History visualized through the life of the most important humans

Art historian Maximilian Schich put together this pretty visualization that records humanity's cultural history over 2,600 years. The blue and red dots you see above are the birthplaces and deaths for over 120,000 people who were "notable enough" to have their births and deaths recorded. » 8/01/14 10:18pm 57 minutes ago

Beautiful architectural alphabet engravings should be built for real

Antonio Basoli was an Italian artist that lived between the 18th and the 19th century working mostly in Bologna. Among other things, he created these beautiful architectural alphabet engravings called Alfabeto Pittorico. I wish there was a place called Alphabet City* where all these buildings were real. » 8/01/14 9:04pm Today 9:04pm

Sweet short film shows how tough life is for a teenager in love

Love is tough as an adult but, remember when you were a young teen dreaming about that person at school or in your building, the one who never paid attention to you? That's the case of the young man in Paper Planes—a sweet short film created by London-based Jamie Childsand his paper plane love notes. » 8/01/14 8:23pm Today 8:23pm

This alien world is not a frame from Guardians of the Galaxy

This isn't a Cassini photo of a Saturn moon against an asteroids field or a frame from Guardians of the Galaxy. This beautiful alien landscape is right here on Earth, a microscopic world hidden inside a gemstone, photographed by Danny J. Sanchez. He told me about the process behind his work here. » 8/01/14 6:41pm Today 6:41pm

Why You Shouldn't Freak Out About Ebola Patients Coming to the U.S.

For months, the Ebola epidemic was a terrible problem isolated in Africa. Then news broke of two sick Americans being airlifted back for treatment, bringing Ebola to the U.S. for the first time ever. On purpose. Cue fear, cue outrage—all of it misplaced. It's going to be fine. » 8/01/14 5:54pm Today 5:54pm

A Gesture-Controlled Headlamp Means No More Fumbling For Buttons

Headlamps aren't just for overnight wilderness treks, a hands-free light source can be useful for everything from detailed hobby work to fixing a car. And Olight's H15S is particularly useful for that last application, allowing you to activate its bright LED lamp with a simple wave gesture when your hands are covered… » 8/01/14 5:20pm Today 5:20pm

This Home's Bedrooms Have Wheels So You Can Roll Them Outside

We've seen doors that spin on their hinges and whole facades that rotate towards the sun, but there are mechanically simpler ways to approach transforming architecture. Take this home in Brittany, which features small bedrooms on wheels that can be rolled around (or outside of) the house. » 8/01/14 4:34pm Today 4:34pm

Zeus Thunder Vape Pen: E-Cig and Vaping in One Pocketable Package

Cramming what little pocket space you've got in those skinny jeans you kids are wearing with multiple vapes for multiple materials is tacky. Instead, combine all your vaping needs into a single, multi-material device like the Zeus Arsenal Thunder. » 8/01/14 4:20pm Today 4:20pm

Get 95% off Great Apps and Resources w/ The Productive Design Mac Bundle

Being a designer is hard. People think that it's all just drawing pretty things, but we know differently. To help out, we've put together a bundle that includes top productivity apps (like Ember), design apps (like Pixa) and some design subscriptions. Then, we took took 95% off the price for Gizmodo readers. » 7/31/14 3:15pm Yesterday 3:15pm

Deals: A Smartwatch You Won't Hate, GoPro, Cards Against Humanity

We see decent deals every now and then for the GoPro Hero3+ Black edition, but less often for the cheaper (but still excellent) Silver model. If the Silver is more in your price range, Best Buy is throwing in a $50 gift card and 16GB MicroSD card with your purchase today. [GoPro Hero3+ Silver with 16GB Memory Card… » 8/01/14 12:45pm Today 12:45pm