These Modernist African Churches Look Like Spaceports

Africa is full of amazing 20th century architecture, whether it's an almost forgotten piece of Italy, or some incredible space-age buildings. But fewer people realize the space-age, modernist style was adapted to church architecture, too. Here are some of the most breathtaking African churches built in the 20th… » 11/25/14 4:02pm 26 minutes ago

Cremation Urns Replicate The Deceased As Action Figures

If you have any doubt that 3D printing is a transformative technology, then look no further than the cremation industry where companies can rapidly customize urns designed to be enduring keepsakes. But, one Vermont company has gone to the extreme by duplicating your loved one's head for urns shaped as action figures. » 11/25/14 3:55pm 33 minutes ago

The Latest Morpheus Test Flight Cuts Out Before It Even Begins

The downright futuristic Morpheus prototype lander kicked off its newest round of testing with an anticlimactic soft abort ending the test before it started. At least this wee frog got a great view of the excitement! » 11/25/14 6:44pm 43 minutes ago

Stunning Drone Footage From Beneath The Ice Of Antarctica

Scientists use a range of techniques—from satellite observations to drilling holes—to measure sea ice thickness. Usually, such efforts look down at the sea floor. But, by equipping an underwater drone with upward-looking sonar, researchers were able to create the first high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice. » 11/25/14 2:40pm Today 2:40pm

Search and Rescue Dog Comes Out of Retirement for One More

On November 7th, a small litter of African Wild Dog puppies (one male and two females) was born at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden to first-time mother Xena. The birth was monitored carefully, due to Xena's inexperience, and unfortunately she showed no interest in mothering the pups. The zoo staff decided… » 11/25/14 5:03pm Today 5:03pm

Kirk Cameron's Attempt to Game Rotten Tomatoes Backfired Spectacularly

Kirk Cameron—holy moron, village idiot, bigot in pilgrim's clothing—is losing his battle to save Christmas from the gays or whatever, and he's blaming the critics. » 11/25/14 4:20pm Today 4:20pm

"Infodump," "Mary Sue" And Other Words That Authors Are Sick Of Hearing

Science fiction and fantasy readers are in a constant dialogue with their favorite stories. At conventions, workshops, and online, people geek out about their favorite books. But sometimes, authors get a little tired of the same old memes. Ten authors told io9 about the writing terms they'd like to see retired. » 11/25/14 1:00pm Today 1:00pm

Tales From The Borderlands Could've Been Awful, But It's Great

I'll admit, I went into Tales from the Borderlands with pretty low expectations. Don't get me wrong: I like a lot of things about the zany world in which Gearbox's Borderlands shooter series takes place, but it's good for... shooting. Tales is an all-story adventure game. Yikes, right? » 11/25/14 3:17pm Today 3:17pm

Get 41% Off SKEYE's Nano Quadcopter Drone (Limited Units Available)

As with most new technologies, drones are rapidly evolving to become smaller and lighter. The SKEYE Nano Drone, for instance, can fit in the palm of your hand, but can still pull off impressive tiny aerobatics — and io9 readers can grab one for $34.99 – that's 41% off. At $34.99, this is great for the holidays. » 11/21/14 3:31pm Friday 3:31pm

Relive The Glory Days – Get 25% Off The NES30 Bluetooth Controller

Touchscreens are okay, but controllers are better. What beats a controller? A quality retro one like the NES 30. Playing with the NEs 30 is straight nostalgia – only improved. For a little while, io9 readers can grab 25% off the NES30 (w/ free shipping). For $29.99, why not pick one up for the holidays? » 11/24/14 2:25pm Yesterday 2:25pm