-anticipated tale of what would happen if the mob had a time machine. More »

Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows That Tried to Reinvent Themselves in Their Final Seasons

Here are 18 TV shows that did a total reinvention in their final seasons. To be fair, some of these were shows that regularly reinvented themselves anyway — while others were shows that had had a pretty set format from the beginning, and then shook it up massively in their last year. More »

How Las Vegas missed out on a life-sized Starship Enterprise

In 1992, plans were in the works to create a life-sized Starship Enterprise in downtown Las Vegas. The model ship would have been roughly as long as the Eiffel Tower is tall, and would have contained all the key rooms and areas from the original Star Trek series. More »

Another solar system has more planets than ours…and here's what we're going to do about it!

We keep making amazing exoplanet discoveries, but our solar system has still had two big trump cards: we're the only one known to have life (obviously), and we've got the most planets of any known solar system. More »

The Mystery of the Glow-in-the-Dark Civil War Soldiers

The American Civil War Battle of Shiloh left 16,000 soldiers dead and 3,000 soldiers wounded, and some of those wounded soldiers are part of an odd mystery. More »

How to bring back Firefly in five terrible steps

How many times a day do you think someone tries to convince Joss Whedon to bring back Firefly? The users of social bookmarking site reddit wasted no time asking Whedon to get the Serenity gang back together during an "Ask Me Anything" chat, and Whedon explained the ruinous steps he'd have to take. More »

Everyone Around You Is An Impostor: Inside the Mind's Most Bizarre Delusions

Imagine that your best friend has been replaced by an exact double, or that everyone you meet is really the same person wearing lots of disguises. More »

What would Titanic look like in the hands of George Lucas?

James Cameron is said to have made just one major revision to Titanic in preparation for its re-release (besides converting it to 3D, that is); but who among us hasn't wondered what Titanic might have looked like had Cameron turned to George Lucas. More »

Even in the 1870s, humans were obsessed with ridiculous photos of cats

If you think the notion to slap cutesy epigrams on top of photographs of kittens originated with the internet, think again. Deranged cat pictures have been around since the early days of photography. More »

1,000-year-old farming secrets could save the Amazon rainforest

The Amazon covers over 2.5 million square miles. But that number is shrinking all the time, and the widespread deforestation could doom our hopes for averting catastrophic global climate change. More »

This is the greatest closing paragraph to a scientific paper ever

This honor goes to Dr. Ronald Breslow of Columbia University, who ended his recent paper "Evidence for the Likely Origin of Homochirality in Amino Acids, Sugars, and Nucleosides on Prebiotic Earth" in the Journal of the American Chemical Society with an ominous editorial. More »

Ingenious movie posters capture the magical essence of Disney films

How do you capture the magic of Disney's animated features without using any Disney illustrations? Graphic designer Rowan Stocks Moore has created a clever set of alternative posters depicting cartoon classics that are beautiful in their own right. More »

Scientists created a pain measurement scale by burning the hands of women in labor

In the 1940s, a group of doctors at the University of Cornell set out to create a unit of pain intensity. Using the "dol" as a unit, the physicians created a 21-point quantitative scale, but through unusual means - testing pain reactions on medical students and women in labor between contractions. They did this by burning their subjects. Ow. More »

Minimalist posters explain complex philosophical concepts with basic shapes

When it comes to explaining philosophy, sometimes less is more - and we think this arresting collection of minimalist posters encompasses that idea perfectly. More »

Einstein's Advice to Women in Science Still Relevant More Than 60 Years Later

In September of 1946, Albert Einstein received a letter from a precocious South African girl by the name of Tyfanny. More »

Dinosaurs were surrounded by constant fires

Dinosaurs once ruled the Earth - but now it appears they ruled in Hell. Ancient charcoal deposits suggest wildfires ran rampant throughout the Cretaceous period, meaning dinosaurs had to spend 80 million years looking out for the next inferno. So just why was the Cretaceous so fiery? More »