What Really Happens When Someone Enters the Witness Protection Program

Born of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, and the brainchild of longtime Department of Justice attorney, Gerald Shur, the U.S. Marshall Service Witness Security Program (WITSEC) has successfully protected more than 18,000 people since it first began operations in 1971. » 3/30/15 5:30am 14 minutes ago

Solar Impulse Just Took Off in the Dark to Head from Mandalay to China

Early this morning, Solar Impulse took off form Mandalay, headed to toward China—after more than a week spent waiting in Myanmar for weather conditions to improve for flight. » 3/30/15 4:30am Today 4:30am

NSA Considered Ending Phone Spying Before the Edward Snowden Leaks

A new report by the Associated Press suggests that the National Security Agency mulled the possibility of abandoning its phone surveillance program just before the Edward Snowden's leaks—though ultimately the suggestion didn't progress fast enough. » 3/30/15 3:30am Today 3:30am

Go Play Super Mario 64 In Your Browser, Right Now

Remember Super Mario 64, the game that made your childhood, and probably introduced you to 3-D gaming? Well, it's back. And you don't need to go digging around in the attic to play it. » 3/30/15 2:00am Today 2:00am

Drone Sheepdog "Shep" Herds Its Flock From The Air

The future has come to the green hills of Ireland, where sheep farmer Paul Brennan has replaced the traditional canine helper with a drone. Get a look at "Shep" in action in the video below. » 3/30/15 1:01am Today 1:01am

This Drop Test Looks Too Good To Be True

By the numbers, Gorilla Glass 4 is seriously tough, able to withstand a one-meter drop onto concrete. That's impressive on its own, but this video seems to show it withstanding something far more impressive. » 3/30/15 12:00am Today 12:00am

A 3-D Printer Saved This Poor Underfed Tortoise

3-D printing is going to put humans out of work and make shopping obsolete, if you believe the evangelists. But before it does all of that, it has poor sickly animals to save, like Cleopatra the tortoise. » 3/29/15 11:00pm Yesterday 11:00pm

Efficient Housing Design Might Finally Be Catching On

The idea of passive housing — basically, well-insulated buildings that don't require a ton of energy to heat and cool — is certainly not a new one. Standards for passive housing have been around for 25 years in Europe, but they are only now starting to catch on stateside. » 3/29/15 10:00pm Yesterday 10:00pm

Watch Wind And Dust Obscure The Violent Traces Of Curiosity's Landing

Stunt Biker Shoots For The Moon During Recent Solar Eclipse

Last week's total solar eclipse spawned many amazing photographs and videos, but few took as much planning, skill, and ambition as this shot of stunt biker Danny MacAskill tearing down a hill on the Isle of Skye as the moon eclipsed the sun. Unlike another viral photo of the eclipse, this one's not a fake. » 3/29/15 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

The FBI Would Like Us All to Unencrypt Our Phones

When Apple decided to encrypt its iPhones by default, the move was hailed as a major step forward for security. Except, of course, by the FBI, which is now saying that such encryption should be outlawed. For the safety of Americans, of course. » 3/29/15 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

New Jersey Game Store Swatting Takes An Uglier Turn

Gamers attending a monthly social gathering at Digital Press Video Games in Clifton, New Jersey Saturday evening had no idea the sudden massive police presence outside the store was pointed their way, until a caller posing as a fire department representative started giving them questionable instructions. » 3/29/15 5:37pm Yesterday 5:37pm

An Exploding Star Left Its Footprints at the Bottom of the Ocean


Welcome to Reading List, a weekly collection of great tech reads from around the web. This week explores the unknown corners NYC, an underwater supernova, and the real meaning of the so-called sharing economy. Enjoy! » 3/29/15 5:00pm Yesterday 5:00pm

A Guide to Scientology's Most Ostentatious Real Estate

Empire-building has been part of many a religious group's strategy throughout history. But no one does it better than Scientology. The documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which debuts on HBO tonight, offers the first in-depth survey of Scientology's practices, including its ongoing quest to… » 3/29/15 4:00pm Yesterday 4:00pm

The Most Astonishing Cosplay From Emerald City Comicon... Part 2!

They sure know how to party in Seattle. Yesterday, we brought you a batch of incredible cosplay pics from Emerald City Comicon — but today's photos are way more stunning. Including some costumes we've never, ever seen done before. Check out best of ECCC's cosplay, day two! » 3/29/15 3:42pm Yesterday 3:42pm

This Soviet Computer Mouse Was Almost Three Hundred Dollars

There you have it—the pinnacle of modern technology, in 1989 Soviet Russia, at least. Recently, someone decided to unearth this gem and share the nostalgic find with the internet. Craziest thing about it? This bad boy was almost three hundred US dollars. » 3/29/15 3:00pm Yesterday 3:00pm

US Festivals Are Now Banning Selfie Sticks, Too

Selfie sticks are very quickly being branded as a public hazard: Our culture's "wand of idiocy" is no longer welcome in dozens of museums and attractions across the country. Now, it seems, festival goers will have to forgo the sticks, as well, and go back to taking narcissistic photos like it's 2013. » 3/29/15 2:00pm Yesterday 2:00pm

Color Isn't Always About Sex, Study Finds

When it comes to birds, males—with their bright feathers, extra accessories, and impressive mating displays—tend to get all the attention. But for many birds, such as the Choco Toucan pictured above, brilliant plumage has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with survival. » 3/29/15 1:00pm Yesterday 1:00pm

Pebble Time Shows Us Just How Much Crowdfunding Has Changed

On Friday night at 10 p.m. ET, the Pebble Time ended its month-long crowdfunding campaign with over $20 million in pledges, making it the most funded Kickstarter in Kickstarter history by roughly 7 million dollars. » 3/29/15 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Hypnotic hyperlapse of Paris teleports you all over the beautiful city

Maxime Gaudet's hyperlapse experiment video of Paris lets you jump all over the city in 3 minutes. The video moves at such a frenetic pace that the feel of the video doesn't quite match up with the feel of the City of Love but it's still a lot of fun to watch because it feels like you're teleporting all over the place. » 3/29/15 11:00am Yesterday 11:00am

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Wireless bluetooth ear buds are the new norm for on-the-go music listening. Life is better without the hassle of tangles and wires when listening to your favorite tunes. Right now, Gizmodo readers can save 77% on the sleek, comfortable Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds. » 3/27/15 2:36pm Friday 2:36pm

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We've organized a special discount for Gizmodo readers on this epic lightning cable. How can a lightning/usb cable be epic? When it's 10 feet long, that's how. Now, you can easily charge your iPhone from across the room. Gizmodo readers can get one with free shipping for 45% off. » 3/27/15 3:34pm Friday 3:34pm