The Technology That Will Build Our Future May Be Found In Mushrooms

The key to the human race’s future may be right beneath our feet. It sounds bizarre, but fungi better known as mushrooms can help solve many of society’s greatest challenges, from cleaning up the environment and living more sustainability to colonizing other planets. » 4/01/15 1:00pm 13 minutes ago

Even the Emperor Would Find This Infant Yoda Bath Towel Adorable

Though completely twisted towards evil by the dark side of the Force, even Emperor Palpatine would find it hard to resist cracking a smile at Etsy seller MiddleBrainedCanvas' adorable Yoda-inspired hooded bath towel. » 4/01/15 12:39pm 33 minutes ago

Obama: If You Cyberattack the US, We'll Sanction You 

President Obama has a message for foreign hackers: You’re grounded. The president declared a national emergency and signed an executive order today allowing targeted sanctions on anyone who is deemed a cyberthreat to the United States. » 4/01/15 12:18pm 55 minutes ago

Reviews of an Etsy Seller Who Poses Dead Mice As Pop Culture Icons

Beneath Etsy’s glitter-soaked, hand-stitched paisley exterior lies some of the weirdest, darkest wares the internet can offer. And in one of thee seedy offshoots, you will find some of the world’s biggest pop culture icons in the form of amateur, taxidermied mice. And people fucking love ‘em.
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The Horrific April Fools Pranks of the 19th Century

Here in the 21st century, April Fool's Day is a pretty harmless holiday. Brands trot out their fake products and news organizations make silly claims and then we all go about our day. But back in the 19th century, April Fool's Day could be pretty brutal. In fact, it could be downright dangerous. » 4/01/15 11:26am Today 11:26am

LOUDNESS SOUNDS BETTER. It’s Also Ruining Music.


LET’S TALK ABOUT LOUDNESS! Yelling is loud! That fashionable guy on the train blasting music into his ears? His headphones are loud! Loudness sounds good and feels good, and unfortunately, it’s ruining recorded music. » 4/01/15 11:00am Today 11:00am

Video: The process of making a couch is surprisingly fun to watch

Danny Cooke's short How Comfort Is Born shows the entire process of making an Arlo & Jacob couch. You see wood being framed, springs being made, framed wood being shaved, made springs being put together and then finally the cushions and fabric carefully being handled so each couch is perfect. » 4/01/15 10:44am Today 10:44am

How to Restrict Your Kid (Or Friend) to One App Only on Android

Maybe you know that sinking feeling when you hand over your beloved Android smartphone, whether your niece wants to play The Sims or your friend wants to look something up on the web—you never quite know what state your device is going to come back in. The latest versions of Android have a feature that can help, and… » 4/01/15 10:35am Today 10:35am

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We Hope These Great April Fools Prank Products Become Real

The worst day of the year is once again upon us, but thanks to ThinkGeek it's made slightly more bearable with a new batch of fictional products that the company might one day actually produce and sell. Some of them are a long shot, but that won't stop us from dreaming. » 4/01/15 10:04am Today 10:04am

Now You Can Fly Around Asteroid Vesta and Explore Every Crevice 

NASA launched Dawn spacecraft in 2007 to study two of the three known protoplanets of the asteroid belt: Vesta and Ceres. And now here is an amazing interactive tool, very similar to Google Earth, called Vesta Trek, which let you explore Vesta—one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System—on your own. » 4/01/15 9:45am Today 9:45am

These Clever USB Battery Packs Have Secret Identities

USB battery packs are must-own accessories in this day and age, but they're kind of...boring. Luckily, we've found two deals today on chargers that have a few tricks under their sleeves. » 4/01/15 9:45am Today 9:45am

Clever Backpack Stroller Is Always at the Ready, Never in the Way

Unless you’ve opted for an antique carriage dating back to the 1920s, most modern strollers are able to collapse small enough to squeeze into a car’s trunk. But the lightweight OmniO Rider actually folds small enough to be worn as a comfortable backpack, giving you an emergency means to transport a tired toddler… » 4/01/15 9:20am Today 9:20am

NASA's Flying Saucer, and Everything Else You Missed Yesterday

NASA tests more tech that will help take us to Mars, apps get some important updates, and PlayStation 4 gets a new special edition console. All the news tidbits and rumors you missed yesterday, here on BitStream. » 4/01/15 9:00am Today 9:00am

Study Shows Internet Access Inflates Your Sense of Internal Knowledge

If you don't know something, you Google it. Of course you do. But researchers suggest that the digital fast track to knowledge can inflate our sense of how much information is actually stored away in our brain. » 4/01/15 8:45am Today 8:45am

Watching this video of a chef cooking massaged my senses with pleasure

Here's an entire series of ASMR videos featuring baking and cooking and prepping and opening packages and so forth. The chef makes vegan goods, which depending on your world view may shade what you think of the cooking, but there is no doubt: it is so very pleasurable to watch the food get made. It's like a soothing… » 4/01/15 7:21am Today 7:21am

Your Face Alone Can Reveal Your Biological Age to a Computer

If anyone's ever gazed into your eyes and told you that you look old, they might soon have an algorithm that agrees with them. A new study reveals that your face alone can be used to predict your biological age computationally, with a high degree of accuracy. » 4/01/15 6:45am Today 6:45am

Super Typhoon Maysak Looks Terrifying From Space

European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti has just posted these five shots of typhoon Maysak, taken from aboard the International Space Station. Maysak is a very strong category 4 super typhoon, which has weakened only 1 category since Monday. » 4/01/15 6:05am Today 6:05am

Do Tablets in the Classroom Really Help Children Learn?

Mobile devices as teaching tools are becoming a more and more common part of the American education experience in classrooms, from preschool through graduate school. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 58% of U.S. teachers own smartphones — 10 percentage points higher than the national average for adults.… » 4/01/15 5:20am Today 5:20am

How the U.S. Plans to Cut 28% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2025

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced how it plans to gut greenhouse emissions over the coming decade. The documents explain the broad plans which will allow the country to reduce the emissions by an impressive 28 percent. » 4/01/15 4:30am Today 4:30am

The Mattress Reimagined: Casper Delivers Comfort to You + Special Offer

Despite spending a third of our time in bed, mattress shopping remains a dreaded activity. It's a soulless experience riddled with ambiguous terms, a lack of brand differentiation, smarmy sales people, and marked-up prices from major retail chains. Then there's Casper, who, with a direct-to-consumer model and a … » 3/31/15 3:55pm Yesterday 3:55pm

Create Your Website: 65% Off a Year of Hosting + Free Domain Name ($28)

HostGator, one of Lifehacker's favorite hosting companies, is offering one year of their Hatchling Plan for $28 - which includes a free domain name. That saves you more than 65% and comes out to just $2.33/month. » 3/16/15 4:17pm 3/16/15 4:17pm

Save Space & Money with a Slender TGT Wallet + Free Shipping ($28)

Your wallet is always with you so why not carry one that offers all the functionality of your current bi-fold clunker, but takes up half the space? Grab the Americana TGT Wallet for just $28 and save over 15% while getting innovative simplicity. Use promo code TGTMODO. » 3/26/15 12:03pm 3/26/15 12:03pm

Learn to Code with 90% off the Java Developer Course Bundle

Want to build your Java coding skills? Gizmodo readers can get 90% off the Java Developer Course Bundle. It includes more than 70 hours of instruction content across 6 courses, covering the basics as well as more advanced topics for one of the most established coding languages. » 3/30/15 12:55am Monday 12:55am