Hero Teacher, Banned From Demoing Condom-Use, Demos 'Sock-Use' Instead

Mississippi boasts some of the highest rates of teen childbirth and young-adult HIV in the United States. It also prohibits "any demonstration of how condoms or other contraceptives are applied." What's a responsible sex educator to do? Why, demonstrate how to properly apply a sock, of course! » 1/23/15 4:28pm Friday 4:28pm

What The 12 Monkeys Showrunner Learned From Writing For Terminator: SCC

Creating a TV show based on 12 Monkeys is a daunting prospect. There's the closed-ended movie storyline, plus all that twisty time-travel. Luckily, the showrunner of 12 Monkeys, Natalie Chaidez, was a writer for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She tells io9 what lessons from Terminator she brought to Monkeys. » 1/15/15 11:00am 1/15/15 11:00am

Heroic Grocery Clerk Saved Hostages During Parisian Market Siege


Amidst the horrific news that's come out of Paris this week, a ray of humanity appears: a 24-year old Muslim grocery clerk, Lassana Bathily, who was working at the kosher market that came under terrorist siege the day after masked gunmen shot and killed 12 at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, managed to save 15… » 1/10/15 12:15pm 1/10/15 12:15pm

How Do We Deal With The Failings Of Our Science Heroes?

Science, it's important to remind ourselves, is performed by people; and people are chronically fallible. All scientists fail, and not always honorably. The question Ben Lillie, master of ceremonies at the always-excellent Story Collider, poses, is this: What do you do when our heroes misstep, misspeak, or are… » 1/08/15 4:40pm 1/08/15 4:40pm

10 Flashbacks That Totally Changed Our Favorite Stories

A great story has lots of layers, and a rich backstory. When you only see part of the picture, you might reach a snap judgment about what's going on — but then you see events from years ago, that make you rethink everything. Here are 10 flashbacks that turn your understanding of a story upside-down. » 12/29/14 10:25am 12/29/14 10:25am

Hero Couple Forges Documents to Live in Sick Million Dollar Mansion 

A Keystone Heights, Fla. couple turned themselves in to Clay County police earlier this week after allegedly forging documents to live in their $1.4 million, 7,000-square foot "home." The couple's ruse was exposed when the home's new, actual owners discovered people were already living in their house. » 12/11/14 2:50pm 12/11/14 2:50pm

Are You Hurting Your Brain By "Hate-Watching" Bad Television?

Everybody does it. We obsessively watch TV shows that we kind of despise, and then we mock them, and complain about them on the internet afterwards. "Hate-watching" is a thing now. What's going on — are we just masochists? Are we doing serious damage to our bodies? What's the worst thing that could happen to us? » 11/03/14 12:18pm 11/03/14 12:18pm