We Never Should Have Taught The Pandas How To Fly

The pandas took to the skies as they took to few other things in their existence, and their own gut microbes were an integral to producing biofuel. The combination made them an unstoppable force — and they took back more than their habitat. Concept art by Steve Chinhsuan Wang. » 3/31/15 5:00pm 52 minutes ago

It Follows Continues Being The Best Movie Ever, Expands To More Theaters

It Follows (our favorite new horror movie) is growing! After a couple superb weekends, RADiUS and Dimension have announced that they're expanding the movie to an additional 1,655 theaters April 3rd. Which means your chances to see it just increased — and see it you should. » 3/31/15 4:30pm Today 4:30pm

What If Avengers: Age Of Ultron Was A 19th Century Period Drama?

Some of the details that have trickled out about the next Avengers movie have been what we expected, while some have been surprising. But what if all that is to obscure a truly bold choice: making it a 19th century period drama? Okay, it's almost certainly not. But if it is, we hope that these plot points figure in… » 3/31/15 4:20pm Today 4:20pm

Max Brooks' Advice To New Writers: "Be Brave, Put Your Stuff Out There"

Max Brooks has had a pretty amazing career, including the acclaimed novel World War Z. But he has one regret — that he didn't start publishing way, way earlier. In a new interview, he advises writers not to let fear of judgment hold them back. » 3/31/15 4:17pm Today 4:17pm

Watch What Happens When You Put A Hummingbird In A Wind Tunnel

High speed footage can reveal the unusual mechanics of a hummingbird's wingbeat. Here's how this remarkable aerialist keeps a level head, even in the face of aggressive wind and rain. » 3/31/15 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

The Ninth Doctor Returns For All-New Comic Adventures In Time And Space!

10 years after he made his début, the Ninth Doctor is back in a new comic miniseries. But that's not all for this week's hottest new comics: DC's reality-altering Convergence event begins, the origins of Star Wars: Rebels' Kanan Jarrus are revealed, and an intriguing new series from Boom! Studios begins. Comics! » 3/31/15 3:54pm Today 3:54pm

Melissa McCarthy Gets To Be James Bond—But Funny—In New Trailer For Spy

Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig teams up with actress Melissa McCarthy once again for the new espionage comedy Spy. McCarthy plays a CIA analyst who snags her first mission in the field. As it turns out, spying isn't easy — though it is pretty funny. » 3/31/15 3:36pm Today 3:36pm

These Amazing Temporary Artworks Are Made Of Sand

When an artist creates a beautiful work of art, she or he usually wants it to last forever — or at least, to outlive its creator. But sometimes, an artist just wants to create a work of beauty that will last a short time, and then be gone forever. Here are the loveliest short-lived works of art... made of sand. » 3/31/15 3:23pm Today 3:23pm

What Lord Tantalus Could Have Looked Like In Guardians of the Galaxy

Storyboard artist for Guardians of the Galaxy has released some very, very early storyboard art from the Marvel movie, giving us a possible look at the lost character Lord Tantalus. » 3/31/15 3:20pm Today 3:20pm

The Most Isolated Town on Earth Wants a Radical Redesign 

Smack dab in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, 1,000 miles from human civilization, lies one of the most isolated towns in the world. It’s on an island called Tristan da Cunha, and for the first time, it’s looking to the outside world to plan its future.
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Bad Reviews May Actually Be Good For Sales

We've all spent some time checking out online reviews. While businesses want nothing but good reviews, a new study shows that sometimes mixed reviews can actually help drive up sales. Here's why. » 3/31/15 2:43pm Today 2:43pm

Astronomers have been at a loss to explain Mercury's excessively dark and unreflective surface. But a new study published in Nature Geoscience suggests the innermost planet was painted black by a steady stream of comet dust. The process took millions of years as comets disintegrated close to the sun, shedding carbon… » 3/31/15 2:40pm Today 2:40pm

Which Movie Can You Abandon For A Pee Break Without Missing Anything?

We always feel guilty and ashamed — like bad movie-lovers! — when we have to take a pee break in the middle of a long movie. What if we miss the best bit? But certain films make it easy, with long stretches that you can safely miss. Go to the bathroom. Get a soda refill, even. Which movie can you safely miss a decent… » 3/31/15 2:17pm Today 2:17pm

Final Four: The Worst Spider-Man story EVER

I hate a missed opportunity but that's what I got when I was doing that "best Avengers story" thing a couple days ago. I only listed two but other people suggested more and I realized I could have taken advantage of the current sports season to do a "Final Four" type thing on the best. But, that works out better here… » 3/31/15 4:40pm Today 4:40pm

The Real-Life Science Behind Orphan Black

In addition to being incredibly entertaining and provocative, the popular Orphan Black series is absolutely teeming with science. From human clones and genetic engineering through to DNA barcodes and genetic patents, here's what you need to know about the science behind the show. » 3/31/15 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

Before-And-After Pics Show Vanuatu Stripped Bare By A Category 5 Cyclone

On March 17, Cyclone Pam swept through the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. NASA has now released a disturbing set of before-and-after photos captured by the Lansat 8 satellite. » 3/31/15 1:07pm Today 1:07pm

The Best, Weirdest Mario/Zelda Crossovers

Late last year, it was revealed that Link would become a racer in Mario Kart 8. But that wasn’t his first Mario rodeo. Nor was it the first time Zelda crossed over into the Mario series—far from it. » 3/31/15 3:55pm Today 3:55pm

Why Did A Group Of Medieval Monks See Part Of The Moon Explode?

In 1178, a group of monks at Canterbury saw the moon suddenly explode into sparks, "writhe," and "take on a blackish appearance." What the hell did they see? » 3/31/15 12:53pm Today 12:53pm

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Udemy, one of the largest online marketplaces for learning, is offering every class in their catalog (from guitar to 3D animation) for just $19! This includes popular classes like the Complete iOS8 & Swift Development Course. Regularly $199, this course is 90% off with promo code 1919ACHIEVE. » 3/26/15 1:19pm Thursday 1:19pm

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Want to master Linux? Right now, io9 readers can save 91% on 6 actionable training courses and learn the ins-and-outs of the Linux OS. » 3/27/15 2:53pm Friday 2:53pm

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Wireless bluetooth ear buds are the new norm for on-the-go music listening. Right now, io9 readers can save 77% on the sleek, comfortable Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds. This offer ends 4/1, so don't miss out! » 3/30/15 1:05am Yesterday 1:05am