How Wildlife Decline Leads to Slavery and Terrorism

The harvest of wild animals each year injects more than $400 billion dollars into the world economy. That harvest provides 15% of the planet's human population with a livelihood. It's the primary source of animal protein for more than a billion of our species. It's also led to piracy, slavery, and terrorism. » 7/25/14 5:44pm Friday 5:44pm

​New Poll Reveals The U.S. Is Number One In Climate Change Denial

The British survey company Ipsos Mori has released its first ever Global Trends Survey, summarizing views from 20 countries on issues ranging from privacy and technology to health and the environment. On the subject of climate change, U.S. citizens revealed themselves to be more divided than any other nation. » 7/21/14 4:40pm 7/21/14 4:40pm

The ​Government Is Failing More Frequently, And Here's Why

The Veterans Affairs scandal. The Obamacare website launch. The response to Hurricane Katrina. Government seems to be getting more and more incompetent — and now, new data supports that perception. In the past three decades, the average number of epic fails has grown from 1.6 to 3.0 per year. What's going on here? » 7/21/14 6:40am 7/21/14 6:40am

I Origins Shows That The Science Vs. Spirituality Debate Is Played Out

Writer-director Mike Cahill made an impression with Another Earth, which used a science-fiction premise as the backdrop for a personal story. In his second feature, I Origins, the science-fictional premise is front and center — and you can see the downside of trying to tell a personal story about huge science-fiction… » 7/18/14 2:30pm 7/18/14 2:30pm

Congress Wants To Explore Europa To Seek Out New Life —And New Jobs

Earlier this week, the Planetary Society held a pep rally for Europa, where Bill Nye and climate change-denier House Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) set aside their differences to promote planetary science. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that a Europa expedition could pump millions of dollars into Congressional districts. » 7/18/14 7:45am 7/18/14 7:45am

I Origins Went To Insane Lengths To Get Its Science Right

Mike Cahill's new movie I Origins, out tomorrow, is about a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the human eye. And Cahill tells io9 he was absolutely determined to get the science right — not just having scientific advisers, but giving them headphones and planting them in front of monitors on set. » 7/17/14 10:39am 7/17/14 10:39am