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A Curious Kid Uncovers a Bone-Chilling Truth In Scifi Short Monsters

On her 10th birthday, a curious girl sneaks out of the bunker where she’s spent her entire life, intent on seeing the fearsome creatures that she’s …

8 Mac Menu Bar Apps That Will Blow Your Mind

The only thing better than awesomely useful apps are awesomely useful apps that you can use right from your menu bar. Earlier this year, we wrote …

5 Reasons Not to Use Google for Search

Google is pretty much everywhere. It’s in your smartphone, car, and maybe even your watch— but there’s still nothing like searching Google on a …

AdWords

2 US swimmers pulled of plane in Rio in robbery confusion

<b>Rio de Janeiro (CNN) —</b> One of the US swimmers involved in an controversial incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station said Friday that men with badges pulled guns on them and ordered them to pay money in order to leave the scene.<p>Gunnar Bentz's statement came the same day Ryan Lochte apologized on …

Brazil

Some of Comics’ Most Amazing History Lurks in a New Jersey Warehouse

Getting from to Anthony’s Comics Book Art in Moonachie, New Jersey, from New York involves a short drive on the highway and a longer stretch through …

Could you stomach Huel, the food of the future?

It’s called Huel, a ‘human fuel’ designed to replace nature’s version in a hi-tech, fuss-free, nutritionally balanced powder form. We tried it out…<p>I have a friend around for lunch when I mix my first batch of Huel. I have laid out gözleme – Turkish flatbreads stuffed with spinach and feta – made …

Nutrition

10 of the best virtual reality apps for your smartphone

Get started with VR on your iPhone or Android phone with these 100 apps, spanning films, games, news and 360-degree photo-sharing<p>You don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset to give virtual reality a try.<p>The Android or iPhone handset in your pocket is a VR device …

Virtual Reality

This 1996 Sega training video is the most ‘90s thing you’ll see this week

If you've ever wondered what Sega was like at the height of its game-making powers, wonder no more. A staff video from the Sega vaults—made in 1996, …

Alarm Clock Xtreme Can Now Track Your Sleep At Night

Android: Alarm Clock Xtreme was in the running for our top Android alarm app. Now, it’s added a sweet new feature that allows you to track your sleep …

Sleep

Meet Etcher, A Stylish Open-Source USB Image Writer Tool

<b>Looking for an easy-to-use way to create a bootable USB stick on Linux? This nifty new app can help.</b><p>This weekend reader <i>Ronald M</i>. sent us the …

Linux

SpaceX releases 360-degree footage of the Falcon 9 sea landing

Duck!<p>SpaceX has just published a stunning 360-degree video of its most recent feat: landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the ocean. If you ever wanted feel like you're standing under a spaceship that's landing without the awful side effect of being burned to shreds, …

Space Travel

You Should All Be Reading These Criminally Underrated Comics Right Now

We at io9 tend to cover a lot of comic book news, but there are a lot of smaller titles that, while not making headline news, are absolutely worth …

Amazing pencil portraits of Japanese celebrities look as lifelike as photographs 【Pictures】

This Twitter user doesn’t need lights and cameras when he’s got good pencils and <b>unbelievable talent</b>.<p>You might not have noticed, but we only …

Anime

We talked to an ethical hacker, here’s what we learned

Believe it or not, not all hackers are malicious.<p>Ethical hackers are experts hired to support organizations and governments and keep their systems secure. These ethical hackers provide expertise to protect citizens and regular people from malicious hackers. We recently sat down with one to learn …

The Best Gaming Desktop PCs for Every Budget

Gaming desktops vary greatly in size, shape, and performance. We've rounded up the best picks available today from the industry leaders.<p>This roundup contains pre-built machines from major manufacturers such as Lenovo, Acer, ASUS, and MSI among others.<p>If you are shopping for a gaming desktop and are …

Drawing a school girl leaping over a man firing a gun? There's a reference book for that!

School girl action manga artists rejoice! With this new book, you can stop making awkward pose requests to your friends.<p>Generally, artists work …

Anime

Chief Scientist At 1-Page Reveals How To Get Started In Machine Learning

<i>What would be your advice to a software engineer who wants to learn machine learning? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Alex Smola, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University and Chief Scientist,</b> …

This Is Your Brain on Nature

When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor.<p><b>When you head out</b> to the desert, David Strayer is the kind of man you want behind the wheel. He never texts or talks on the phone while driving. He doesn’t even approve of eating in the …

Humans Evolved to Believe In God, This Theory Argues

More than eight in ten people worldwide believe in some form of religion.<p>More than eight in ten people worldwide have some sort of religious belief, according to a Pew Research Center study. Approximately one third of those people are Christian.<p>Even though the percentage of people who identify as …

Pew Research Center

How to monitor all 3 credit scores free on iPhone

There are lots of finance apps available for iPhone these days. Some of them make tasks that used to be painfully irritating easier than ever — like monitoring your credit report and viewing your credit scores. Even better, if you have the right combination of finance apps, you can regularly …

Woman appears to vanish on live TV, causes mass Internet confusion

This is one of those clips that you have to watch again, and again, and <i>again</i>.<p>During a recent interview on Danish television channel TV2, a woman in …

Run This Single Command In Terminal To Get Geeky Weather Reports

<i>Short Bytes: If you are a coder who is in love with his/her work, then outside weather doesn’t matter much to you. However, if you’re heading for a</i> …

13 Free Things on the Internet You Should Be Using

Why pay when you can get it for …

Internet

VR visit to Japanese swimsuit model’s apartment provides joy for dateless men on Valentine’s Day

<b>Ai Shinozaki</b>, one of Japan’s hardest-working models, extends some VR hospitality.<p><b>Ai Shinozaki</b> could probably make a comfortable living doing nothing …

Virtual Reality

Today's Hero Made an AI That Annoys Telemarketers For As Long As Possible

Hanging up on annoying telemarketers is the easiest way to deal with them, but that just sends their autodialers onto the next unfortunate victim. …

Telecoms

Don's Plum: Leonardo DiCaprio film released online

<b>UPDATE:</b> <i>Don’s Plum</i> was pulled from Vimeo on Wednesday. “Vimeo has removed or disabled access to the following material as a result of a third-party …

How I Finally Organized My Messy Inbox with Sortd

GIF<p>I’ve tried dozens of solutions to clean up my inbox, and so far, the Sortd Chrome extension comes closest to helping me use and organize email the …

A 21-year-old who looks exactly like Taylor Swift shut down the people who body-shamed her

Keitra Jane is a 21-year-old student at the University of Utah who looks so much like Taylor Swift that she gets stopped on the street for photos.<p>Recently, her resemblance to the pop star took an alarming turn when internet commentators criticized her weight on a YouTube video. Instead of ignoring …

Celebrity Gossip

I tried having sex in virtual reality — here's what it was like

Werner Herzog believes that virtual reality is getting ahead of itself.<p>"It looked OK, but you get tired of it fairly quickly," he told the <i>New Yorker</i> of watching VR film.<p>"The strange thing here is that normally, in the history of culture … you have the content first, and then the technology follows …

Virtual Reality

The wearable chair is now a thing

For all those times you've wished you could just take a seat, I somehow doubt that this involved wearing your seat on your body. But hey, what do I know -- I'm not a surgeon, restaurant industry professional, or anyone else who is forced to stay on their feet for hours at a time. Maybe if I were, …

Wearable Tech