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Is Game of Thrones set in the present...on the Forest Moon of Endor? Is Game of Thrones set in the present...on the Forest Moon of Endor?

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... Remember those words? I know some of you are aware that they’re a warning. Others know they’re a trap. But in this case, I think they’re a clue.

A bunch of squid should be a 'Squad'.  Time for change. A bunch of squid should be a 'Squad'.  Time for change.

When I was young I believed it was a squad of squid. Imagine my disappointment when I found out that it was just a ‘shoal’ or ‘squids’.

Secrets of Star Wars and the End of Everything Secrets of Star Wars and the End of Everything

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… I remember the first time I saw those words scroll across the screen. I was just a wee lad of seven and I didn’t know that my parents had taken me to the most important movie I’d ever see.

Tapeworm dies of Cancer, takes Man with it. Tapeworm dies of Cancer, takes Man with it.

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, right? Now it’s not just parasites and diseases, but also the diseases our parasites have.

Amazing Anuses: Stenus Rove Beetles Amazing Anuses: Stenus Rove Beetles

Welcome to a new ongoing series on the bearers of nature’s most fascinating anuses. Today we’re going to talk about Stenus Rove Beetles.

Does Sexual Reproduction exist to Limit Genetic Diversity rather than to Increase it? Does Sexual Reproduction exist to Limit Genetic Diversity rather than to Increase it?

When people talk about the advantages of sexual reproduction, one of the (if not the) primary responses is to create genetic diversity.

How to make 'The Thing' scary. How to make 'The Thing' scary.

I love monster movies in general, and The Thing has always been one of my favorites. I liked the clever psychological horror, but what really drew me was the Thing itself. The way it could quickly change into all kinds of strange forms just added to the awesomeness. What sort of freaky weird chimera would it be this…

The True Story of how we already created All Our Heavens in The Future The True Story of how we already created All Our Heavens in The Future

I believe I finally have stumbled across my religion, and it is a strange and beautiful thing.

The Inevitable, Incredible, Wearable Holodeck The Inevitable, Incredible, Wearable Holodeck

In our Sci-Fi dreams of lovely ideas and technologies we occasionally completely miss something that’s not only plausible but pretty obvious in retrospect.

The Tale of Fermi and the Primal Need for the Paradox that Never Was The Tale of Fermi and the Primal Need for the Paradox that Never Was

Neil Armstrong: We’re at the third site. Still no cheese. CAPCOM: Where did the cheese go? Neil Armstrong: The only evidence we have so far is a bunch of rock. CAPCOM: We’ll get our people sciencing around the clock to figure out who moved our cheese!

A Day in the Life of a Motor Protein. A Day in the Life of a Motor Protein.

You other molecular motor fans are with me, right?

Things that make you go 'Nope': Murder Beetles Things that make you go 'Nope': Murder Beetles

Here on io9, we love our poo-rolling friends. And rightly so! They provide a crucial ecological service. They have surprising capacity to navigate the world. They're amazingly strong. They're often comical in their persistence. They horrify our less rational friends. They look cute in little booties, and some of…

Interpreter nearly steals show from The Oatmeal's Matt Inman at Bad Ad-Hoc Hypothesis Festival

Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal was on the top of his game (if a bit scratchy) delivering the keynote speech of Zach Weiner's (of SMBC fame) BAHfest as he expertly debunked evolution and introduced us to his personal lord and savior, Jibbers Crabst.

'Squee!','Helping!','Nom!', and evolution. 'Squee!','Helping!','Nom!', and evolution.

If you want evidence of the sheer power of evolution you don’t need to visit some amazingly diverse rain forest, you just need to look at where nature isn’t.

Doctor Who and the Rightly Broken Rule - Part 3 Doctor Who and the Rightly Broken Rule - Part 3

This is Part 3 of Doctor Who and the Rightly Broken Rule, which gives Mr. Capaldi a chance to start off his career with a bang.

Things that make you go 'Nope':  WTFlies! Things that make you go 'Nope': WTFlies!

Welcome to 'Things that Make you go Nope', an ongoing series inspired to bring out the nopetopus in you. Last time around we hit on the Dung Beetles that somehow made eating poo into the less disturbing option. . . let's see if the flies can top them.

Doctor Who and the Rightly Broken Rule: Part 2 Doctor Who and the Rightly Broken Rule: Part 2

This is Part 2 of Doctor Who and the Rightly Broken Rule, which gives Mr. Capaldi a chance to start off his career with a bang.

Doctor Who and the Rightly Broken Rule Doctor Who and the Rightly Broken Rule

Most good ideas are better told as stories, aren't they?

Awesome, Incorporated Awesome, Incorporated

In 'A Biggish Idea' we walked through the expansion of a doesn't-need-to-be-fictional company from a few hundred people to a worldwide collection of civilizations within a single distributed nation within the abusively powerful legal shell of a corporation. (Yes, we really did. Verify away!)

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