The Witch From Mercury Could Give Us a Queer Hero

Screenshot: Cruncy roll Welcome to the future of gundammy friends: we’ve got a robot schoolwe’ve got megacorporation politics, and we’ve got girls defending each other’s honor by engaging in giant mecha duels for the right to be wives. This weekend saw the debut of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercurythe first mainline entry in … Read more

Google Shuts Down Translate Services in Mainland China

Google has long had a strained business relationship with China, and despite all the effort it’s only captured barely 2% of the search market.photo: fn.artworks (Shutterstock) Folks on the Chinese mainland looking to find occasionally garbled translations of foreign languages ​​will be out of luck, as Google announced over the weekend it was pulling back … Read more

Lockdown Season 11 Episode 17

This is not a still from the episode, but two stills, and it amuses me very much.photo: Jace Downs/AMC The third act of the Walking Dead‘s 11th and final season has begun, but it doesn’t seem like anyone notified the show. Other than a quick montage of familiar faces at the start, with a bit … Read more

30 Years Old, Great Home for Cartoons

We here at io9 have talked at length about cartoons, whether it’s cartoons from our childhoods that we’ve loved, or more recent ones that deserve a wider spotlight. And when it comes to western animation, you can’t talk about it without talking about one channel in particular. Cartoon Network launched on October 1, 1992. A … Read more

Fossil Fuel Production May Emit More Methane Than Thought

A gas flare at the Shell Chemical LP petroleum refinery in Norco, Louisiana.photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) The oil and gas industry may be seriously undercounting its greenhouse gas emissions. A technique used to burn off methane during production may be getting rid of less of the greenhouse gas than previously thought, a new study … Read more

Something Weird Is Going On With Zuckerberg and the UFC

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he’s been training hard in jiu-jitsu and MMA. photo: Kevin Dietsch (Getty Images) Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg can’t duck and weave the jabbing questions that he’s responsible for buying out the entire arena for a major UFC show this Saturday. The rolling speculation has even started to claim that … Read more

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Stop Amazon’s iRobot Acquisition

photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) A handful of Democratic lawmakers led by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren added their name to a growing chorus of activists calling on the Federal Trade Commission to slam the brakes on Amazon’s $1.7 billion iRobot acquisition. The lawmakers warned the deal if allowed to go through, would harm consumers and, … Read more

New York to Ban New Gas-Powered Vehicles, Following California’s Lead

New York is following in California’s tire treads, making drastic moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Empire State will entirely ban the purchase of new petroleum-powered cars by 2035. “With sustained state and federal investments, our actions are incentivizing New Yorkers, local governments, and businesses to make the transition to electric vehicles. We’re driving … Read more

Teenage Engineering’s Tiny Record Player Also Makes Custom Vinyl

If you asked fans of Teenage Engineering’s musical toys and instruments what the company’s next creation would be be, they probably assumed it would be a new Pocket operator, another speaker, or maybe an update to the OP-Z. In reality, it’s the company’s first device that wholeheartedly embraces analog audio: a portable record cutter. Analog … Read more

The Retreat Brought Back Tim Roth

Jen finally found herself with two episodes to go.image: Marvel Studios If after six episodes it wasn’t abundantly clear, episode seven really hammered it home: She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is not a narratively driven show. It’s a character driven show. For two weeks now the lingering questions of Jen’s supersuit and a Daredevil cameo have … Read more