Everything They Said About Making Three Hobbit Movies Was True

Remember when Peter Jackson announced he was splitting J.R.R. Tolkien's slim volume The Hobbit into three movies? Even with Jackson's OCD attention to detail, that seemed too much — and the entire internet worried that it would be all bloat and no heart. Well, the internet was right, at least about the third movie. » 12/17/14 8:00am Wednesday 8:00am

The Exodus Mystery: How Can a Movie Be So Wrong in So Many Ways?

This is one of those moments when a movie comes along that is so repugnant, and so bland, and so pretentious, that it's almost impossible to believe. And yet, like a voice from a burning bush, Exodus is an unbelievable event that will nevertheless lead thousands of people on a terrifying quest — to movie theaters. » 12/12/14 11:07am 12/12/14 11:07am

What a 9,000-Year-Old Mystery Taught Me About Honoring the Dead

Last month, I told a story for the podcast Story Collider about visiting an ancient city in central Turkey. It's about the mystery of why people living 9,000 years ago buried their dead underneath their beds — and the mystery of my father's recent death. If you've got a spare 10 minutes, give it a listen. » 12/11/14 1:36pm 12/11/14 1:36pm

io9 Science Survey: Tell Us About Working With Rodents in the Lab

Though scientists and researchers work with animals every day in labs, their experiences are rarely acknowledged or studied. We want to change that, by asking you to take io9's anonymous survey of people who work with rodents for science. Here's why we're doing this, and how you can participate. » 12/09/14 11:48am 12/09/14 11:48am

Back When the Victorians Used Microscopic Photography to Look at Porn

Soon after the popularization of photography in the mid-nineteenth century, people started experimenting with gimmicks like microphotography. There was a brief but huge craze for these tiny images that could only be seen using a special microscope lens. It was perfect for sharing porn in a repressive age. » 12/05/14 1:56pm 12/05/14 1:56pm

10 Most Important Science Fiction Books About Superintelligence

The idea that humans might one day become superintelligent — or invent a superintelligent computer — is a staple of science fiction. It's also taken seriously by scientists and engineers as a plausible outcome of today's technologies. Here are ten key books you should read to understand brains of the future. » 12/02/14 4:00pm 12/02/14 4:00pm