It's Worth Reading One More Essay About The Women Of Doctor Who

At this point, the strange dynamic between Doctor Who's time-traveling loner and his endless series of female compatriots has been dissected in a thousand essays, rants and blog posts. But you still have to read Katherine Murray's new essay, for her incisive observations about one of spacetime's most dysfunctional… » 4/17/14 4:40pm Thursday 4:40pm

Pulitzer Prize Is First Official Vindication of NSA Whistleblower

The most prestigious award for journalism in the United States, the Pulitzer Prize, went this year to reporters who covered leaked documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. This award signals official recognition of the social good that grew out of Snowden's leaks. » 4/14/14 3:22pm Monday 3:22pm

Here's Why This Year's Cold Winter Doesn't "Disprove" Climate Change

The latest scientific report on the state of climate change spells out a warmer, doom-filled future, yet for many, this has been the coldest winter in recent memory. Unfortunately, weather isn't climate, and a regional cold winter isn't a counter-argument to decades of data. » 4/07/14 4:30pm 4/07/14 4:30pm

​The io9 Manifesto: Science Is Political

io9 started out in 2007 as the germ of an idea for a site about futurism, with a name that was a joke about brain implants. Six and a half years later, we've grown in size — but we've also grown up. Our 2008 manifesto still holds true, but in 2014 we've got some amendments. Here they are. » 4/07/14 11:37am 4/07/14 11:37am

NASA suspended cooperation with the Russian Federal Space Agency on Wednesday, this following weeks of concern that political tensions here on Earth could extend into orbit. But analysts say the policy, while unprecedented, may be largely symbolic; and most agree that humanity's orbital outpost will weather this… » 4/04/14 9:00pm 4/04/14 9:00pm

NASA Suspends Cooperation with Russian Space Agency

NASA instructed its staff to stop cooperating with the Russian Federal Space Agency. The agency claims this is a choice between funding Russia or developing our own rockets, but astronaut Ron Garan disagrees. In his view, we shouldn't be bringing political conflict into orbit. » 4/03/14 3:39pm 4/03/14 3:39pm

South Carolina and the Mammoth

Almost every state has a state fossils, but not South Carolina. Inspired by a letter from an 8-year-old girl, a pair of legislators in South Carolina are addressing its paleontological neglect by trying to honour the woolly mammoth. Alas, it isn't that easy. » 3/31/14 11:24am 3/31/14 11:24am

What Is the Most Evil Government in Science Fiction?

Big Brother. The Empire. The Borg Collective. Lord Business. Science fiction is brilliant at conjuring up evil governments and authoritarian dictators that would seem ridiculous if they didn't strike so close to home. What science fictional government scares you the most — either because it's realistic, or just plain… » 3/18/14 2:00pm 3/18/14 2:00pm

Two Reasons That Explain Why We're All Obsessed with Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones comes back to television in just a few weeks, and already we're feeling the imperative: All Men (And Women) Must Freak Out. But why is Game of Thrones such a huge cultural phenomenon, among all other fantasy series? It comes down to two huge cultural trends, that are rooted in our widespread anxieties… » 3/18/14 1:19pm 3/18/14 1:19pm