Why doctors are treating allergies with parasitic worms

Hookworms are ghastly little creatures. Tiny, parasitic, and frighteningly invasive, these wriggling hell-spawn consistently rank among leading causes of morbidity in underdeveloped nations, abound in regions of the world suffering from poor sanitation, and have been described by various epidemiologists as "the… » 8/10/12 11:00am 8/10/12 11:00am

A Handy Flowchart That Explains All of Comic-Con to You

Tonight, the pop culture frenzy known as Comic-Con begins in San Diego. Back in 2009, io9's second year at the Con, we created this very special flowchart to explain the experience. While a few of the references are out of date, you can pretty much capture the exact feeling of Comic-Con 2012 if you substitute The… » 7/11/12 2:20pm 7/11/12 2:20pm

Is The Fashion Industry The First Step In Robot World Domination?

All over the place, women fashion models are being transformed into something metallic and unearthly. Their shoulders are getting squarer, their faces shinier and more impassive, and their bodies silvery and hard. Could it be the first stage in the impending robot takeover? Warning: gallery includes photo of see-thru… » 5/27/09 1:30pm 5/27/09 1:30pm

Paralyzed Man Speaks Again Using Brain Implant

A man suffering from "locked in" syndrome, where a fully-conscious person is completely paralyzed except for some eyelid movements, is speaking again using a computer. Doctors report in Nature » 11/21/08 3:53pm 11/21/08 3:53pm today that he's using a brain implant to control speech synthesizing software with his mind. Though it is often difficult to…