Size comparison of optical telescopes from 1893 to 2022

Here's a fascinating graphic comparison of the mirrors of optical telescopes since the Yerkes Observatory—a 1893 40-inch refractor in Williams Bay,Wisconsin—to the largest of them all, the 128-foot (39-meter) European Extremely Large Telescope at Cerro Armazones in the Atacama Desert, Chile. » 9/15/14 11:04pm 21 minutes ago

The evolution of humans in one funny animation

ADHD made an animation that exposes the hilarious cycle of evolution. Monkeys eating fruit turn into monkeys eating raw meat turn into people using fire to cook food to inventing the wheel to making art to landing on the moon to putting dumb videos on YouTube to just being a character on some alien's video game » 9/15/14 10:30pm 56 minutes ago

Cool video: Ceramic head cuts one of the toughest metals in the world

That big block of metal is inconel, an extremely tough "austenitic nickel-chromium-based superalloy," one of the strongest metals known to humans, used in "in extreme environments subjected to pressure and heat" like nuclear plants. How do you cut such a hard thing? Let's watch a video. » 9/15/14 8:30pm Today 8:30pm

Tim Cook Says Apple Has Never Shared Data: "You're Not Our Product"

As part of Apple's ongoing glasnost campaign, Tim Cook was on Charlie Rose last Friday. Part two airs tonight and it looks like it will be a lot meatier, just based on the clip released today: Cook will apparently talk more about the role of privacy at Apple, including their choice not to release or mine user metadata. » 9/15/14 7:30pm Today 7:30pm

A Brief History of Air Bags and The Future of Driverless Cars

"We've lost more Americans on the highways than we've lost in all the wars that we've ever fought," says Jim Hall, the former head of the National Transportation Safety Board in a new video from the New York Times. » 9/15/14 5:36pm Today 5:36pm

Scientists Used a Hitchcock Thriller to Measure Patients' Consciousness

Alfred Hitchcock, our master of suspense, was incredibly good at manipulating his audience—a fact that has now come in handy for neuroscientists. When they screened a Hitchcock thriller for volunteers in a brain scanner, they found that brain activity of a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years was… » 9/15/14 5:20pm Today 5:20pm

Photoshop Contest: What's Apple Really Shipping in Those iPhone Crates?

Earlier today, we got a glimpse inside one of the planes carrying hundreds of thousands of shiny new smartphones all the way across the Pacific, straight into our greedy little fingers. But—can we ever really know what's hiding beneath those giant tarps? Yep! Because you're going to tell us. » 9/15/14 5:20pm Today 5:20pm

Julian Assange Says "Apolitical Futurism of Star Trek" Fits Google

Julian Assange is currently answering questions in a live chat over at Gawker, promoting his new book, When Google Met Wikileaks. One of the most interesting exchanges for readers of Paleofuture actually comes from a question by Matthew Phelan who writes the Gawker subdomain Black Bag. » 9/15/14 5:07pm Today 5:07pm

These Richly Detailed Maps Give the Modern World a Victorian Twist

Wouldn't we all love to live in a city where floating dirigibles shared the horizon alongside the glass towers of our modern skylines? Such is the wild world featured in the highly complex, geographically accurate illustrations of Icelandic artist Kristjana S. Williams, whose maps are part of an exhibition for the… » 9/15/14 5:00pm Today 5:00pm

Your iPhone Houses All These Chemical Reactions Every Single Day

Other than the times we notice our battery bars inching towards the red or our screens go silent, we usually don't think too about how it is our phones actually function. But as a new video from the Reaction YouTube channel shows, there's a whole host of complex chemical reactions going on both during production and… » 9/15/14 4:48pm Today 4:48pm

MIT Made a Smartphone Control a Computer With a Simple Touch

Have you ever held your smartphone up to your laptop screen and thought about how cool it would be if the two devices could work together, physically? Well now, thanks to a team from the MIT Media Lab, they can. New software lets you use your smartphone as an extra interface for a computer, and it looks awesome. » 9/15/14 4:33pm Today 4:33pm

Windows 9 Rumor Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

Windows 8 has been limping through its existence for just about two years now, and despite the fact that its continual updates have improved it a fair bit, the numbers aren't encouraging. Microsoft knows this, and the rumors surrounding Windows 9 show that it's going to be a move back to more familiar territory.… » 9/15/14 4:23pm Today 4:23pm

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

I think we can all agree that an 8-bit version of The Avengers would be awesome to play. Want to learn how to build it (or another game idea) yourself? With a bit of knowledge, anyone can turn a simple game idea into a smash hit – and we've built a bundle (now 95% off) to teach you those skills. » 9/12/14 3:28pm Friday 3:28pm

Get 1 TB of Military Grade Online Backup For $19 From iDrive

Cloud backup has become essential for everyone. However, the more devices you have, the more complicated it gets. iDrive is different, making multi-device backup and syncing dead simple. Now, Gizmodo readers can grab 1 year of iDrive's 1 TB cloud backup plan for $19. An absurdly good deal, if I do say so myself. » 9/12/14 4:33pm Friday 4:33pm