In the Ultimate in Installation Pieces, Artist Sends Plants Into Space

Tokyo-based artist Azuma Makoto teamed up with JP Aerospace for a mission called "Exobiotanica," which sent two plant pieces into the upper atmosphere: a Japanese white pine called "Shiki 1" and the above arrangement of peace lilies, poppy seed pods, dahlias, bromeliads, orchids, hydrangeas, lilies, and irises. » 7/22/14 4:30am Today 4:30am

The First Accurate Measurement of the Earth's Size Was in the 1600s

If you find having a favourite map projection a delightfully geeky quirk, you're going to want to raise a toast in honour of Jean-Félix Picard. Geodetics and cartography owe a debt of gratitude to the 17th century scientist who made the first accurate measurement of the Earth's size. » 7/22/14 5:27am Today 5:27am

The Best Lessons from Childhood Fables (That Still Matter as an Adult)

Fables and other moral stories made their way into our books and cartoons when we were kids, but somewhere along the way, we've probably forgotten some of the important lessons they teach. Maybe you've heard these, maybe you haven't, but here are some of the best lessons that you can learn no matter what age you are. » 7/22/14 3:03am Today 3:03am

Here's How Starfleet Punishes Those Pesky Prime Directive Violations

We've had Pokémon shaming, and now we have the United Federation of Planet's edition. These four seem even less ashamed than any pet I've seen. C'mon, Picard, I know wrenching philosophical questions that eat at your soul are your bread and butter. » 7/21/14 11:00pm Yesterday 11:00pm

Watch the Guardians of The Galaxy Meet in this Five Minute Clip

If you needed any more proof that everything from the trailers is from early on in the movie, here it is. This clip gives even more detail from introduction by John C. Reilly, as well as the team getting to know one another in the Kyln prison. It's worth it just to hear Peter Quill tell Rocket he's a raccoon. » 7/21/14 9:00pm Yesterday 9:00pm

Most Wearable Technology Has Been a Commercial Failure, Says Historian

Given the hype around wearable technology like Google Glass, you might be surprised to learn that the wristwatch is still the most successful example of modern wearable tech. Over the past century, wearables have mostly been commercial failures. A new book from MIT Press explores this forgotten history. » 7/21/14 4:42pm Yesterday 4:42pm

​New Poll Reveals The U.S. Is Number One In Climate Change Denial

The British survey company Ipsos Mori has released its first ever Global Trends Survey, summarizing views from 20 countries on issues ranging from privacy and technology to health and the environment. On the subject of climate change, U.S. citizens revealed themselves to be more divided than any other nation. » 7/21/14 4:40pm Yesterday 4:40pm

Artist INSA Imagines a Future Where Graffiti Is Animated Like a Gif

INSA is a product designer and graffiti artist who has created a series of gifs that reveal what our world will look like when walls can be animated just like images online. Here are some of his craziest gif creations.http://io9.com/these-building... » 7/21/14 3:49pm Yesterday 3:49pm

​Why Is The Strain So Much More Interested In Assholes Than Vampires?

The second episode of Guillermo del Toro's The Strain seems disinterested — almost maliciously — in advancing the plot. I thought this was going to be a show about a vampire plague as seen through science. So why do I have to watch all these terrible characters not getting eaten by vampires? » 7/21/14 2:45pm Yesterday 2:45pm

Get 92% Off The Complete iOS 8 & Swift Development Course (Pre-Order)

In a few months, Apple is releasing iOS 8 along with Swift, their new development language. Want to get a jump start and learn how to build apps in this new language? For a little while, you can lock in this extra low pre-order price (92% off for $79) on the Complete iOS 8 & Swift Development Course. » 7/01/14 3:44pm 7/01/14 3:44pm