How to make your own powerful vortex cannon that boom blasts the air

Let’s say you’re bored. Let’s say you’ve always dreamed of firing a cannon. Let’s say you like blowing things up. Let’s say you spend a free night building this kick ass vortex cannon that can blast the air silly. Let’s say it’d be totally worth it just to see these giant smoke ring explosions in real life. » 5/06/15 2:30pm 6 minutes ago

Welcome To BusinessTown, the Children's Book Version of Silicon Valley 

In your recent internet wanderings you might have spotted a few residents of BusinessTown, the industrious anthropomorphic animals who look strikingly similar to the ones from your favorite childhood picture book—except these creatures are digital strategy “intrapreneurs” who give TED Talks on how nanobots will end… » 5/06/15 1:50pm 46 minutes ago

10 Real-Life Animal Husbandry Techniques That Alien Zoos Will Use On Us

So you ‘ve been abducted and placed in an alien zoo, put on display for other aliens to gawk at. The good news is that you’ll probably get free food; the bad news is they’ll probably try the same tricks on you that our zoos play on Earth animals. Here’s all the ways these zoos will mess with you in the name of animal… » 5/06/15 1:48pm 48 minutes ago

Chemistry Is Easier To Learn When It's Disguised As a Card Game

Putting “I won three games in a row” on your resume probably isn’t going to get you in the door at Dow Chemical, but a new card game called Ion that has players attempting to make compounds using the element cards they’ve been dealt could certainly be a solid first step towards getting your PhD in chemistry. » 5/06/15 1:21pm Today 1:21pm

Today's Best Deals: $10 Label Maker, Gifts For Mom, and a Lot More

Here are the best of today’s deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best. » 5/06/15 1:15pm Today 1:15pm

Is Microsoft Edge Any Good?

Dear Lifehacker,
I heard that Microsoft is releasing a new browser with Windows 10. What’s new? Should I bother using it instead of Chrome or Firefox? Or is it just Internet Explorer with a new paint job?
» 5/06/15 1:13pm Today 1:13pm

Our first look at the expansion packs for the Lego Dimensions game

Lego fans should be pretty excited for the upcoming Lego Dimensions video game, if only because it’s an easy way to justify buying more and more Lego sets. Used to unlock additional content like levels, characters, and figures, these are some of the first expansion packs you’ll be able to buy come September and import… » 5/06/15 12:38pm Today 12:38pm

You Can Finally Pre-Order That Life-Size Hulkbuster Statue—For $18,000

Just a few months after it was announced, Entertainment Earth will officially let you pre-order Beast Kingdom Toys’ life-size Iron Man Hulkbuster statue. And while we first reported a price tag of $21,500, it can actually be yours for a mere $18,000 now, leaving you $3,500 to pay rent, buy food, and other less fun… » 5/06/15 11:54am Today 11:54am

NASA's Radar Found 4 Men Trapped in Rubble in Nepal By Their Heartbeats

A couple years ago, NASA and DHS unveiled a portable radar unit based on technology used to detect alien life on distant exoplanets. This radar unit, though, would be used closer to home—to find people burried under rubble. In the first real-world demonstration of its use, the device helped save 4 men trapped under… » 5/06/15 11:35am Today 11:35am

The Most Brilliant DiY Tutorial Channels to Watch on YouTube Right Now

Years ago, wannabe engineers might’ve sat in a basement tearing up VCRs to concoct homemade electronics, pounding can after can of Tab to fuel their DiY compulsions. That’s still happening today—except with DVD burners, cans of Red Bull, and with millions of people watching the mad scientists on YouTube. » 5/06/15 10:20am Today 10:20am

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On average, men keep the same pair of underwear for seven years. That’s a long time, but not exactly surprising when you consider how easy it is to continually put off underwear shopping. Enter MeUndies - they deliver premium underwear straight to your door. Get 20% off your first order with MeUndies, the… » 5/01/15 3:26pm Friday 3:26pm

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DreamHost is offering Gizmodo readers a year of SSD web hosting and a domain name for just $2.95 a month, 67% off the regular price. Build the site you've always dreamed of from the ground up and get all the key features you need to keep it running efficiently, all for only $35 annually. Use promo code gizmodo295. » 5/01/15 4:10pm Friday 4:10pm

Get 50% Off One Week of Blue Apron: Fresh Ingredient & Recipe Delivery 

With fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes delivered to your home weekly, Blue Apron cuts down on meal-planning drudgery and focuses on the fun and flavor of home cooking. Even better, Blue Apron is offering Gizmodo readers the first week - three meals for two people – for just $30, half off the regular price. » 5/04/15 2:54pm Monday 2:54pm