The Crash of Delta 1086 Is Exactly Why Airlines Cancel Flights for Snow

We've all moaned and groaned over flights cancelled due to weather. It's maddening to miss your connection (or even your whole trip) because of bad weather, but incidents like today's crash of Delta 1086 in a snowy New York City are exactly why they make that tough call that can affect millions of travelers. » 3/06/15 2:30am 43 minutes ago

The Time Activists Tried to Destroy GPS With an Axe in the 90s 

If you had heard of GPS in 1992, you likely heard about it because of the Gulf War. For the first time, GPS was used to precisely guide missiles to Iraqi targets. With this context in mind, it perhaps makes more sense why two activists would want to hack a GPS satellite to pieces. » 3/06/15 12:02am Today 12:02am

Just Our Types: A Short Guide to Type Specimens

A holotype is the single specimen that a researcher designates as the name-bearing representative of a new species. These important specimens ensure that scientists have a single reference point when talking about a particular organism, be it a Corythosaurus casuarius, first described in 1912 from a holotype housed… » 3/05/15 7:21pm Yesterday 7:21pm

Why Those Newly Uncovered Fairytales Are The Darkest Ones Yet

If you've had a chance to dig into that cache of recently discovered fairytales (and if you haven't, visit our exclusive look at one of the tales), you may have noticed something about them: They are unusually dark. Here's why these new versions might be a little grimmer than the ones you are familiar with. » 3/05/15 4:20pm Yesterday 4:20pm

Aquarium Insists This Wily Octopus Wasn't Trying To Escape Its Tank

It sure looks like this octopus at the Seattle Aquarium is attempting to flee to freedom before being caught in the act. Or, in the observant words of the person behind the camera, "He's like ... aww man, they got me!" Alas, that may not be what was really happening. » 3/05/15 3:50pm Yesterday 3:50pm

Clara Oswald Could Have Left Doctor Who Even Earlier Than We Expected

Many fans expected Doctor Who's current companion Clara Oswald to leave in the most recent Christmas special, Last Christmas, only for her to carry on adventuring with The Doctor into the next Season. But a new interview with Steven Moffat confirms that Clara could have been gone even earlier than that. » 3/05/15 3:40pm Yesterday 3:40pm

Official Korrasami Art Will Make Its Début At A New Korra Art Show

When Legend of Korra came to a close, our sadness was tinged with the delight of confirmation that Korra and Asami were now officially a couple. Unfortunately, we've not had any official adventures for the two since — until this beautiful bit of art from Korra-co-creator Brian Konietzko appeared, that is! » 3/05/15 2:20pm Yesterday 2:20pm

How Sharlto Copley Became Chappie And Why Hugh Jackman Has To Kill Him

Sharlto Copley (District 9) brought the titular robot of Chappie to life, thanks to performance capture and director Neill Blomkamp, but as it turns out everyone wanted him dead. We spoke with the Chappie'scast — Copley, Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver — about the violence they inflicted upon this adorable robot. » 3/05/15 2:00pm Yesterday 2:00pm

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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