The best photos of the X-15, fastest manned aircraft ever made

While the Blackbird SR-71 was the fastest manned airplane ever created, the fastest manned aircraft title goes to the North American X-15, a rocket plane that flew for the first time on June 8, 1959 released from the NASA NB-52B (below.) On October 1967 it pulverized all records: 4,520 miles per hour (7,274 km/h). » 12/26/14 7:30am 49 minutes ago

The Interview: Only a Bad Movie Could Start This Culture War 

The Interview begins with a thought experiment. What if, tomorrow, North Korea demonstrated that it had nuclear missiles that could destroy the US from across the Pacific? The resulting movie is a mess, but as a political satire it obviously hit its mark. Here's why such a terrible flick started a culture war. » 12/25/14 8:56pm Yesterday 8:56pm

A strange retelling of the birth of Jesus set in the space age

Here's a strange Christmas film—weird, sad, and hopeful all at the same time. According to its creators, Anomaly is 'a retelling of the traditional Christmas Nativity which explores, through a modern-day lens, the events of two-thousand years ago, set against the space-race canvas of the 1960s.' » 12/25/14 6:49pm Yesterday 6:49pm

Impressive new image of Saturn from above the ecliptic plane

Our friend Val Klavans sent me a Christmas present this morning: A color photo of Saturn as you would have seen it if you were riding the spacecraft Cassini on December 21, 2014. Saturn's north polar hexagon stands out prominently while the rings encircle the planet. You can see the hexagon storm on its north pole. » 12/25/14 4:46pm Yesterday 4:46pm

These Festive Bots Are Just As Excited About the Holidays As You Are

Every year the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich trots out its weird and wonderful robotic creations adorned with festive garb as one of the more entertaining video holiday cards you'll see every year. At this point it's almost as much a holiday tradition as watching Charlie Brown or the Grinch on TV, and though… » 12/25/14 4:00pm Yesterday 4:00pm

6 Good Reasons to Spend Time On Your Phone this Christmas

In our smartphone-saturated, always-on age, the conventional wisdom is that holidays are a time for unplugging from the web and switching off from the devices that ordinarily dominate our lives. However, you don't have to go with the flow and take a tech break over the holiday—here are six good reasons why you might… » 12/25/14 3:17pm Yesterday 3:17pm

The Puritans banned Christmas

Believe it or not, the Puritans of England hated Christmas. They detested the pagan origins of the holiday and believed that the Bible didn't dictate that pious Christians should observe the day Jesus was born as anything special. Ministers who preached on Christmas Day even faced arrest. Naturally, they brought this… » 12/25/14 2:30pm Yesterday 2:30pm

Chaos ensues as armored truck spills $4.5 million on a street

Dozens of Hong Kong motorists and pedestrians rushed to grab loads of money after an armored truck's doors opened by accident on a busy road, spilling about 4.5 million US dollars in HK$500 notes (US$65) on Christmas Eve, reports the South China Morning Post. Check out all those frantic bastards. » 12/25/14 1:12pm Yesterday 1:12pm

Gizmodo Exclusive: Get 25% off Grain Audio's High End BT Speaker

Christmas is tomorrow, but it's never to late to treat yourself! For a short time, Gizmodo readers can get one of the most unique, high-end bluetooth speakers on the market – Grain Audio's PWS – for 25% off plus free shipping with the StackSocial code "graingiz10". » 12/23/14 1:30pm Tuesday 1:30pm

Dollar Shave Club Delivers You a Great Shave for a Few Bucks a Month

Thanks to a bunch of industry jargon which is made to confuse you about useless technology, razors are way overpriced. And to even get a razor in your hand, you have to go to the drugstore and track down the employee who hates unlocking the special razor case for you, just as much as you hate asking. But with Dollar… » 12/05/14 12:46pm 12/05/14 12:46pm