ONE DAY WE WILL GO THERE, I SWEAR IT | The Whirlpool Galaxy, M51, photographed by Martin Pugh. Just one of the winners of the astronomy photo competition, hosted by London's Royal Museums Greenwich. Check out more winners here.

How to Write a Killer Space Adventure Without Breaking the Speed of Light

Is it possible to have a wild, exciting space adventure without resorting to magic? Or is there just no way to imagine conquering the vastness of the cosmos without warp drives, hyperspace, miraculous shielding and other fancy devices? More »

What does the future have in store for radical body modification?

We've been modifying our appearance ever since we first figured out how to pierce skin with wood and bones. Today, our tendency to twist, morph, and expand upon our naturally given forms is very much alive and well, one that's been best expressed by the radical body modification community. More »

A downright gorgeous short film about doomed astronauts after a spaceship crash

This is Grounded, director Kevin Margo's trippy seven-minute film about the final moments of extrasolar astronauts. Margo - who works on visual effects for Blur Studio - tells io9 that this project took several months of planning and animating, including "one weekend with a forklift dangling an astronaut 50 feet high in the parking lot." More »

Scientist + liquid nitrogen + 1500 ping pong balls = boomhappy funtime

Come for the science, stay for the explosions. Watch Plymouth University professor Roy Lowry* demonstrate what happens when you try to contain liquid nitrogen while it's returning to its gaseous state. More »

28 Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows That Started Off as Movies

Some of the greatest (Stargate) and worst (Little Shop) television shows have been torn from the big screen. And a lot of them fell under the radar: Did you know there was a Tremors TV show? What about Bill & Ted the live-action series? Here's our insane list of 28 science fiction and fantasy TV shows that were movies first. More »

Russia admits to having ‘trillions of carats' worth of diamonds hidden in an asteroid crater

Back in the 1970s, the Soviet government discovered a rather remarkable deposit of precious gems in a 100 kilometer (62 mile) crater located in eastern Siberia. More »

The Insane Things Joseph Gordon-Levitt Did to Become Bruce Willis in Looper

You've already seen how Joseph Gordon-Levitt's face was altered to make him look more like a younger version of Bruce Willis for the time travel movie Looper. More »

This insane footage of a volcano is like staring into the jaws of Hell

Good gravy, is this a harrowing video. To capture close-up footage of this lava lake on the Pacific island of Vanuatu, Geoff Mackley and his colleagues had to brave excruciating heat and some rather precarious-looking abseiling. More »

The One Crucial Test That Any Judge Dredd Movie MUST Pass

A movie about Judge Dredd needs to do a bunch of things, just to be a decent movie in its own right. You need insane action. You need a portrayal of Judge Joe Dredd that lives up to the hard-as-granite, sleeps-with-his-helmet-on original. More »

What really happened during the Philadelphia Experiment?

Popularized by the 1984 film, a bizarre low-budget sequel, and a 2012 Syfy channel movie, tales of the Philadelphia Experiment involves covert U.S. Navy operations that led to time travel, teleportation, and mangled flesh. More »

Woman absolutely definitely undeniably gives birth to a horse in Nigeria

Good news, media consumer! We've hit our daily annual quota of hysterical equine pregnancy stories for 2012! Time to bust out the Alizé and salt licks! More »

Finally, a geological timescale that only a Creationist could love

According to a strict interpretation of Scripture, the Earth is approximately 6,000 years old (give or take a few years). Given what we know about our planet's geological past, it's only fitting that a chart be prepared to align this history with the actual dates involved. More »

Could someone really destroy the whole Internet?

In just 40 years, our whole civilization has become dependent on the Internet, in more ways than we could count. So when you hear activist groups threatening to crash the whole thing, or doomsday preppers warning of a global Internet failure, it's pretty scary. More »

Design Lessons from Star Trek to Consider Before Creating Your Next User Interface

We all know that Star Trek gave us the iPad and countless other amazing devices - but the classic space adventure show also gave us some amazing breakthroughs in user interface design. More »

First photos of RoboCop's suit reveal Batman-like body armor

Paparazzi have snagged the first images of the cyborg enforcer from the upcoming RoboCop remake, giving us a peek at the reborn Alex Murphy. But the all-black body armor looks a bit familiar. ComingSoon posted two photos taken on the RoboCop set. More »