Scientists Are Reinventing Photosynthesis to Grow More Food

What if we could grow rice and wheat with the same amount of water and fertilizer but end up with 50 percent more food? Sound like magic? Bad accounting? No, just some chemistry and genetic engineering. Scientists have recently figured out the second of three steps to make photosynthesis a whole lot more efficient in… » 9/17/14 3:17pm 11 minutes ago

What's The Best Electric Toothbrush?

If you skimp on something, don't let it be a clean mouth. Most people don't brush their teeth well enough, or for long enough, and a good electric toothbrush can help you make up the difference. Lifehacker has put together some tips for getting a good brush, and Gizmodo and Lifehacker have both covered some of the … » 9/17/14 2:45pm 43 minutes ago

BitTorrent Bleep, the Secure P2P Chat, Is Available For Mac and Android

A few months ago, we told you about BitTorrent Bleep, the plan to create super secure chat that uses the P2P BitTorrent protocol to avoid the third-party servers that can be used to spy on you. Today, it's been opened to a public Alpha testing stage so everyone can try it. Additionally, it's now available for both Mac… » 9/17/14 2:37pm 51 minutes ago

The Best Ways to Use Google's New(ish) My Maps Tool

Yesterday, Google updated its long-forgotten My Maps tool. The service has been masquerading as Maps Engine Lite, but with a new release, a shiny new Android app, and integration with Google Maps proper, it's worth knowing just what all you can do with it. » 9/17/14 2:30pm 58 minutes ago

Architects Designed These Intricate Cat Shelters Because Cats

Cat folks know their precious furball deserves the very best, but feral kitties are often left to fend for themselves. So FixNation, a non-profit dedicated to spaying and neutering street felines, commissioned a group of LA-based architects to design custom outdoor accommodations for an event raising awareness—and… » 9/17/14 2:23pm Today 2:23pm

Find The Very Best Apps For Your Smartphone or Tablet

It's no secret: the app stores run by Google and Apple are sagging under the weight of hundreds of thousands of low-quality, derivative apps. Many new releases don't get the attention they deserve if they get spotted at all. But all is not lost—put in the time and effort, and apply the right tricks, and you can… » 9/17/14 2:04pm Today 2:04pm

Apple's HealthKit Faces Unspecified Issues Right Before iOS 8 Launch

One of iOS 8's most talked about features is HealthKit, a new API that lets developers build various health-related apps for the iTunes store. However, right before today's iOS 8 launch, it appears that HealthKit hit a snag that made Apple to temporarily remove several apps, according to a report from 9to5Mac. » 9/17/14 1:39pm Today 1:39pm

A Simple Plastic Adapter That Fixes Stupid Hotel Hangers

Somewhere near the top of the list of travel annoyances are those proprietary hotel hangers with detachable hooks designed to stop guests from stealing them. They make it impossible to hang your clothes anywhere but in the designated closet, but you can finally fight back with a simple plastic adapter called the … » 9/17/14 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

Tech Nerds Freaked Out About Obsolescence 100 Years Ago Too

Do you find yourself obsessing over the latest tech? Does owning the newest model smartphone or tablet feel like a need more than a desire? Well, as you can see in this comic strip from 1919, your anxiety about having the Latest New Thing is actually nothing new. In fact, you're continuing a long tradition of nerds… » 9/17/14 12:11pm Today 12:11pm

A Robotic 3D Printer Could Print Anything, Anywhere It Wants

3D printers are far from a perfect technology at this point, but one of their most glaring issues is that their printing capacity is limited to the size of the machines. The print head on a 3D printer can only travel so far, which is why moving it onto a wheeled platform that's completely mobile is a brilliant idea,… » 9/17/14 11:53am Today 11:53am

The Razor UAV Only Costs $800 to Print--Yeah, Print

Our multi-million dollar fleets of Predators and Reaper drones are quickly becoming the exception rather than the rule. As UAV technology continues its breakneck advance, the cost of producing even high-performance ISR drones is plummeting. This new UAV, for example, is so inexpensive and quick to create that it's… » 9/17/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

The Online Legacy of a Suicide Cult and the Webmasters Who Stayed Behind

Every month, the bills get paid on time. The emails get answered, and any orders filled. Which, for HeavensGate.com, is positively extraordinary. Because as far as the public is aware, every last member of the suicide cult died 17 years ago from a cocktail of arsenic and apple sauce. A few stayed behind, though.… » 9/17/14 9:42am Today 9:42am

Get 1 TB of Military Grade Online Backup For $19 From iDrive

Cloud backup has become essential for everyone. However, the more devices you have, the more complicated it gets. iDrive is different, making multi-device backup and syncing dead simple. Now, Gizmodo readers can grab 1 year of iDrive's 1 TB cloud backup plan for $19. An absurdly good deal, if I do say so myself. » 9/12/14 4:33pm Friday 4:33pm

Get 27% off the Quick Powering LithiumCard Backup Battery

Seeing as phones are getting to a pocket-busting size nowadays, other tech needs to shrink down. The LithiumCard does that for batteries — it's way thinner and smaller than your overgrown handset. Plus, it's a super fast charger – 1% of your device per minute. The best part? For Gizmodo readers, it's 27% off. » 9/15/14 12:01pm Monday 12:01pm