The U.S. Southwest Could Soon Experience Decades-Long "Megadroughts"

During the 1930s, America's High Plains were ravaged by an 8-year long drought, resulting in the dreaded Dust Bowl. Scientists now warn that, owing to global warming, this could happen again — and that by next century many parts of the world could experience "megadroughts" lasting for several decades. » 8/28/14 8:00am 16 minutes ago

Economist Uses Lego Bricks To Show The Ugly Truth Of Social Mobility

Richard Reeves, a Brookings Institution economist, has made a brief video using Legos to visualize the hard facts about getting ahead in the U.S. "In terms of fairness," he says, the question is less about the income gap between the bottom and top and "more about your chance of making it from the bottom to the top." » 8/28/14 7:00am Today 7:00am

Ray Bradbury's Biographer: 'He Was Who He Always Maintained He Was'

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In many ways, Ray Bradbury's life is a biographer's dream — the extensive record of his very public life as a master storyteller surfaces through thousands of media publications, announcements, advertisements, and his own reminiscences. Many years of private interviews led me to still more sources, published and… » 8/28/14 12:58am Today 12:58am

A Fan Video That Celebrates Marvel's Quieter Moments

The Marvel movies rightly get praise for their action and their witty writing, but Gen Kim has made a video that focuses on the universe's more subtle moments. Without dialogue, and set to José González's "Stay Alive," the emotion the actors convey with their faces and body language are thrown into stark relief. » 8/27/14 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

Adam West's Batman: The Animated Series Character Gets His Own Fan Film

According to Batman: The Animated Series, young Bruce Wayne grew up watching the pulp adventures of the Gray Ghost (voiced by none other than Adam West) on television. And the first half of this Gray Ghost fan film feels like a dream the adult Batman might have after falling asleep watching old episodes. » 8/27/14 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

In Late Summer, the Alien Ships Gather Their Rare Flowers in Fog

As the light fades, you can just barely see the aliens unspooling long, prehensile fishing lines from their ships. They trail over the grasslands, as sensitive as whiskers, looking for the fuel blooms that power their engines. All they need are a few to make the trip back home to the Oort Cloud. » 8/27/14 5:33pm Yesterday 5:33pm

Get 90% Off The White Hat Hacker Bundle: 40+ Hours For $49

As shown by the recent news from eBay, hacking often has negative intentions. But legit "white hat" or "good guy" hacking is vital for testing website and device security, plus it's great for modding your setup. These courses teach the ethical route into hacking. » 5/27/14 10:00pm 5/27/14 10:00pm

Harry Houdini Beat Death in a Staring Contest. Could You?

Amazement doesn't come easy in show business these days. With increasingly savvy audiences trained to dismiss the seemingly-unbelievable as a product of safety wires, stunt doubles and CGI trickery, it's easy now to forget that in the early 20th century, Harry Houdini was working without a net — and flaunting his… » 8/27/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Get 36% Off Limefuel's Giant 15,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack

What's the most important thing about a backup battery pack? How much juice it holds, right? Which is why we like the Limefuel — it holds 15,000mAh, which should be enough to recharge your phone around ten times, or an iPad Air nearly twice over. Now, io9 readers can grab one for just $34.99 – that's 36% off. » 8/27/14 3:58pm Yesterday 3:58pm