Why This Astronaut Thinks NASA Can Save Humanity From Extinction

Astronaut Daniel T. Barry thinks NASA's mission to Mars is humanity's most important endeavor yet, for reasons including the birth of Captain Kirk. We talked to him about what it's like to explore the Final Frontier. » 3/23/15 4:04pm 3/23/15 4:04pm

The Truth Behind The POWER/RANGERS Short, And How You Helped Save It

Last week, director Joseph Kahn dropped his "dark as f*ck" POWER/RANGERS short. Soon, it was pulled from the internet, but now it's back in full NSFW glory. So what happened? In an exclusive interview, Kahn explains how the internet saved his short. Plus why he doesn't think the real Power Rangers show should be this… » 3/02/15 2:38pm 3/02/15 2:38pm

Meet the 'Real-Life Q' Who Builds Secret Spy Gadgets for a Living

I grew up watching James Bond films. My favorite part was always the same: the part where "Q" would outfit our hero with the latest in spy technology. Ralph Osterhout also grew up loving Bond — but he took it to the next level. He spent his life building real spy gadgets, for operators in the field. » 2/18/15 9:00am 2/18/15 9:00am

This Guy Went Around the World In 80 Days The First Time He Traveled 

The death of a close friend rocked Chris Sypolt's world. So, he did what any logical 44 year old would do and set out on an an 80-day, round the world trip. It was the first time he'd ever left the country. This is what he learned. » 2/09/15 4:50pm 2/09/15 4:50pm

How This Tiny Colorado Startup Plans To Dethrone Gore-Tex

For nearly 50 years, Gore-Tex has defined rainwear. But now, thanks to an innovative new process that builds water resistance straight into any item of clothing, Voormi is aiming to end that domination. Here's how their technology works. » 2/06/15 3:29pm 2/06/15 3:29pm

How The Wachowskis Tried To Shoot "The Most Beautiful Chase Ever Filmed"

Co-directors Andy and Lana Wachowski only had six minutes every day to shoot a single giant chase scene for their space opera Jupiter Ascending. Why could they only film the chase at one time of day? They explain in our exclusive interview. Plus they tell io9 why they're so obsessed with telling stories about "The… » 2/04/15 4:13pm 2/04/15 4:13pm

How To Catch A Freight Train Ride To Freedom

Ever wanted to pack it all in, become a hobo and ride the rails? Dusty Blackthorn's been doing that for the last 16 years. We caught up with the American in Guatemala and asked him how. He shared his best photos too. Don't be an oog.
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Qualcomm Says Wearables Aren't a Fad, And It Might Just Be Right

"This trend is not going away," says Pankaj Kedia, the head of Qualcomm's new wearables business unit. "This is not a fad." Of course he'd say that—his job depends on it. But who other than Qualcomm—the company which dominates the mobile industry—would know for sure? So I grilled Qualcomm's wearables boss about our… » 1/05/15 1:35pm 1/05/15 1:35pm

How Neal Stephenson Is Helping To Make Snow Crash's Metaverse A Reality

Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking." » 12/16/14 1:37pm 12/16/14 1:37pm

​I Went Camping With Bear Grylls, And Survived

"Hey, you want to come camping with Bear?" That's a pretty random email to get on a Thursday morning, and it contained no other details. So, I said yes, packed a bag and hopped on a plane to New Mexico. Here's what happened over the next few days. » 11/20/14 3:07pm 11/20/14 3:07pm

The First Pitch For Interstellar: "We're Not F--ing Going" To Space

Interstellar is an epic movie about space exploration with promising tag lines like "Go Further." But in reality, the pitch that landed screenwriter Jonathan Nolan the Interstellar gig sprung from his fear that humans had peaked at one flag on the moon. Here's our exclusive interview with Interstellar writer Nolan. » 11/04/14 3:19pm 11/04/14 3:19pm

What Exactly Is Mpreg? A Male Pregnancy Enthusiast Explains

Male pregnancy—"mpreg," for short—is an internet subculture that's growing bigger, no pun intended, every day. Reviled as "disturbing" by many and explored more fully by few, mpreg enthusiasts have remained mostly silent about who they are and what they're about. Until now. » 11/03/14 3:46pm 11/03/14 3:46pm

​What Tactical Tomahawks Are For And How To Use One

From the Native Americans to Vietnam War soldiers, the venerable Tomahawk is finding new favor in this era of asymmetric warfare and, well, with the guys who prepare for battle when they go camping. This is what they're for and how you can actually find a use for one. » 10/20/14 2:12pm 10/20/14 2:12pm

Photographing The Most Challenging Mountains On Earth

Cory Richards, a NatGeo photographer and The North Face team climber, was the first American to summit an 8,000-meter peak in the winter. We asked about his life as a climber and adventure photographer. » 8/18/14 2:34pm 8/18/14 2:34pm

​Boy Scouts: Gays Aren't Pedophiles, But We Still Won't Let Them Lead

On January 1 of this year, the Boy Scouts of America opened its doors to openly gay scouts. But, it still bars gay adult leaders. We talked about this issue with the organization's National Commissioner and asked him if Scouting considers gays pedophiles. » 7/30/14 2:06pm 7/30/14 2:06pm

Paul Bettany Explains How The Avengers Will React To Meeting The Vision

First he was JARVIS, now he's the Vision. We sat down with Paul Bettany at Comic-Con and desperately tried to needle any details out of the newest addition to the Earth's mightiest heroes. And here's what we discovered.
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How The Lightest, Strongest Outdoors Fabric Is Designed And Manufactured

Hyperlite Mountain Gear makes packs and shelters with a new, Space Age material called Cuben Fiber. It's 15 times stronger than steel and lighter than anything that's come before. How do they do it? » 7/10/14 8:40am 7/10/14 8:40am

What It Takes To Be A Professional Mountain Guide

How LED Flashlights Are Designed And Manufactured

Atlanta, Georgia-based FOURSEVENS has been on the bleeding edge of the LED flashlight revolution for the last decade. We talked to CEO David Chow about what makes his lights so bright and where flashlight technology is going.http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/win-six-fourse... » 6/24/14 10:38am 6/24/14 10:38am

11 Satellite Views of Earth As You've Never Seen It Before

Overhead satellite views are nothing special in this age of Google maps—but then, there's Daily Overview. From brick-making kilns to Nepal to Danish suburbs, the site's one image a day is consistently beautiful, weird, and illuminating of a larger story of how the Earth came to look this way. Here are some of Daily… » 5/21/14 9:07am 5/21/14 9:07am