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A definitive ranking of the 25 best TV pilot episodes in the 21st century

There has been a lot of debate in recent years about the relevancy of the series pilot. In an age where so many cable networks, streaming services (and even broadcast networks) like to go straight to series, bypassing the pilot process, the question of whether the entire pilot process is necessary …

‘Westworld’ Stops Playing As Many Games In Season Two

Earlier this week, husband-and-wife <i>Westworld</i> creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy made a surprising offer to the folks on Reddit: they would release a video spoiling all of the big plot points from the HBO drama’s second season, allowing their most faithful Redditors to better police all the people …

Mortal Kombat’s Johnny Cage, 20 years later

Mortal Kombat actor Daniel Pesina looks back at finding cult fame, suing Midway and playing one of the game industry’s most memorable characters<p><i>This story originally ran in 2012. We’re reposting it to coincide with Mortal Kombat 2’s 25th anniversary.</i><p>This past school year, Columbia student Kenny …

Five Games That Take 20 Minutes Or Less to Play on International Tabletop Day

<i>We’re counting down the days International Tabletop Day 2018, happening this year on April 28th! As we get closer to the big day, we’ll be looking at</i> …

Amazon has a $27 multi-color LED light strip that syncs to your music

When we first caught wind of the DotStone Music-Syncing LED Strip Lights, we thought they sounded kind of cheesy, to be honest. Then we actually …

Smart Homes

SpaceX's biggest rival has a 'genius' plan to cut its rocket-launch costs by more than 70%

SpaceX turned heads around the world on February 6 with the first launch of Falcon Heavy.<p>The 230-foot-tall rocket's three boosters helped push Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster into space, peeled off after running low on fuel, and then careened toward Earth.<p>Two of the 16-story boosters rocketed to a safe …

Space Travel

Cartoonist draws on outrage to cover school shootings

Launching Elon Musk's car toward Mars was a backup plan — here's what SpaceX actually wanted to do with Falcon Heavy's first flight

SpaceX on Tuesday launched Falcon Heavy, the most powerful operational rocket in the world, for the first time.<p>The payload on top was a red Tesla Roadster owned by the company's founder, Elon Musk. His electric car (and some cleverly placed trinkets) is now in space, helmed by a spacesuit-clad …

Heath Ledger’s Family Offers A Look Inside His ‘Joker Diary’ On The 10th Anniversary Of His Death

It was 10 years ago today, on January 22, 2008, that actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his apartment from what was later discovered to be an “abuse of prescribed medications.” Almost immediately, there were rumors that the actor’s mental and physical transformation into The Joker for his …

The 100 Most Important Pop Culture Moments of the Last 10 Years: #1-20

We’ve been counting down the 100 most important moments in pop culture all week in honor of io9’s 10th anniversary. And at last, we’ve reached the …

Comics

An oral history of actual punks punching actual Nazis in the face

These days, it’s difficult to punch a Nazi without getting bogged down in some sort of philosophical debate about whether or not it’s OK to punch …

8 Hulk Rip-Offs Who Are Weaker Than Him (And 7 That Are Actually Stronger)

One of Marvel’s mightiest heroes, there’s no one quite like the Incredible Hulk. Often perceived as a force of nature, the Hulk is notorious for …

Dogs can't speak human. Here's the tech that could change that.

What if your pet dog or cat could talk instead of barking or meowing? You’d know just how much Rover loves you — and maybe how sorry Fluffy is about that mess on the carpet.<p>We all know that’s not about to happen. But recent advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning suggest the …

Artificial Intelligence

Behold the most awesome technical foul ever

Northwestern’s Gavin Skelly deserved a bucket for this.<p>Here are two indisputable truths in both life and basketball:<p>Nothing looks cooler than hanging on the rim after a dunk.<br>• Hanging on the rim after a dunk is almost certainly going to get you a technical foul.<p>Northwestern forward Gavin Skelly took …

19 Netflix original shows that both critics and audiences agree are amazing

Recent Netflix original series "The End of the F***ing World" is one such program.<p>Acclaimed by both critics and fans, the British dark comedy recently won an enthusiastic endorsement from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who called it the "most engaging addictive original" in a long time.<p>To figure out …

Two Experiments Show Fourth Spatial Dimension Effect

To the best of our knowledge, we humans can only experience this world in three spatial dimensions (plus one time dimension): up and down, left and …

Quantum Physics

Eight amazing science stories of 2017

<b>It was a year of endings and beginnings: the plucky Cassini spacecraft's 13-year-long mission reached its finale, while the fledgling field of gravitational wave astronomy bagged the catastrophic collision of two dead stars.</b><p>BBC News looks back on eight of the biggest science and environment stories …

The Very Best and Sexiest Cosplay of 2017 - Part 1

14 Netflix Series And Movies That Will Totally @#$%&! You Up

If Black Mirror wasn't enough for you, here are some picks with more nightmares, disturbing visions, and very weird plots.<p><i>This post was translated from Portuguese.</i>

Dear Satan, An Animated Short About a Girl Who Accidentally Writes Letter to Satan Instead of Santa

<i>Dear Satan</i> is a hilarious animated Christmas film, created by Anomaly London, about a young girl who accidentally writes a heartfelt letter to Satan, …

‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Has A Hidden Tie-In To ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ That Puts A Years-Old Mystery To Rest

Since <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> took over the video game world over four years ago, fans of Rockstar Games’ flagship franchise have wondered how it ties into Rockstar’s <i>other</i> flagship franchise: <i>Red Dead Redemption</i>. Since <i>GTA V</i>‘s Los Santos is a sprawling land covering much of “California,” it comes with a …

International tipping guide: When to tip abroad

If you’re confused about who, when and how much to tip when traveling internationally, you’re not alone. Sixty percent of Americans say they always …

Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

WASHINGTON — Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up …

Donald Trump

Can You Find the Perfectly Camouflaged Snow Leopard Hidden on This Mountainside?

There’s a good reason it’s so difficult for photographers and film crews to capture the elusive snow leopard in the wild. The animal’s not only a …

Wildlife

Here's Every Confirmed And Rumored MARVEL And DC COMICS Movie On The Way (And When You'll See Them)

Believe it or not, there are over sixty Marvel and DC Comics movie currently confirmed, rumoured, or in development and here you'll find a breakdown …

Coca production is booming in Colombia — here's how it gets turned into cocaine

In late 2016, Colombia sealed a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, a left-wing rebel group and major drug trafficker.<p>But they have struggled to implement important aspects of the deal, and coca production has only increased.<p>After hitting a low in 2012, cultivation …

Jimmy Fallon’s Ratings Woes Are About More Than His Trump Problem

On Wednesday night, in response to President Donald Trump’s threats to pull NBC and other networks’ broadcast licenses for negative coverage that he deems “fake news,” Jimmy Kimmel said that the time to pull those licenses is “Never. Because that’s what dictators do.” On <i>The Tonight Show</i>, which airs …

A Teenager Won $250,000 For His Video Explanation Of Einstein's Special Theory Of Relativity

What were you doing when you were 18 years old? If we had to guess, we'd say you probably weren't winning hundreds of thousands of dollars for a …

The 35 worst movies of all time, according to critics

To find out which movies critics have labeled the worst of the worst, we turned to review aggregator Metacritic to compile this list of the most critically panned films in history.<p>From ill-advised sequels like "Scary Movie 5" to a dubious documentary about Hillary Clinton, these films drew the ire …

Here’s every law Trump has signed in his first 200 days

Monday marks President Donald Trump's 200th day in office.<p>While the White House has consistently touted its legislative success in the face of "historic Democratic obstructionism," the administration has yet to fulfill any major legislative achievements, even with Republicans in control of both …