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The io9 Guide to Discworld

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld might look intimidating — there are 40 books, and they’re humorous fantasy, which seems like it could be an acquired taste. But everybody should read at least one Discworld book, because they’re wonderful, and there’s something for everyone. Here’s our complete guide to Pratchett’s… » 4/30/15 11:23am 4/30/15 11:23am

Animal Welfare, Science, an Apology and an Analysis

On Wednesday, we published an article about animal welfare in research experiments. It was biased, factually incorrect, and should not have appeared on io9 in that form. As io9's editor-in-chief, I'm the one who screwed up, and I'm sorry. Here's how this mess happened, and what we're doing about it. » 12/01/14 5:44pm 12/01/14 5:44pm

Just How Bad Is California's Drought? Here's A Scary, 10-Second Answer.

California continues to dry up. The latest figures indicate more than 80% of the state is in extreme drought, or worse, exceptional drought. These are sobering numbers, to be sure, but for an even better perspective on the drought's unprecedented progression, check out this GIF, created by L.A. Times reader Alvaro… » 8/09/14 5:26pm 8/09/14 5:26pm

This Graphic Lists Over 200 Resources for Making Money Online

There are tons of ways to make money online, in your spare time and maybe with very little effort. From freelancing to flipping sites, this infographic covers the major resources that can help you put more money in your bank account. » 7/23/14 4:47pm 7/23/14 4:47pm

This busy street intersection with no traffic lights is just pure chaos

Anarchy. That's what it's like to drive on the streets of Ethiopia. There are no traffic lights, no painted lanes, no rules on who has the right of way, no fear of hitting the car in front of you, and basically no driver has any idea what the other driver is going to do until they do it. It's chaos and probably… » 4/23/14 8:37am 4/23/14 8:37am

We Reached The "Everybody's Broken Past Fixing" Part of Game of Thrones

Remember when all the characters on Game of Thrones were shiny and new? Now Tyrion Lannister can't get laid in a whorehouse. His brother Jaime has lost his groove. The Stark girls have death in their hearts. Jon Snow's a traitor forever. Last night's premiere showed these characters aren't just broken, but broken… » 4/09/14 2:41pm 4/09/14 2:41pm

The Game I Played When I Was Scared To Death of Being Deported

Amidst the pushcart vendors selling bacon-wrapped hot-dogs, religious leaders blasting damning sermons over megaphones, and the homeless wandering around the city, there is one San Francisco fixture most people don't know about—not even the locals. It's not a bridge or a winding street or anything like that: I'm… » 3/31/14 5:23pm 3/31/14 5:23pm

Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap

Every time I tell someone about OpenStreetMap, they inevitably ask "Why not use Google Maps?". From a practical standpoint, it's a reasonable question, but ultimately this is not just a matter of practicality, but of what kind of society we want to live in. I discussed this topic in a 2008 talk on OpenStreetMap I gave… » 1/06/14 8:59am 1/06/14 8:59am

An animator explains why she studies physics in a marvelous short

Xiangjun Shi recently graduated from Brown and the Rhode Island School of Design in physics and animation. In Why Do I Study Physics? she uses one of her passions to explain the other, in a short animation that starts out simple but eventually pokes at some of the great mysteries of the universe. » 10/28/13 8:02am 10/28/13 8:02am