A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... Remember those words? I know some of you are aware that they’re a warning. Others know they’re a trap. But in this case, I think they’re a clue.
When I was young I believed it was a squad of squid. Imagine my disappointment when I found out that it was just a ‘shoal’ or ‘squids’.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… I remember the first time I saw those words scroll across the screen. I was just a wee lad of seven and I didn’t know that my parents had taken me to the most important movie I’d ever see.
As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, right? Now it’s not just parasites and diseases, but also the diseases our parasites have.
Welcome to a new ongoing series on the bearers of nature’s most fascinating anuses. Today we’re going to talk about Stenus Rove Beetles.
When people talk about the advantages of sexual reproduction, one of the (if not the) primary responses is to create genetic diversity.
I love monster movies in general, and The Thing has always been one of my favorites. I liked the clever psychological horror, but what really drew me was the Thing itself. The way it could quickly change into all kinds of strange forms just added to the awesomeness. What sort of freaky weird chimera would it be this…
I believe I finally have stumbled across my religion, and it is a strange and beautiful thing.
In our Sci-Fi dreams of lovely ideas and technologies we occasionally completely miss something that’s not only plausible but pretty obvious in retrospect.
Neil Armstrong: We’re at the third site. Still no cheese. CAPCOM: Where did the cheese go? Neil Armstrong: The only evidence we have so far is a bunch of rock. CAPCOM: We’ll get our people sciencing around the clock to figure out who moved our cheese!
You other molecular motor fans are with me, right?
Here on io9, we love our poo-rolling friends. And rightly so! They provide a crucial ecological service. They have surprising capacity to navigate the world. They're amazingly strong. They're often comical in their persistence. They horrify our less rational friends. They look cute in little booties, and some of…
Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal was on the top of his game (if a bit scratchy) delivering the keynote speech of Zach Weiner's (of SMBC fame) BAHfest as he expertly debunked evolution and introduced us to his personal lord and savior, Jibbers Crabst.
If you want evidence of the sheer power of evolution you don’t need to visit some amazingly diverse rain forest, you just need to look at where nature isn’t.
This is Part 3 of Doctor Who and the Rightly Broken Rule, which gives Mr. Capaldi a chance to start off his career with a bang.
Welcome to 'Things that Make you go Nope', an ongoing series inspired to bring out the nopetopus in you. Last time around we hit on the Dung Beetles that somehow made eating poo into the less disturbing option. . . let's see if the flies can top them.
This is Part 2 of Doctor Who and the Rightly Broken Rule, which gives Mr. Capaldi a chance to start off his career with a bang.
I'm going to make a little bet.
Most good ideas are better told as stories, aren't they?
In 'A Biggish Idea' we walked through the expansion of a doesn't-need-to-be-fictional company from a few hundred people to a worldwide collection of civilizations within a single distributed nation within the abusively powerful legal shell of a corporation. (Yes, we really did. Verify away!)