Satellite Images Reveal How the U.S. Oil Boom Is Creating New Cities

This image from NASA reveals a massive cluster of lights in what was — until recently — desolate prairie. This is the Bakken Shale, an oil-rich rock formation stretching across parts of North Dakota, Montana and Canada. The lights are from the illuminated derricks, local boomtowns and gas flares of the oil fields. » 10/21/14 11:40am 14 minutes ago

Sleepy Hollow Gets Haunted in the Soapiest Halloween Ever

This week, Halloween comes to Sleepy Hollow via a terrifying revelation. No, not the Headless Horseman No, not the demon possessions. No, not the sick kid who staggered into town and disrupted the hospital. No, not the pipers in the woods. Not even this week's ghost! You guys...Katrina did something. » 10/21/14 11:30am 24 minutes ago

No, Bram Stoker Did Not Model Dracula On Vlad The Impaler

It's one of those so-called facts that everyone knows: Bram Stoker's character Count Dracula was loosely based on Vlad the Impaler. But while there's no doubt that Stoker took the name from Vlad III's patronymic, it's doubtful that the Impaler was actually the basis for the famous vampire. » 10/21/14 11:00am 54 minutes ago

The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions, Walking Dead, and More Deals

Preorder to save on Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions. While the discount on the DVD version is deeper than the Blu-ray release, preorder price protection basically makes that a moot point. You'll pay the lowest price the Blu-ray hits before release, and not get charged until to ships. [The Lost Missions] » 10/21/14 10:15am Today 10:15am

​The 14 Dumbest Schemes That Cobra Ever Came Up With On G.I. Joe

As the title song always said, G.I. Joe 's purpose is to defend the world against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world. They may have been ruthless and determined, but they sure as hell weren't smart. See these actual 14 ludicrously moronic plots for the G.I. Joe cartoon for proof. » 10/21/14 10:02am Today 10:02am

The Best Biology Photos Of 2014 Will Take You To Another World

The Society of Biology has announced the winners of its 2014 photo contest. The annual competition is open to amateur photographers, but you'll scarcely believe it after looking at these stunning photos. » 10/21/14 9:00am Today 9:00am

Yes, Guardians of the Galaxy's Awesome Mix is releasing on Cassette

Peter Quill's aptly titled Awesome Mix has rocked the charts this year across a variety of formats, from Digital to CD to even multiple Vinyl pressings, but Guardian fans always asked - when is it coming to tape? Well, now you have your answer: The Awesome Mix is coming to its true home format next month. » 10/21/14 10:37am Today 10:37am

Pre-Order Exclusive: 55% off the Black Hawk Drone W/ HD Camera

Drones are usually playful things, painted in bright colors to attract the excitable kid in us all. Not so with BHD's limited edition Black Hawk Drone with HD Camera, which is the quadcopter equivalent of a stealth bomber. io9 readers can get a pre-order discount of 55% off a Black Hawk Drone + Free Shipping. » 10/17/14 2:37pm Friday 2:37pm