The Chemistry Principle That Determines Whether Candy Is Hard Or Soft

While the variety of candies seems endless, all of them fall into two main categories: crystalline (typically soft and creamy) and non-crystalline (generally hard and brittle). The deciding factor is how the preparation process manipulates the sucrose molecules within sugar. Mmm, crystallization. » 10/22/14 9:20am 21 minutes ago

​Is DC About To Undo The New 52 Comics Universe?!

Last week, we discussed if Marvel Studios was finally doing something wrong. This week, we discuss if DC Comics is about to do something very right. The end times are truly approaching, my friends! Also, I answer a GamerGate question in a discussion that hopefully won't want to make you kill yourself. » 10/22/14 9:10am 31 minutes ago

The First Exoplanets Were Discovered In 1917—But Nobody Realized It

When astronomers found two planets orbiting a pulsar in 1992, it was considered the first definitive detection of planets outside our solar system. But new research reveals that, nearly a century ago, a young astronomer discovered evidence of an extrasolar planetary system — he just never realized it at the time. » 10/22/14 7:40am Today 7:40am

Canadian Family Finds 102 Snakes Seeking Refuge In Their Home

Call it "snakes on the plains." A Canadian wildlife rescue group recently collected — get this — 102 garter snakes from a single Regina, Saskatchewan home after the serpents sought shelter there for the winter. The largest snake was about three feet long — and there are still more inside the house. » 10/22/14 7:30am Today 7:30am

It Basically Took Smaug's Entire Hoard To Pay For The Hobbit Trilogy

According to the Associated Press, Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema has spent a staggering $745 million to make the three Hobbit movies, and it's not quite done — that figure only takes us to April or so, meaning the last eight months of post-production work on The Battle of Five Armies hasn't been included yet. » 10/22/14 6:45am Today 6:45am

It Was a Disaster When First Contact Was a Fender Bender

First contact wasn't made by some ambassador from a spacefaring species. It was just a guy out in his brand new ship, who crashed into something that shouldn't have been there. Translated, his words are "You permission from the spaceway commission to build that. THERE ARE RULES." » 10/22/14 1:30am Today 1:30am

Sunset Overdrive Is Ready for the Apocalypse. Are You?

Are you the type who spends your Saturday afternoons standing in the park wearing a sandwich board proclaiming the glorious conflagration that's just around the corner? Is your fallout shelter stocked with a ten-year supply of nutritional bars, bottled water, and triple-ply toilet paper? Or maybe the words "incoming… » 10/22/14 12:00pm 41 minutes ago

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