The Spaceship Game With Firefly-Sized Ambitions

"The TV show Firefly is a big inspiration for us," Dreadnought project director Peter Holzapfel was saying to me recently during a San Francisco preview event. "So is Sid Meier's Pirates." And then, for just a moment, that ceased to matter as a ship ten times the size of mine warped right in front of me. » 8/29/14 5:02pm 24 minutes ago

The Ebola outbreak currently ravaging West Africa likely started with a single infected person. This is actually good news because it means the current strain is descended from the original Ebola viral jump, and not new versions of the pathogen. It also means the current public health response is the right one. » 8/29/14 1:40pm 46 minutes ago

Fargo, Double Walking Dead Limited Editions, Robot Vacuums [Deals]

Fargo just won the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries, get it for 20% (or more) off today. [Fargo] » 8/29/14 10:15am Today 10:15am

​The 12 Most Obnoxious Dungeons & Dragons Monsters

In the worlds of D&D, there are countless monsters that terrify the general populace, but only a few truly strike fear into the heart of adventurers. Not because they're so powerful, mind you, but because they're really annoying. Here are a dozen player-tormenting monsters beloved by cruel Dungeons Masters. » 8/29/14 10:00am Today 10:00am

Newly Announced Super-Earth May Be The Closest Exoplanet Discovered Yet

Gliese15Ab is a newly discovered planet roughly five times the mass of Earth. Researchers aren't sure what the planet's atmosphere is like, and it's close enough to its parent star to heat it past the boiling point of water. But the most interesting thing about Gliese 15Ab isn't how close it is to its star. It's how… » 8/29/14 9:45am Today 9:45am

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 Wednesday 3:58pm