I Wouldn't Be Here Without the 1982 World's Fair

On a recent trip home to Knoxville, Tennessee, I had a flashback. Not an acid flashback (I don't think). We were weaving through the hilly streets of downtown in the shadow of the Sunsphere, a discoball of a monument built for the 1982 World's Fair, and suddenly I was there in the crowd, staring at the future. » 4/18/14 12:25pm 8 minutes ago

Deepsea Minerals Are Coming Soon To A Cell Phone Near You

Rocks mined from the seafloor have been confirmed as a viable source for rare earth metals, and thus a tiny piece of the ocean might soon find its way into a cell phone or computer chipboard near you. The finding, published in the April 2014 issue of Applied Geochemistry, all but guarantees a new round of focus on… » 4/18/14 12:00pm 34 minutes ago

Even Hollow Earth "Scientists" Get Monuments

While Jules Verne may have been the most famous writer to expound on the concept that the Earth is hollow, his famous book was explicitly a work of fiction. Early 1800's lecturer John Symmes Jr. wanted to let people know that it was not as fantastic as it seems, and Ohio's Hollow Earth Monument honors the man's… » 4/18/14 11:59am 34 minutes ago

This Bionic Ankle Walks Like It's Alive

The human lower leg is a marvel of biological engineering—it lets you have a long, strong stride while minimizing exertion and joint strain. But conventional spring and hydraulically-driven prosthesis worn by amputees offer no such benefit and can cause osteoarthritis-inducing skeletal strains. The BiOM T2 system aims… » 4/18/14 11:40am 54 minutes ago

Samsung's "Free and Ad-Free" Music Service Will Actually Cost $4 Monthly

Last month, Samsung introduced a Milk Music, a beautiful streaming radio service that it said would come free and ad-free with your new Samsung Galaxy phone. So it wasn't just slick—it offered you a cheaper better option to competitors like Spotify and Pandora. Awesome! Except it's not going to be free and ad-free at… » 4/18/14 11:14am Today 11:14am

Researchers Develop a Way to X-Ray Rocks To Find Hidden Diamonds

It's no surprise that the diamond industry is willing to spend whatever it takes to make the process of mining precious gems even more profitable. And while it already relies on X-ray technology for spotting diamonds on the surface of mined ore, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute's Development Center for X-ray… » 4/18/14 10:40am Today 10:40am

It's Time to Ditch Facebook and Start Over

Most of us have had Facebook accounts for the past few years, if not a decade. But time and bloat have turned once-beloved font of nostalgia into an onslaught of faux-sentimental sludge from strangers. So as Facebook stands poised to break itself into a bunch of different apps, we say to you: Screw it. It's time to… » 4/18/14 10:00am Today 10:00am

Yes! Google's New Camera App Yells at People For Taking Vertical Video

Google's new standalone Camera app is a sleek and powerful alternative to the stock Android camera. Turns out, it's also a soldier in the war against vertical videos. Try to shoot a portrait-framed vid, and you'll stare down the cold judgment of an icon telling you you're doing it wrong. You've been warned. » 4/18/14 9:44am Today 9:44am

A Turntable Snowboard Brings the Party To the Slopes

The folks at Signal Snowboards like to experiment over the winter months with conceptual deck designs—sometimes they're practical, and sometimes they're downright crazy. And the company's latest creation, a snowboard with a built-in turntable, probably falls into that latter category. » 4/18/14 9:20am Today 9:20am

Grab the FreedomPop High Speed WiFi Hotspot, Now Available for $29.99

As the world's smallest 4G mobile WiFi hotspot, the FreedomPop Photon fits in the palm of your hand and simultaneously provides up to 8 of your devices with 12mbps download speeds. Gizmodo readers can grab a feature-rich starter package that includes the Photon and 2GB of data today for a low $29.99. » 1/09/14 12:24am 1/09/14 12:24am

Learn To Build Games With 95% Off The Pro Game Developer Bundle

Other than once again proving the popularity of avian characters, what Flappy Bird showed is that with a bit of knowledge, anyone can turn a simple idea into a smash hit – and we've built a bundle (now 95% off) to teach you those skills. » 3/31/14 2:20pm 3/31/14 2:20pm

From EVPs to Reiki, A Real Ghost Hunter Shares the Tricks of the Trade

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Like Kevin, the hapless protagonist on Hulu's new ghost-hunting show Deadbeat, Marti Haines sees dead people. And, like Kevin, she has made it her life's work to help them communicate with their loved ones. However, Marti isn't a character on a show — she's a real live medium and ghost hunter, who works and lives in… » 4/16/14 12:00pm Wednesday 12:00pm