Best Stories of Today, February 16, 2011


Here are the best stories on Gizmodo, today. Enjoy them!

This Is Not a Lost Scene From Aliens
When I first came across this image, I thought it was from a lost Aliens scene. But it is real. That's Staff Sgt. Sarah Mrak, from the 4th Special Operations Squadron. And she's inside a U.S. Air Force AC-130U aerial gunship. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 16, 2011Steve Jobs Has "6 Weeks to Live," Says the National Enquirer
Steve Jobs took another medical leave of absence earlier this year with no estimated return date. The National Enquirer has now published some scary looking photos of Steve, which depict him looking thinner and perhaps more ill than ever. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 16, 2011IntoNow for iPhone

Hot damn. It's like Shazam for your TV. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 16, 2011 IBM Jeopardy Challenge Finale: The Liveblog

Tonight is the final battle between IBM's Jeopardy-playing Watson computer and humanity's two greatest quiz show gladiators. And because I just moved to a state that buries epic man vs. machine battles at 4:30 CST, I'm going to liveblog it early for you all. Spoilers, and the possible end of mankind as we know it, ahead. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 16, 2011How a Dead Elephant Is Consumed In Under Two Minutes
This is a time lapse of what happens when you leave a dead elephant on the savanna. Yes, it's like the Lion King, but really gross. Don't play it if you don't want to see leopards, hyenas and flies putting all those proteins and carbohydrates back into the ecosystem. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 16, 2011Feds Accidentally Shut Down 84,000 Websites over Wrongful Kiddie Porn Accusation
"Operation Protect Our Children" sounded great! The Department of Justice and Homeland Security's tag-team beatdown was supposed to seize ten criminal sites this past weekend. Instead, it shuttered 84,000 innocent domains. And replaced them with a banner labeling them as child porn traffickers. Whoops! More »


Best Stories of Today, February 16, 2011This Star Trek-Style Scanner Tells If You're Healthy Or Not
I never thought I would live to see something like this: A hand held scanner that can detect if a patient is healthy or not just by pointing it at the skin. It seems out of Star Trek, but it is real and it works today. More »


Best Stories of Today, February 16, 2011IBM Jeopardy Challenge, Night 2: Watson Runs Wild
When we last left our heroes, Watson and the undefeated Jeopardy champion Brad Rutter were tied for the lead with $5000 apiece. Ken Jennings, meanwhile, trailed with $2000. Watson had some shaky moments in the early stages of Round 1, but kept it together enough to stay on top and frustrate the Mormon Machine. Let's rejoin the action... More »