Monthly Archives: August 2011

Why Doctor Who’s Time Traveler Should Never Apologize for Fighting Evil [Rant]

Writer John Ostrander knows about heroism. The writer of some of our favorite titles, including Suicide Squad, The Spectre and some great Star Wars comics, Ostrander has often dealt with heavy issues o… Continue reading

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Could probiotic yogurt be changing your behavior? [Mind Control]

Mice are less anxious when they eat a diet that includes the kind of probiotic yogurt you can buy in the health food sections of most stores. The yogurt includes Lactobacillus rhamnosus, a bacterium t… Continue reading

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Vote for the greatest science fiction theme song of all time [Video]

Welcome to the first io9 music smackdown! We’re putting together the ultimate science fiction (and fantasy) playlist — all the music that everyone should have on his or her iPod. More &r… Continue reading

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Lizard genome sequence solves a human genetic mystery [Genomics]

320 million years ago, mammals and reptiles reached an evolutionary parting of the ways. We’ve now sequenced a lizard genome for the first time ever, and it’s vastly different from our own…but in a f… Continue reading

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Watch this machine keep a disembodied human heart alive and pumping [Video]

For over 40 years, transporting hearts for the purpose of transplantation has been accomplished with little more than coolers and ice. Now a study being headed up by members of UCLA’s lung and heart-l… Continue reading

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This Is the Coolest Way to Take a Self Portrait I’ve Ever Seen [Video]

So you’re with your pals, and you want an Adorable Group Shotâ„¢. No problem! Just have the ugliest friend take it. Or awkwardly point it towards yourselves, arm extended. Or hurl it into the air with… Continue reading

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The Oldest-Ever Homo Erectus Gadgets Revealed [Science]

They might look like a bunch of rocks, but scientists say this is the oldest-ever collection of hand axes, picks and other cutting tools used mainly by our ancient human cousins, Homo erectus. More&… Continue reading

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HP, You’re Seriously Bumming Me Out [Hp]

So, they’re really doing it. HP, the biggest PC company in the world, is announcing to the world that it’s spinning off its $40 billion PC business. With ads. That they’re debuting in a blog post. Exce… Continue reading

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Stunt People Crash And Burn In New Lee Majors Vehicle [Video]

Lee Majors is the coolest guy to ever grace a TV screen. Every gadget writer I know wanted to be the Six Million Dollar Man as a kid. He’s back. And his new show looks pretty funny. More &raqu… Continue reading

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You will look regal and insane riding on this rollerblading robot chariot [Video]

This is Bob Schneeveis and Grant Grundler’s Solar Electric Robot Chariot, which showed up at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011. This rig will cart you around as you wave to your cyborg Secutores. Finally, the… Continue reading

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iOS 5 Beta 7 Is Out [Ios]

The next OTA update for iOS 5 is out for developers. It’s gotta be close to done now. We’ll know shortly what kind of goodies it has in store. [9to5 Mac] More »

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Twitter Will Start Showing Ads From Companies You’re Not Following [Twitter]

Late last month, Twitter made an obvious choice by putting ads from companies we follow into our feeds. Good! Now they’ve taken it one step further by allowing ads from brands we don’t follow to slip t… Continue reading

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The New Essential Apps August 2011 [Apps]

iPhones. iPads. Android. Windows Phone 7. We’ve updated all of our essential apps lists to include a few forgotten favorites, some long awaited arrivals and, as always, even more amazing apps. Check th… Continue reading

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The insanely miraculous recovery of a man stabbed in the brain, through his eyeball, with garden shears [Holy Crap Wtf]

An Arizona man who fell face-first on a pair of garden shears, sending one handle deep into his skull, has lived through the experience relatively unscathed. More »

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The Most Cyberpunk Places in the U.S.A. [Video]

Cyberpunk is no longer the future. We’re living in an age in which many of the visions of creators like Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Pat Cadigan and Ridley Scott are invading our world today. Mor… Continue reading

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Crazy Photographer Captures Perfect Clouds Four Miles Up In the Sky [Video]

RĂ¼diger Nehmzow means “Man With Big Balls Made of Steel” in German. After watching this video of him taking photos of clouds from the open door of a plane, four miles up in the sky, it can’t mean any… Continue reading

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Why do altruistic people cluster together? [Quote Of The Day]

“Do people who are genetically predisposed towards altruism tend to flock together? Or do people become more altruistic when they interact with others who display this trait? Or are external environmen… Continue reading

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The pornographic psychological warfare campaigns of World War II [Mind Control]

During World War II, the Axis propaganda campaign took a turn for the bawdy when Japanese and German forces began distributing porno pamphlets among Allied troops. The central thesis? It was much bette… Continue reading

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Humans have been using tools for 300,000 years longer than we thought [Archaeology]

Our hominid ancestors Homo erectus turned rocks like this into complex tools nearly two million years ago…hundreds of thousands years earlier than previously thought. The new find helps fill in some … Continue reading

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Thin people have the fattest genes [Genetics]

There are tons of genetic reasons why people are obese – after all, it’s important that we eat, and we didn’t evolve to live in a world of plentiful food. But why would anyone be genetically predispose… Continue reading

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