Iditarod Dog Race Moves 225 Miles North In Search Of Snow

After the rocky, injury-plagued, snow-light conditions of last year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, this year's even warmer season means the starting line of the race will move 225 miles north. It will still end in Nome, Alaska, but it'll begin in Fairbanks rather than Anchorage. » 3/06/15 7:00pm Today 7:00pm

The 'American Dream' Was Coined in 1931

Today the phrase "the American Dream" is a staple of political campaigns, book titles, and economic discussions. Everybody's heard it, but nobody knows quite how to define it. It's a phrase that feels as old as the country itself. But the American Dream wasn't invented in 1776. The term was coined in 1931. » 3/06/15 9:09pm Yesterday 9:09pm

1970, The Year We Accidentally Bombed Mexico (Again)

The United States hasn't always had a great relationship with Mexico, but in 1970 things were pretty congenial. Then, in July, an Athena rocket went off course with vials of radioactive material. Some say the resulting impact created the "Mapimi Silent Zone." » 3/06/15 6:00pm Today 6:00pm

Gemini Cell Is A Great Love Story That Deals With The True Cost Of War

Myke Cole's "military fantasy" Shadow Ops series has been unpredictable all along. In Control Point, he told the origin story. In Fortress Frontier, he narrated a quest, while in Breach Zone, he zoomed in on a single battle. With his latest installment, Gemini Cell, he does something really unexpected: a romance. » 3/06/15 4:40pm Today 4:40pm

This Chunk Of Fool's Gold Naturally Formed In These Cubes

The golden color and shine of iron pyrite (which is responsible for its nickname, "fool's gold") may grab all the attention. But, there is another element of its appearance that is every bit as dramatic: It's tendency to form into these incredibly precise, almost machine-like cubes.So how does it do it? The question… » 3/06/15 4:20pm Today 4:20pm

If You Want To Rant More Eloquently About Television, Read This Book

We all obsess endlessly about television, but we don't really understand how those wavy images appear on our screens. The more we try to demystify the process of making TV, the more mysterious it seems. That's why it's great that veteran TV writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach has written an ultimate book of knowledge. » 3/06/15 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

Take A Moment To Marvel At These Unusually Intimate Owl Portraits

It is notoriously difficult to photograph an owl. The stately birds tend to be close-taloned with their trust, requiring several months to become comfortable with even one human handler – a fact that explains both the rareness of intimate owl portraiture, and the magnificence of these shots by photographer Brad Wilson. » 3/06/15 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

Young Lois Lane Investigates A Teacher In This Prequel To Her YA Novel

Lois Lane heads from the pages of DC Comics to her very own Young Adult novel this May, but you can read a teaser of what's to come with this new short story from Gwenda Bond detailing the young Lois' first day at a new school — and she's already getting herself primed for a future career at the Daily Planet. » 3/06/15 2:40pm Today 2:40pm

The Exact Moment When Firefly Overcame My Considerable Skepticism

I'd love to pretend that I was a devotee of Joss Whedon's Firefly from the first moment I saw it. But I can't. I'd watched and enjoyed Buffy and Angel, but I was not sure what to make of this "space Western" show. As I watched, I scratched my head and maybe snarked a bit. Until this one moment happened. » 3/06/15 2:15pm Today 2:15pm

​Here's How Charles Darwin's Cousin Invented the Dog Whistle

Francis Galton would have been the famous eccentric scientist in any family except the one he was born into. The Darwin, Wedgewood, and Galton families were thick with scientists, and Francis wasn't anywhere near the favorite. He did leave his mark in both large and small ways. The dog whistle is one of the smaller… » 3/06/15 12:20pm Today 12:20pm

Learn to Code with 90% off the Java Developer Course Bundle

Want to build your Java coding skills? io9 readers can get 90% off the Java Developer Course Bundle. It includes more than 70 hours of training content across 6 courses, covering the basics as well as more advanced topics for one of the most established coding languages. » 3/04/15 2:40pm Wednesday 2:40pm

The Mattress Reimagined: Casper Delivers Comfort to You + Special Offer

Despite spending a third of our time in bed, mattress shopping remains a dreaded activity. It's a soulless experience riddled with ambiguous terms, a lack of brand differentiation, smarmy sales people, and marked-up prices from major retail chains. Then there's Casper, who, with a direct-to-consumer model and a … » 3/05/15 5:30pm Thursday 5:30pm