NASA Built a $349 Million Test Tower, Then Immediately Shut It Down

Welcome to Reading List, a collection of some of the best digital reads in technology and science. We have stories that take a deep dive into Amazon's ebook empire, a perplexing survey into NASA's $349 million abandoned test tower, an investigation into how online media works through the eyes of one ambitious startup,… » 12/21/14 4:00pm 55 minutes ago

Who Wouldn't Want This Smart Snowboard for Christmas?

YouTube channel Network A is a lover of all things X Games—snowboarding, skateboarding, BMX, you name it. For their video series Every Third Thursday, Signal Snowboards, known for cool and atypical board designs, created the first open source programmable snowboard that can change music depending on the snowboarder's… » 12/21/14 11:00am Today 11:00am

Fake Cop Instagram Account Gets an OK From NJ Judge

In October this year, a case came under legal scrutiny when a DEA agent created a fake Facebook account of Sondra Prince, even using photos of her and her young son and niece to create the digital forgery. Facebook denounced the action as a serious breach of its terms and policies. But Instagram, it seems, is a… » 12/21/14 10:00am Today 10:00am

Mike Myers Returns to SNL as Dr. Evil To Make Fun of North Korea

The Sony hack is now more confusing that ever. The FBI says that North Korea is involved, yet the country denies involvement and is asking for a joint investigation into the matter. The whole situation has devolved into a game of "he said/she said," and there's only one person who can help set it all straight—Dr.… » 12/21/14 9:00am Today 9:00am

5-year-old girl discussing Leia's slave outfit with her dad is pure gold

Adam Buxton recorded a conversation with his 5-year-old daughter discussing her thoughts on Princess Leia's famous slave outfit. She is hilarious by herself but when he got The Brothers McLeod to animate her words, it all turned into pure comedic gold. One of the cutest things I've watched this year. » 12/21/14 1:42am Today 1:42am

Watch Freaks and Geeks, an Awesome Show From a More Peaceful Time

Remember Freaks and Geeks, the short-lived teen comedy produced by Judd Apatow before you knew who Judd Apatow was? The show starred Seth Rogen and James Franco some 15 years before the pair would help spark the international cyber-clusterfuck we know as the Sony Hacks. Forget about the hackers and just watch the show. » 12/20/14 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

Hozier's "Take Me to Church" Will Haunt You But That's a Good Thing

"Take Me to Church," the worldwide hit by Hozier, sounds like it's about religion, but it's not—not exactly. The song also sounds kind of haunting, but it's not—exactly. As Hozier told New York Magazine earlier this year, the song is about sex and humanity. The church part is just a metaphor. » 12/20/14 6:00pm Yesterday 6:00pm

Report: US Wants China to Stop North Korean Hacks with "Blocking Action"

Well, this is a weird twist. Just hours after we learned that North Korea wanted to work with the United States on a joint investigation into the Sony Pictures hack, The New York Times is reporting that the U.S. now wants China's help in stopping North Korean hackers. Apparently, U.S. officials want to unleash the… » 12/20/14 4:14pm Yesterday 4:14pm

First Drone Launches at FAA Test Site in Nevada, Crashes Immediately

Friday was a big day at the drone testing facility in Boulder City, Nevada. It was the day that the first drone authorized to fly without FAA approval would take to the air. The bright orange unmanned aircraft, Magpie, did just that—and then it crashed to the ground in an embarrassing cloud of dust two seconds later. » 12/20/14 3:00pm Yesterday 3:00pm

North Korea Wants to Work With the US to Investigate the Sony Hack

In a predictably bizarre move, officials in Pyongyang are now proposing that North Korea and the United States work together on a joint investigation into the Sony Pictures hack. The country says it can prove that they didn't do it. North Korea also warned of the gravest consequences if the U.S. does not agree to the… » 12/20/14 1:30pm Yesterday 1:30pm

Happy Birthday Ames! Awesome Photos From 75 Years of Aerospace Research

On the 20th of December, 1939, the second laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was founded. The facility at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, California, would later be known as NASA's Ames Research Center after the founding chairman of NACA, Joseph S. Ames—but no one could foresee how iconic… » 12/20/14 1:00pm Yesterday 1:00pm

A Single Chinese Town Makes Most of the World's Christmas Decorations

At this point in time, you've already hung your tinsel and decorated your tree with blinking lights. Maybe there's even a glowing Santa statue on your lawn. But did you ever step back and think about where all of these holiday decorations come from? A factory in China is the easy answer. An entire town of factories… » 12/20/14 12:02pm Yesterday 12:02pm

Battle of the Baking Scales: Drop Kitchen vs. Perfect Bake

Whaddya mean I can just pour ingredients onto either of these smart scales until they tell me to stop and I get delicious homemade cookies for my trouble?! What sort of black magic is this? It's called "baking by weight" and it will change the way you look at cooking. » 12/20/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Get Ready for Layers, Leaves, and Pumpkin Everything with a $150 Prize

Have you heard? It's fall. Even if you've outgrown new notebooks, textbooks, and a first day of school outfit, you may feel an urge to get organized in time for chillier weather. Whether it's fall cleaning or that DIY project you didn't get to this summer, getting situated in a new season isn't always cheap. So we're… » 9/17/14 3:59pm 9/17/14 3:59pm

This Sunlit Bushwick Loft Houses Family Art and Custom Woodworking

Any NYC resident knows how necessary it is to make sacrifices when apartment hunting. A potential home may be a twenty-minute hike from the nearest subway station and lack any storage space, but those drawbacks are easily overshadowed by original hardwood floors or vaulted ceilings. But for Angie Venezia and Reed… » 12/19/14 11:59am Friday 11:59am

Get a Classic Timex Watch with a Handmade Leather Band + Free Shipping

Regardless of advances in technology and the beginning of a smart watch movement, a sure-fire time-piece is, well, timeless. And the designers over at Form Function Form have made that abundantly clear, pairing the Timex Weekender watch face with a handmade, Horween leather wristband. Gizmodo readers can grab this… » 12/18/14 10:40am Thursday 10:40am

Drone Wars: Get 53% off the Limited Edition Black Aerial Drone + Camera

Last month, we offered a pre order discount on this limited edition Black Aerial Drone to Gizmodo readers. It sold out in 2 days. So, after securing more units, we've brought it back for Giz readers, who can get a discount of 53% off a Black Aerial Drone + Free Shipping. » 12/18/14 3:28pm Thursday 3:28pm

Get Up To 92% Off These Hacker & Cyber Security Dev Bundles

As the Sony hack has shown us, you simply can't take security online for granted. These bundles, covering White Hat Hacker Techniques and Cyber Security Development, are curated to guide you through the basics of cyber security – from network security to hacking techniques. » 12/19/14 5:03pm Friday 5:03pm