The Strangest Hot-Air Balloons To Ever Grace The Skies

Hot-air balloons went from mode of transportation to relative novelty, but throughout their history, these floating vehicles have been very odd. From a balloon built for lifting a person on horseback to the hot-air balloon replica of Christ the Redeemer, here are some of the weirdest balloons ever. » 8/28/14 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

What NASA Isn't Saying In NASA's Big Rocket Announcement

Yesterday, NASA announced that they'd reached a milestone in the development of America's next major space transportation system, the SLS (Space Launch System). They'd reached Key Decision Point C, which is a crucial review and approval point. The SLS looks promising, but NASA isn't talking about some important things. » 8/28/14 6:38pm Today 6:38pm

Here's What Happens When White People Move Into Your Neighborhood

We used to have white flight. Now, in city centers, we have something that one policy researcher calls white infill. So what happens when a bunch of white people start moving in? The changes are a lot more profound than getting a new Starbucks on the corner. » 8/28/14 2:44pm Today 2:44pm

Supercut: Morgan Freeman Explains Absolutely Everything

Nobody explains things better than Morgan Freeman. No matter how nonsensical, crazy or profound, everything sounds better when he explains it. We only use 10 percent of our brains? Sure. A mystical prophecy? Makes sense. But just to prove it, here are nearly 40 clips of Freeman explaining stuff. » 8/28/14 1:54pm Today 1:54pm

Geek Guys: This Is Exactly How You Hassle Geek Girls, So Stop It

A cautionary tale. This Buzzfeed video about "If Geek Girls Acted Like Geek Guys" may be more instructional than outright funny, but it's definitely worth watching to see the hassle that some nerdy men needlessly put nerdy women through in reverse. » 8/28/14 1:53pm Today 1:53pm

Batman V. Superman May Be More Insanely Depressing Than We Suspected

Hey, remember yesterday when we heard the oddly believably rumor that Warner Bros. had instituted a "no-jokes" policy for its DC superhero movies? Well, apparently it's actually a "no joy whatsoever" policy, if this rumor about Scoot McNairy's character is to be believed. Possible spoilers ahead... » 8/28/14 12:40pm Today 12:40pm

Get 90% Off The White Hat Hacker Bundle: 40+ Hours For $49

As shown by the recent news from eBay, hacking often has negative intentions. But legit "white hat" or "good guy" hacking is vital for testing website and device security, plus it's great for modding your setup. These courses teach the ethical route into hacking. » 5/27/14 10:00pm 5/27/14 10:00pm

Harry Houdini Beat Death in a Staring Contest. Could You?

Amazement doesn't come easy in show business these days. With increasingly savvy audiences trained to dismiss the seemingly-unbelievable as a product of safety wires, stunt doubles and CGI trickery, it's easy now to forget that in the early 20th century, Harry Houdini was working without a net — and flaunting his… » 8/27/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Get 36% Off Limefuel's Giant 15,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack

What's the most important thing about a backup battery pack? How much juice it holds, right? Which is why we like the Limefuel — it holds 15,000mAh, which should be enough to recharge your phone around ten times, or an iPad Air nearly twice over. Now, io9 readers can grab one for just $34.99 – that's 36% off. » 8/27/14 3:58pm Yesterday 3:58pm