Watch This Octopus Unscrew The Lid Of A Jar (From Inside The Jar)

As though the case for octopus intelligence wasn't strong enough already, check out the moves on this eight-limbed beastie. With a few deft turns of its tentacles, it manages to unscrew the lid of its enclosure from the inside. » 5/11/14 5:00pm Yesterday 5:00pm

Watch Dean Cain Kill A Guy Using A Tiny Bottle Of Contact Lens Spray

Here's one of the most inventive methods of killing a guy ever shown on screen. Dean Cain is cornered by two guys with machine guns, and he's out of bullets. (They don't know this.) So he waits for one of them to go through the safety door, and sets a cunning trap. Spoilers ahead... » 5/11/14 3:00pm Yesterday 3:00pm

China's Batty Proposal For an Under-Sea Train to the United States

A lone report in China's state-run Beijing Times claims the nation is already in discussions to build an 8,000+ mile railroad connecting China, Russia, Canada, and the U.S.—including a 125 mile undersea tunnel spanning the Bering Strait. Forget taking this with a grain of salt, you're gonna need the whole shaker. » 5/11/14 4:46pm Yesterday 4:46pm

Here's The First Promo Art (And Synopsis) For The Agent Carter TV Show!

On Friday, ABC said it would renew Agents of SHIELD for a second season, but more exciting still was the network's half-season order of an Agent Carter TV series. Now that the pickup is official, Marvel has gone ahead and released the very first promo art for the series, along with an official synopsis. » 5/11/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Michael Fassbender Confirms Prometheus 2 Is A Go

Ridley Scott confirmed months ago that the script to Prometheus 2 was in the bag. Filming is slated to begin this fall, with a projected release date of March 2016. Now, in unsurprising but auspicious news, Michael Fassbender has confirmed he's "doing a sequel," presumable reprising his role as David (Davids?). » 5/11/14 10:33am Yesterday 10:33am

The Ocean Is Crowded With Tiny Little Bits Of Plastic

The ocean is full of plastic. Not big pieces of plastic, as you've probably heard, but tiny bits of plastic. Microplastic. Plastic that hasn't decomposed, but broken down into small pieces that are incredibly durable. We've found this stuff throughout the world's oceans, at every depth. What kind of environmental… » 5/11/14 9:47am Yesterday 9:47am

10 Animated Dinosaurs That Totally Ruled

In the world of animation, there are few universal truths. But one, at least, is that everyone loves dinosaurs. Whether you think they're fascinating or just plain awesome, few stories were made worse by the presence of our prehistoric friends. And since today is dino-day across the io9 sub-sites, let's celebrate by… » 5/11/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Wall St. Cheat Sheet Blogger is completely wrong about MCU, writes long…

Greg Cwik has not, apparently, watched any of the Marvel movies. "Hey look," he says, "Marvel is set to become a victim of their own success, because as they expand, it will become almost impossible for newbs to get into it." And yes, that is a danger with the comics, where even longtime fans – like me – have a hard… » 5/11/14 11:50am Yesterday 11:50am

Square Hole on a Round Sun

The ominous black square on the surface of the sun isn't a portal to another dimension. It's a coronal hole, a depressingly mundane name for a patch of cooler and darker corona. While the usual bright glow is hot, bright plasma captured by the magnetic field, a coronal hole is a gap in the magnetic field. » 5/10/14 8:29pm Saturday 8:29pm

In Defense of GIFs in Science Writing

University of Oxford PhD student Andrew Bissette recently published a diatribe against the Internet's favorite form of looping media, arguing that science writers should not use GIFs to explain science. He's wrong. His heart is in the right place. His argument is even halfway sound. But he's wrong. » 5/10/14 5:00pm Saturday 5:00pm

Fandom Trends That Chap Your Ass

I just...I gotta vent. John Fucking Winchester. My fandom hates him, at least the ones that write Dean/Castiel. I doubt the Wincest writers love him much more, since he's inexplicably often opposed to his sons fucking like gay related rabbits (they need to go to Bobby for acceptance of their awesome love). Does your… » 5/10/14 7:59pm Saturday 7:59pm