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California Has Lost the Equivalent of an Entire Year's Worth of Rain

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

We know California is very, very dry, right now, but just how dry? Dry enough that the “rain debt” the state has been steadily stacking up in the past three years is now equal to a full year of average rainfall. Read more...

How To Survive The Cascadia Tsunami

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

“Thirteen thousand people will die in the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami,” reads Kathryn Schulz’s now-infamous New Yorker article. “Everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.” Turns out a very similar event occurred in Chile 55 years ago. What wisdom can its survivors share with residents of the Northwest? Read more...

There's a Rocky Exoplanet Just 21 Light-Years Away

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

NASA has proven itself to be quite adept at finding planets lately, and this week is no exception: using the Spitzer Space Telescoe, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Lab have found HD 219134b, a rocky exoplanet ‘just’ 21 light-years away. Read more...

What's the Most Cringe-Inducing Moment in Any Comic Book Movie?

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

We’ve had scores and scores of comic-book movies in the past few decades—we counted 105 actual superhero films, but there are plenty more films based on comics. And not surprisingly, they’ve had some awful moments, along with great ones. But what’s the most horrendous moment in any comic-book film? Read more...

Today is the 40th anniversary of Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance, a case that’s become one of America’s

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Today is the 40th anniversary of Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance, a case that’s become one of America’s biggest unsolved mysteries, and CNN has a piece about property owners who’ve become an unwitting part of the search over the years—and the insane publicity circus that inevitably follows. Read more...

This Week's Star Wars Comic Gives Us A Badass Old Ben Kenobi

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Back in the days of the prequels, Obi-Wan Kenobi could flip around and swing his lightsaber everywhere like any other action hero—while Ben Kenobi was a much subdued Jedi. That is, until this week’s issue of Marvel’s Star Wars, which gives us an Old Ben who can do a lot more than silly wooping noises. Read more...

Incredible Robotic Water Strider Jumps Like the Real Thing

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Researchers from South Korea have created a robotic insect that’s capable of jumping and landing on an aquatic surface, a unique mode of transportation found only in specialized animals. Read more...

These Baboons Eat Shark Eggs

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

These are Chacma baboons. For the most part, they scavenge on land, but once every two weeks in the spring, they head out to the edge of the ocean to eat the babies of the sea’s alpha predator. Read more...

Has Jena Malone's Real Role in Batman v Superman Finally Been Revealed?

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

We supposedly know who Jena Malone will play in Batman v Superman: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, and it’s a rather well-known DC hero. But it’s either a rumor or a major spoiler, so you should either take a grain of salt or stop reading. Maybe both! Read more...

Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars Is Still The Best, Silliest Marvel Tribute

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars might just be the best thing to come from Marvel’s ongoing Secret Wars event. It’s not only filled with brilliant deep cuts for the classic ‘80s comic crossover, but it’s irreverently funny—and this week, it takes on the most iconic moment from the original event. Read more...

Brazil Is Full of Shit

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Brazil, which I’m sure is a perfectly lovely country, has an overload of naturally occurring resource. That resource, unfortunately, isn’t diamonds or oil—it’s human excrement, which Olympic athletes will have to swim through if they want to win a medal next summer. Read more...

I Love This Study On Activated Charcoal's Effect on Farts

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Every day you learn something new, and that’s great. But some days are extra special. Some days, you learn things about the “fecal liberation of intestinal gases.” Those days are the best. Read more...

Let's Talk About NASA's Mission to Europa

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The search for life in the Solar System is about the hunt for water. Wherever we find liquid water on Earth, we find life. I’m talking everywhere. In the most briny, salty pools in Antarctica, in the hottest hot springs in Yellowstone, under glaciers, and kilometers deep underground. Read more...

Ruby App Gets Period Tracking Right

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The company that makes the fertility app Glow released a new iOS app called Ruby today, which lets women track their menstrual cycles and sexual health without an obsessive in-your-face focus on pinpointing ovulation. Read more...

Farmers Stumbled on Genetics That Stop Chickens Loving Their Offspring

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Birds have a quality known as broodiness. It means that, after they lay their eggs, they stick around and take care of those eggs. Most commercial chickens don’t have that quality. And it looks like their complete disregard for their offspring results from one genetic mutation. Read more...

Before-and-After Pics Show the Extent of Mount Baker's Dwindling Snow

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Located in the North Cascades of Washington State in the U.S., Mount Baker is one of the most heavily glaciated and snow-covered mountains in the region. But as these satellite images show, its perma-snow doesn’t look so permanent anymore. Read more...

This Globe Holds Some Of The First Detailed Photographs Of Mars

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

How do you organize photographs of an alien world in the era before computers? By printing them out and sticking them to a globe of the planet! Read more...

What Strategies Will You Use To Defeat Our Alien Overlords in XCOM 2?

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

When XCOM 2 comes out this fall, you won’t be defending the Earth from aliens—you’ll be fighting to take it back. The developers gave us a deep look at how two of the new classes will help you overturn the alien new world order. Read more...

This Is How NASA Tests Planes for Safety

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

NASA has been working on ways to improve search-and-rescue after a plane crash. But how do they test it? Simple, they hoist planes 100 feet into the air and drop them... over and over again. Read more...

Play Arts Kai's Black Widow Is Here To Kick Ass And Have Fabulous Hair

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Play Arts Kai is back with another crazy entrant to their Marvel Variants line, and—wait. This figure isn’t that crazy. It’s quite restrained, in fact. And kind of totally badass. And it’s Black Widow! Who made this figure, and what have they done with the real Square-Enix? Read more...

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