The First Exoplanets Were Discovered In 1917—But Nobody Realized It

When astronomers found two planets orbiting a pulsar in 1992, it was considered the first definitive detection of planets outside our solar system. But new research reveals that, nearly a century ago, a young astronomer discovered evidence of an extrasolar planetary system — he just never realized it at the time. » 10/22/14 7:40am 44 minutes ago

Canadian Family Finds 102 Snakes Seeking Refuge In Their Home

Call it "snakes on the plains." A Canadian wildlife rescue group recently collected — get this — 102 garter snakes from a single Regina, Saskatchewan home after the serpents sought shelter there for the winter. The largest snake was about three feet long — and there are still more inside the house. » 10/22/14 7:30am 54 minutes ago

It Basically Took Smaug's Entire Hoard To Pay For The Hobbit Trilogy

According to the Associated Press, Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema has spent a staggering $745 million to make the three Hobbit movies, and it's not quite done — that figure only takes us to April or so, meaning the last eight months of post-production work on The Battle of Five Armies hasn't been included yet. » 10/22/14 6:45am Today 6:45am

It Was a Disaster When First Contact Was a Fender Bender

First contact wasn't made by some ambassador from a spacefaring species. It was just a guy out in his brand new ship, who crashed into something that shouldn't have been there. Translated, his words are "You permission from the spaceway commission to build that. THERE ARE RULES." » 10/22/14 1:30am Today 1:30am

Here's What Comet Siding Spring Looked Like From Mars

While all the robots were practicing duck-and-cover to avoid being sandblasted by comet Siding Springs this weekend, they were also trying to catch a glimpse of the event. Here are the first images of comet Siding Springs grazing past Mars and what we've learned so far. » 10/22/14 1:00am Today 1:00am

Maybe The Originals Is Better When It's Not Just About The Originals

Last night's episode of The Originals was another fun, crazy outing full of family drama. And yet, something felt... lacking. It was only after thinking about it a bit that I realized: There was just too much of the Original vampires, and not enough of the other characters. Spoilers ahead... » 10/21/14 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

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 Yesterday 6:00pm

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 Yesterday 4:48pm

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