Black Widow: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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The arguments over Black Widow have gotten ugly. Last night, Joss Whedon quit Twitter, with an image that pointed the blame at Twitter haters. But there’s a real issue with Black Widow, and her role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it’s worth talking about. It’s worth talking about it like adults. » 5/05/15 6:31pm 10 minutes ago

Everything We've Learned from 50 Years of (Deliberate) Spaceship Crashes

Last week, NASA’s Messenger spacecraft ended its 11-year mission by crashing into Mercury. Of course, Messenger was doomed anyway, but sometimes a mission’s entire point is to smash one thing into a bigger thing and watch the explosion. » 5/05/15 6:20pm 21 minutes ago

An Obscure African Plant Tells Miners Where to Look for Diamonds 

Diamonds you’re familiar with. Pandanus candelabrum, not so much. And until recently, botanists didn’t pay much attention to this rare, palm-like plant from West Africa either. But the discovery that P. candelabrum grows only over rock that may harbor diamonds has vaulted the plant out of obscurity.
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Listen to Thomas Edison's Scary Talking Dolls and Never Sleep Again

Thomas Edison’s phonograph company came out with a line of groundbreaking “talking” dolls in 1890. They lasted only six weeks before being yanked from stores, because the dolls sound like the risen Satan singing a lullaby. Now with the help of new technology, you too can listen to the dolls’ voices and never be at… » 5/05/15 5:40pm Today 5:40pm

Grooveshark Defiantly Resurrected By a Rogue Pirate

Last week, after a protracted court battle with music rights holders, the illegal online streaming service Grooveshark went dark. But an ambitious, and mysterious person named “New Grooveshark” emailed me today with news that they’d defiantly brought back the site at a new address at grooveshark.io. The shark just… » 5/05/15 5:35pm Today 5:35pm

Freightliner Just Revealed The First Real Road-Legal Autonomous Big Rig

The Freightliner “Inspiration Truck” will be the first autonomous commercial truck to drive on American roads. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Daimler Chairman Wolfgang Bernhard just bolted on its Autonomous Vehicle license plate to prove it’s the real deal, and it’s already been spotted in action. » 5/05/15 5:23pm Today 5:23pm

This Tiny Doll is Anatomically Correct All The Way In

If you were a midwife or a doctor attending childbirths during the 17th century, you might have owned a tiny anatomically correct doll like this one. Carved from ivory by German, French or Italian craftsmen, these tiny anatomical manikins opened to reveal the normal arrangement of human organs, including the lungs,… » 5/05/15 4:56pm Today 4:56pm

Court Says Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking Is A-Okay

Do you like privacy? You’re going to hate this news. A federal court just ruled that law enforcement doesn’t need a warrant to obtain cell tower location data. This is just a year after the same federal court ruled that it did need a warrant, a move some called the biggest privacy wins in recent memory. Now it is a… » 5/05/15 4:50pm Today 4:50pm

The Solution To the Apple Watch Tattoo Problem Was So Obvious

There was some bad news last week for tattooed Apple fans hoping to take advantage of everything the company’s new smartwatch had to offer. It turns out that ink on your arm hinders the Apple Watch’s ability to monitor your heart rate. But as Conan discovered, Apple already has a simple solution for sale. » 5/05/15 4:40pm Today 4:40pm

Most Young Americans Think Premarital Sex is No Big Deal

American attitudes about sex continue to change, from one generation to the next. A new study from San Diego State University using data from the General Social Survey, published today in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, shows that Millennials are more likely to think premarital sex is OK than their Boomer or Gen-X… » 5/05/15 3:30pm Today 3:30pm

9 Dumbest Ways To Reboot The Marvel Movie Universe

Avengers: Age of Ultron launches Phase 3 of Marvel’s movie universe. Which means even more interconnected stories, and brings us closer to the inevitable time when the universe is crushed under its own weight and has to restart from scratch. Here are the nine absolute worst ways that Marvel could reboot its movies. » 5/05/15 2:54pm Today 2:54pm

Researchers Discover Fracking Fluids in Pennsylvania Well Water

Researchers using a sensitive chemical analysis say they have found evidence of fracking fluids in well water near a shale gas drilling site in Pennsylvania. It’s one of the first scientifically documented cases of fracking fluids seeping into drinking water. » 5/05/15 2:20pm Today 2:20pm

The Strange Second Life of America's Only Rare Earth Mine

Rare earth elements are hard-to-find metals that we need for batteries, solar cells and electronics. These days, they’re mostly mined and processed in China. But it wasn’t always so. The history of rare earth elements is surprising, and some of it even takes place in America’s backyard. In fact, there is still a rare… » 5/05/15 2:00pm Today 2:00pm

Get 20% Off MeUndies, The Most Comfortable Underwear + Free Shipping

On average, men keep the same pair of underwear for seven years. That’s a long time, but not exactly surprising when you consider how easy it is to continually put off underwear shopping. Enter MeUndies - they deliver premium underwear straight to your door. Get 20% off your first order with MeUndies, the… » 5/01/15 3:26pm Friday 3:26pm

Get 50% Off One Week of Blue Apron: Fresh Ingredient & Recipe Delivery 

With fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes delivered to your home weekly, Blue Apron cuts down on meal-planning drudgery and focuses on the fun and flavor of home cooking. Even better, Blue Apron is offering Gizmodo readers the first week - three meals for two people – for just $30, half off the regular price. » 5/04/15 2:54pm Yesterday 2:54pm

Save Over $100 On This Retro Style Bluetooth Speaker

Looking for a bluetooth speaker with a little class? Not only does the Veho M6 feature spectacular sound, it comes in a distinctly retro style complete with brushed aluminum and a vintage leather strap. It usually runs for $180, but Gizmodo readers can save 66% with code VEHO5. » 5/01/15 4:30pm Friday 4:30pm