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  • Researchers Are Scanning Forests With Lasers to Monitor Their Health

    19 April 2015, 11:06 am by: Maddie Stone

    It looks like a work of art, but the image shown above is the 3D structure of an actual forest, reconstructed from sophisticated laser scans that scientists now hope can be used to quickly check a forest’s vital signs. Kinda like a tricorder IRL.Read more...
  • FBI's Ocean's Eleven Ruse Went "Too Far," Judge Says

    19 April 2015, 10:00 am by: Maddie Stone

    On Friday, a federal judge ruled that FBI agents had gone too far last summer when they cut off the Internet service to Paul Phua’s Las Vegas hotel room, posed as repairmen, and entered the room without a search warrant. Read more...
  • The Star Wars Teaser Trailer Has Added $2 Billion to Disney's Value

    19 April 2015, 8:50 am by: Maddie Stone

    The new Star Wars teaser trailer is so awesome, it’s already given Disney’s stock a $2 billion boost, indicating the excitement among investors (nerds) over the upcoming movie.Read more...
  • Sunday's Best Deals: Logitech Harmony, Home Theater Upgrades, and More

    19 April 2015, 8:25 am by: Shep McAllister, Commerce Team

    At first blush, this seemingly-basic remote might not look like much, but it can actually control eight of your favorite home theater devices, and even turn your smartphone into a universal remote as well.Read more...
  • Sony Hack Reveals Intent to Acquire Super Smash Bros. Film Rights

    18 April 2015, 7:00 pm by: Maddie Stone

    Included in the deluge of Sony executive emails, memos, PDFs and presentations released on WikiLeaks earlier this week is one little nugget that will warm your inner child’s heart: Sony may be trying to nab film rights to the Super Smash Bros. series.Read…
  • Zombie Worms Feasted On The Bones of Ancient Marine Reptiles

    18 April 2015, 6:02 pm by: Maddie Stone

    There’d be a lot more plesiosaurs in the fossil record, if it wasn’t for all the damn zombie worms. At least, that’s one interpretation of a new study which shows that Osedax, better known as the zombie worm, devoured the bones of marine reptiles 100…
  • NASA Says Nobody's Getting to Mars Without Its Help

    18 April 2015, 5:03 pm by: Maddie Stone

    NASA really wants humans make it to Mars, and it also really wants to be the one that gets us there. In fact, NASA administrator Charles Bolden went so far as to say that “No commercial company without the support of NASA and government is going to get to…
  • This Shape-Shifting Sofa Stacks Itself Like Suitcases

    18 April 2015, 4:07 pm by: Maddie Stone

    If you already loved rearranging furniture, this shapeshifting sofa will take your addiction to a whole new level.Read more...
  • FBI Accosts Security Researcher Over Fear That He Hacked His Flight

    18 April 2015, 3:00 pm by: Maddie Stone

    When airport security researcher Chris Roberts tweeted about his ability to hack the in-cabin control systems aboard his Boeing 747 flight, he probably wasn’t anticipating the quip would get him detained by the Feds. Only some jokes, the FBI doesn’t find…
  • A Remote Amazonian Tribe Harbors Unprecedented Microbial Diversity

    18 April 2015, 12:06 pm by: Maddie Stone

    The trillions of bacteria that live on us and in us—otherwise known as our microbiomes—are vital to our health in ways we’re just beginning to understand. Now scientists have discovered the most diverse collection of bodily bacteria ever, in a remote…
  • A Self-Inflating, Self-Propelled, Stand-Up Paddleboard

    18 April 2015, 12:00 pm by: Maddie Stone

    With spring coming late on the heels of a brutal winter, it’s hard to believe that summer is right around the corner. Still, in a few short months it’ll be plenty warm enough to take your self-inflating, self-propelled paddleboard out for a spin on the…
  • Every Tree in New York City, Mapped By Species

    18 April 2015, 11:00 am by: Maddie Stone

    New York City is about as urban as urban gets, but even concrete jungles harbor leafy life. At last count, there were 592, 130 trees in the Big Apple, and thanks to the efforts of Brooklyn-based designer Jill Hubley, you can now study them all in a colorful…
  • Netflix Sets Its Prices According to Local Piracy Rates

    18 April 2015, 10:00 am by: Maddie Stone

    If you live in a country with a lot of piracy, you probably enjoy lower monthly Netflix subscription fees. That’s according to Netflix CFO David Wells, who says that a country’s piracy rate is the primary factor determining the service’s local price.Read…
  • Today's Best Deals: The Best Headphones, Chromecast, Swimsuits, & More

    18 April 2015, 9:37 am by: Shep McAllister, Commerce Team

    Today on Adorama, you can pick up the X version of your favorite headphones for just $109 after a $20 rebate. That's a whopping $60 less than usual, and the best price we've ever seen. If you're not familiar with the these semi-legendary cans, readers voted…
  • The Universe's Largest Galaxies Rotted From the Inside Out 

    18 April 2015, 9:00 am by: Maddie Stone

    Littered across the cosmos are massive, dead galaxies, containing roughly half the stars in the known Universe. Much about these cosmic graveyards remains a mystery, but a study published yesterday in Science study offers additional insight into their death:…
  • What's The Political Situation Like in The Force Awakens?

    18 April 2015, 1:14 am by: lightninglouie

    Star Wars Celebration has revealed the names of two of the major factions in The Force Awakens: the Resistance, who seem to represent the next generation of the Rebel Alliance from the original trilogy, and the First Order, who appear to be the (non-Timothy…
  • Every Key Detail And Killer Moment From The Batman V. Superman Trailer

    17 April 2015, 8:06 pm by: Charlie Jane Anders

    It’s finally here — the first HD footage of the clash between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. We’ve already watched the HD version a half dozen times, but now it’s time to pore over GIFs and screencaps, to catch every detail and all the insane…
  • The Best of Gizmodo This Week

    17 April 2015, 8:00 pm by: Meg Neal

    Mysterious gaping holes! Superhero skivvies! A really skinny MacBook! GAME OF FUCKING THRONES. Just another week at Gizmodo. Here are the highlights.Read more...
  • George Lucas Wants To Build Affordable Housing on His Skywalker Ranch

    17 April 2015, 7:45 pm by: Alissa Walker

    Having safely outsourced the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas can focus on his real estate projects. He’s got his museum in Chicago , and now, an affordable housing project proposed for his own Skywalker Ranch. Those who can’t afford San Francisco could…
  • In 1851, A Man Picked Two Unpickable Locks and Changed Security Forever

    17 April 2015, 7:40 pm by: Roman Mars - 99% Invisible

    The pursuit of lock picking is as old as the lock, which is itself as old as civilization. But in the entire history of the world, there was only one brief moment, lasting about 70 years, where you could put something under lock and key—a chest, a safe, your…

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