The Pre-Holocene Climate Is Returning — And It Won't Be Fun


Our planet has been witness to plenty of strange weather happenings recently, from devastating floods to the polar vortex. These events are providing a glimpse of what it was like during the pre-Holocene era — a time of volatility and destruction. But it could also be a demonstration of where climate change is taking… » 7/24/14 11:50am Today 11:50am

NASA Has Released Printable 3D Models Of Spacecraft And Planets

Would you like to create a perfect replica of the Cassini spacecraft? The Itokawa asteroid? The Gale Crater on Mars? The near and far sides of the lunar surface? If you are among the growing number of 3D printer enthusiasts, you can now download these and other models for free from NASA. » 7/24/14 11:49am Today 11:49am

Science and Entertainment in One Glorious Package

While the rest of io9 will be bringing you the hottest, latest, and greatest in pop culture and entertainment news from Comic Con, I'll be prowling the halls in search of science. Do you have any burning questions you want me to ask our favourite Peep-tormenting astronomer or mohawked rocket scientist? » 7/24/14 8:00am Today 8:00am

A Lego Pirate Is Sacrificed To A Colossal Wave In The Name of Science

Rogue waves are a little-understood phenomenon of ocean dynamics. The colossal swells, which seem to appear out of nowhere in otherwise calm seas, were reported for centuries before their existence was confirmed in 1995. To better understand them, scientists have recently taken to modeling the strange swells with wave… » 7/23/14 10:19pm Yesterday 10:19pm

The Most Deadly American Landslide Was Strangely Normal

The landslide in March of this year that buried the community of Oso, Washington killed 43 people. That makes it the deadliest landslide in American history, and yet it happened in almost totally unremarkable circumstances. So, what happened and can we do to reduce the risk of future landslides? » 7/23/14 3:00pm Yesterday 3:00pm

Get A Rocket's View From Falcon 9 as It Lands on the Ocean

After boosting a communications satellite into orbit, SpaceX's Falcon 9 reusable booster rocket performed a successful soft-landing on the Atlantic Ocean. Best of all? A camera strapped to the rocket captured it for our viewing pleasure. Rocket selfies are the best selfies. » 7/23/14 12:30pm Yesterday 12:30pm

This Is Why the Heat Index Is So Important

Out of the comfort and into the fire went the central United States this week as the latest NotReallyAPolarVortex left in a hurry. Temperatures themselves are hot enough — topping 105°F in places — but as the old phrase goes, it's not the heat that gets you, it's the humidity. On days like today, the heat index is… » 7/23/14 3:25pm Yesterday 3:25pm

Oceans May Be Critical For Life To Arise In Habitable Zones

It's generally agreed that liquid water and a stable atmosphere are the minimal requirements for life. But new research shows that oceans play a vital role in stabilizing and moderating climates on Earth-like planets. » 7/23/14 3:22pm Yesterday 3:22pm

Chandra Has Been X-Raying the Universe for 15 Years

When the Chandra X-ray Observatory celebrates a launch anniversary, it goes big with exploding stars and rotating neutron stars. Today marks 15 years of precision X-ray investigations of stars, galaxies, black holes, neutron stars, and even dark energy. NASA celebrates with supernova and pulsars. » 7/23/14 9:40am Yesterday 9:40am

Two Small Rocks From Space, Two Giant Lawsuits For Mankind

Forty-five years ago yesterday, on July 20, 1969, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Neil Armstrong stepped into history. Shortly before 11 p.m. Eastern time, the pair emerged from their landing craft, the Eagle, and became the first men to set foot on the moon. This week, On Remand looks back at that "one giant leap for… » 7/23/14 11:58am Yesterday 11:58am

The Sun Emits a Plasma Arc So Big You Could Fit 25 Earths Beneath It

The sun is big. Really, really big. It's so big, every feature on it is mind-boggling huge. Last week it spun out a massive prominence arcing out into space so ginormous that a mischievous fireproof Titan could've used it as a hoop to dunk the Earth in a game of cosmic basketball. » 7/22/14 3:00pm Tuesday 3:00pm

​Track The Path Of Any Object Drifting on the Ocean

In 1992, a cargo container filled with more than 28,000 rubber ducks plunged into the North Pacific, and spent more than ten years floating around the world. By studying the travelogue of the ducks, scientists were later able to gather enough data to predict the dynamics of objects floating in the oceans. » 7/22/14 5:08pm Tuesday 5:08pm