Before-And-After Pics Show Vanuatu Stripped Bare By A Category 5 Cyclone

On March 17, Cyclone Pam swept through the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. NASA has now released a disturbing set of before-and-after photos captured by the Lansat 8 satellite. » 3/31/15 1:07pm Yesterday 1:07pm

Which Countries Are Most Likely to Be Wiped Out By Future Disasters?

The results of a new report show which countries are the most vulnerable to risk—and the most ready to respond when disaster strikes. » 2/02/15 7:10pm 2/02/15 7:10pm

Lightning Highlights Beauty In The Storm

Prominent Scientists Sign Letter of Warning About AI Risks 

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and many other prominent figures have signed an open letter pushing for responsible AI oversight in order to mitigate risks and ensure the "societal benefit" of the technology. » 1/14/15 7:00pm 1/14/15 7:00pm

Harrowing Video Shows A Fire Truck Clipping The Blades Of A Helicopter

There was a terrifying scene in San Miguel, Chile last night when a fire truck drove through the twirling blades of a police helicopter. The collision caused the helicopter to spin wildly out of control until it eventually exploded in a ball of flame. » 12/01/14 8:20am 12/01/14 8:20am

I Can't Stop Watching These Parade Balloon Accident Videos

Like stock car races or primary debates, balloon parades are an alleged form of entertainment that's mostly just boring until something goes wrong. Fortunately, with balloon accidents the resulting injuries are primarily psychic in nature—measured in months of therapy for poor Jacob after seeing Pikachu disemboweled… » 11/27/14 6:22pm 11/27/14 6:22pm

Auroras Are Colourful Reminders To Upgrade Our Infrastructure


While beautiful, auroras can also be the harbinger of the collapse of civilization. If a sufficiently large flare and coronal mass ejection spawns a massive solar storm that hits the Earth, the geomagnetic storm could be capable of knocking our electrical infrastructure offline for a long, long time. » 11/09/14 10:39am 11/09/14 10:39am

SpaceShipTwo's Descent System Deployed "Without Being Commanded"

Investigators looking into Friday's tragic crash of SpaceShipTwo are saying that a safety device on the Virgin Galactic spacecraft had been deployed prematurely — and that it may have gone off spontaneously. » 11/03/14 8:20am 11/03/14 8:20am

Are The Threats From Synthetic Bioweapons Being Exaggerated?

The advent of synthetic biology and DNA synthesis has raised concern that amateurs will use these technologies to turn pathogens into weapons of mass destruction. But as experts point out, this may be far easier said than done. » 9/19/14 10:30am 9/19/14 10:30am

How NYC Would Respond to an Actual Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Attack

It's been 30 years since the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man first squished through Manhattan. With Ghostbusters returning to theaters tomorrow for an anniversary run, we thought it appropriate to consider a very serious question: How would New York City actually fight an evil god in the form of a marshmallow man?… » 8/28/14 1:19pm 8/28/14 1:19pm

The Pre-Holocene Climate Is Returning — And It Won't Be Fun

Our planet has been witness to plenty of strange weather happenings recently, from devastating floods to the polar vortex. These events are providing a glimpse of what it was like during the pre-Holocene era — a time of volatility and destruction. But it could also be a demonstration of where climate change is taking… » 7/24/14 8:40am 7/24/14 8:40am

Dozens Of AIDS Researchers Killed In Malaysian Flight MH17 Crash

It's being reported today that nearly 100 of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash were headed to Australia for a major AIDS conference. Among them was Joep Lange, a leading researcher and the former International AIDS Society president. » 7/18/14 6:30am 7/18/14 6:30am

Horrifyingly Powerful Mudslide In Japan Tears Down Trees In An Instant

Typhoon Neoguri slammed through Japan yesterday bringing widespread flooding. A closed circuit camera captured this jaw-dropping footage of a debris flow that levelled trees as if they were matchsticks. » 7/11/14 8:20am 7/11/14 8:20am

Morgan Freeman Talks To io9 About The Potential For A Zombie Plague

Tonight's episode of Through the Wormhole asks a question near-and-dear to our hearts: Could a zombie apocalypse actually happen? We spoke to host Morgan Freeman and producer Megan Parlen to learn more. » 6/25/14 12:40pm 6/25/14 12:40pm

Researchers May Have "Heard" Flight MH370 Crash Into The Indian Ocean

Australian scientists say they're examining a low-frequency underwater acoustic signal that could have resulted from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 crashing into the Indian Ocean. » 6/04/14 6:20am 6/04/14 6:20am

Russian Rocket Carrying Hi-Tech Satellite Crashes Minutes After Launch

A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying the country's most advanced satellite to date, the Express-AM4R, crashed near Kazakhstan about nine minutes after lift-off. The reason for the catastrophic malfunction is still not known. » 5/16/14 8:40am 5/16/14 8:40am

Watch An Entire Street Disappear In This Insane Video

After experiencing an inordinate amount of rain over a 24 hour period, a street in Baltimore collapsed in a landslide, sending at least 10 cars down a steep bank onto the railroad tracks below. » 5/02/14 7:20am 5/02/14 7:20am

What Happens To Wildlife After A Tsunami?

After a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck Chile yesterday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Panama. While it's still too early to know how the wildlife along that stretch of Pacific coastline fared - let alone how our own species fared - we can look to previous… » 4/02/14 11:31am 4/02/14 11:31am

Map: How Hollywood Has Destroyed America

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How many times have you seen New York City destroyed onscreen? Los Angeles? Kansas? For nearly as long as there have been movies, there have been disaster movies. The map above shows 189+ such cinematic attacks—using a very broad definition of the "disaster" genre—that have afflicted various parts of the United… » 3/19/14 2:50pm 3/19/14 2:50pm

Changes in global diet could make famines more likely

Over the past half-century, a few staple foods like rice and soybeans have come to dominate people's diets all over the world. And this could spell disaster. » 3/03/14 5:21pm 3/03/14 5:21pm