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  • There's Actually a Legitimate Reason Why L.A.'s Skyline Is So Ugly

    30 January 2015, 6:30 pm by: Sarah Zhang

    Los Angeles' skyline has none of the soaring spires that grace the Burj Khalifa or the Chrysler Building. Instead, it's uniformly flat, like someone took an axe to downtown and left only stumps of buildings. And it's all because of a piece of misguided…
  • A Jacket With Its Own Laugh Track Makes You Terrifying

    30 January 2015, 6:15 pm by: Andrew Liszewski

    A blazer and jeans is just about the official uniform for stand-up comics with a modicum of success, and to guarantee you keep bringing down the house once you've made it, the folks at Adafruit have put together a tutorial showing you how to make a jacket with…
  • What Piece of Technology Has Literally Saved Your Life? 

    30 January 2015, 5:45 pm by: Sarah Zhang

    Me, I rely on my glasses every waking moment of the day. I can barely read a book six inches from my face. Without two simple circles of glass set in plastic on my head, I almost certainly would have stumbled blindly in front of a car or a train or…
  • Magic Leap Ripped Off Those Awesome UI Concepts

    30 January 2015, 5:25 pm by: Sean Hollister

    Magic Leap is secretly building a headset that could blend computer graphics with the real world . Recently, we lucked into a treasure trove of illustrations from Magic Leap about what that future might hold. There's just one problem: Magic Leap didn't…
  • It's Official: That Much-Hyped Big Bang Discovery Was Literally All Dust

    30 January 2015, 5:14 pm by: Sarah Zhang

    There will be no Nobel prizes after all. Last March, scientists announced they had discovered our first direct evidence of the Big Bang, but that evidence has been slowly crumbling away. The results of a joint analysis released today make it official: It was…
  • Modern Conveniences Make This Retro Flashlight New Again

    30 January 2015, 5:00 pm by: Andrew Liszewski

    Whether you're mining for gold deep in the heart of Alaska, or trying to find your way downstairs to replace a blown fuse, this retro-styled lantern from Barebones will light the way without needing a single drop of kerosene. Because instead of a flame, it…
  • After Billions in Subsidies, The Final Verizon FiOS Map Is Bleak as Hell

    30 January 2015, 4:40 pm by: Ashley Feinberg

    As Verizon inches towards the end of its long-promised FiOS expansion, we can finally get a look at all the places these heavily trumpeted fiber cables have actually ended up. Behold the final(ish) Verizon FiOS Fiber map. It's bleak as hell. Read more...
  • The Best Vape Pen for Every Appetite

    30 January 2015, 4:20 pm by: Andrew Tarantola

    Why settle for a vape pen that can only handle oils, waxes, loose-leaf marijuana or e-liquids when one pen can do it all? Multimode pens are getting easy to find, and they're quickly dropping down to double-digit prices. Problem is, a lot of these cannabis and…
  • Beware: Porn-Based Malware Is Sweeping Across Facebook

    30 January 2015, 4:00 pm by: Adam Clark Estes

    Don't click any porn links on Facebook. Just don't. It's a good rule of thumb, but there's an extra good reason right now. There's a troubling type of porn-based malware that's apparently infected over 110,000 Facebook users in two days. And you could get the…
  • The Future of GIFs Is Killing What Makes Them So Great

    30 January 2015, 4:00 pm by: Michael Hession

    Those wonderful looping animations we call GIFs are an unlikely story of survival in an age when digital formats come and go like the wind. The lure of the decades-old GIF format has caused people to ignore its flaws, but those looking to bring the format into…
  • Obama's Precision Medicine Plan Sounds Great—Unless It's an IT Nightmare

    30 January 2015, 3:25 pm by: Sarah Zhang

    After teasing a "Precision Medicine Initiative" in his State of the Union address, President Obama today released the details of his $215 million plan: A massive database containing the genetic profiles and health records of at least a million volunteers.…
  • The Real Reason Why US Adaptations Of British TV Shows Rarely Succeed

    30 January 2015, 3:17 pm by: James Whitbrook

    When it comes to TV, us Brits get very defensive when America tries to adapt one of our shows - just look at the reaction to the announcement that Black Mirror is getting a US remake. There's a good reason for the concern though: Most of the time these…
  • 6 Supermaterials That Could Change Our World 

    30 January 2015, 3:00 pm by: Sarah Zhang

    Graphene isn't the only game-changing material to come out of a lab. From aerogels nearly as light as air to metamaterials that manipulate light, here are six supermaterials that have the potential to transform the world of the future.Read more...
  • What's Better For Hiking? Boots vs Trail Runners vs Approach Shoes

    30 January 2015, 2:55 pm by: Wes Siler

    You want to wear hiking boots to go hiking, right? That may be conventional outdoors wisdom, but often, it's not the right answer. Let's examine the merits of each and try to help you find the right solution. Read more...
  • Paper Books Will Never Die

    30 January 2015, 2:30 pm by: Matt Novak

    After eight years of writing about past visions of the future, I've learned to never make predictions of my own. But I'm about to break my own rule because I'm just so damn confident in my prediction: Paper books will never completely disappear.Read more...
  • Google Now Is About to Get Even Better With Info From Other Apps

    30 January 2015, 2:21 pm by: Mario Aguilar

    Android's spectacular information hub Google Now is about to get even more useful thanks to new support for third-party apps. According to the WSJ, you'll soon see cards in Google Now from Airbnb, Lyft, and "several dozen," other apps. Read more...
  • Good News: Verizon Will Finally Let You Turn Off Tracking "Supercookie"

    30 January 2015, 2:08 pm by: Kate Knibbs

    Verizon has decided to allow its customers to completely opt-out of its controversial 'supercookie' tracking program, which monitored customers' habits on their smartphones and tablets. Like, for real this time.Read more...
  • The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger May Not Happen

    30 January 2015, 1:30 pm by: Adam Clark Estes

    Stopping the merger of two of the most disliked mega-corporations in America would be a great thing. Here's how it could happen.Read more...
  • That Time Soviet Russia Sent Dogs Into Space

    30 January 2015, 1:25 pm by: <a href="http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/soviet-space-dogs-who-took-giant-leaps-for-mankind/">Lisa Hix - Collector's Weekly</a>

    The dog Laika, the first living being to orbit the Earth, lives on in our memories along with her lethal Sputnik 2 mission, on which she was an unwitting pioneer in the USSR's space program more than 57 years ago. Read more...
  • The Best of Brian Barrett: Sponsored By The Veil As Gear 

    30 January 2015, 1:22 pm by: Eric Limer

    Today, Gizmodo loses one of its greatest assets: Writer, cool dad, comedian, and editor emeritus Brian R. Barrett. His influence in shaping Gizmodo and its writers over the last half decade cannot be understated. This is the best of Brian Barrett ('s posts on…

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