Friends, we’ve finally made it: The hellishly wearisome event that is April Fool’s Day is basically at its end. We at io9 despise this black day, but even our curmudgeonly souls got a smile out of this “prank” by the Canadian Library and Archives, which claimed to have dug up Wolverine’s military records from its…
Canada’s new Liberal government was sworn in yesterday, and if its first moves were of any indication, science—woefully neglected under the previous Conservative government—will become a serious priority. The new cabinet features not one but two science ministers, and a renamed environment office with the words…
Canadians rejoice: in 2016, the next installment of the Star Wars saga will be available to stream on Netflix. According to Variety, The Force Awakens will hit Netflix in Canada “approximately eight months after the movie leaves theaters.”
American politicians, you’d better step up your game. This campaign ad from Canadian politician Wyatt Scott—featuring dragons, giant geese, robots, laser eyes and much, much more—is the new gold standard in campaign advertising.
Western Canada is getting absolutely hammered by wildfires right now. At the moment, there are at least 182 reported wildfires burning in British Columbia, as these shocking satellite images make painfully clear.
File this under “Why we need libraries and librarians”: A copy of the original shooting script for Star Wars Episode IV was found sitting on a shelf in the University of New Brunswick’s library in Saint John. And it may settle whether or not Han shot first.
As spring approaches, even the northern reaches of Canada are melting up. Extensive rafts of sea and lake ice are shattering during the spring thaw, creating beautiful landscapes of broken glass glittering in the sun.
For the past year, Rich Juzwiak and Caity Weaver have scoured New York in search of the city’s greatest restaurant. This spring, the authors expanded their quest into a global hunt: the search for the Best Restaurant in the World. Due to time and budget constraints, it was determined that the most efficient method to…
There's a hill in New Brunswick, Canada, where something extraordinary happens. If you park your car at the foot of it, and throw it into neutral, your car seemingly starts to roll (completely unassisted!) uphill. Yes, it's real, and, no, it's not for the reason many people think.
Maps seem like the most utilitarian of objects, but hidden in between all that functional information there are some strange stories. Here's how a 19th-century postal service bureaucrat hid a snub against France that's still in Canada's modern map.
Defence Research and Development Canada's (DRDC) experimental proving ground is a piece of land over 470 square kilometers — and its isolated, clear, and moderate weather makes the location perfect for scientists and researchers to do defense work. Like this explosion.
In the wake of Leonard Nimoy's death, a number of Canadians have taken to the practice of converting the portrait of Prime Minister Sir Wilfred Laurier on the Canadian $5 bill into the iconic image of Mr. Spock. According to the Bank of Canada, defacing bills is not illegal — but it's not without consequences.
Doodle-driven Canadians have been cleverly defacing their five dollar bills for years, turning the portrait of former Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier into the pop-culture figures he eerily resembles: Spock (seen here) and Harry Potter's Severus Snape.
"It's a bad time, this time of year" ... especially if you live in Valentine Bluffs, setting for 1981 seasonal classic My Bloody Valentine. Come for the freaky miners, marvel at the gore, and stay for the excellent end-credits music.
"Aggressively priced" at just over $2.1 million: the awesomely retro Enchanted Forest, located in an actual old-growth forest in British Columbia. The owners, who built up the park in the 1950s and 60s, are retiring ... which means this is your chance to take over (pet dragon included).
You may recall reading that James Bond, as envisioned by Sir Ian Fleming, had entered public domain in Canada. Canada, and a few other countries, differ on the length of copyright protection – 50 years from the death of the creator, compared to 70 in the US and elsewhere.
Late last month, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook the town of Fox Creek, Alberta. The province's energy regulator is pointing the finger at hydraulic fracturing which, if confirmed, would make it the largest earthquake ever to have been induced by the method.
On January 1st, 2015, the works of Ian Fleming entered the public domain in a number of countries. That means that the character of James Bond is no longer copyrighted in those countries, just like Sherlock Holmes has been for a while. But it doesn't mean that it's suddenly open season on that character.
Take a look at this walrus. This is what happens when a taxidermist is taxed with mounting an animal he's never seen before. With no idea that real walruses have copious wrinkles and folds, this Victorian just kept stuffing it and studding it until it looked smooth. Whoops.
On January 15, the Vancouver Poetry House Society held its annual Nerd Poetry Slam. Matt Loeb's came in fifth, but I really feel like "Sci Lingo We Ride" deserves a ton of accolades. The references fly thick and fast in this poem.