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  • History visualized through the life of the most important humans

    1 August 2014, 10:17 pm by: Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

    Art historian Maximilian Schich put together this pretty visualization that records humanity's cultural history over 2,600 years. The blue and red dots you see above are the birthplaces and deaths for over 120,000 people who were "notable enough" to have their…
  • Watch all of Jaws get summarized in a hilarious 60 second animation

    1 August 2014, 8:14 pm by: Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

    Our attention spans aren't what they used to be so 1A4Studio is basically doing God's work when they summarize classic movies in less than 60 seconds. This time, they draw all the important parts of Jaws in one fun squealing animation sequence. We might need a…
  • Particle Fever Makes Me Feel Like a Physicist

    1 August 2014, 8:00 pm by: Darren Orf

    Understanding the inner workings of existence is a challenge not everyone is equipped for. In my high school physics class, I learned a handful of Newtonian laws and something about a quark, and that was about it. But during Particle Fever's 120-minute…
  • Kick Your Weekend Off Right With the Godfather of Soul

    1 August 2014, 7:00 pm by: Kate Knibbs

    The new James Brown biopic "Get On Up" is in theaters now. Should you see it? I don't know, maybe! Dan Aykroyd is involved, which is a good sign if you're making vodka that comes in overwrought skull containers made of crystal, and a bad sign if you're making…
  • Flappy Bird Is Back, Exclusively on Amazon's Fire TV

    1 August 2014, 6:06 pm by: Eric Limer

    Amazon's Fire TV is a great, speedy, oddly expensive piece of hardware , and so naturally Amazon needs to find something that can make it special. Something that can make use of that controller. And what better console-selling exclusive than...Flappy Bird?…
  • Why You Shouldn't Freak Out About Ebola Patients Coming to the U.S.

    1 August 2014, 5:54 pm by: Sarah Zhang

    For months, the Ebola epidemic was a terrible problem isolated in Africa. Then news broke of two sick Americans being airlifted back for treatment, bringing Ebola to the U.S. for the first time ever. On purpose. Cue fear, cue outrage—all of it misplaced.…
  • A Gesture-Controlled Headlamp Means No More Fumbling For Buttons

    1 August 2014, 5:20 pm by: Andrew Liszewski

    Headlamps aren't just for overnight wilderness treks, a hands-free light source can be useful for everything from detailed hobby work to fixing a car. And Olight's H15S is particularly useful for that last application, allowing you to activate its bright LED…
  • Who Invented Tequila?

    1 August 2014, 5:00 pm by: Melissa - TodayIFoundOut.com

    Although tequila dates back only a few hundred years, people have long used the heart of the agave plant to make delicious, alcoholic beverages.Read more...
  • Change Your Hair Color By Etching Nano-Patterns Into Each Strand

    1 August 2014, 4:57 pm by: Sarah Zhang

    In a weirdly serious bit of hair research, engineers have figured out how to change hair color without an ounce of hair dye. The only catch? You need a focused ion beam. Read more...
  • This alien world is not a frame from Guardians of the Galaxy

    1 August 2014, 4:39 pm by: Jesus Diaz on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

    This isn't a Cassini photo of a Saturn moon against an asteroids field or a frame from Guardians of the Galaxy. This beautiful alien landscape is right here on Earth, a microscopic world hidden inside a gemstone, photographed by Danny J. Sanchez. He told me…
  • This Home's Bedrooms Have Wheels So You Can Roll Them Outside

    1 August 2014, 4:34 pm by: Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

    We've seen doors that spin on their hinges and whole facades that rotate towards the sun, but there are mechanically simpler ways to approach transforming architecture. Take this home in Brittany, which features small bedrooms on wheels that can be rolled…
  • Zeus Thunder Vape Pen: E-Cig and Vaping in One Pocketable Package

    1 August 2014, 4:20 pm by: Andrew Tarantola

    Cramming what little pocket space you've got in those skinny jeans you kids are wearing with multiple vapes for multiple materials is tacky. Instead, combine all your vaping needs into a single, multi-material device like the Zeus Arsenal Thunder. Read more...
  • Let's Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

    1 August 2014, 3:56 pm by: Robert Sorokanich on Whitenoise, shared by Eric Limer to Gizmodo

    What is up, good people of the internet? It's Friday, and the weekend dangles before us like a carrot on a stick. How was your week? What's on for the weekend? Let's chat!Read more...
  • Watching This Machine Fabricate Tiny Screws Makes Me Nervous

    1 August 2014, 3:35 pm by: Alissa Walker

    Those itty bitty screws that hold together your watch (or possibly your smartwatch) are infinitely frustrating to grasp, position, and attach to said watch. Now imagine the precision required to make one of those screws. Seeing the process captured gives me…
  • Coffee Table Ping-Pong Is More Entertaining Than a Stack Of Magazines

    1 August 2014, 3:18 pm by: Andrew Liszewski

    Who says coffee tables can only serve as magazine storage, beverage holders, or less than comfortable footrests? Huzi Design's Ping-Pong coffee table proves they can also be a great way to entertain guests without resorting to breaking out your Catan…
  • $75 gets you $100 in Android App Credit Today on Amazon

    1 August 2014, 3:15 pm by: Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Gizmodo

    We see a fair number of iTunes gift card deals around these parts, but discounts on Android app credit are basically nonexistent. Today though, Amazon is filling the void with $100 in Amazon Coins, valid for the purchase of apps and in-app purchases from the…
  • Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker Review: Let the Internet Help with Dinner

    1 August 2014, 3:12 pm by: Andrew Tarantola

    It's Friday night. You're out on the town when suddenly the realization hits: you totally forgot to turn off the crock-pot before you left for the evening. Now, instead of coming home to a delicious beef brisket dinner, you're going to come home to inedible…
  • Windows Phone Is Getting One of the Best Android Phones

    1 August 2014, 3:04 pm by: Robert Sorokanich

    Just as the rumors foretold , a Windows Phone version of the wonderful HTC One is headed for Verizon—or so this photo tucked in an unseen corner of Verizon's servers seems to indicate. Read more...
  • It Is Now Legal to Unlock Your Phone in the U.S.

    1 August 2014, 2:58 pm by: Darren Orf

    As we predicted last week, President Obama has approved and signed the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act," making it once again legal to unlock your phones to use on carriers of your choice. Sen. Patrick Leahy, the main supporter of the…
  • You don't need dreams when you sleep in this bedroom

    1 August 2014, 2:40 pm by: Jesus Diaz on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

    The name of this home perched on the cliffs of Zapallar, Chile, is the Catch the Views House. If it was mine, I would rename it The Dream. Created by LAND Arquitectos, they said it was designed to "catch as many views as possible." They succeeded.Read more...
  • How New York City Simulates an Anthrax Attack

    1 August 2014, 2:32 pm by: Leslie Horn

    Today, New York City is mounting a large-scale simulation of an anthrax attack, the biggest emergency simulation the city has ever staged. So how exactly does the largest city in the United States respond to biological warfare? Read more...
  • You Will Regret Handing Out Slide Whistle Straws At Your Next Party

    1 August 2014, 2:05 pm by: Andrew Liszewski

    Like the harmonica, the slide whistle is one instrument you need no skill to play—you just blow in one end, and slide the other in and out. Unfortunately, that means that handing out a bunch of these adorable Wet My Whistle musical straws at your next…
  • The Best Smartphone Car Mount

    1 August 2014, 2:00 pm by: Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Kinja Co-Op, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Gizmodo

    It was a hard-fought victory, but the iOttie One Touch crowns your dashboards as the Best Smartphone Car Mount. Read more...
  • Dismantling A 150-Million-Year-Old Dino Is Just As Tough As You'd Think

    1 August 2014, 1:45 pm by: Jordan Kushins

    The Fossil Hall at the National Museum of Natural History is closing down for a five-year renovation. During that time, its dino inhabitants will be totally dismantled, outfitted for new mounts, then put back together again in brand new poses (haaay gurl). How…
  • Every Inch of This Building's Facade Will Grow Crops You Can Eat

    1 August 2014, 1:24 pm by: Alissa Walker

    We've gotten a peek at some of the other structures being built for the food-themed Milan Expo 2015, from a smog-gobbling facade for Italy to a veggie-growing restaurant for France . Now here's the American pavilion, which is inspired by three signature…

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