Revisiting the Small Village That Was Completely Devastated By Toxic Red Sludge

Kolontár’s wounds are deep. Five years ago, on October 4, 2010, roughly one million cubic meters of liquid chemical waste burst from a red mud reservoir of the Ajka Alumina Plant. The 2-4 meters high wave of toxic sludge flooded the small village west of Budapest, and minutes later, six other villages and towns. »10/06/15 4:00pm3 minutes ago

A Man Who Makes Babies–Lots of Babies–But Lives Alone

People who want to start a family but have, for whatever reason, a problem with the sperm half of the equation have options. There are in-vitro methods that get sperm right next to or injected directly inside an egg. There are sperm banks. Some people have friends who are willing to be sperm donors. And the internet… »10/06/15 3:30pm33 minutes ago

Sharp Is Going to Sell This Little Robot as a Smartphone

Earlier this year, we reported on Tomotaka Takahashi, the famous engineer who sent the first talking robot into space, and his plans to make robots as popular a consumer electronic as smartphones. He’d been teasing a humanoid phone to debut this year, and here it is: a cutesy, talking, limbed phone that hitches rides… »10/06/15 3:15pm48 minutes ago

A Closer Look at the Microsoft Band 2: Definitely More Wearable, But Not Without Problems

In the crazy world of new Microsoft—where Surfaces are now more fully-fledged laptops and Lumias turn into complete PCs—Band 2 was met with little fanfare. But getting a closer look at Band 2 helped convince me that Microsoft has something brewing inside this little wearable, but it’s not quite there yet. »10/06/15 1:38pmToday 1:38pm

The 9 Weirdest Italian Horror Movies

Italian horror is, by its very nature, weird as hell. Even the genre’s most acclaimed standouts (Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond, for instance) are disgustingly freakish nightmares. But there are certain titles lurch into realms so intensely bizarre, we can’t quite believe our eyes ... or stop showing them to our friends,… »10/06/15 1:30pmToday 1:30pm

Surface Book Hands-On: Towards a More Perfect Laptop

So we haven’t really noticed it, but the laptop has been broken for years. That’s why innovations like the Surface—minus Book nomenclature—was so important when it dropped a few years ago. And Microsoft just proved how boring and futile laptops had become, by showing us a laptop that’s exciting. When is the last time… »10/06/15 1:20pmToday 1:20pm

Today's Best Deals: Fancy Pants, Rechargeable Batteries, and More

Here are the best of today’s deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best. »10/06/15 1:15pmToday 1:15pm

This Impressive 7-Ball Robot Juggler Is Better Than Most Buskers

Juggling isn’t an easy skill to master, especially when you up the challenge to keeping seven balls in the air. It’s even harder for robots to do, which is why Nathan Peterson’s automaton busker deserves more than just a handful of loose change if you happen to come across it busking in the subway. »10/06/15 12:37pmToday 12:37pm

How Pixar’s Inside Out Avoided Its Greatest Danger: Becoming An “After-School Special”

Inside Out is a complex film about the human psyche, but it has a really simple message: Sadness is an important part of life. You can’t have joy without sadness, and growing up means accepting that memories can be happy and sad. Director Pete Docter told io9 it was hard to avoid making this feel like an “after-school… »10/06/15 12:12pmToday 12:12pm

All the rockets that have carried humans to space in history

Here are all the incredible rockets and space vehicles that have carried humans to space. From Gagarin to Armstrong and every space explorer in between and after, each one of those brave heroes relied on Soyuz rockets and Saturn Vs and other types of rocket to launch them into the void embrace of space. »10/06/15 12:00pmToday 12:00pm