It's Been A Busy Year For A Tiny Planet Whirling Through Space

It's the one-year io9iversary of Earth & Space, the physical sciences subsite for all your astronomy, geology, and planetary science needs. » 3/02/15 3:03am 29 minutes ago

An Animated Short About A Hard-Fought Battle Between Light And Darkness

Short film Chronemics, by London animation studio Animade, is set in a world where robot-like stick figures who dwell in light and darkness push against each other, with surprising results. The animation is simple, the tone is cheeky, and who knew stick figures could have so much personality? » 3/01/15 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

It's Time to Go Alien Hunting on Titan

Move over Europa, there's another moon out to claim the title of first place we'll discover extraterrestrial life. New research from Cornell University finds that alien microbes could, just maybe, eek it out on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. But these critters wouldn't be like anything we've ever seen before—not even… » 3/01/15 5:00pm Yesterday 5:00pm

Can You Solve One Of Archimedes' Most Challenging Puzzles?

Archimedes was the greatest mathematician of antiquity. He was also a lover of puzzles, which he would devise and pose to his contemporaries. This week, we present you with two versions of what is arguably Archimedes' most challenging puzzle ever. » 3/01/15 1:05pm Yesterday 1:05pm

'Harry Potter & The Methods Of Rationality' Brings An Epic Cliffhanger

The world contains many wonderful things. Fanfic— especially masterful fanfic like Harry Potter & The Methods of Rationality— is on that list. But writer Eliezer Yudkowsky, aka Less Wrong, stands over a cliffside, off which his readers desperately hang. The magnificent son of a bitch has given his readers a pop quiz,… » 3/01/15 2:22pm Yesterday 2:22pm

Why You Should Read Mark Waid's Daredevil

In 2011, Mark Waid took over writing the book Daredevil when it was relaunched in the wake of a crossover called "Shadowland" (it's complicated and involved Daredevil getting possessed by a demon). His run was almost immediately hailed as one of the best comics out there and still is. But now, after four years on the… » 3/01/15 12:26pm Yesterday 12:26pm