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What do electrons look like? Now we know.

If you've ever looked at a model of the atom, you'd probably guess that electrons are spherical. But these elementary particles are actually slightly egg-shaped...and proving that could mean trouble for one particular model of subatomic physics. More »


Why we need volcanoes to build a high-tech society

In this io9 interview with Earth Scientist Jim Webster at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, you'll learn why the technological revolution is dependent on volcanoes. More »

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The scientific reason why the honey badger doesn't have to give a s**t

This National Geographic honey badger video, with a hilarious voiceover from "Randall," went viral a few months ago. Seriously, though, why can the honey badger wake up from a cobra bite and be on his merry way? More »


Is it possible we've found the first white hole?

White holes are the opposite of black holes, objects into which nothing can enter but are constantly spewing out matter. They were thought to be completely hypothetical, more a mathematical oddity than a real thing...but we may have seen one. More »


The story behind the world's oldest museum, built by a Babylonian princess 2,500 years ago

In 1925, archaeologist Leonard Woolley discovered a curious collection of artifacts while excavating a Babylonian palace. They were from many different times and places, and yet they were neatly organized and even labeled. More »


How skillful advertisers can word-jack your brain

It's long been established that the mighty brain is nothing but a mound of putty. We don't see what we think we do, we don't remember what we think we do, and we don't like what we think we do. More »


This is the most important star in the universe

This star may not look like much, but in 1923 it changed our understanding of the universe forever. It showed us that the Milky Way wasn't a lonely island universe, but instead just one of billions and billions of galaxies. More »


Using very short words can make people fall in love with you

Generally speaking, romantic relationships form around common interests, compatible personality traits, or similar beliefs and values. But none of that compares to the love connection that can be formed by using basic words like "he" or "and" together. More »


Why this weird little fish is one of the top ten species discovered last year

We're constantly discovering new species, and it isn't just little things like insects or plants. The ten biggest species discovered last year include a six foot long lizard, an antelope being sold at market, and this truly unique-looking creature. More »


Why every human has a blind spot – and how to find yours

There are grizzled heroes and sleek assassins in movies who don't have metaphorical blind spots. They do have literal ones, though. Because of the way the eye is constructed, every human being does. More »


Red-crested rodent reappears after 113 years

After 113 years in hiding, the red crested tree rat (Santamartamys rufodorsalis) has appeared once again and posed for its first ever photographs. The small mammal, not seen since 1898 despite several organised searches, turned up in front of two volunteers at the El Dorado Nature Reserve. More »


Watch a comet crash into the sun over and over

If you're hungry for apocalyptic images (and who isn't?) I recommend this video, of a comet spotted by an amateur astronomer earlier this month as it smashed dramatically into the sun. More »