Specially-Developed Plastic Runners Let This Sled Slide On Sand

It might not provide the same technical challenge as skiing or snowboarding, but it's hard to argue that sledding isn't one of the best ways to take advantage of the winter. But what about those other snow-free seasons? Wouldn't it be fun to sled all year round? Of course it would, so Germany's KHW has developed the… » 1/30/15 11:49am 6 minutes ago

Plan C: America's Nuclear Doomsday Plan to Declare Martial Law

Newly released documents show that the U.S. government drew up a plan in April of 1956 for how to deal with an impending nuclear war. What was its strategy? Declaration of martial law, evacuation of top American personnel to secret offices, and the immediate detention of over 12,000 people with ties to "subversive… » 1/30/15 11:36am 19 minutes ago

The world's largest ice fishing competition looks pretty freaking nuts

This is what people do in Minnesota in the middle of January: Drill 30,000 holes on Gull Lake for the largest ice fishing contest in the world. I'm not so surprised about the fact that there are 30,000 holes in that lake but about the fact that there's such a thing as an ice fishing contest anywhere. Watch the drone… » 1/30/15 11:11am 44 minutes ago

How the Hell Are These Popular Spying Apps Not Illegal?

Here are some sordid scenarios. Your ex-girlfriend can see every time you swipe right while using Tinder. Your former husband is secretly listening to and recording your late-night Skype sessions with your new boyfriend. Some random slippery-dick is jacking off to the naked photos in your private photo library. For… » 1/30/15 11:00am 55 minutes ago

Create GIFs Like It's Nothing With Imgur's New Tool

There are plenty of tools and apps out there for creating your own GIFs, but few are as straightforward to use as Imgur's new offering. Even better, it uses the better-quality, more lightweight format that Imgur has been busy developing. Here's how you can get a customized GIF from any YouTube or Vimeo clip in a few… » 1/30/15 10:40am Today 10:40am

Let's Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

There are only a handful of hours left in the work week before you can start prepping for face-stuffing and football-watching on Super Bowl Sunday. This year's big game will feature 44,928 LED lights (which will hopefully stay on), two teams, one Katy Perry, and not a single drone. It's all bound to be entertaining. » 1/30/15 10:01am Today 10:01am

The Tim Burton-Era Batmobile Is the Best iPhone 6 Case

If you've succumbed to the lure of the monstrous iPhone 6, you've already decided that a compact, pocket-friendly smartphone isn't for you. So when it comes to protecting your giant investment, why not just go all out and wrap it in this impressive case that's a near perfect replica of the Batmobile from Tim Burton's… » 1/30/15 9:23am Today 9:23am

The Theft and Half-Century Journey of Einstein’s Brain

On April 17, 1955, the greatest scientist of his generation checked himself into Princeton Hospital due to chest pains. By early the next morning, Albert Einstein had died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm – the rupture of the aorta, the heart vessel that's the body's main supplier of blood. While word was still… » 1/30/15 6:42am Today 6:42am

An Odd Hypothesis About Bubbles Could Finally Lead to Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear fusion is the dream of energy scientists the world over, because it promises limitless, clean electricity. Most efforts to kickstart the process use high-intensity lasers, insane magnetic field and super-hot hydrogen plasmas. But there may be a more humble alternative. It's called sonofusion, and it involves… » 1/30/15 5:45am Today 5:45am

Anonymized Credit Card Data Really Isn't Very Anonymous

Credit card companies often strip your details from their records and then share it with third parties, claiming that it's anonymized. But a new study from MIT reveals that analysis of just four purchases made on your card can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy, even when your details are removed. » 1/30/15 4:45am Today 4:45am

Scientists Have Made a Möbius Strip Out of Light for the First Time

While you can twist physical materials into a Möbius strip—to make chairs, tables and even buildings—until now it's been impossible to do the same with light. But researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light have changed that. » 1/30/15 3:45am Today 3:45am

Watch this Coach Lead His Team Of Party Guests To Pizza Domination

We all learn from our mistakes, especially when they result in not having enough delicious pizza. Delivery guys may get stuck in snow, they may get lost — they're in no way immune to the harsh realities of February weather. Plus, there are many other factors that could cause your party experience to be, well,… » 1/23/15 12:00pm 1/23/15 12:00pm

Get This Post-CES Special – 30% Off Revogi's Bluetooth Smartbulb 

Want to set the mood right from your phone? With smartbulbs, you can control colors, brightness, or even set times to power on/off. Many smartbulbs cost upwards of $80 or $100, but Gizmodo readers can get 30% off Revogi's bluetooth-controlled Smartbulb, so it's just $34.99 + Free Shipping. » 1/27/15 5:11pm Tuesday 5:11pm