FIRST COMES THE DREAM | One of the absolutely stunning prints by concept art house Framestore, as part of a gallery of images of interstellar exploration prepared for io9 and Gizmodo's "First Comes the Dream" series. These images were projected at last night's event at the American Natural History Museum, where we spoke with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. See the rest of the gallery here.

Comic Con Wrap-Up: The Shiniest Things We Saw in San Diego!

Going to San Diego Comic Con is a lot like visiting the future - you spend a lot of time obsessing over TV shows and movies that won't arrive for months, or even a year or two. More »

Astronomers confirm there are two potentially habitable planets orbiting Gliese 581

Remember Gliese 581g? The potentially habitable "second Earth" 20 light years away, also known as Zarmina? It's been looking dicey for a while, as many astronomers questioned its very existence. But now, Gliese 581g has been re-added to the top five list of exoplanets considered prime candidates for harboring of life. More »

Nolan's Batman Trilogy: A Unique Achievement in Myth-Making

As a stand-alone movie, The Dark Knight Rises is pretty darn good - better than most summer action movies, but not as good as The Dark Knight. But as the culmination of an epic trilogy, three films that are tight enough to be a single movie, it's incredible. More »

Earth's magnetic field just might be gearing up for a reversal

Our planet's magnetic field periodically flips its direction, with the magnetic North and South Poles switching places. Such a reversal could wreak havoc on human society - and there's now reason to think one could happen soon... in geological terms, at least. More »

The Coolest New Teen Hero We've Seen in Ages

At first glance, Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan looks like a Twilight spoof, or rather a funny antidote to Twi-mania. There's the title, plus the whole concept: A teenage girl who tries to keep her best friend from dating the sexy but uptight vampire who comes to her high school. More »

What may be the world's first cybernetic hate crime unfolds in French McDonald's

Steve Mann, the "father of wearable computing," has been physically assaulted while visiting a McDonalds in Paris, France. The Canadian university professor was at the restaurant with his family when three different McDonalds employees took exception to his "Digital Eye Glass" device and attempted to forcibly remove it from his head. More »

600-year-old bra and underwear discovered in an Austrian castle

Contemporary bras are more comfortable, modified versions of corsets - or so it was believed, until a 2007 discovery changed the way we see women's underwear. More »

These photographs of present-day Chernobyl are utterly haunting

Back in 2009, redditor HoHoNOPE paid a few hundred bucks to charter an illegal tour of the Chernobyl power plant and nearby ghost town of Prypiat. This is what he saw. More »

This is how you make Helm's Deep out of LEGO

If the official LEGO Helm's Deep play set seemed a twinge minuscule to you, check out builder Daniel Z's recreation of this epic battle. It's an excellent companion piece to these miniature versions of the Battle of Isengard and Mordor. More »

Batman Fashions That You Can Wear to the Office

Not everyone gets to wear a superhero T-shirts in the workplace. So how do you show your love for Gotham City, without getting a pissy memo about your office dress code? More »

10 Structures That Could Help Us Build Civilizations on the Ocean

Many visions of the future involve people living in the middle of the ocean. This makes all kinds of sense, since oceans make up two-thirds of the planet's surface. Plus you can live independently, free from corrupt governments and the like. The biggest question, though, is how can you go about doing this? And the good news is, there are plenty of ways to stake out some marine real estate. More »

We may be close to wiping out one of the world's most horrifying parasites

Reality TV shows like Survivor are facing their first ecological crisis: It seems as though the guinea worm may be eradicated within the next few years. More »

How I Designed Batman's First Costume

For the graphic novel Batman: Earth One, illustrator Gary Frank (Supreme Power) collaborated with author Geoff Johns to tell the story of a younger Batman from an alternate reality trying his hand at crime-solving. More »

Hubble has spotted an ancient galaxy that shouldn't exist

This galaxy is so large, so fully-formed, astronomers say it shouldn't exist at all. It's called a "grand-design" spiral galaxy, and unlike most galaxies of its kind, this one is old. More »

Radically Weird Visions of the Future of New York

New York has changed a lot over the centuries - but the strangest transformations could still be in the future. At least, that's what a group of artists and designers think, based on the results of a competition to design strange and dystopian visions of the city's future. More »