Get A Rocket's View From Falcon 9 as It Lands on the Ocean

Rocket selfies are the best selfies. After boosting a communications satellite into orbit, SpaceX's Falcon 9 reusable booster rocket performed a successful soft-landing on the Atlantic Ocean. Best of all? A camera strapped to the rocket captured it for our viewing pleasure. » 7/23/14 3:57pm 29 minutes ago

No, It's Not Your Imagination -- Your Dog Is Actually Feeling Jealous

Humans share basic emotions like anger, sadness, and joy with other animals. But for a long time, scientists argued that complex cognition is necessary for secondary emotions like jealousy and guilt. Owners see those emotions in their dogs all the time, however — and now it turns out they may be right. » 7/23/14 12:38pm 49 minutes ago

Congress Basically Admits They Are Reptilians

Congress Edits is a Twitter bot that tweets every time a person in US government anonymously edits Wikipedia. This is our favorite edit so far, in which an anonymous person in the House of Representatives added a denial to an article on U.S. politicians being secret alien lizards. » 7/23/14 12:29pm 58 minutes ago

Smaug Is So Pissed On The First Hobbit: Battle Of Five Armies Poster

The first poster for The Hobbit 3: Citizens On Patrol The Battle of the Five Armies has arrived; while it's not exactly a shock, seeing a very, very angry Smaug descend on Laketown and Bard is still pretty badass. Here's hoping that this means movie #3 is more like movie #2, at least in terms of excitement. » 7/23/14 11:52am Today 11:52am

Watch This Whale Lift A Kayak Clear Out Of The Water

Two kayakers in Argentina were paddling off the coast of Puerto Madryn recently, when a whale took sudden interest in their boat, swam beneath their vessel, and lifted it gently from the water. » 7/23/14 11:43am Today 11:43am

How Artificial Superintelligence Will Give Birth To Itself

There's a saying among futurists that a human-equivalent artificial intelligence will be our last invention. After that, AIs will be capable of designing virtually anything on their own — including themselves. Here's how a recursively self-improving AI could transform itself into a superintelligent machine. » 7/23/14 11:30am Today 11:30am

What Kinds of Stories Would You Like to See on io9?

You come to io9 for a lot of reasons. You want to escape with science fiction and fantasy, but you also want to learn about what's possible in the real world using science and technology. You want to know what's coming next, and what it will take to get there. What other stories do you want to see? » 7/23/14 10:03am Today 10:03am

This Nefarious Webcomic Evildoer Is Every Bond Villain Rolled Into One

The titular supervillain of Richard Sala's deliciously over-the-top crime webcomic, Super-Enigmatix, is the puppet master behind most of the world's crime. He can make dogs attack their owners or place human-eating plants in the local botanical gardens—and he's always surrounded by beautiful henchwomen. Can he be… » 7/23/14 9:00am Today 9:00am

Get 92% Off The Complete iOS 8 & Swift Development Course (Pre-Order)

In a few months, Apple is releasing iOS 8 along with Swift, their new development language. Want to get a jump start and learn how to build apps in this new language? For a little while, you can lock in this extra low pre-order price (92% off for $79) on the Complete iOS 8 & Swift Development Course. » 7/01/14 3:44pm 7/01/14 3:44pm