You've Never Read A Book About Magic And Loss Like Signal To Noise

Plenty of books use magic to talk about coming-of-age stories and the secrets that people bury... but few of them are as sad, or as evocative, as Silvia Moreno-Garcia's new novel Signal to Noise. Her story of three friends in Mexico City and their musical obsessions feels true, as well as truly sad. » 3/30/15 7:00pm 16 minutes ago

Amidst The Field Of Hieroglyphics 

Dr. Bulygin hadn't just found human writing among the broken monoliths. He'd discovered a Rosetta Stone, humanity's linguistic gateway to the community of the cosmos. Concept art by Shahab Alizadeh. » 3/30/15 5:00pm Today 5:00pm

Custody Battle Over Massive Emerald Worth $370 Million Rages On

It's 180,000 carats and weighs 840 pounds. Its value is estimated somewhere in the $370 million range, but really, the Bahia Emerald is so rare it's virtually priceless. No wonder the raw gem, which was found in 2001, is such a hot property — and has been at the center of a legal saga that's lasted years. » 3/30/15 6:25pm Today 6:25pm

Must Watch: 12 Monkeys' Amazing Coke-Fueled Himalayan Mummy Dance Party


Even apart from its many other delights, Syfy's decision to make a TV series of 12 Monkeys will have been worth it just for this weird-ass scene where businessmen wheel out a thousand-year-old frozen corpse in a Japanese nightclub. Now THAT's a party! Watch for yourself. » 3/30/15 4:15pm Today 4:15pm

Hawkgirl Is Joining The Arrow/Flash Spinoff

If it wasn't obvious already that the CW's new spinoff of the Arrow and Flash universe was an attempt to create a Justice League for TV, it is now. The show has revealed the first of three DC heroes joining the roster alongside Sara Lance, Ray Palmer and Martin Stein: Kendra Saunders, better known as Hawkgirl! » 3/30/15 4:05pm Today 4:05pm

Stunning New Images Of Rhea Herald More Photos Of Saturn's Icy Moons

For nearly two years, the orbital path of NASA's Cassini spacecraft has limited the mission's encounters with Saturn's moons. These newly released photos of the icy moon Rhea mark the spacecraft's return to the planet's equatorial plane, realm of the ringed world's frozen satellites. » 3/30/15 3:58pm Today 3:58pm

Now It's Alien Isolation's Amanda Ripley's Turn To Get An Action Figure

Ripley figures are apparently like buses — you wait ages for one, and then a bunch come along at once. Now Ellen's daughter Amanda is joining the Ripley figure party as well. Rejoice! » 3/30/15 6:00pm Today 6:00pm

When A Cockroach Falls For A Human, He Takes Over Her Boyfriend's Body

A solitary Roach lives in the walls of Joesphine's kitchen, accompanying her accordion playing on his melancholy violin. Then one night, he hits on an idea for how to woo her face to face. » 3/30/15 3:20pm Today 3:20pm

Behind-The-Scenes Videos Show How Iconic Movie Special Effects Were Made

When you're watching a movie, it's easy to get lost in the magic and not think too hard about how King Kong climbed the Empire State Building, how Jurassic Park's T-Rex roared to life, or how Charlton Heston encountered the Statue of Liberty at the end of Planet of the Apes — but these videos reveal all those movie… » 3/30/15 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

YA Fantasy Book Series The Mortal Instruments Gets Another Shot On TV

The news was announced last year, but now The Mortal Instruments TV show, based on Cassandra Clare's popular YA fantasy book series, has a title (Shadowhunters), a network (ABC Family) and a complete series order, under the guiding hand of previously-announced showrunner Ed Decter (Helix). » 3/30/15 2:30pm Today 2:30pm

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What Should Happen In The X-Files Reunion?

After being decommissioned 13 years ago, FBI agents Muller and Scully are returning to TV for a six-part event miniseries. It's exciting, but given the lackluster way the TV show ended and the two so-so movies that followed it, it's also kind of disconcerting. So what do you want to see when The X-Files return? » 3/30/15 2:00pm Today 2:00pm

Watch This CD Rip Apart –  At 170,000 FPS

The Slow Mo Guys filmed a CD spinning up to 23,000 rpm at a genuinely incredible 170,000 frames per second. It's the highest frame rate they've ever employed on the channel, and it's pretty spectacular to watch. (For reference, the footage up top was shot at "only" 28,500 FPS.) » 3/30/15 1:50pm Today 1:50pm

Team Fortress 2 Fan Film Is The Best Action Movie I've Seen In Ages

Got 20 minutes? Cool, that's enough time to watch one of the funnest action movies I've seen in ages. And yes, it was made in Team Fortress 2. » 3/30/15 4:15pm Today 4:15pm

Tiny 'Nanoneedles' Could Help Your Damaged Organs Repair Themselves

In a trial involving mice, an international team of researchers used microscopic "nanoneedles" to coax the body into generating new blood vessels. Applied to humans, the technology could eventually be used to get organs and nerves to repair themselves. » 3/30/15 1:40pm Today 1:40pm

Marvel Is Putting Out A Faux-Newspaper To Try And Explain Secret Wars

Even if you've been following our coverage of Marvel's Secret Wars event, it would be understandable if you're confused as to what the hell is actually going on in the Marvel Comics universe. Marvel understands, so it's releasing a handy guide to the event next month. The problem? IT'S JUST AS CONFUSING. » 3/30/15 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

Our First Look At The US Adaptation Of Sweden's Hit Scifi Series Humans

Hey, remember Real Humans? That brilliant Swedish show about synthetic androids who work as family servants, but who also harbor a dark secret? Well, we already told you that AMC was remaking the series as Humans, but now they've aired the first brief, intriguing teaser trailer. » 3/30/15 1:25pm Today 1:25pm

Get 10,000+ Udemy Courses for $19 Each: Learn iOS8 + Swift Dev & More

Udemy, one of the largest online marketplaces for learning, is offering every class in their catalog (from guitar to 3D animation) for just $19! This includes popular classes like the Complete iOS8 & Swift Development Course. Regularly $199, this course is 90% off with promo code 1919ACHIEVE. » 3/26/15 1:19pm Thursday 1:19pm

Master Linux with 50+ Hours of In-Depth Training for 91% Off

Want to master Linux? Right now, io9 readers can save 91% on 6 actionable training courses and learn the ins-and-outs of the Linux OS. » 3/27/15 2:53pm Friday 2:53pm

Learn to Code: Save 90% on the Java Developer Course Bundle

Want to build your Java coding skills? io9 readers can save 90% on the Java Developer Course Bundle. It includes more than 70 hours of instruction content across 6 courses, covering the basics as well as more advanced topics for one of the most established coding languages. » 3/27/15 4:07pm Friday 4:07pm

What Would Being In A Bunker For 15 Years Really Do To Your Head?

So a woman emerges from a bunker after 15 years. She's cheerful and ready to embrace life. It's the premise of the recent Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but what is the reality? What do years of isolation and confinement actually do to a person's brain? » 3/30/15 11:20am Today 11:20am