I really can't tell if you've watched the shows, or actually thought about why things are the way they are in these shows and movies. Because your argument makes zero sense if you do actually take the time to think about these things. Lets look at some of the examples you bring up... » 10/29/14 4:41pm Wednesday 4:41pm

Just want to point out, that is not the full quote that appeared in the siberian times article. A better quote is " 'I am quite sure of the diagnosis - she had cancer. She was extremely emaciated. Given her rather high rank in society and the information scientists obtained studying mummies of elite Pazyryks, I do not… » 10/19/14 7:41pm 10/19/14 7:41pm

Its mostly psychological (though one could argue physical too due to how the brain works). Our brains work to interpret what we see and a lot of that is based on what we expect to see (there've been articles about it here on io9 before). I couldn't see any sort of old woman in the images at all until I went to the… » 10/16/14 1:00pm 10/16/14 1:00pm

Neither would be really affected in the foreseeable future. Assuming they get the prototype created like they want being able to produce it on a commercial level is a different thing entirely. Add on top of that the sizes they propose are not conducive to car engines, so oil producers will still have that market. And… » 10/15/14 6:57pm 10/15/14 6:57pm

There was one ork I must have killed...10 plus times. I swear for a while every time I went anywhere he would show up. I would kill him move on, and a little while later hey look its this guy again...and rinse and repeat. He only went away after I killed him, and then I died before I encounterd him again. And during… » 10/10/14 1:49pm 10/10/14 1:49pm

I would argue the rich inflict violence all the time. You are correct that they don't do it directly. But lets be honest, they don't need to, thats what the people they 'control' are for. Wars are fought by 'the poor', but they're started by those in control. See pretty much every war ever fought. Its very rarely that… » 10/10/14 9:12am 10/10/14 9:12am

Its somewhat explained in the dialog when he talks to the general in the beginning. Basically it comes down to politics. Someone is going to have to take the blame if things go bad, and since he's the face of the whole, he's going to be the scapegoat. He was going to be put someplace relatively 'safe' on the line then… » 10/08/14 8:25am 10/08/14 8:25am