How to Make a Drill-Powered Pepper Grinder

If you've ever cooked pepper steak, you know the feeling of your forearms cramping up after what seems like hours of twisting. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were just a machine that did all the hard work? Lucky for you, there is, and it's probably in your garage. That is, if you still have film canisters lying… » 4/23/14 7:40pm 16 minutes ago

The FCC (Still) Stinks at Defending the Internet

The FCC's soon-to-be-proposed rules on net neutrality reportedly won't stop broadband providers from giving better service to people that pay for it. That stinks. This was the agency's big chance to lock down a set of regulations that will keep the internet free and open, and it's letting America down. » 4/23/14 6:41pm Today 6:41pm

A Map of Who Doesn't Have Indoor Plumbing in the United States

Did you know that 1.6 million Americans don't have complete indoor plumbing? The American Community Survey published on Tuesday that says that nearly 630,000 occupied homes in the United States lack complete plumbing facilities*, and The Washington Post whipped it into a handy interactive map. How's your home state… » 4/23/14 6:40pm Today 6:40pm

You'll Want to Play Forever In This Swirling Sea of Packing Peanuts

You might think it a nuisance when a few packing peanuts spill from a box out onto your living room floor. But when an entire hallway is filled with millions of the white nuggets and blown around in a cyclone of styrofoam, you'll probably react a bit differently. » 4/23/14 6:20pm Today 6:20pm

Cool visualization reveals how the number Pi looks

Cristian Ilies Vasile has created the coolest visualization of Pi I've seen. First he divided a circle in 10 segments, from 0 to 9. Then he traced a path going from the third segment to the first segment. From 1, the path jumps to 4, then back to 1, then 5 and so on. After a while, π appears in front of your eyes. The… » 4/23/14 6:00pm Today 6:00pm

L.A.'s First Public Transit Used Actual Horse Power

Public transportation was slow to arrive in Los Angeles, a city whose farthest reaches were still accessible by foot in the 1870s. But as the city began to stretch out over the surrounding landscape, some form of regular, wheeled transportation around town became a practical necessity. And in the beginning, horses… » 4/23/14 5:39pm Today 5:39pm

These Are Supposedly the 7 Best Objects Designed In the Last Year

If you had to pick a single thing out of the last year of your life and explain why it was better designed than anything else, what would you chose? A jury at London's Design Museum narrowed its list down to seven objects—including a building, a keyboard, and a fashion line—today by announcing the category winners of… » 4/23/14 5:20pm Today 5:20pm

With a Kevlar-Lined Shirt, You're Not Completely Screwed in a Crash

Pay attention as the weather gets warmer: you're gonna see a lot of motorcyclists riding around in regular street clothes, nothing but hopes and dreams protecting them from nasty road rash should things get tumbly. Well, maybe not all of them—hopefully, some will be wearing Crave's kevlar-lined Axe shirt, which looks… » 4/23/14 5:00pm Today 5:00pm

Lytro's Light Field Tech Is Amazing, But Is It Already Obsolete?

Lytro wants to bring photography into the future by creating cameras that do the seemingly impossible—allowing anyone viewing the image to choose which part is in focus. It's called light field technology, and it might already be completely obsolete. » 4/23/14 4:35pm Today 4:35pm

Gibson's New Audio Cable Automatically Records Everything You Play

Ensuring that no spontaneous but memorable riff ever gets forgotten, Gibson has teamed up with Tascam to create the next-generation of audio cables that actually records everything being played on an instrument, for up to eight solid hours on a single AA battery. It's like a dashcam for catching musical accidents you… » 4/23/14 4:20pm Today 4:20pm

WSJ: The FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Will OK Pay-to-Play

Initial reports about the FCC's hotly anticipated net neutrality rules are out, and they are foreboding. While they'll prevent broadband providers from blocking legal content on the internet, it does not explicitly ban companies from paying for better service. While that's bad for net neutrality, it's not entirely a… » 4/23/14 4:15pm Today 4:15pm

Detroit's Airport Just Installed a $75,000 Indoor Dog Bathroom

If you thought there was nothing worse than flying with little kids, just think about the complications of traveling with a dog. Most dogs fly in crates, but service animals are allowed in terminals and plane cabins. And so that their owners don't have to navigate the maze of airport security for an outside break,… » 4/23/14 4:10pm Today 4:10pm

What 650 Miles With Ford's Top Designer Taught Me About Tomorrow's Cars

On day two of my classic Mustang road trip with Ford Motor Co.'s top two designers, Moray Callum and I were concerning ourselves with the future. Not just the future of cars, cities, and design; but our own imminent futures. Because we were driving a half-century-old car, with antiquated brakes, insufficient tires, and … » 4/23/14 3:40pm Today 3:40pm

Name Your Own Price On $655 Worth of Mac Apps

Mac Bundles remain a great way to get a bunch of great apps on the cheap. The latest bundle from StackSocial takes that mission to heart. You can now name their own price for 10 mac apps including RapidWeaver 5. This deal has crazy value: $655 of top software for NYOP. » 4/22/14 12:43pm Yesterday 12:43pm

Wake Up Like a Human, iPhone 5c, IPS Displays, SodaStream

If you're still waking up every morning to a shrill alarm clock, you owe it to yourself to give a wake-up light a try. Gizmodo has wholeheartedly recommended this Philips model in the past, and you can get it for only $52 today after clipping the $10 coupon. » 4/23/14 1:45pm Today 1:45pm