Short film: R2-D2 adorably falls in love with a blue mailbox

Say it with me: awwwww. In a story that's a little like the first hour of Wall-E, this short film, Artoo In Love by Evan Atherton, tells a cute love story of R2-D2 and a blue mailbox. R2 starts holding picnics with it, zaps away people who want to mail things and holds an umbrella over its head when it rains. » 4/01/15 3:13am 41 minutes ago

A Delicate Stone Bridge Creates a Mystical Passage With Its Reflection

Located in Kromlau, Germany, the Rakotzbrücke was built as a perfect half-circle so that still waters and correct lighting would create the illusion of a full circle. It even has outcroppings on each side to make it look like a natural occurrence. In the imagination, it conjures thoughts of a portal to another world. » 3/31/15 11:00pm Yesterday 11:00pm

Stephen Amell Will Play Casey Jones In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

As we move inexorably to another live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, we find out that Stephen Amell, Oliver Queen himself, is joining the cast as Casey Jones. And, with that, he adds another vigilante character to his resume. » 3/31/15 9:30pm Yesterday 9:30pm

Among the Many Items Joining King Tut In the Afterlife ... Four Socks?

There are all sorts of questions that spring immediately to mind when you think about King Tut: What killed him? Are curses real? What on earth is going on with his penis? One question not asked enough is what he planned to wear in the afterlife. » 3/31/15 3:30am Yesterday 3:30am

The Seven Wonders Of The Universe that were cut from Doctor Who

It's been up on Jamie Mathieson's blog for a month now, but I thought I'd share it anyways. In early drafts for Mummy on the Orient Express, the opulent space train was supposed to be making a round trip of the Seven Wonders of the Universe*, stopping off at various scenic locations while the passengers and crew… » 3/31/15 3:44am Yesterday 3:44am

A Haunting Tale of a Sinking Island, From Its Last House's Point of View

This animated short by Lynn Tomlinson goes through the history of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake. It functions almost like the house's life is flashing before its eyes, before it goes under the waves. It's like an even more depressing version of The Giving Tree » 3/31/15 12:34am Yesterday 12:34am

When Is a Spiral Galaxy Just a Disc? When It's Viewed From the Side.

The Hubble Space Telescope shows us the edge-view of galaxy NGC 5023. Even though NGC 5023 is a spiral galaxy, its orientation to the Hubble means that we can't see its arms, only a side view which shows us a disk. » 3/30/15 10:05pm Monday 10:05pm

io9 March Madness Championship Round: Star Wars vs. Star Trek!

In a way this was inevitable, wasn't it? As we moved closer and closer to the finals, it became clear that everything else was just distractions from another chapter in a debate that's raged for decades: Star Wars vs. Star Trek. » 3/30/15 12:00pm Monday 12:00pm

10 Of The Most Absurd Units Of Measurement On Earth

Humans have a need to quantify things. And sometimes the usual measurements — feet, meters, grams — are not good enough. Or funny enough. Sometimes you need to express things in bananas, Helens, or cows. » 3/30/15 10:00am Monday 10:00am

The Instagram Account Dedicated to Finding Blade Runner In Reality

The Instagram account bladerunnerreality is dedicated to taking photos of the world that look like they could be straight out of Blade Runner. Is the knowledge that we are sort of living in Blade Runner comforting or distressing? » 3/30/15 2:30am Monday 2:30am

Bill Heder Will Be a Big Bad Giant in The BFG

Praise be to the casting gods, because Bill Heder in a Roald Dahl film is perfection. If this was going to be an animated film, we'd say to just have all the non-BFG giants voiced by him. » 3/30/15 12:30am Monday 12:30am

Latest Mad Max: Fury Road Footage Gives Us Even More Danger

In comparison to all the other trailers we've seen for Mad Max: Fury Road — awesome as they are — this one seems less committed to quick cuts and more committed to giving us a better look at what's going on. » 3/29/15 9:02pm Sunday 9:02pm

io9 March Madness Final 4: Trek vs. Doctor Who, Marvel vs. Star Wars!

Today are the semifinals for io9's March Madness: Movies vs. TV. That means it's time to make picks for the grand showdown on Monday. So who's going to be? Star Wars or the Marvel movies? Doctor Who or Star Trek? Time to vote! » 3/27/15 12:00pm Friday 12:00pm

Yep, grade school for me, too. A helpful librarian pointed me at them when I ran out of other fantasy books. I also literally just finished re-reading these books — I went out and got a library card for this express purpose, since my actual copies didn't make the move. » 3/27/15 11:56am Friday 11:56am

Because He's Smart, Sam Heughan Wants a Doctor Who/Outlander Crossover

Of course Sam Heughan thinks a Doctor Who/Outlander crossover. It's a perfect idea. Outlander's already got time travel in its plot, why not have the Doctor show up? Plus, we currently have a Doctor who sports a Scottish accent. It's a perfect match! » 3/27/15 4:00am Friday 4:00am

Why I Revisit My Childhood Favorites All the Time

I watch a lot of television and read a lot of books. I don't think that's going to shock a lot of people. It's literally part of my job. I'm at the point where no one really questions how much I watch or read. But the secret is: I spend way more time revisiting old favorites rather than new things. » 3/27/15 3:00am Friday 3:00am

Here's a Sneak Peek at the Star Wars Comic About Kanan's Backstory

It doesn't come out until next week, but Marvel/Lucasfilm has released a preview of Kanan: The Last Padawan, a series exploring how Kanan, Star Wars Rebels' resident Jedi, came to survive Order 66 and what his life was like during the Clone Wars. » 3/27/15 1:00am Friday 1:00am

This Video Will Teach You How to Become Batman (It's Expensive)

This video by Joe Bereta covers how to become Batman — or someone like Batman. Shockingly, it's full of a lot of real-world information and not just movie magic. Although, Bereta does repeat a lot that breaking the law is a bad idea. » 3/27/15 12:00am Friday 12:00am

In the First Messengers Clip, a Secret Angel Gets Blackmailed

This is the first clip from the CW's The Messengers, and it's very weird. It definitely sets something up and leaves you wondering what on earth is going on. It's one of the few teases out there that honestly leaves you wanting more information. » 3/26/15 4:00am Thursday 4:00am