Matt Heverly has one of the coolest jobs in the Solar System: he drives rovers. On Mars. He drove NASA's Opportunity rover for four years and now he's getting ready for the biggest mission in the history of NASA's planetary exploration—driving the $2.6-billion car-sized Curiosity rover after it lands this Sunday (I…
Google Fiber is pretty freaking awesome. But we're all geeking out about how it might work, or how we think it's could change our lives. Max Ross is actually living it.
In July, the io9 Book Club read Saladin Ahmed's Throne of the Crescent Moon. Now Ahmed is coming to answer your questions about the book today, July 30, from 11:30-12:30 PST. Ask him whatever you want about the book!
Just about everyone you know uses Wikipedia. But that deep library of information—nearly 4 million entries—didn't get there by accident. In fact, a surprising number of them came from Justin Knapp, who is the first person to make more than one million edits on the site. We've got him here live taking your questions.
As you may know, on August 6, NASA's Curiosity rover — the most advanced robot ever sent to another planet — will land on Mars. NASA called the mission "the most important event in the history of planetary exploration."
Most people know Nick Denton as the founder of io9's parent company, Gawker Media. Today he's a notorious media entrepreneur, but his inspiration began with science fiction. My first conversation with him was about the Syfy series Battlestar Galactica. Later, he revealed that he'd read Isaac Asimov's celebrated…
If you're reading these lines it's because of this man. He's Dave Winer, the inventor of blogs and RSS syndication, two of the backbones of the web. Often controversial, always challenging, this is the story of what got him inspired to do it all:
If you've clicked on one of those "meme" things lately or watched a video of something happening, there's a good chance it meandered its way through Reddit, one of the most massively influential websites, ever. Come talk to its daddy.
Kevin Mitnick was one of the first internationally known hackers, one of the early wizards who struck the fear of the gods in the machine into regular people. He hacked Los Angeles, Motorola, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, and Fujitsu Siemens before finally being caught by the FBI.
Bows and arrows have evolved quite a bit since the Paleolithic era. But one thing hasn't changed in 12,000 years. This has never been a sport of sheer skill and power—its most elite competitors have always relied on the best gear of the age.
Even the best bike lock can't protect you from a professional bike thief. We learned that ourselves, when even Mario's amateur ass made short work of the best locks on the market. But we wanted to know how much more of a threat a seasoned pro represents. What tools does he use? What does he do with the bike once he…
In June, the io9 Book Club read Jo Walton's Among Others. Now Walton is coming to answer your questions about the book today, June 29. Feel free to ask her questions about her other books, but for the most part we'll focus on Among Others.
The SR-71 Blackbird remains an icon of American aerospace engineering to this day. Its speed and operating ceiling are unrivaled. However, it did not simply spring forth fully-formed from the head of "Kelly" Johnson—it spent years in development as the A-12 Oxcart being flown by an elite group of Air Force pilots.…