While building a 3D model of the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, archivists at the Smithsonian uncovered hand-written notes and markings in areas of the spacecraft not seen in more than 40 years. The remarkable etchings offer a new glimpse into what life was life on the way to the Moon.
Last August, photographer Will Burrard-Lucas undertook an assignment for the World Wildlife Fund in the Zambezi Region of Namibia. Over the course of the next three months, his high definition camera traps snapped remarkable images of the region’s most elusive wildlife. Here are the very best photos of the lot.
“Wide Open” is the latest music video from the British electronic duo The Chemical Brothers. In this Dom & Nic-directed video, dancer Sonoya Mizuno (who many of you will remember from Ex Machina) slowly morphs into a synthetic version of herself.
The Lord of the Knights of Ren got swindled. It turns out the semi-melted helmet he opens his heart to in The Force Awakens isn’t Vader’s real helmet from his pyre on Endor in Return of the Jedi—and here’s the proof.
This is an incredible image: Titled ‘An anciente mappe of Fairyland: newly discovered and set forth’, it was created by Bernard Sleigh in 1917 as a comprehensive mashup of a whole bunch of fairy tales.
Star Wars has long been a franchise that prides itself on its visual effects and The Force Awakens is no different. Director J.J Abrams expertly blended practical and digital effects to make a Star Wars film worthy of that legacy. And now you can really see his handiwork.
Drop whatever you're doing and watch this. NASA has released videos shot from onboard the Space Shuttle's Solid Rocket Boosters in the past, but you've never seen one prepared as masterfully as this.
Traffic cameras aren’t really known for taking particularly interesting images of the local wildlife (or anything interesting for that matter), but as this jaw-dropping photo attests, sometimes the nature comes to you.
We’ve featured Brandon Bird’s fantastic pop art on io9 before, mainly because it is uniformly awesome. But his newest piece, in which a certain post-apocalyptic rocker has been ousted by the maddest man of all, Kenny G, may be our favorite yet. Check out more of Bird’s mind-blowingly great pieces on his website.
Michael Bay’s Transformers movies are almost universally considered to be horrible, but even the haters can admit the cars that become the robots are stunning. And now, you can actually own two of the best.
As fans who grew up with the Harry Potter books gets older, ways to enjoy their fandom get more adult. The latest example might be the best yet, a blending of Quidditch and beer pong.
It goes without saying the gap between the fake exploration on Star Trek and the actual exploration at NASA is huge. But next year, they’ll be worth exactly the same at the post office.
With a new Star Wars movie in theaters, we’re rediscovering our love for that galaxy far, far away. But there are always new ways to rediscover Star Wars, and one of the best is through looking at tributes created by talented artists.
If you were idly wondering what it might be like to visit the High Canadian Arctic in the dead of winter, this incredible new shot of a cup of hot tea freezing in mid-air sums it up nicely: Cold. As. Hell.
The science of rainbows: it’s something we’re all taught in grade school. Airborne water droplets act like little prisms, bending and splitting light. Mix enough water and sunshine, and you get a brilliant bow of color.
Costumers can wow us with their outstanding outfits, but under it all, there’s something waiting to go wrong: that’s where cosplay repair teams jump into action to save the day at any given comic con.
Even if you haven’t read Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One, odds are you’re aware it’s overflowing with pop culture references. The main characters literally study pop culture to try and find the keys to the world’s biggest fortune. Steven Spielberg is currently turning it into a movie.
For the first time, paleontologists have isolated original blood vessels from a dinosaur. You’re looking at the tattered fragments of the structures that channeled blood through the legs of Brachylophosaurus canadensis, a 30-foot-long hadrosaur that roamed Montana 80 million years ago.
There’s a little droid that’s appeared in Star Wars in the last couple of years, R2-KT. She’s an astromech with a special purpose: memorializing a little girl who passed away in 2005. Now, it looks like she’ll appear in bigger things.
Black Friday was all-around awful this year, but once again, Cards Against Humanity made out pretty well. The secret to the party game’s success? Asking for your money, and offering nothing in return.