It's a New Episode of Haphead, the VR Gamer Dystopia Series

io9 is proud to be distributing new episodes of Haphead every week. In episode 3, we start to see the results of all Maxine's haptic brain interface gaming — she's become a serious ninja. But at home, she's still fighting with her old-school punk dad about being a wage slave. » 2/03/15 11:09pm 2/03/15 11:09pm

It's Time to Bring Back the Social Media Suicide Machine

Nearly five years ago, a group of artists and programmers debuted a simple web app called the "Web 2.0 Suicide Machine." It was designed to quickly and effectively shut down your accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media sites. But then Facebook unleashed their lawyers. » 12/04/14 12:06pm 12/04/14 12:06pm

A Great Way to Listen to Those Mysterious "Number Stations"

For decades, shortwave radio enthusiasts have been stumbling upon mysterious stations that broadcast a looping noise, such as a nursery rhyme, occasionally punctuated by someone reading a string of numbers. The most popular theory is that these are coded messages—and now, an online shortwave radio lets you listen in. » 7/15/14 3:06pm 7/15/14 3:06pm

Crowdfunding site Experiment lets you support cutting-edge science

With government funding for science dropping to a shocking new low, researchers are looking to the public to support their work. After all, if Rob Thomas can get the Veronica Mars movie made with crowdfunding dollars, why shouldn't good science do the same? Enter Experiment, the scientist's crowdfunding portal. » 2/06/14 1:46pm 2/06/14 1:46pm

This map of the internet is not just super-detailed, but worth framing

This ridiculously intricate map charts out the hidden geography and scope of the internet, ranging from assigning proportional landmass to the world's most popular websites, to drawing out the large swaths of free-flowing spam, to creating a color-coded look at the strength of internet surveillance. » 1/31/14 12:56pm 1/31/14 12:56pm

Nothing is more mysterious and terrifying than . . . The Coffee Table!

What happens when your quirky new coffee table turns out to be an alien artifact that can transcend space and time? Find out, in this goofy new web series. » 6/17/13 4:02pm 6/17/13 4:02pm

Logical empiricism explains why comment threads devolve into WTF

At last logic and reason have their own spirit animal. Ravens shed light on weird reasoning, but especially on the random statements that people make on the internet. » 4/29/13 6:20am 4/29/13 6:20am

One of the first religions inspired by the internet

File-sharing isn't just a good way to get the latest episode of your favorite TV show. It's also a religion. Kopimism is an officially-recognized faith in Sweden, and has established a church in the US too. Its credo? Copying information is holy. » 4/19/13 2:23pm 4/19/13 2:23pm

If you text a lot, you are probably also racist and shallow

People who write 100 or more text messages a day tend to be "less reflective," and more likely to exhibit prejudice against minority groups. Those are the puzzling findings of a three-year longitudinal study in Canada. » 4/17/13 10:56am 4/17/13 10:56am

A strange and seductive science fiction series that will be your new…

Here is the first episode of Dynamo, a crazy indie scifi web series that is one of the coolest (and silliest) things I've seen in a while. With visual effects that are dreamy and evocative, Dynamo is a bizarre peek into a post-apocalyptic future where it seems there is only one city left on Earth. A weird cast of… » 11/19/12 4:42pm 11/19/12 4:42pm

Thousands of Australian students are taught that robots led the Russian…

When Australian students took their year 12 history exams this week, they discovered that the Russian Revolution included giant robots. The VCE exam, taken by nearly 6,000 students, had a section devoted to a famous painting by Nikolai Kochergin of the storming of the Winter Palace by revolutionaries in 1917.… » 11/14/12 8:28am 11/14/12 8:28am

The perfect place for you to have a hypochondriac freakout

Symcat is a web service that will attempt to diagnose what ails you. All you have to do is type in your symptoms, and the service will try to match it to diseases are most commonly associated with your collection of problems. It can be quite helpful for doing research, but you definitely want to consult a real… » 11/13/12 3:27pm 11/13/12 3:27pm

Internet debates over evolution vs. creationism summed up in one…

Over at Beatrice the Biologist, our intrepid biologist/comedian Katie has created possibly my favorite video ever about debates over evolution vs. creationism. I especially like the way she represents internet fighting. Anyone who has ever battled these issues out in forums will recognize themselves and their… » 3/23/12 1:25pm 3/23/12 1:25pm

Why Facebook is the future of workplace surveillance

Want a job at a public agency? Well, you'd better be prepared to hand over your Facebook password or "friend" the HR department rep during your interview. Over the past few years, people applying for jobs that range from statistician to security guard have discovered that potential employers want more than… » 3/21/12 9:36am 3/21/12 9:36am

The best new scientific idea in years

Crowdfunding site Kickstarter has now successfully helped more than one project earn over $1 million, turning the traditional model of media production on its ear. What if we could do the same thing for science? With government spending for the sciences on the decline, entrepreneur Matt Salzberg saw an opportunity.… » 3/13/12 4:41pm 3/13/12 4:41pm

Should we have "reputation insurance" so we get payouts when Facebook…

An ancient video of you just popped up on Facebook — one you thought you'd deleted years ago. You're smearing your face with chocolate pudding, drinking shots, and yelling "Santorum!" Now you want a job as a White House aide. What can you do? Wealthy people pay SEO companies to fix their online reputations. But what… » 2/21/12 4:39pm 2/21/12 4:39pm

Can you identify this fandom meme?

Sn0otchie created this cute drawing and posted it on DeviantArt, and from there it proceeded to rip Tumblr in half. This is basically double-layered slash, people. Can you identify all the references? We'll still love you even if you can't. (Thanks for the tip, Kaila Hale-Stern!) » 7/15/11 4:59pm 7/15/11 4:59pm

As spiders get older, their webs look worse and worse

It's easy to think of old age as a uniquely human phenomenon, and there's a certain amount of truth to that - most species die before they can experience the physical or mental deterioration often associated with growing older. » 7/04/11 3:45pm 7/04/11 3:45pm

Doggelgänger facial recognition software matches you with your puppy…

No need to search the world over for your other puppy half. Doggelgänger uses facial recognition software to pair you up with the puppy that already shares your handsome features! » 6/08/11 3:31pm 6/08/11 3:31pm

A dark magic web series starring Supernatural's Misha Collins

If you need more supernatural horror in your life - and who doesn't? - you'll want to get in on the ground floor for new web series Divine. It's about fighting evil, and stars Supernatural's greatest angel, Misha Collins. » 5/18/11 5:00pm 5/18/11 5:00pm