Lightning can be heard halfway around the world via radio

Lightning, as we know, is an awesome burst of energy. When lightning strikes, some of that energy can be converted into radio waves that then zip through space along Earth's magnetic field, so that lightning in Alaska can be heard as "whistlers" on a radio receiver all the way in New Zealand. » 7/25/14 5:57pm 17 minutes ago

The Penis Propaganda That Warned WWII-Era Soldiers of Venereal Disease

During World War II, a foe far more insidious than the aggressive Axis powers was felling our boys fighting overseas. Venereal disease had always been a huge problem for American troops, but in 1942 the government got serious about schooling soldiers to be more conscientious with their erections. » 7/25/14 5:45pm 30 minutes ago

There Are Officially Too Many Apps, And Nobody Is Making Money

The new American Dream was going so well: drop out, make an app for sending emojis that disappear after 5 seconds, and collect your check. But it turns out the app gold rush is broken for almost everyone. » 7/25/14 5:43pm 31 minutes ago

This Dreamy Drone Tour Shows the Rebirth of Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles's swiftly mutating downtown is usually viewed at street level. Now, thanks to filmmaker Ian Wood, we get a top-down perspective of the city's transformation in this gorgeous video, which he shot with a lightweight remote-controlled quadcopter and camera system. 20 stories up, there's change afoot as well. » 7/25/14 4:49pm Today 4:49pm

How 3D Printing Is Making Better Movie Monsters

Cinematic special effects have come a long way since Jason and the Argonauts. What once required dedicated and labor-intensive filming sessions can now easily be generated in near-lifelike quality by modern CGI. But Luma Pictures, an animation studio responsible for some of the biggest blockbuster movie effects of the… » 7/25/14 4:21pm Today 4:21pm

These Scarves Are Printed With the Outlines of Cities Aglow at Night

We've all seen the glowing fingerprints of cities after dark: Manhattan as an orderly grid, London a sprawling mess bisected by the winding Thames, the ring of Paris's arrondissements. The patterns are recognizable but abstract, just right on a silk scarf that lets you subtly broadcast your city allegiances. » 7/25/14 4:20pm Today 4:20pm

Bad Cell Phone Calls Could Actually Be Tracked to Detect Rainfall

Despite the many wonders of our modern cell phones, using them to call a real live human can kind of suck. The sound is fuzzy, the calls drop randomly, and a simple rainstorm can make it all even worse. But there is surprising upside to all this: we can monitor the quality of cell phone calls to track rain and floods… » 7/25/14 3:23pm Today 3:23pm

A Trip On the Hybrid Crane-Boats That Pull Wreckage from NYC Harbor

The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for keeping debris out of New York's Harbor, whether it's dead whales, helicopters, driftwood, or floating docks. Without the Corps the harbor and the outlying beaches of the Rockaways and the Jersey Shore would be filled with massive pieces of debris and ships would risk… » 7/25/14 2:52pm Today 2:52pm

A Multi-Function Clip That Hides a Toolbox In Your Hair

A Leatherman multi-tool hanging off your belt is a great way to stay prepared for emergencies, but it means you look like someone with a Leatherman hanging off their belt—and that part's not so great. This innocuous hair clip is a better alternative. It manages to replicate the functionality of quite a few tools, but… » 7/25/14 2:42pm Today 2:42pm

Unlocking Your Phone Is About To Be Legal Again

Looking to overturn a longstanding Library of Congress decision to Fort Knox your gadgets to a specific carrier, the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act" (S.517) just hurdled its second major obstacle on its way to becoming a law. Now, the bill only needs the POTUS' signature and smartphones will… » 7/25/14 2:19pm Today 2:19pm

​How And Why To Take Your Smartphone Camping

No other device packs a camera, a stereo, video recording, GPS navigation and guide books into such a small, conveniently carried package. Here's how to get the most of your smartphone in the outdoors.http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/so-you-want-to... » 7/25/14 2:10pm Today 2:10pm

Bad News for Verizon's Heavy Data Users: You'll Be Throttled This Fall

If you're clinging to your grandfathered Verizon unlimited data plan, here's some bad news. Starting October 1, Verizon will throttle LTE speeds for heavy data users who enter high-volume areas. As GigaOm points out, this means Verizon will privilege users who pay for their data per gigabyte over their customers who… » 7/25/14 1:58pm Today 1:58pm

Your Right To Be Forgotten Beats Google's Right to Remember

Last week, Microsoft's Bing joined Google in acquiescing to the E.U. high court's "right to be forgotten" ruling, which allows European citizens to petition for the removal of search results about themselves that are "inadequate…no longer relevant, or excessive." The Court of Justice sees it as a victory for privacy… » 7/25/14 1:20pm Today 1:20pm

How to Keep Dozens of Tabs Open Without Exhausting Your Browser

Those who lived through the tabbed browsing revolution will remember just how convenient it felt to be able to open up three or four tabs in the background without losing focus from the current one. Now that kind of behavior is taken for granted, but if you queue up too many tabs to get around to later it can start to… » 7/25/14 1:02pm Today 1:02pm

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