We Demand The Return of Scientific Freedom In Canada!

In an open letter written to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, some 800 scientists from around the world are calling for an end to "burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists." » 10/21/14 6:00pm 59 minutes ago

Here's What Crows and Ravens Are Really Saying

OK, so we don't know exactly what they're saying, though I suspect that at least some of the time they are yelling, "Give me a peanut, human!" But this fantastic video from ornithologist Kevin McGowan helps you recognize the difference between crow and raven calls, as well as what they could mean. » 10/21/14 4:48pm Today 4:48pm

Why We Love To Watch The World Burn

Whether by sweeping pandemic, by natural disasters of biblical proportions, by a horde of zombies, or by some unspecified slowly-unfolding environmental destruction, world-destroying fiction is having a moment. But what is it that makes it so appealing to see the world fall down around us? » 10/21/14 4:20pm Today 4:20pm

Freezing Your Eggs Isn't the Future of Reproduction. Here's What Is.

When Facebook and Apple announced that their new health plans include an option to freeze the eggs of female employees, the news was greeted with a mix of cheers and outrage. But freezing women's eggs is just a starting point. The future demands more than that. » 10/21/14 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

Tall Tale Fishing Postcards, The Ultimate Humblebrag Of The Early 1900s

These tall tale postcards, made by Alfred Stanley Johnson Jr. and William H. Martin. The hilariously exaggerated scenes of fishermen with their absurd catches were extremely popular before WWI, but they aren't extinct yet.http://io9.com/the-amazing-wo... » 10/21/14 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

New Trailer For Stanley Kubrick's 2001 Shows Why It's Still The Best

Arguably the greatest scifi film ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey is getting a theatrical re-release in the U.K. (not the U.S. — for now, at least) and thus has earned this incredible new trailer. And it's so goddamned good it makes all other science fiction movies look pitiful in comparison. » 10/21/14 2:48pm Today 2:48pm

The Exact Moment In Last Night's Episode When I Learned To Love Gotham

I've had some reservations about Gotham, the new Batman prequel show. I loved Detectives Bullock and Gordon, but didn't like Bruce or Barbara, and the young-villain cameos seemed gratuitous. But last night's episode finally clicked for me — and here's the exact moment when I decided I love this show. » 10/21/14 1:51pm Today 1:51pm

Here's How Long Each Piece Is Likely to Survive In A Game Of Chess

Nobody wants to be "used as a pawn." But, in truth, pawns have a better chance of survial than knights and queens. Based on data from more than two million master-level tournament games, this chart shows the chances for each chess piece to remain standing until the bitter end. » 10/21/14 1:40pm Today 1:40pm

What Story Did You Recognize As An Important Work Of Art Right Away?

Sometimes, it takes decades or longer for something to be recognized as a timeless, vitally important artwork. Great art stands the test of time after all. But sometimes, you see something and just know immediately that it's a great life-changing artwork. Which science fiction or fantasy story did you recognize as… » 10/21/14 1:15pm Today 1:15pm

Person Of Interest Clip Shows How Reese's Worst Nightmare Gets Worse

Here's yet another reminder that Person of Interest is currently the best genre show on network television, and there's a new episode tonight. This season, the running storyline about artificial intelligence has ramped way up, and it's gotten crazy good. And to whet your appetite, here's an exclusive clip! » 10/21/14 12:41pm Today 12:41pm

Pre-Order Exclusive: 55% off the Black Hawk Drone W/ HD Camera

Drones are usually playful things, painted in bright colors to attract the excitable kid in us all. Not so with BHD's limited edition Black Hawk Drone with HD Camera, which is the quadcopter equivalent of a stealth bomber. io9 readers can get a pre-order discount of 55% off a Black Hawk Drone + Free Shipping. » 10/17/14 2:37pm Friday 2:37pm