Ikea's New Furniture Assembles in Minutes Without a Single Tool

Ikea has made buying furniture as easy as picking up milk at the corner store, but as convenient as the company's flat-pack approach to selling desks and shelving is, the assembly part can still be a pain. Its new living room line, though, uses specially-designed wedge dowels, allowing the pieces to be assembled using… » 10/02/14 1:42pm 19 minutes ago

This Ghostly Town Spent 25 Years Underwater Before Resurfacing

At one time, Epecuén was a booming resort city: a grand town on a beautiful lake, attracting vacationers from all over Argentina in the 1920s with its revitalizing salt waters. There were hotels, nightclubs, and restaurants. Today, it's a thicket of bleached white ruins, latticed with rusted steel and fallen power… » 10/02/14 1:30pm 31 minutes ago

Eneloop Rechargeables, Kitchen Toys, Free Amazon Coins [Deals]

Eneloops are really the only rechargeable batteries you should consider buying, and the massive Super Power Pack is both in stock (not a given), and on sale today. That gets you a charger, 12 AAs, 4 AAAs, 2 C spacers, and 2 D spacers. [Eneloop Super Power Pack, $47] » 10/02/14 1:15pm 46 minutes ago

A Redesigned Drain Cover Fixes the Worst Cleaning Chore In Your Home

Taking out the trash is never fun. Vacuuming the living room is rarely enjoyable. But few chores are as despised as having to clean the hair from the drain cover in your shower. Thankfully, a clever designer named Chen Wanting agrees, and has come up with a brilliantly simple solution allowing long hair to be just… » 10/02/14 1:10pm 51 minutes ago

Letters, Ranked (by Futurists of 1900)

Do you like the letter C? Have any particular attachment to the letter X? How about the letter Q? Well, back in the year 1900, some people thought we'd be rid of them by now. And while they haven't actually disappeared, the futurists of 1900 were certainly right about that whole condensing of language thing. I mean,… » 10/02/14 12:49pm Today 12:49pm

The 270 MPH Sikorsky S-97 Raider Is The Batmobile Of The Skies

Helicopters are great and all, but they've got one serious flaw. They're slow as hell, and that makes them easy to shoot down. So welcome the latest attempt at fixing that problem, the Sikorsky S-97 Raider. And it's sleek and black and mean and it goes like a bat. A very angry bat. » 10/02/14 12:39pm Today 12:39pm

Simple Grooves Let This Trash Can Hold Small or Multiple Plastic Bags

It's easier to feel less guilty about forgetting your reusable bags for grocery shopping when you plan to use the plastic ones for garbage later. And in turn, it'd be easier to use those plastic bags for garbage if this clever trash bin concept, featuring strategic grooves to accommodate small or multiple bags at… » 10/02/14 12:01pm Today 12:01pm

The Stealthy Chopper That Sneaks Special Forces Behind Enemy Lines

Blackhawks and Apaches may be the poster-choppers of America's Special Forces but much of the heavy lifting that makes those missions possible is handled by the venerable CH-47G Chinook. And with the most recent round of modernizations, this Vietnam-era workhorse is ready for the 21st century. » 10/02/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

London's Turning Its Iconic Phone Booths Into Solar Charging Stations

London's famous telephone booths are more of a tourist attraction than anything else now that mobile phones are commonplace, but that doesn't mean they're completely useless. One booth has already been transformed into solar-powered mobile charging station, and six more are on the way. » 10/02/14 11:34am Today 11:34am

Put Your Key Apps on the Android Lock Screen for Easy Access

Lock screen widgets have been around since Android 4.2, but it's not always easy to find apps that can take advantage of the feature, and many users simply forget that it's there. But lock screen widgets are great! You can check them without the hassle of keying in passcodes or drawing out a pattern, and there are… » 10/02/14 11:29am Today 11:29am

Why Today's Architects Build Digital Cities Instead of Scale Models

When I was a grad student in architecture school in the 80s, one of our professors was on a mission. Every semester he'd give a design project in downtown Manhattan, asking his students to spend the first two weeks of the term building a beautiful wood model of the surrounding site. The next year he would move to a… » 10/02/14 11:06am Today 11:06am

Just Add Water and This Tiny Emergency Flashlight Glows For 72 Hours

Because batteries have a limited shelf life, that flashlight you've been saving for an emergency might not actually work when you need it to. So instead of stocking up on candles, grab a couple of these tiny emergency lights from Eton that simply need you to add water to keep them lit for three full days. » 10/02/14 10:46am Today 10:46am

The Hidden History of This Year's MLB Playoff Team Logos

In one of the first games of postseason baseball today—the real postseason, not the play-in games—a team with a logo that Hallmark Cards designed will take on a team that once played with a Disney-designed logo. It's the Royals against the Angels, and there's plenty more weird baseball logo history where that came… » 10/02/14 10:11am Today 10:11am

Name Your Own Price On This Top Learn To Code Bundle

Interested in learning to code? Whether you want to become a pro developer or just mess around with code as a hobby, it can be hard to get started. To help get you up to speed, we've put together a bundle of courses, covering HTML5, CSS, Objective C, Xcode, Python and more. The best part? it's name your own price. » 9/29/14 2:23pm Monday 2:23pm

Learn To Build iPhone Apps – 91% Off The Complete iOS 8+Swift Dev Course

The iPhone 6 is finally here. iOS 8 has been released. So, we're giving Gizmodo readers an opportunity to get familiar with Apple's mobile OS and their new programming language (Swift). Want to learn how to build apps for iPhone & iPad? Grab 91% off the Complete iOS 8 & Swift Development Course. » 10/01/14 8:11am Yesterday 8:11am