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 24 minutes ago

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 32 minutes ago

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 39 minutes ago

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 59 minutes ago

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 Today 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 Today 12:43pm

Tatooine-Like Planets May Be More Common Than We Thought

For decades, astronomers have assumed that Earth-like planets cannot form around binary stars on account of wacky gravitational effects. Which, for Star Wars fans, was a total downer. But a new study suggests that not only is the formation of Tatooine-like planets very much possible, they may actually be quite common. » 4/01/15 12:11pm Today 12:11pm

The Best (And Worst) April Fools' Day Jokes For 2015

Ah, April 1. It's a day where loads of things on the internet will make you groan, cry and smack your face to your palm. Other things, though, might actually give you a chuckle. Let's take a look at some of the best (and worst) of these extremes. » 4/01/15 3:07pm Today 3:07pm

10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin


When George R.R. Martin released A Game of Thrones in 1996, he helped to change the game with his grounded approach to fantasy tropes. At the same time, people sometimes talk as though Martin was the first to bring realism to epic fantasy. So here are 10 other authors who were doing "gritty" fantasy before Martin. » 4/01/15 11:29am Today 11:29am

Doctor Who's K-9, Controlled By Your Smartphone, Is The Best Robot Dog

There's been a few remote-controlled K-9 toys over the years since the Doctor's canine companion trundled his way back into our hearts with the revived version of Doctor Who — but this latest version uses a smartphone app to give you the ultimate Robot Dog toy! » 4/01/15 2:16pm Today 2:16pm

DC May Be Introducing A New Batman Beyond For The First Time Ever

Although created for the classic animated series Batman Beyond, Terry McGinnis has worked his way into the comic books for the past few years. But it looks like for the first time in the character's history, Terry may be ceding the role as the future Batman, with another character taking on the mantle. » 4/01/15 10:40am Today 10:40am

Secrets, Tricks And Mark Hamill Make The Flash A (Nearly) Total Delight

After the Harrison Wells reveal in the last two episodes, I assumed The Flash was going to slow down the plot (pun intended) for a bit, take some time, pad it out, postpone the new reveal for closer to the season finale.. This did not happen. At all. » 4/01/15 10:20am Today 10:20am

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 1:15pm Today 1:15pm

​How To Make A Live-Action Robotech Movie Franchise The Right Way

Greetings, my fine, feathered something starting with "F"! Much like you guys in distant 2015, we celebrate April Fools' Day here in my post-apocalyptic future. Of course, nowadays "celebrate" means "murder anyone caught making crap up", but I'm pretty sure this tradition has its origin in your time... » 4/01/15 10:01am Today 10:01am

How This Lake In Asia Became A Floating Tomato Farm


Myanmar's Inle Lake is one of the largest lakes in the country, but in the last 20 years, satellite images have been revealing what looks like a smaller surface area. The lake, however, is still there — it's just hidden beneath a sprawling, floating tomato farm. » 4/01/15 9:40am Today 9:40am

The Worst Batman story EVER

The trouble with doing this "worst story ever" thing on DC characters is that there's a lot you have to take into consideration. The 1940's-70's were a far different time, people didn't take comics as seriously and so you can understand some of the goofiness of the times. It also gives a much, much wider range of… » 4/01/15 12:20pm Today 12:20pm

How You Think About Legal Insanity Really Matters, And Here's Why

You may believe that whether a person is found not guilty due to insanity depends on the courts, on the doctors, or even just on the money they paid their lawyer. It doesn't. It depends on what you think of insanity as a legal defense. » 4/01/15 9:00am Today 9:00am

We Agree With Everything In This Honest Trailer For Interstellar

The internet isn't done kicking around Interstellar, and this honest trailer has every single complaint about Chris Nolan's movies stuffed into one reasonably sized video. But it still manages to praise its "ambitious" beauty and what not. » 4/01/15 8:40am Today 8:40am

Not All The Agents of SHIELD Drew The Same Lessons From Hydra's Victory

Last night's episode of Agents of SHIELD was pretty fascinating, and not just because it revealed the origins of the current disagreement. We got another look at the huge turning point for SHIELD — and we saw what other people learned from it. What does SHIELD stand for, and what should it be after Hydra? Spoilers… » 4/01/15 8:30am Today 8:30am

Last Chance: Save Over $80 (77%) on the Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds

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 Monday 1:05am

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