100-Year-Old Notebook From The Ross Sea Party Recovered In Antarctica

More than a century after Captain Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition, the photographic notebook of George Murray Levick – a surgeon, zoologist, and photographer on that voyage – has been discovered at Scott's final expedition base at Cape Evans, on Antarctica's Ross Island. » 10/25/14 8:30am 27 minutes ago

Comet Siding Spring and Mars In One Beautiful Image

Ah, now this was the beautiful view we were waiting for! When comet Siding Spring grazed past Mars last weekend, the robots hid while trying to sneak a peek. The first images of the comet's nucleus taken were historic, but it takes the Hubble Space Telescope to make it beautiful. » 10/25/14 11:28am 29 minutes ago

That Firefly Card game is now an actual Card Game

The internet's desperate bid to ensure every part of Firefly makes its way into real life (I'm sure there's a Browncoat somewhere out there building their own Firefly-class in their shed) continues with a new card game based on the weird Space-fruit-poker the crew of the Serenity play on the show. Tall Card, anyone? » 10/25/14 10:35am Today 10:35am

Never Come Between A Leprechaun And His Bong

That's a crucial lesson that you'll learn from the movie Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood. A lot of this movie is on Youtube thanks to MovieClips, and it actually looks worse than its criminally insane predecessor Leprechaun 5: In Tha Hood. » 10/24/14 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

On Vampire Diaries, The Worst Part Of Immortality: You Can't Start Over

Last night's Vampire Diaries had a pretty interesting set of metaphors for what it's like to be immortal and yet bound by the past. On the one hand, Stefan tries to explain to Elena the need to start a new life every 30 years. On the other, we see how badly Damon's attempt at a "clean slate" turned out. » 10/24/14 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

A Google Executive Just Crushed Felix Baumgartner's Free Fall Record

Move aside, Felix Baumgartner. Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, fell from the top of the stratosphere this morning, plummeting nearly 26 vertical miles in the span of about 15 minutes. In doing so, he has broken Baumgartner's 2012 record for world's highest-altitude free fall – and by a pretty sizable… » 10/24/14 5:00pm Yesterday 5:00pm

How We Use Ancient Stone-Cutting Techniques To Preserve Dinosaur Tracks

Unearthing the fossilized bones of dinosaurs without destroying them is already a pretty fiddly process, one that requires time, patience, and many, many delicate brushes. But when you're talking not about bones but the even more delicate tracks that dinosaurs left behind, the process gets that much trickier. » 10/24/14 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

Meet the "Snot Otter," North America's Biggest Salamander

If you've splashed around in the creeks of Appalachia, you may have been close to the largest salamander in North America, the Eastern hellbender, but you probably wouldn't have known it. Learn about this magnificent critter in a short documentary produced by Freshwaters Illustrated and the US Forest Service. » 10/24/14 6:09pm Yesterday 6:09pm

This brilliant video essay looks at Inception and the Narrative Illusion

Christopher Nolan's Inception is a delightfully surreal look at merging the worlds of dream and reality - but this video essay from Brows Held High takes a deep dive into Nolan's surrealist influences as well as Inception's flirtation with the greatest filmmaking illusion of all: the Narrative. » 10/24/14 5:58pm Yesterday 5:58pm

What's The Greatest Speech In Science Fiction And Fantasy History?

The best science fiction and fantasy stories capture our imaginations in all sorts of ways — with cool visuals, with neat ideas, with clever worldbuilding. But sometimes the most powerful thing of all can be just one person, speaking eloquently. What's the greatest speech in any work of science fiction or fantasy? » 10/24/14 2:37pm Yesterday 2:37pm

The Crappy Diagram That Reveals The Hobbit Trilogy's Epic Final Battle

When The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies finally comes out on December 17th, its ending will be suitably epic. In fact, the titular battle will apparently last 45 minutes, and is so huge and complicated that director Peter Jackson had to diagram it out. However, this diagram isn't quite as epic as the battle… » 10/24/14 2:20pm Yesterday 2:20pm

A Gorgeous Short Film About a Magician Who Builds Solar Systems

With a wasteland as their canvas, a Master and his Apprentice set about turning rubble into planets and moons, asteroids and comets, spinning them in orbit around a symbolic Sun. So begins Ambition, a short film made by Academy Award-nominated director Tomek Baginksi in collaboration with the European Space Agency. » 10/24/14 2:00pm Yesterday 2:00pm

Go Paperless: Get 30% Off The Top Portable Scanner – Doxie Go

Want to go paperless before 2015? Doxie Go is the ultimate tool. It easily scans everything from bills and receipts to reports, drawings, notes, business cards, photos, and everything else. For a little while, io9 readers can get Doxie Go for 30% off + free shipping. » 10/23/14 1:37pm Thursday 1:37pm