You Can Buy a HomeKit-Friendly Thermostat Starting Today

Apple announced HomeKit, its attempt to make every lightbulb and lock talk to your iPhone, well over a year ago, but things that can actually whisper sweet nothings in your iDevice’s ears have been few and far between. Most notably, you haven’t been able to buy a HomeKit-enabled thermostat, something that changes… » 7/07/15 1:33am Today 1:33am

Short doc: How people in a village shoot 100,000 rockets at each other

July 4th fireworks are nothing when compared to this insane 100,000 homemade rocket war in the village of Vrontados, Greece. Two churches in the small village fire off rockets at each other on Holy Saturday and the spectacle of the mock war is incredible to behold. There are rockets blazing every which way in both… » 7/07/15 12:30am Today 12:30am

Where did the word OK come from and what does it actually mean?

We say it almost everyday. When friends text to meet at 7. Ok. When your boss hands you an assignment. Ok. When you need to pay the bill. Ok. And so on. But where did that term come from? What did it first mean? This interesting word breakdown from Arika Okrent dives into the real origin of OK and reveals how it’s… » 7/06/15 11:54pm Yesterday 11:54pm

IT'S ON: Japan Accepts US Giant Robot Fight Challenge

Last week, we reported about how MegaBots, the American giant-piloted-robot-concern, finished their brute of a mech, the MegaBot Mark II, and immediately challenged the one other existing giant fighting robot, Japan’s Kuratas, to a duel. Well, peoples of earth, get excited, because the Japanese accepted. It’s on. » 7/06/15 9:01pm Yesterday 9:01pm

Which of these leaves are not actually real?

Super photorealistic drawings are always fun to see because they tickle your brain into thinking things that you know are fake could possibly maybe be real because they just look so similar. Here’s a drawing from Dino Tomic showing a leaf drawing with a pile of other leaves. It’s hard to tell which one is fake! » 7/06/15 8:20pm Yesterday 8:20pm

See the Great Barrier Reef from the perspective of a swimming turtle

I’m not saying I’d trade places with this turtle but imagine how wonderful a life this little guy has. He enjoys things slowly, his body is protected by his home which is always attached to his body and he can just dip into the Great Barrier Reef and swim in the ocean whenever he wants to. That sounds like a life… » 7/06/15 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

3D Scans Show How Semen Controls Sexual Behavior in Female Flies

It definitely takes two when it comes to making baby flies. Scientists have known for years that fly semen can trigger ovulation and make females lay more eggs. But no one knew exactly what those proteins did to the female reproductive tract. A new study published in PNAS takes a deep look inside fruit flies to find… » 7/06/15 7:35pm Yesterday 7:35pm

A Rideable T-Rex Skeleton Tricycle Is all my Jurassic Dreams Come True

It’s the rare finds like this, the one in ten thousand discoveries, that justify Craigslist’s existence. Someone in Eugene, Oregon, is actually willing to part with this magnificent 12-foot long custom T-Rex skeleton tricycle they made that comes complete with handlebar-controlled jaws that really open. » 7/06/15 7:15pm Yesterday 7:15pm

First Look At Axanar, The Star Trek War Movie We've Waited Decades For

Star Trek fans have been curious for years about the Battle of Axanar, the decisive turning point in the war against the Klingon Empire. And now, a new unofficial movie will show what really happened at Axanar, and how Captain Garth triumphed. Here’s your first image from Star Trek: Axanar, exclusively at io9! » 7/06/15 6:35pm Yesterday 6:35pm

Upgrade to 802.11ac, and Get a Free 1TB Hard Drive For Your Trouble

If you’ve been waiting on a good deal to upgrade your home network to 802.11ac, this might push you over the edge. Amazon’s tossing in a free 1TB external drive when you purchase a highly-rated NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 router for $170. That’s within $10 of the router’s all-time low price on its own, and the hard drive… » 7/06/15 6:15pm Yesterday 6:15pm