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PREMIERE: Enter the Waking Dream of Beshken's "Faceless" Video Featuring Gus Dapperton

Follow Dapperton as he searches for an elusive love interest inside an LA mansion, encountering an increasingly strange world along the way.<p>Beshken, the project of LA-by-way-of-NYC producer Ben Shirken, makes the kind of lush, rhythmic electronic jams best enjoyed with your eyes closed (see: his …

We Just Discovered Bacteria That Can Eat Our Plastic

The only problem: It’s not very hungry.<p>More than 220 million tons of plastic are produced each year, and despite greater emphasis on recycling programs, much of it gets dumped in landfills and oceans around the world. The U.S., for example, only recycles about 14% of the nearly 33 million tons of …

The robots Japan enlisted to clean up Fukushima have been destroyed from radiation exposure

Five years after their deployment to the site of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown, the remote-controlled robots have "died" a mechanical death. Truly, there's no such thing as immortality.<p>The remote-controlled automatons were intended to swim through cooling pools to collect and …

Nuclear Energy

How Daylight Saving Time Affects Your Health and Productivity

The annual ritual of losing an hour of sleep to Daylight Saving Time (DST) is about to happen on March 13, the second Sunday of March and annual date …

10 Troubling Habits of Chronically Unhappy People

Happiness comes in so many different forms that it can be hard to define. Unhappiness, on the other hand, is easy to identify; you know it when you see it, and you definitely know when it's taken ahold of you.<p>Unhappiness is lethal to everyone around you, just like second-hand smoke. The famous …

The Folio Society's Edition Of 2001: A Space Odyssey Is Absolutely Amazing

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Folio Society’s special editions. They’ve been creating some fantastic books, particularly in the science …

Science Fiction

Is fermented food a recipe for good gut health?

<b>Fermentation as a way of preserving food dates back thousands of years, but it is now being held up as a potentially important source of friendly, health-giving bacteria. So should we all be eating sauerkraut and kimchi?</b><p>Allowing bacteria to form in a sealed jar of vegetables over a few months might …

6 Ways Startups Can Market Their Brands Without Breaking the Bank

During the early days of the Internet, starting a small low investment startup wasn't that hard at all. Few people who did became big names in a matter of months.<p>Now fast forward to these days, where research shows that 543,000 new businesses get started each month somewhere in the world. This …

The 100 Most Popular io9 Posts of 2015

It was a year of splendid science fiction, some pretty strange science...and a little movie called <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. Somehow that dress …

Star Wars

The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History’s Greatest Minds

The science of sleep and its glorious effects on creativity, productivity, and sanity gets a lot of press these days. That said, the sleep habits of some of your favorite writers, musicians, and artists may surprise you a little.<p>The bedtimes and rising times of history’s greatest minds are …