On The Librarians, Bruce Campbell Is the BEST SANTA EVER

There are Christmas-themed episodes that are saccharine affairs from start to finish (usually, they rip off It's a Wonderful Life in some way) and then there are glorious holiday romps that are absurd and fun all the way through. This episode of The Librarians was the latter. Bruce Campbell as Santa Claus! THIS IS… » 12/22/14 3:00am 35 minutes ago

Try An Oil Alternative for Tastier (or at Least Different) Brownies

Whether you make brownies in the microwave, waffle iron or the oven, they're always a treat. If you're looking for a different recipe, try swapping out the oil without changing the flavor too much. » 12/22/14 3:03am Today 3:03am

Modern Technology Brings Ancient Greek Vases to Life

Panoply is a project that combines the animation talents of Steve K. Simons and the ancient Greek history expertise Sonya Nevin to produce beautiful animations of the scenes on artifact vases. Above is their version of the Pandora myth, developed from a circa 450BCE vase of a woman holding a casket and the… » 12/21/14 11:05pm Yesterday 11:05pm

Ex Machina's Version Of The Turing Test Has A Lot Of Willy Wonka In It

Director Alex Garland's debut film, Ex Machina, follows the story of a computer coder named Caleb who, Golden Ticket-style, wins a week in the mountain house of the CEO of the company he works for. Only instead of getting the company, Caleb gets to participate in an experiment testing the capabilities of the CEO's pet… » 12/21/14 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

This NASA Experiment Looks Just Like Episode VII's New Lightsaber

NASA's Flame Extinguishment - 2 (FLEX-2) experiment is designed to study the characteristics of burning fuel droplets in space, aboard the International Space Station. But under certain conditions, it looks an awful lot like the crossguard lightsaber from the trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII. » 12/21/14 5:05pm Yesterday 5:05pm

My Thoughts On Korra's Schrodinger Relationship Status

As you may or may not have figured out, I am a Korra and Asami shipper. Not because I am hot for two cartoon chicks to get it on (as some seem to think) but because I am a lesbian and I like to see representation showing up more and more places. Especially on my favorite shows. Watching the finale Thursday night… » 12/21/14 4:38pm Yesterday 4:38pm

These Fan-Made Suicide Squad Trailers Are So, So Good

Last year, YouTuber solyentbrak1 gave us a fake Batman/Superman trailer so outstanding, it actually convinced us Ben Affleck could pull off playing Batman. Now, solyentbrak1 is back with a fan-made trailer for Suicide Squad, and dammit if it's not giving us chills again. » 12/21/14 1:22pm Yesterday 1:22pm

The Walking Dead's Michael Rooker Stars In Safety PSA The Driving Dead

The Driving Dead is an ambitious web series with zombies, an 18+ rating, and The Walking Dead's Michael Rooker. It was also created for the Illinois Department of Transportation (really), and is sprinkled throughout with PSAs about driving impaired and not buckling up. It's also, well, surprisingly good. » 12/21/14 12:30pm Yesterday 12:30pm

Venus Express Is Dead, Leaving The Planet Without Robot Explorers

Goodbye, Venus Express. You were a lovely satellite, and lasted far longer than we had any right to expect. With propellant totally exhausted and on a decaying orbit, the spacecraft is presumed dead, burnt, crushed, and mangled by the hostile environment of Venus. » 12/21/14 2:08pm Yesterday 2:08pm

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What's the most important thing about a backup battery pack? How much juice it holds, right? Which is why we like the new Limefuel — it holds 20,000mAh, which should be enough to recharge your phone around ten times, or an iPad Air nearly twice over. Now, io9 readers can grab one for just $34.99 – that's 58% off. » 12/19/14 11:10am Friday 11:10am

Get 52% Off The 10ft Apple-Certified MFi Lightning Cable – $18.99

We've organized a special discount for io9 readers on this epic lightning cable. How can a lightning/usb cable be epic? When it's 10 feet long, that's how. Now, you can easily charge your phone from the backseat, or across the room for that matter. io9 readers can get one with free shipping for 52% off – just $18.99. » 12/19/14 1:40pm Friday 1:40pm

Get 81% off an Introduction to Open-Sourced Electronics w/ Arduino

If you're a regular reader of io9, you know they think arduinos (little open-sourced micro-controllers that do amazing things) are pretty cool. But even if you're not an electronics guru, arduinos combine pure kiddy fun with grown-up challenge. This course provides a nice intro, and for io9 readers it's just $19. » 12/19/14 2:29pm Friday 2:29pm