Snowpiercer Is Out On Demand Today, Just Weeks After Hitting Theaters

Snowpiercer looks like a badass movie. Like if Blade Runner had sex with Speed. The sci-fi film has great reviews, an intriguing plot about hardscrabble future people engaging in class warfare on a really fast cold-weather train, and Tilda Swinton. But with a limited theatrical release, it hasn't been very easy to… » 7/11/14 6:20pm 43 minutes ago

This Ad for a Homeless Shelter Is Also a Mini Homeless Shelter

A curious ad campaign recently popped up in Vancouver. The backs of park benches have become billboards for Raincity Housing, a nonprofit that helps the homeless. But they're not just advertisements for a homeless shelter. Some of the ads actually transform into little shelters. » 7/11/14 6:00pm Today 6:00pm

Why Medium Format Is So Gorgeous (It's About More Than Resolution)

One of the biggest reasons to shoot film nowadays is medium format, an option that yields gorgeous results but whose digital counterpart is wildly expensive. It's well known that medium format offers an increase in resolution and print size, but there are other advantages that make it a unique tool in a photographer's… » 7/11/14 5:40pm Today 5:40pm

This Topographic Calendar Turns Your To-Do List Into an Actual Mountain

If you're finding yourself overwhelmed with all the work on your plate, it's probably a bad idea to keep track of it all on this lovely calendar Land Rover has made. Using the topography elevation lines you'd find on a 2D map as inspiration, this calendar ends up looking like a genuine miniature mountain on your desk,… » 7/11/14 5:20pm Today 5:20pm

We Went to Scotland To See How Real Scotch Is Born

Among connoisseurs, scotch whisky is heralded as a complex delicacy. Listen in on a tasting: You'll swear they're describing an entire dinner entree, not a sip of booze. But scotch distillers need only three ingredients—and a barrel-full of technique—to make that magical elixir, as I learned while touring the… » 7/11/14 5:00pm Today 5:00pm

U-Boats, Spies, and White Magic: The Invention of Wireless Cryptography

The wireless telegraph station in Sayville, New York was one of the most powerful in the world. Constructed by the German company Telefunken in 1912, it served as a transatlantic relay point for diplomatic messages and business communications. It was a beacon among amateur wireless enthusiasts around the United… » 7/11/14 3:43pm Today 3:43pm

MIT Thinks Lighting Drones Could Be the Perfect Photography Assistants

If you've ever been to a photography set, you've probably noticed how much time the photographer and their assistants take to perfectly position the lighting—only to have their efforts foiled when the model moves. That's why researchers at MIT are proposing using drones as lighting, as they can constantly ensure… » 7/11/14 3:20pm Today 3:20pm

Explore an 80-Room Nazi Bunker Converted Into a Home and Gallery

It takes a very specific kind of sensibility to live in the ruins of monstrous regime, but art collectors Karen and Christian Boros have it. The couple and their kids live in a bunker with six-foot-thick concrete walls, originally built to hold 3,000 people during air raids in Berlin, in 1942. » 7/11/14 3:00pm Today 3:00pm

Discovery of WWII photos in a foxhole was just a dumb hoax

Right around Independence Day, an amazing story went around: historians discover a soldier's camera at the site of the Battle of the Bulge. They develop the 70-year-old film and find grainy but gripping images taken by a soldier just before he was killed. It's an engrossing tale—but it's false: the photos came from a… » 7/11/14 2:22pm Today 2:22pm

How Vacant World Cup Stadiums Could Be Turned Into Housing

The World Cup ends this weekend, leaving Brazil with the heady task of deciding what, exactly, to do with the 12 stadiums that were built or converted for games. Two architects have published a proposal to convert the stadiums into something Brazil desperately needs: Affordable housing. » 7/11/14 1:40pm Today 1:40pm

Watch as Laser Scanners and CNC Millers Restore a Castle's Gargoyles

Even a building made of stone is still subject to the ravages of time, and the intricately carved gargoyles on Kronborg Castle in Denmark were in desperate need of repair before they crumbled into dust. We all know how easy it is to replicate something using a 3D printer, but if you need something made of stone, it's… » 7/11/14 1:20pm Today 1:20pm

Inside San Franciso's Fire Department, Where Ladders Are Made by Hand

San Francisco's Fire Department is one of the few left in the United States that still uses wooden ladders. Each is made by hand at a dedicated workshop. Some have been in rotation for nearly a century. We'll get to the why and how, but hang on: Wouldn't a wooden ladder burn? Yes. They go up in flames. » 7/11/14 1:00pm Today 1:00pm

Verizon's Innovation Centers Are Tackling Issues of the Future, Now

Verizon operates the largest 4G LTE network in America, but it does much more than enable you to IM at lightning speed from your coffee shop of choice. Verizon's Innovation Centers, for example, focus on solving global issues in sustainability, health care, and more. Dan Murphy, Director of Technology at Verizon… » 7/10/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Get 40% off the iStabilizer Dolly for iPhone, Smartphones, & DSLR

On every TV show, you'll see shots that seem to glide, and it is often done with the use of a dolly — essentially a tripod on wheels. The iStabilizer Dolly is a scaled down version for smartphone and DSLR videographers, and it works perfectly. Gizmodo readers can grab one for 40% off – down from $65 to $39. » 7/04/14 6:17pm 7/04/14 6:17pm

Get Over 90% Off 1 TB of Online Backup Software For Life – $69

Let's face it — you have a lot of digital stuff. Even if you don't have thousands of files lying about, photos & videos soon fill up GBs. This data is hard to organize, and can easily be lost if a hard drive fails. That's why online backup makes sense, and you can currently get 1TB of storage with 90% off DrivePop. » 7/09/14 5:19pm Wednesday 5:19pm