If you want beautiful fireworks bursting in the sky, you’re going to need to mine the Earth first. Here’s the geology of the minerals that give fireworks their vibrant colours.
Greetings, citizens of Gizmodo! It’s a holiday weekend in America—a time when we like to grill meats and blow stuff up. Here’s hoping you had the day off today or are moving into a badass weekend.
Here in the U.S., it's the last day of a three-day weekend that's synonymous with barbecue. Anyone can try his or her hand at barbecuing; hell, all you need is meat, a grill, and some open sky to sully with fragrant food-smoke. But there's some mouth-wateringly complex science involved in that process, as the folks at
Sure, there will be big, corporate-sponsored firework displays tonight in New York City, but the most entertaining show might be found in a neighborhood on the far northwestern tip of Manhattan. A documentary has been made to capture this dramatic display that pits block against block in the ultimate pyrotechnic…
When activist Abbie Hoffman wore his American flag shirt back in the 1960s people were shocked. He was even arrested and charged for "mutilating the American flag." Oh how times have changed. Today, putting the American flag on t-shirts, in advertisements, and even on napkins is considered the height of patriotism.…
The 4th of July is tomorrow, and we all know what that means: The casual and festive use of explosives. Well, that is if you live in (or near?) one of the 42 states where that sort of thing is allowed. If you're unsure whether you live in party town or under a wet blanket, this map can help you out.
Summer's in full swing. So it's time to make excuses. Excuses to use your camera, to be immature, and to hit somebody consentingly in the face with a water balloon.
Get enough fireworks on the 4th? Neither did we. Here are 75 fantastic photos of fireworks to appease your inner pyromaniac.
On the grand spectrum of fireworks ranked by awesomeness, sparklers are pretty far towards the "lame" end, just slightly cooler than black snakes. But what if you have a few hundred of them going off all at once? It's a little more impressive.
Say what you will about Americans, but we are really, really good at blowing things up. And for this week's Shooting Challenge—and the 4th of July!—we're going to celebrate that in our traditional fashion.
The thermometer might sail past the 100 degree mark today, but the last place you want to be on the Fourth of July is indoors. Even if it's refreshingly air conditioned in there.
Apparently giant rainbow explosions all across the sky weren't entertaining for CBS producers, who digitally superimposed Boston landmarks across the screen in a strange, disingenuous attempt to augment the show. Why's that okay? Because it's entertainment, not news! How patriotic.
Hey, it's July 4. We're all at the ball game, eating hot dogs and drinking beer. But before you head off to the refreshment stand yourself, be sure to watch this video about sentient snacks. Then have a sno-cone! A horrifying, disturbing sno-cone!
In case you were wondering if you should sign up for yet another social network, there's a compelling reason to use Google+ that you may not have thought of: Freedom.if you're a journalist or activist, or just interested in freedom of the press.
What do you get when you mount a wide angle camera on a bottlerocket? Two minutes and sixteen seconds of sky-splitting American awesomeness. Happy July 4th people. Don't lose your fingers.
If you're really into fireworks, maybe you should move you butt to any square state. But whatever you do, don't move to New York, New Jersey, Delaware or Massachusetts. They have a total ban. The awesomerest state is South Carolina.
There's nothing more American than a holiday filled with barbecue, fireworks, drinking, watermelon and app sales. That's right. Just like last year, a bunch of iPhone and iPad games have slashed their prices. Here's the ones you should get:
In the timeless battle between fireworks and food, there's only ever been one clear winner: those of us who get to watch them meet at a gloriously slowed down 2,000 frames per second. Jell-O! Mayo! Egg! All exploded for our pleasure, compliments of PopSci.