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The process of launching a nuclear missile is completely riveting

This video is more intense and more suspenseful and got me more scared than any movie I’ve watched this year. Veritasium dug into the actual process involved in launching a nuclear missile from its silo and the retro-tech combined with its quaint fail safes and cute ignition all under the backdrop of the disastrous… » 7/27/15 9:13pm 18 minutes ago

Watch a MiG-29 take off and immediately shoot up vertically into the sky

Wow, this is so cool. Here’s a MiG-29 fighter jet taking off from a runway and then immediately launching vertically into the sky. The takeoff looks completely normal and innocuous until the jet is a few feet off the ground and then it just zips up like it’s riding the world’s fastest invisible elevator.
» 7/27/15 8:40pm 51 minutes ago

Video: Crazy semi truck jumps off a ramp and soars into the air

I don’t even think Optimus Prime would dare try and jump off of a dirt ramp. And yet daredevil Gregg Godfrey did with his non-Transformer semi or semi-trailer or big rig or transport or articulate lorry (depending on where you’re from). He set a new record for jumping a semi truck at 166 feet which beat the old mark… » 7/27/15 8:20pm Today 8:20pm

Besides Cilantro, What Foods Do You Find Absolutely Disgusting?

Gizmodo staff got into a spirited debate about the most divisive of herbs, cilantro, sparked by the news that the U.S. imposed an import ban after human feces were found in cilantro fields outside Puebla, Mexico. Some of us despise cilantro; others would happily sprinkle it on most meals. Is there any other flavor… » 7/27/15 6:20pm Today 6:20pm

One of Your Favorite Mice is Down to Its Lowest Price 

Lifehacker readers’ favorite mouse is down to $45 today, which is a match for the lowest price we’ve ever seen. The Logitech Performance Mouse MX will work on practically any surface (even glass!), can recharge over microUSB, and includes dedicated forward and back buttons for web surfing. [Logitech Performance Mouse… » 7/27/15 6:15pm Today 6:15pm

These Videos Show All the Changes Ever Made to the Star Wars Trilogy

Even before George Lucas created his Special Editions, the filmmaker was tinkering with Star Wars. Case in point, if you saw the 1977 original in 1977, it didn’t have an “Episode” or even a title beyond “Star Wars.” That was added in 1981 and ever since then, the changes haven’t stopped. » 7/27/15 5:49pm Today 5:49pm

Are Kill Switches Really Enough to Deter Smartphone Thieves?  

When California became the first state to require new smartphones to have a built-in kill switch—a way to disable and brick a device when it goes missing—it seemed like the days of rampant smartphone theft were finally over. After all, who would sell a completely bricked iPhone to some sucker person, amirite?
» 7/27/15 5:20pm Today 5:20pm

Does Windows 10 Make Sense On a Big Touchscreen PC?

I own a Dell XPS One 27—a giant touchscreen PC. It’s basically a huge 27-inch monitor with an entire computer crammed inside. The Windows equivalent of an iMac. I like the compact, integrated design so much I’ve bought two of them over the years, but I’ve never really had a need for the touchscreen—it’s just kind of… » 7/27/15 4:31pm Today 4:31pm

The NSA Says It'll Destroy Some Phone Records It Collected Illegally 

When the USA Freedom Act passed earlier this summer, the NSA was pushed to stop collecting phone records in bulk. The question of what would happen to the massive amount of data it’d already collected on people remained. That question was answered today: Those old troves of metadata are mostly going in the garbage. » 7/27/15 3:50pm Today 3:50pm