How Could Scientists Mistake Dust For A Spectacular Discovery?

An infographic at Quanta Magazine explains how scientists could've mistaken cosmic dustfor gravitational waves as part of their special on the latest saga of the hazards of doing science in public. While disappointing, this just part of the halting, uncertain progress at uncovering the mysteries of the universe. » 9/23/14 12:01am 27 minutes ago

Size Matters: Narwhals With Longer Tusks Have Bigger Testicles

Narwhals grow long tusks, if they have the balls to do it. The spear at the end of the male sea unicorn has been variously thought to be a sensory organ, a device for battling other males, or an elaborate reproductive signal. New evidence shows they're the whale version of peacock feathers. » 9/22/14 8:04pm Yesterday 8:04pm

Um, How Many Characters Might Die In Walking Dead's Season 5 Premiere?

It's only 30 seconds long, but AMC has dubbed this video the "official" Walking Dead season 5 trailer. While it may be short, it's also almost unbearably tense, making it look like Rick and the survivors have been on a goddamn picnic compared to what they're about to go through. And then it gets worse. » 9/22/14 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

The Most Common Darwinian Misconception About Female Sexuality

For decades, most evolutionary biologists based their understanding of female mating choice on a paper that turned out to be incorrect. The idea that females (including human ones) always choose the single "best" mate, rather than choosing promiscuity? Wrong. » 9/22/14 3:28pm Today 3:28pm

What's The Cheesiest Science Fiction Or Fantasy Movie Of The 1980s?

The 1980s were a special time. There were neon colors, new wave music, morning in America, and piles of cocaine. And movies that just... went for it. There were Conan rip-offs, Mad Max rip-offs andStar Wars rip-offs. But what's the absolute cheesiest genre movie made in the 1980s? » 9/22/14 2:00pm Today 2:00pm

Which Brand New Fall TV Show Will Be The First To Be Cancelled?

Tonight marks the start of the fall TV season in earnest. And the networks are rolling out tons of new shows, hoping to capture your eyeballs week after week. But every year, there's at least one show that crashes and burns after a few episodes. Time to vote: Which new show is this year's Do No Harm? » 9/22/14 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

Get 70% Off 3 Years Of Unlimited Network Protection from VPN – $19

Running a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your devices ensures that you're securely connected, protects your data, and allows you to access region-blocked content. For a little while, io9 readers can get 70% off 3 years of VPN Unlimited's Premier Plan. That's 50 cents/month for peace of mind online – not bad. » 8/20/14 5:23pm 8/20/14 5:23pm