The physics of Guinness are as fascinating as they are delicious (and…

I am likely io9's worst science writer [Note: I am definitely io9's worst science writer] but I hope you don't begrudge me posting this fantastic scientific examination of Ireland's greatest export and contribution to civilization, Guinness. The super-hearty dry stout has an appearance, taste and texture unique among… » 12/05/12 11:40am 12/05/12 11:40am

Meet the kappa leprechaun, a tiny monster at the nexus of Japanese and …

Artist and io9 comrade-in-hanging-out Marcelo Gallegos has tipped us to his delightful yokai mash-up creation, the Kappa Leprechaun. This little guy is the hybrid of A.) those diminutive bastards who bedeviled Darby O'Gill; and B.) flatulent Japanese water sprites. Explains Marcelo of this wee creature: » 3/09/12 6:35pm 3/09/12 6:35pm

Genetic evidence reveals that polar bears originally came from Ireland

Every polar bear alive today shares a common maternal ancestor, and it isn't even a bear from the same species. Their mitochondrial DNA reveals a 100,000 year story of interbreeding and hybridization...and the story is far from over. » 7/07/11 2:00pm 7/07/11 2:00pm

Robo-Centipede Bridges the River Shannon

The University of Limerick in Ireland needed to expand across the River Shannon, so they decided to it with this strangely inverted bridge that looks something like a centipede. No, it's not an homage to China Mieville — it's a futuristic five-span bridge designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the guys who are making… » 3/19/08 4:00pm 3/19/08 4:00pm