These Videos Of Small Creatures Digging Through Glass Beads Are Hypnotic

Researchers at the MIT Department of engineering wanted to study the best ways to burrow through granular material. And in order to study the phenomenon, they looked at snakes, lizards, roundworms, and clams — and made some amazing videos, that it's hard to look away from. » 4/01/15 3:40pm 17 minutes ago

What "Probably Causes Cancer" Really Means

One of the most commonly-used pesticides in the world was recently declared a probable cause of cancer—but that doesn't mean what you think, and here are some stick figures to explain it to you. » 4/01/15 6:27pm 29 minutes ago

This Is The Closest You'll Get To Having Your Own Life-Sized Tony Stark 

Hot Toys have put out roughly one billion Iron Man toys over the years, but this one is a little different. He's the first ever 1/4 scale Iron Man figure from the company, and thus the closest you'll get to having your very own Robert Downey Jr. so far. » 4/01/15 6:26pm 30 minutes ago

The Most Popular Antidepressants Are Based On A Theory We Know Is Wrong

One in ten Americans takes an anti-depressant drug like Zoloft or Prozac. But these drugs are designed based on a theory that's already been roundly disproven: the "chemical imbalance" theory of depression. Why haven't our drugs kept up with the science of depression? » 4/01/15 3:10pm 47 minutes ago

When People In The 1920s And 1930s Imagined The Future, They Dreamed Big

The Space Age gave us some beautiful, rocket-shaped visions of future cities. But before World War II, people were already imagining sleek, beautiful structures. And floating airports. And air taxis. And Futurama, circa 1939! These are the most eye-popping videos of life in the future, from the 1920s and 1930s. » 4/01/15 3:00pm 57 minutes ago

See Ryan Reynolds In Action As Deadpool For The First Time

Extra's Mario Lopez had the chance to interview actor Ryan Reynolds about his upcoming role as Marvel's mutant antihero Deadpool, and I don't want to spoil it for you, but things take a decided turn for the, uh... Deadpool-y, I guess. » 4/01/15 2:45pm Today 2:45pm

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Scientists have recorded the longest non-stop migratory flight made by birds. By equipping blackpoll warblers with a GPS, researchers learned the diminutive 12 gram bird can cross the Atlantic — an average distance of 1,580 miles (2,540 km) — over just two to three days. This migration is "on the brink of impossibility » 4/01/15 2:05pm Today 2:05pm

Dark Horse Wants Comic Shops To Rip Up Their Covers of Star Wars #1

When Disney acquired Star Wars, one of the first "casualties" of the reshuffling was Dark Horse losing the comics license to Marvel, who have gone on to launch a wildly successful set of series in the galaxy far, far away. It seems like they may just be a little bit antsy about that, judging by this new promotion. » 4/01/15 1:57pm Today 1:57pm

What's The Best Movie Or TV Show You Saw Under The Worst Circumstances?

A truly great work of art can win you over even if you're seeing it under horrible conditions. But some conditions are so horrible, they push the limits of your ability to see a work's qualities. You have a migraine. There are screaming kids. It's the in-flight movie on a crashing plane. What's the worst conditions… » 4/01/15 1:50pm Today 1:50pm

Strong Bad Returns To Emailing After Years of Silence

Last October, the Homestar Runner gang emerged from obscurity, and now it's the moment we have all been waiting for! Strong Bad is back to answerin' emails. Sort of. Kind of. Hey, at least he hates April Fools' Day too. Bless the return of Homestar Runner! » 4/01/15 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

Yikes! It’s creepy doll time on this week’s Face Off

On this week's episode of Face Off it's a straightforward horror themed challenge - to make "an evil, demonic doll character." At least one of the contestants is glad it's not a "whimsical" challenge. Which contestant creates the best nightmare fuel and who has a nightmare week? Results ahead. » 4/01/15 4:03pm Today 4:03pm

Why Is An Entire Genre Of Science Devoted To Blindfolding Turtles?

Putting little blindfolds on turtles has gotten to be a widespread scientific pursuit. Find out all the different ways, and reasons, why you might want to blindfold a creature that's too slow to run away from you. » 4/01/15 12:43pm Today 12:43pm

Tatooine-Like Planets May Be More Common Than We Thought

For decades, astronomers have assumed that Earth-like planets cannot form around binary stars on account of wacky gravitational effects. Which, for Star Wars fans, was a total downer. But a new study suggests that not only is the formation of Tatooine-like planets very much possible, they may actually be quite common. » 4/01/15 12:11pm Today 12:11pm

The Best (And Worst) April Fools' Day Jokes For 2015

Ah, April 1. It's a day where loads of things on the internet will make you groan, cry and smack your face to your palm. Other things, though, might actually give you a chuckle. Let's take a look at some of the best (and worst) of these extremes. » 4/01/15 3:07pm Today 3:07pm

10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin


When George R.R. Martin released A Game of Thrones in 1996, he helped to change the game with his grounded approach to fantasy tropes. At the same time, people sometimes talk as though Martin was the first to bring realism to epic fantasy. So here are 10 other authors who were doing "gritty" fantasy before Martin. » 4/01/15 11:29am Today 11:29am

Doctor Who's K-9, Controlled By Your Smartphone, Is The Best Robot Dog

There's been a few remote-controlled K-9 toys over the years since the Doctor's canine companion trundled his way back into our hearts with the revived version of Doctor Who — but this latest version uses a smartphone app to give you the ultimate Robot Dog toy! » 4/01/15 2:16pm Today 2:16pm

DC May Be Introducing A New Batman Beyond For The First Time Ever

Although created for the classic animated series Batman Beyond, Terry McGinnis has worked his way into the comic books for the past few years. But it looks like for the first time in the character's history, Terry may be ceding the role as the future Batman, with another character taking on the mantle. » 4/01/15 10:40am Today 10:40am

Secrets, Tricks And Mark Hamill Make The Flash A (Nearly) Total Delight

After the Harrison Wells reveal in the last two episodes, I assumed The Flash was going to slow down the plot (pun intended) for a bit, take some time, pad it out, postpone the new reveal for closer to the season finale.. This did not happen. At all. » 4/01/15 10:20am Today 10:20am

The Most Popular Antidepressants Are Based On A Theory We Know Is Wrong

One in ten Americans takes an anti-depressant drug like Zoloft or Prozac. But these drugs are designed based on a theory that's already been roundly disproven: the "chemical imbalance" theory of depression. Why haven't our drugs kept up with the science of depression? » 4/01/15 3:10pm 47 minutes ago

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Wireless bluetooth ear buds are the new norm for on-the-go music listening. Right now, io9 readers can save 77% on the sleek, comfortable Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds. This offer ends 4/1, so don't miss out! » 3/30/15 1:05am Monday 1:05am

Master Node.js - Save 93% on 6 In-Depth Courses 

If you're at all interested in app development, you'd be wise to learn Node.js. It's quickly becoming the most popular server-side framework for building quick, scalable network apps. For a limited time, io9 readers can save 93% (over $560) on a comprehensive 6 course bundle and learn the ins-and-outs of Node.js. » 3/30/15 8:09pm Monday 8:09pm