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10 Novels That Are More Action-Packed Than Most Summer Movies

It's summer movie season, the time when blockbuster films come out every week and we pit Vin Diesel against Wolverine. But how do you keep that …

Science Fiction

Humans With Amplified Intelligence Could Be More Powerful Than AI

Wow, a Dystopian Coming-of-Age Novel With Actual Real Science

13 Post-Apocalyptic Stories That Actually Teach Valuable Lessons


Stunning artwork from the Dune collectible card game

In 1997, Last Unicorn Games released <i>Dune: Eye of the Storm</i>, the first installment of a <i>Dune</i> collectible card game. These paintings for the game, by …

Science Fiction

26 Simple Tricks To Make Your Kids Do Whatever You Want

They have so much energy; shouldn't it be channeled into making your life easier?


Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction

Annalee Newitz, founding editor of IO9 and former EFF staffer, has a new book out today called Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive …

18 Drawings You'll Swear Are Actual Photographs

Take a look at the image above. Pretty surreal. At first glance (or second, or third), it looks like a photograph — maybe a little faded, compared to …

Skull Wars, A Stormtrooper and Boba Fett From ‘Star Wars’ Redesigned as Skull-Like Figures

Japanese artist Skulltoys has created “Skull Wars,” a two-piece series featuring Boba Fett and a Stormtrooper from <i>Star Wars</i> as ornately inked, …

21-minute Oblivion featurette shows how its post-apocalyptic Earth came to be

The first reviews for Joseph Kosinski's <i>Oblivion</i> have not been promising, but this featurette hopes to lure you to the theater anyway. It offers a …

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9 of the Most Fascinating Abandoned Mansions from Around the World

There's something particularly spectacular about witnessing the decay of a once-grand building. Lavish trappings fall into disrepair, once proud …


Tiny tree door in Golden Gate Park must go, says Rec and Parks

It appeared one day in early March: A tiny wood door with tinier hinges and the tiniest doorknob, snugly fit into the base of a tree on the concourse of Golden Gate Park outside the de Young.<p>The humble home delighted locals, who left little offerings behind the door, including notes in child’s …

Is Disney about to destroy the Star Wars Expanded Universe Altogether?

When Disney first announced their acquisition of <i>Star Wars</i>, fans were trepidatious. What changes would they make to the <i>Star Wars</i> universe? Then Disney …

Hidden Cities, A Memoir of Urban Exploration by Moses Gates

Urban explorer Moses Gates recounts 10 years of urban adventuring in <i>Hidden Cities: Travels to the Secret Corners of the World’s Great Metropolises</i>. …

The City from the Bridge

E-bleeder: is Nook on its deathbed?

Barnes & Noble's once-promising digital business needs to turn a page to compete with Amazon and Apple<p>The ending has yet to be written for Barnes & Noble's Nook story, which began with the surprise debut of the original Nook e-reader back in late 2009. But recent plot twists don't appear to bode …

Nevada State Legislature poised to take regulation of Burning Man away from state and local cops

M Otis Beard sez, "A bill gaining support in the Nevada State Assembly would make Burning Man hands-off for state and county law enforcement …

Photographer Snaps Photo Atop the Burj Khalifa (Yes, the Very Top!)

Rooftopper photographers are continuously pushing themselves and raising the bar, literally, to get that vertigo-inducing shot. These insane, …

Palace of Fine Arts

San Francisco - Pier 7

“Bring Your Own Big Wheel” Race 2017 | Potrero Hill

<i>What’s that sound kids? It’s the sound of Big Wheels rolling!</i><p>Watch dozens of contestants at <b>Bring Your Own Big Wheel 2017</b> (BYOBW) risk humiliation and …


Beyond lies the wub: a history of dubstep

The atmosphere of Belvedere’s, a dive bar on Butler Street in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood — with its stage and pool tables and little in the way of ambiance — was completely transformed by the bass. It reminded me of a water jet cutter. Taking water and streaming it at such a high rate …

Apple Working on 4K 'Ultra HD' Television Set for Late 2013 or Early 2014 Launch?

Apple's rumored television set project has a long history of claims from various sources, and while the "iWatch" has taken on a more prominent place in the rumor mill in recent months, an Apple television continues to be on the radar of a number of industry watchers.<p><i>Digitimes</i> now reports on word …