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As Hubble Celebrates 25 Years, Here's Another Stunning Photo From Space


We showed you some of the Hubble Space Telescope’s most memorable images earlier this week , gathered in honor of the telescope’s 25th year in space.

ISS Astronauts Chose Gravity For Their (Meta) Movie Night Tonight


Here’s your meta moment for the night: the astronauts aboard the International Space Station are having a movie night, and their flick of choice is Gravity, according to Scott Kelly.

Get Your Tuxedo On, Because It's World Penguin Day! 


Penguins are so rad, even elephant seals like to party with them! Exhibit A: this image from October 2014, depicting king penguins and a male elephant seal* beachin’ it on South Georgia Island, deep in the Southern Atlantic.

Very Rare And Adorable Pocket Shark Discovered


Only the second pocket shark ever seen by humans was discovered by scientists during a study conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Guns, Gowns, And Ewok Fur: Props And Costumes At Star Wars Celebration 


We’re still recovering from last week’s Star Wars Celebration 2015, and we’ve got another fun video for you: a tour of all the costumes, props, and vehicles.

The M7.8 Earthquake In Nepal Is Going To Be Really, Really Nasty


A major shallow earthquake hit near Kathmandu in Nepal just before noon on Saturday local time. Between high population densities, intense prolonged shaking, unstable slopes, and inadequate buildings, this has the makings of a very nasty disaster.

Jared Leto's New Joker Already Has An Epic Set Of Memes


By now, you’ve seen David Ayer’s Twitter reveal of Jared Leto’s Suicide Squad Joker. But have you seen all the memes inspired by his, uh, eye-catching take on the classic villain?

Woman Finds 3.69 Carat Diamond While Visiting State Park 


Evening Shade (!) resident Susie Clark was visiting Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas when something caught her eye: a 3.69 carat diamond.

This Is Not Actually A Photo Of A Tiny Monkey Bathing In A Teacup


Little cutie sure looks pocket-sized, though, right? This April 18 photo shows a (perfectly normal-sized, alas) monkey taking a dip at the Amazon Animal Orphanage in the rainforest near Iquitos, Peru, where it joined dozens of other animals recently rescued from animal traffickers and circuses.

io9 Newsstand: The Best Stories from the Week of April 19 - 25


This week’s stories are about rescue and saving, gaining freedom and feathers, and the lengths we will go to for the people who are dear to us.

Dazzling Short Film About An Alchemist Whose Invention Feeds On Memories


John Hurt voices a dead alchemist in the gorgeously animated short film The Alchemist’s Letter. A young man arrives at his late father’s lab and learns all about his father’s invention, a device that can turn objects into gold, but at the price of his most precious memories.

“Western culture throughout its long and tangled history provides us with a rich array of images, a

“Western culture throughout its long and tangled history provides us with a rich array of images, a remarkable set of windows into both popular and latterly professional beliefs about insanity,” writes Andrew Scull in his extensive look at images of madness throughout history, including an oddly peppy Thorazine ad.

Today's Best Deals: Shower-Proof Bluetooth Speaker, $1 Books, & More


$30 Bluetooth speaker deals aren’t all that rare, but not many of them will hold up very well in the shower.

Here's A Handy Introduction To The Concept Of Spacetime


The latest episode of the PBS YouTube series Space Time is a great little eight-minute primer on, well, spacetime.

A Creepy Comic About Kelpies, Scotland's Murderous, Supernatural Horses


In Scottish folklore, a kelpie is a shape-shifting water spirit that may take the form of horse in order to drown anyone foolish enough to try to ride them.

Some Of The Strangest Restaurants And Bars The World Has Ever Seen


For some eateries, it’s not enough to have good food and a reasonably attractive decor. They instead use odd gimmicks to attract drinkers and diners.

Watching Water And Sand Transform Into A "Liquid Marble" Is Hypnotic


Weird stuff happens when water hits hydrophobic substances. In this case, water and hydrophobic sand turn into a “liquid marble” in this video.

No, William Shakespeare Did Not Really Invent 1,700 English Words


One of the many pieces of popular lore attributed to Shakespeare (and there are a lot) is that he invented up to 1,700 of the words we use today.

The Misfits Take Center Stage In Preview Of Jem And The Holograms #2


The spotlight was on the Holograms in the first issue of Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell’s Jem and the Holograms comic, and the band will actually get to perform.

The Mechanical Is One Of The Coolest Books About Free Will Ever Written


On its surface, The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis is a fun alt-history about a world where the Dutch conquered everyone with the help of alchemy and clockwork robots.


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