The Morning Open Thread: Character Crush Edition

Good morning everyone. I trust no one is falling for the array of "jokes" that are pervading the internet on this ruined holiday. Today's suggested topic is character crushes. Who is your character crush? Who do you secretly ship with yours... I mean with an "OC"? Share below or discuss something else entirely. » 4/01/15 9:10am Today 9:10am

Breaking: CERN confirms existence of The Force

Researcher Ben Kenobi explains: "The Force is what gives a particle physicist his powers. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us; and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together." » 4/01/15 7:08am Today 7:08am

Nasa is gearing up for the next trips to Moon and Mars

Of course one of the key question of long time residence on other planets will be the question of food. By bringing cattle and making it fit to live on alien surfaces by means of technology, we are getting ready! » 4/01/15 6:55am Today 6:55am

They Should Intro Jesse Quick on the CW's The Flash

I love Jesse Quick. She's smart, capable (runs her own business) and is a legacy hero in her own right from a separate line of speedsters (the Quicks) that often intersect with the Flashes. Her father Johnny Quick gained super speed by saying (visualizing) a "speed" formula and she inherited it. Her mother was… » 4/01/15 6:35am Today 6:35am

The day SHIELD fell: Secrets of SHIELD episode "One Door Closes"

All of Coulson's hard work comes crashing down around him as the SHIELD vs. SHIELD war begins. Viewers finally learn how the "real SHIELD" got started, and get a hint about why that aircraft carrier is so important! » 4/01/15 5:00am Today 5:00am

Climate change implicated in dragon reemergence

A new study released in Nature today synthesizes a several centuries worth of historical data relating to textual evidence of dragon presence. Alarmingly, there appears to be a direct association with increasing mean global temperatures. While I am not entirely convinced by the authors' conclusions (a quantitative… » 4/01/15 12:33am Today 12:33am

What Are Some Good YA SF/Fantasy Novels?

Generally, I'm leery of YA fiction, because I am what is known colloquially as "a grown-ass man." But Charles N. Brown, the late Editor-In-Chief of Locus, a publication I hold in the highest esteem, apparently preferred YA novels over most other types of fiction during the last years of his life. And I just read a… » 3/31/15 11:57pm Yesterday 11:57pm

A History of Marvel Crossovers: The Golden Age

Pretty soon, Marvel will be putting out the crossover-to-end-all-crossovers, Secret Wars. And with it, the current Marvel Universe will come to an end. But this isn't the first Secret Wars (heck, it isn't even the second). In fact, Marvel has been having crossovers since the Golden Age of Comics. » 3/31/15 10:42pm Yesterday 10:42pm

Avenged (aka Savaged) - Must See Revenge Horror

At it's heart Avenged (aka Savaged) is a revenge film. In reality it's a supernatural horror film with a considerable amount of action. Had it been a war movie no one would say it's a horror film just because of the violence, but because it involves spirit possession, a reanimated corpse and a lot of internal… » 3/31/15 7:27pm Yesterday 7:27pm

Film This Book: Best Served Cold

Hollywood is hot for fantasy and such now and it's great seeing some YA titles get adaptations. But there's still slews of great books out there, not just full series but stand-alones that can be perfect for a movie adaptation so every now and then, I thought I'd spotlight one. And kicking it off with a tale that… » 3/31/15 3:59pm Yesterday 3:59pm

Get your Google Maps/Pac-Man on!

So Google has inserted Pac-Man into Google Maps as a nice genuine treat for April Fool's Day. Which defeats the purpose of doing it around now since it's not a joke or prank and you can actually play Pac-Man in Google Maps. » 3/31/15 3:57pm Yesterday 3:57pm

Final Four: The Worst Spider-Man story EVER

I hate a missed opportunity but that's what I got when I was doing that "best Avengers story" thing a couple days ago. I only listed two but other people suggested more and I realized I could have taken advantage of the current sports season to do a "Final Four" type thing on the best. But, that works out better here… » 3/31/15 2:04pm Yesterday 2:04pm

Watch a spin test of NASA's "flying saucer"

In about an hour NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will conduct a spin table test of its LDSD test vehicle. Starting at 11:30 a.m. PDT you can watch it here. » 3/31/15 1:29pm Yesterday 1:29pm

Amazing medical news - anyone willing to crosspost?

I don't have posting privs at io9/ODeck, but this was absolutely fascinating and I wish they'd pick it up: » 3/31/15 1:13pm Yesterday 1:13pm