The Strange Second Life of America's Only Rare Earth Mine

Rare earth elements are hard-to-find metals that we need for batteries, solar cells and electronics. These days, they’re mostly mined and processed in China. But it wasn’t always so. The history of rare earth elements is surprising, and some of it even takes place in America’s backyard. In fact, there is still a rare… » 5/05/15 2:00pm 21 minutes ago

The Pirate Bay Is Down, Again

The Pirate Bay is troubled. With its questionable legality, the torrent site has trouble staying online for more than a few days at a time. It’s been really up and down recently and we’re sick of posting about it, to be honest. It’s still good to know though, so for your convenience (and ours!) we’re now keeping of… » 5/05/15 1:24pm 57 minutes ago

Today's Best Deals: Gifts For Mom, Cleaner Teeth, 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. » 5/05/15 1:15pm Today 1:15pm

Microsoft Surface 3 Review: The Tablet I Want At The Price I Don’t

I’m dancing on the grave of Microsoft’s original Surface tablet, and I feel no remorse. It’s hard to feel sad—it was a beautifully crafted ten-inch tablet that ran a crippled version of Windows. It was awful. Now it’s dead, and I’ve got a way better tablet. I’m so happy. » 5/05/15 1:00pm Today 1:00pm

A Total Solar Eclipse Makes the Arctic Look Like an Alien World 

The solar eclipse in March has been photographed to death—from every which angle and even from space. But here’s a late contender for what may be the evocative photos of the eclipse yet: a glowing black dot over a barren snowscape, as captured by astronomers observing the sun’s magnetic field. » 5/05/15 12:50pm Today 12:50pm

San Francisco's Plan to Turn Stadium Parking Into Affordable Housing

The affordable housing crisis in San Francisco has reached a fever pitch, with even George Lucas helping out. Here’s another smart solution that chips away at the problem: Swapping a parking lot with a new neighborhood, courtesy of one of the city’s most influential landowners, the San Francisco Giants. » 5/05/15 12:07pm Today 12:07pm

This Vampire-like Suction Device Lets Patients Draw Blood At Home

Patients dealing with cancer or infectious diseases require frequent blood tests to monitor their conditions. And though important, frequent trips to the doctor to give samples can be very time-consuming. But a small device called the HemoLink that uses gentle vacuum pressure promises to let patients easily draw their… » 5/05/15 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Stunningly restored color footage of Germany in 1945 right after WWII


It’s hard to imagine what the world was like during World War II. Of course, we’ve read it all in history books and and we’ve seen movies and TV shows showing what life was like, but it’s just far enough back in time and just painful and shocking enough that it’s hard to fully understand how life worked back then. » 5/05/15 10:55am Today 10:55am

How to Fix Most Any Computer Glitch By Yourself

Knowing the difference between HDMI and USB qualifies me as the local tech “expert,” so folks often invite me around to fix their computer problems. I’ll let you into a little secret, though: Most of the time, I’m not doing anything all that impressive or magical. Troubleshooting basic computer problems is actually… » 5/05/15 10:00am Today 10:00am

Jaguar Plans to Let You Control Windshield Wipers With Just Your Eyes

In the not-too-distant future, eye-tracking technology will be a run-of-the-mill feature in many high-end vehicles, helping keep drivers’ eyes on the road. But Jaguar Land Rover has patented another use for the tech that allows cars to automatically trigger the rear window’s wiper so it’s always clean and clear when… » 5/05/15 9:48am Today 9:48am

Give Your Old Mattress New Life With Discounted Memory Foam Toppers

If you’re not totally thrilled with your mattress, but not fed up enough to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a new one, a good memory foam topper might be just what you need to give it a few more years of useful life. » 5/05/15 9:45am Today 9:45am

Get 20% Off MeUndies, The Most Comfortable Underwear + Free Shipping

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

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 Yesterday 2:54pm

Save Over $100 On This Retro Style Bluetooth Speaker

Looking for a bluetooth speaker with a little class? Not only does the Veho M6 feature spectacular sound, it comes in a distinctly retro style complete with brushed aluminum and a vintage leather strap. It usually runs for $180, but Gizmodo readers can save 66% with code VEHO5. » 5/01/15 4:30pm Friday 4:30pm