Over the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of working for io9 and Gizmodo from my home here in England. Aside from the occasional purging of superfluous letter ‘u’ from my posts, where that cross-cultural divide comes up the most is confusing my mostly American co-workers with strange words they’ve never heard…
“8000 locust, 2000 crickets, 4000 cockroaches. See you tomorrow night,” was the text Huck Magazine writer Michael Segalov received hours before activists unleashed those exact breeds and quantities of insects inside a Byron burger location in London. The bugs came from activists upset by some recent anti-immigration…
Not that anybody needed a Facebook “it’s summer” reminder to begin with, but Brits are doubly annoyed that they got the greeting when it’s pouring rain outside.
British astronaut Tim Peake must be missing home a little, because he’s been taking some incredible images of the UK and northern Europe during his time aboard the International Space Station.
The Aurora Borealis may be a common site in some parts of the world, but England rarely gets to witness it in its full, saturated glory. Last night, however, the country was treated to an impressive multicolor light show.
For years, the United Kingdom’s Environment Agency has been using Lidar to study flooding and coastal changes. Since 1998, it’s had an unexpected use: discovering long-lost roads left by the Romans, helping to uncover new details of the country’s past.
The US may make big turbines, but the UK knows how to make lots of them: The world’s biggest wind farm is to be constructed just off the cost of England.
This is so cool: National Geographic has put together a neat video composed entirely of paper that gives you a brief primer of London’s history, starting 40,000 years ago.
Apple has spoken out officially in objection to a proposed UK bill that seeks to change the investigatory powers of the British government.
Before Star Trek came to the BBC in 1969, British sci-fi fans were introduced to the crew of the Starship Enterprise in a series of weird and wonderful comic strips in the pages of TV21—a series of adventures rarely printed since, and never available to American audiences. That is, until now.
This is a neat commercial advertising the Star Wars films on Sky Movies that runs through the entire saga to date. It even makes the Prequels look interesting.
A piece of the disposable fairing from a SpaceX launched washed up on the UK coast. While original reports identified it as part of the SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket that exploded catastrophically shortly after liftoff in June, closer investigation reveals it’s part of a successful cargo run from September 2014.
David Cameron’s Conservative government is to announce the formation of two new 5,000 troop-strong strike brigades, as the UK’s first defence review since 2010 is revealed today. It’s just one element of a major new defence push by the UK’s top brass.
Transport for London has released renders of what the London’s new Crossrail trains will look like, providing a glimpse of what a British commute of the future might looks like.
The BBC finally has a new digital store that lets you buy and keep tons of BBC shows, past and present. Although it’s currently only available in the UK, the BBC Store has hours of BBC programming available, including a bunch of sci-fi: from Doctor Who to the 1981 classic Day of the Triffids, and more!
Okay, so you might be more familiar with a bunch costumed superheroes when someone says “The Avengers” to you—but to UK-based readers of a certain age, it means only one thing: The spy-fi adventures of John Steed and Emma Peel. They could return to TV too, if Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller has anything to say about it.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is struggling to catch a break at the moment. Though he (probably) wasn’t actually at fault, his representatives certainly were: they uploaded a very-obviously-doctored picture of the PM to the official 10 Downing Street Facebook page, and caused more than a bit of a stir.
Spectre is already doing very well in Mr. Bond’s home country. THR is reporting that the movie has broken a bunch of records in the UK following a successful release. It’s the biggest seven-day opening in the UK ever with $68 million in ticket sales, and the largest opening to boot, showing at 2,500 screens.