Explore Vesta With A New App For Citizen Scientists

Between July 2011 and September 2012, the Dawn spacecraft orbited Vesta, the second largest object in the asteroid belt. Now you can explore all the data it collected in a tidy app called Trek that includes interactive maps, 3D-printable topography maps, and a video-game style interface to "fly" over the terrain. » 4/02/15 2:31am 51 minutes ago

First Details On David Hewlett's Return to SyFy in Dark Matter

David Hewlett is returning to Syfy! This summer Hewlett will reunite with Stargate Atlantis writers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie on their new show Dark Matter. » 4/01/15 10:30pm Yesterday 10:30pm

Six Series That Would Make Excellent Animated Films

Live Action adaptations seem to be all the rage these days, with Marvel Cinematic Universe and Cinderella being massive hits both financially and critically. However, let us not forget that animation adaptations can be just as good if not better than their live action counterparts (and if you still believe that… » 4/02/15 12:25am Today 12:25am

Skinner and Cigarette-Smoking Man Are Returning For New X-Files Series

We are thrilled that Mulder and Scully are returning to the new 6-episode X-Files revival series. But what about the rest of the show's spooky outsider characters? Well, you're in luck: Two series favorites could be coming back. » 4/01/15 4:33pm Yesterday 4:33pm

Why Moonquakes Echo Longer Than Earthquakes

Just as the Earth's surface occasionally rifts right beneath our feet, the surface of the Moon also goes through periodic shakes and quakes. But, while the action itself may be similar, there are some weird contrasts. » 4/01/15 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

An Eye-Opening Look At The Sudden Rise Of Private Armies

When you hear the name Blackwater, you think of gung-ho, well paid, trigger-happy military contractors who cause international incidents. This isn't entirely inaccurate, but it's not the full story, which is told through a new book by Sean McFate: The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order. » 4/01/15 4:16pm Yesterday 4:16pm

These Videos Of Small Creatures Digging Through Glass Beads Are Hypnotic

Researchers at the MIT Department of engineering wanted to study the best ways to burrow through granular material. And in order to study the phenomenon, they looked at snakes, lizards, roundworms, and clams — and made some amazing videos, that it's hard to look away from. » 4/01/15 3:40pm Yesterday 3:40pm

What "Probably Causes Cancer" Really Means

One of the most commonly-used pesticides in the world was recently declared a probable cause of cancer—but that doesn't mean what you think, and here are some stick figures to explain it to you. » 4/01/15 6:27pm Yesterday 6:27pm

This Is The Closest You'll Get To Having Your Own Life-Sized Tony Stark 

Hot Toys have put out roughly one billion Iron Man toys over the years, but this one is a little different. He's the first ever 1/4 scale Iron Man figure from the company, and thus the closest you'll get to having your very own Robert Downey Jr. so far. » 4/01/15 6:26pm Yesterday 6:26pm

The Most Popular Antidepressants Are Based On A Theory We Know Is Wrong

One in ten Americans takes an anti-depressant drug like Zoloft or Prozac. But these drugs are designed based on a theory that's already been roundly disproven: the "chemical imbalance" theory of depression. Why haven't our drugs kept up with the science of depression? » 4/01/15 3:10pm Yesterday 3:10pm

When People In The 1920s And 1930s Imagined The Future, They Dreamed Big

The Space Age gave us some beautiful, rocket-shaped visions of future cities. But before World War II, people were already imagining sleek, beautiful structures. And floating airports. And air taxis. And Futurama, circa 1939! These are the most eye-popping videos of life in the future, from the 1920s and 1930s. » 4/01/15 3:00pm Yesterday 3:00pm

See Ryan Reynolds In Action As Deadpool For The First Time

Extra's Mario Lopez had the chance to interview actor Ryan Reynolds about his upcoming role as Marvel's mutant antihero Deadpool, and I don't want to spoil it for you, but things take a decided turn for the, uh... Deadpool-y, I guess. » 4/01/15 2:45pm Yesterday 2:45pm

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Scientists have recorded the longest non-stop migratory flight made by birds. By equipping blackpoll warblers with a GPS, researchers learned the diminutive 12 gram bird can cross the Atlantic — an average distance of 1,580 miles (2,540 km) — over just two to three days. This migration is "on the brink of impossibility » 4/01/15 2:05pm Yesterday 2:05pm

Dark Horse Wants Comic Shops To Rip Up Their Covers of Star Wars #1

When Disney acquired Star Wars, one of the first "casualties" of the reshuffling was Dark Horse losing the comics license to Marvel, who have gone on to launch a wildly successful set of series in the galaxy far, far away. It seems like they may just be a little bit antsy about that, judging by this new promotion. » 4/01/15 1:57pm Yesterday 1:57pm

What's The Best Movie Or TV Show You Saw Under The Worst Circumstances?

A truly great work of art can win you over even if you're seeing it under horrible conditions. But some conditions are so horrible, they push the limits of your ability to see a work's qualities. You have a migraine. There are screaming kids. It's the in-flight movie on a crashing plane. What's the worst conditions… » 4/01/15 1:50pm Yesterday 1:50pm

Strong Bad Returns To Emailing After Years of Silence

Last October, the Homestar Runner gang emerged from obscurity, and now it's the moment we have all been waiting for! Strong Bad is back to answerin' emails. Sort of. Kind of. Hey, at least he hates April Fools' Day too. Bless the return of Homestar Runner! » 4/01/15 1:30pm Yesterday 1:30pm

Yikes! It’s creepy doll time on this week’s Face Off

On this week's episode of Face Off it's a straightforward horror themed challenge - to make "an evil, demonic doll character." At least one of the contestants is glad it's not a "whimsical" challenge. Which contestant creates the best nightmare fuel and who has a nightmare week? Results ahead. » 4/01/15 4:03pm Yesterday 4:03pm

Why Is An Entire Genre Of Science Devoted To Blindfolding Turtles?

Putting little blindfolds on turtles has gotten to be a widespread scientific pursuit. Find out all the different ways, and reasons, why you might want to blindfold a creature that's too slow to run away from you. » 4/01/15 12:43pm Yesterday 12:43pm

Master Node.js - Save 93% on 6 In-Depth Courses 

If you're at all interested in app development, you'd be wise to learn Node.js. It's quickly becoming the most popular server-side framework for building quick, scalable network apps. For a limited time, io9 readers can save 93% (over $560) on a comprehensive 6 course bundle and learn the ins-and-outs of Node.js. » 3/30/15 8:09pm Monday 8:09pm

Today's Best Deals: Great Looking Headphones, Free Gas, and a Lot More

My promise to you: Kinja Deals will be an April Fools safe zone today. I detest this holiday. » 4/01/15 10:04am Yesterday 10:04am