WAR OF THE DRAGONS | NGC 6188 and 6164 look like dragons at war, in this amazing photo by Australia's Michael Sidonio, one of 2011's best space pictures.

What is public science, and why do you need it?

Did you use a browser to zoom around on the internet today? Have you ever been vaccinated? If you answered yes to either of those questions, your life has already been made better through publicly-funded science in America. More »

TV Pilots That Are as Good as Most Summer Movies

The fall TV season is beginning, and that means one thing - you're finally going to get to see the TV pilots that the networks have been sweating over for a year. More »

Will you be able to disappear off the grid in 10 years?

It used to be that you could just pick up and start over as a new person. You could get yourself a new identity, go off the grid, or just reinvent yourself completely. More »

The Star Wars Blu-ray set gets 3.5 out of 5

For better or worse, the day is finally here – George Lucas's magnum opus is out today on Blu-ray. I'm sure you've all heard by now that they're not the versions we all know and love, and they're not even the versions we've begrudgingly had to live with for the last 10 years. More »

Why This Was the Worst True Blood Season Ever - and How the Show Can Be Saved

While the 4th season of True Blood had a lot of "precious fairy vagina," and a few great Pam one-liners, it's time to call it what it was, a dud. When the big season finale pits a nightie-wearing ghost grandma against a 50-year-old witch, you've got big trouble in Bon Temps. More »

Marijuana harvesting in Kyrgyzstan sometimes involves naked horseback riding

The Chu Valley between Kyrgyzstan and Kazkhstan is the home to an extremely hardy type of marijuana that resisted Soviet-era efforts to stamp it out. Law-breaking marijuana farmers in the region harvest the crop normally, but they also procure their stick-icky using a tried and true method. More »

What are your prospects for getting a faster-than-light drive?

The prospect a faster-than-light spacecraft is incredibly tempting. But is it practical? Do the laws of physics really allow us to travel to other systems in a human lifetime? More »

Do you really have a sexual fetish?

Ever since the term "sexual fetish" was first used over a century ago, there's been a raging scientific debate over what it means. Why does one person get off on shoes, while another gets off on certain large body parts? More »

The 10 most awesomely ludicrous ways to stop bullets

Until laser pistols are invented - or trebuchets come back in fashion - bullets will remain the uncreative weapon of choice for individuals in regrettable situations everywhere. But that doesn't mean we can't imagine a better world where bullets can be stopped with teeth and hairdos. More »

The "unmeltable" weapon that could have changed the course of World War II

At some point during World War II, loony solutions to practical problems really started to shine. There were pigeon-guided missiles, shark repellent, and giant aircraft carriers made of ice. More »

A massive solar storm could keep us grounded on Earth for a decade

It's decently likely that, sometime in the future, a major solar storm will hit Earth, wreaking havoc on our infrastructure and crippling our satellites. More »

A 20-minute breakdown of why The Dark Knight's chase scene didn't make any sense

I don't know about you, but I found the truck chase in The Dark Knight to be the film's high-octane centerpiece. Jim Emerson was less enamored of it and made a meticulous, 20-minute critique explaining the scene's many flaws. More »

Edits George Lucas Should Have Made to the Star Wars Saga

Tomorrow, George Lucas will release the entire Star Wars saga onto Blu-ray - but it won't be the versions you saw in theaters, because Lucas can't stop tinkering. More »

Are these women looking at you, or at one another?

Both. Actually, where these creepy faces are directing their gazes depends on how close they are to you. (Or, perhaps more accurately, how far away from you they appear to be.) More »

Vote for the greatest use of pop music in all of science fiction and fantasy

Welcome to the third io9 music smackdown! We're putting together the ultimate science fiction (and fantasy) playlist - all the music that every self-respecting fan should have on his or her iPod. More »