I wish we could turn of all the lights in the world just for one night and I wish that all the light pollution would disappear and I wish the darkness would reveal the night sky as it should look. As a stunning and glittering and spinning wonder that'll make me forget about life down here and dream about the beyond.
What if all of the lights in the South East of England suddenly went out, eliminating the light pollution that blocks the stars from London's view? This fantastical timelapse video imagines just that, pouring oceans of stars into the London sky.
It's a name, an event, a label, and even a comic or two. If you've seen Dark Horse's Project Black Sky — and given that the first comic was the best offering at this past Free Comic Book Day, I hope you have — you've entered into a complex world of heroes. Here's what you need to know.
Stop me if you heard this before but an electric car and an electric pole walk into a bar... Okay, seriously. This is one of those ridiculous local news stories that are too perfect to be true but actually are. A Tesla Model S crashed into a utility pole in Tennessee and caused a local blackout.
Today marks the eighth day of CBS and Time Warner Cable's ongoing feud over cash money. It's annoying. It's frustrating and damn it, the PGA Championship is going on and there's a new episode of Ray Donovan this Sunday! Here's how to get around the blackout if you're in an affected market.
It seems like cable companies are always having trouble striking deals with TV networks but this giant fail is especially ridiculous: Time Warner Cable has removed CBS from its channel lineup in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, etc. and Showtime from its nationwide cable service.…
While there's no doubt that the nuclear crisis in Fukushima back in 2011 could have been avoided, a recent discovery suggests that this week's extended blackout was entirely out of their hands. Instead, the loss of power lies in the diabolical paws of a now deceased, foresight-lacking rat.
Power outages can be seriously obnoxious. No Internet, no TV, no lights. On top of that, they can be dangerous, especially in the cold. A prolonged outage is always a danger during a serious storm, no matter the kind. And while it might not happen, you always want to be prepared.
Beyoncé? The Illuminati? Aliens? Nothing so interesting caused the big Super Bowl blackout last Sunday. According to Entergy Corp, which was in charge of power at the event, the outage was due to the boring failure of a boring electrical relay device.
What turned out the lights in the Superdome last night? Actually, we still don't know! But Entergy—the company responsible for keeping the lights on at the Super Bowl—has released a statement that amounts to a blown fuse, origin unknown.
Thierry Cohen imagines the gorgeous side of a Revolution-style blackout with his pictures of cities that have gone completely dark. When the lights go out, brilliant stars are visible over New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro.
What happens when the lights go out in the city that never sleeps? In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Jared Levy ventured into lower Manhattan to capture neighborhoods lit only by the glow of passing cars. NYC Dark shows a side of New York City we rarely see, one where the buildings sit in shadow and few human beings…
You're not the only one who sweats during a heat wave. The power company feels the burn too—in the form of skyrocketing demand from those air conditioners, fans, and stressed out refrigerators. Not to mention all the TVs clicking on as we cower in front of our media stacks to escape the cruel, cruel sun.
At long last, it's the third book of Mira Grant's Newsflesh trilogy. You've followed the zombie apocalypse and the blogger drama in Feed and Deadline, and now it's time to find out how it ends. We're proud to present the first chapter of Blackout, the final chapter in the trilogy, below.
Today, taking a break from hurling racist slurs and GIFs at one another, the internet is taking a symbolic stand against SOPA and PIPA—two awful laws that would ruin the web. Behold the blackout rebellion.
Modern haunted houses don't feature rubber bats and bowls full of peeled grapes masquerading as eyeballs, they screw with your phobias and recreate nightmares. I thought that going through with a thermal cam would be less unnerving. Wrongo.
Much of California, Arizona and Mexico is in the dark right now due to a massive power outage. There's no word on the cause yet, but officials say that the lights may not be back on until Friday.
Okay, scientific community. I love it when you cure disease and I get super excited when you discover new elements and all. But this study into what causes drunken blackouts—and how to prevent them—is giving my favorite coping mechanism a sad.
We've been talking about Connie Willis's books Blackout and All Clear over at the io9 Book Club, and now Willis is going to drop in to answer your questions. Post them in comments below!
Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. This month we read Connie Willis' linked novels, Blackout and All Clear. Jump into comments to get started talking about them!