Mystery solved: Why raw spaghetti always snaps in more than two pieces

Smarter Every Day has found out a solution to a mystery that even a Nobel Prize in Physics like Richard Feynman couldn't solve: Why spaghetti never breaks in half, but in three or four parts. To find out he filmed the break at 250,000 frames per second—it's a fascinating answer to a question I never had. » 12/28/14 7:03pm Yesterday 7:03pm

The History and Possible Future of Toy Guns

Welcome to Reading List, a round up of online awesomeness of the past week. We've got stuff that takes place in space, other stuff that takes place in the past, and even more stuff that may be a trip back to your childhood. It's time to get back into the internet swing of things and get caught up on some reads. Enjoy! » 12/28/14 6:03pm Yesterday 6:03pm

What Would A Ride In The Millennium Falcon Actually Do To Your Body?

The Millennium Falcon pulls some pretty crazy stunts in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And while we recognize Star Wars takes place in a fictional universe, we couldn't help but get pedantic about the physics of the scene, and the effects it might have on the human body. » 12/28/14 5:48pm Yesterday 5:48pm

Chaos Computer Club Says They Can Hack Your Fingerprint

Right now in Hamburg, Germany, the largest European hacker association, the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), is holding its 31st annual congress that's a four-day fest of all things hacking. Other than having a pretty rad name, CCC is well-known for detailing all the crazy (and sometimes scary) shit they can do. They've… » 12/28/14 5:06pm Yesterday 5:06pm

Goodbye, Aereo: Company To Sell Off Its Assets to the Highest Bidder

Once believed to be a cord-cutters dream, Aereo will conclude its near 8-month-long death rattle as the company sells off its TV streaming technology to the highest bidder in late February 2015. According to The Wall Street Journal, all sales will be overseen by the broadcasters that originally busted up Aereo in the… » 12/28/14 12:16pm Yesterday 12:16pm

Bill Nye's Answer to Fermi Paradox: Be Patient

The Fermi Paradox is a question that stumps and fascinates scientists (and pretty much everyone else, let's be real.) The question, originally posed by Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, wonders at why there are theoretically so many habitable planets in the universe, but humanity has yet to make contact with any form of… » 12/28/14 11:04am Yesterday 11:04am

Facebook's "Year In Review" Videos Can Be Real Jerks

Facebook's algorithm-driven "Year in Review" videos are supposed to be a fun, quick way to relive your life in 2014. They've likely littered your timeline for the past few days/weeks now. But what if you simply want to forget the past shitty 12 months of your life? Suddenly, these clips become not so fun. » 12/28/14 10:00am Yesterday 10:00am

Astronaut Chris Hadfield explains why humans should be optimistic

It feels like everything is going to hell, especially as a seemingly dreadful year comes to an end and winter keeps getting stronger. But, despite the continuous onslaught of bad news flooding media, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future. Everyone's favorite astronaut Chris Hadfield explains. » 12/28/14 7:30am Yesterday 7:30am

Exclusive: Meet The USAF's Long Awaited KC-46A Pegasus Tanker 

It's been a decade and a half in the making, but now the time has finally come to see the USAF's new tanker in whole form, moving under its own power. The KC-46A is based on different elements of different variations of the Boeing 767, and once fielded, it will represent a massive capability increase in American… » 12/27/14 8:07pm Saturday 8:07pm

Time Lapse Videos Capture The True Beauty Of Space At 17,150 MPH

Watching the world go by from the window of a plane at Mach 0.8 is hard to beat, but when it comes to an expanded world view, nobody gets a better picture than the residents of the International Space Station. Check out this time-lapse compilation by Germany's Alexander Gerst. » 12/27/14 7:54pm Saturday 7:54pm

Wall.e Restaurant Staffed With Robots Opens in China

Yet another new restaurant with robot servers has opened in China. And the owners seem determined to test Disney's patience with intellectual property laws. Why? The name of the restaurant is apparently Wall.e — just like the cute little robot worker from the 2008 Pixar film. » 12/27/14 7:30pm Saturday 7:30pm

Get 58% Off Limefuel's Giant 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack

Got a shiny new device from Christmas? We've got an awesome deal on Limefuel – a top notch external battery – so your new phone or tablet never runs out of juice. It holds 20,000mAh, which should be enough to recharge your phone around ten times. Now, Gizmodo readers can grab one for just $34.99 – that's 58% off. » 12/25/14 10:25pm Thursday 10:25pm

Give Yourself the Gift You Wanted: Headphones, Watches, a Bed & More

Let's be honest, receiving gifts is always a crapshoot. And if you received something a bit lackluster this holiday season, like a calendar or cologne, now's your chance to get yourself something you really want and need. Choose from practical items like sheets and duffle bags that or have some more fun with… » 12/17/14 2:37pm 12/17/14 2:37pm

Get the Complete iOS8 & Swift Development Course for $29 (Save 85%)

Udemy, one of the largest online marketplaces for learning, is offering one of their most popular classes, the Complete iOS8 & Swift Development Course, at an exclusive 80% off using promo code IOS-29. Regularly priced at $199, the Complete iOS8 & Swift Development Course is now just $29. » 12/19/14 4:25pm 12/19/14 4:25pm