Happy Birthday Ames! Awesome Photos From 75 Years of Aerospace Research

On the 20th of December, 1939, the second laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was founded. The facility at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, California, would later be known as NASA's Ames Research Center after the founding chairman of NACA, Joseph S. Ames—but no one could foresee how iconic… » 12/20/14 1:00pm 12/20/14 1:00pm

All the most amazing supernovas ever photographed

NASA has revealed spectacular, newly reprocessed images of four of the most amazing supernovas ever captured by a human science instrument—the Crab Nebula (top), Tycho, G292.0+1.8, and 3C58—to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Chandra observatory. I decided to go one step further and collect them all. » 7/22/14 10:07pm 7/22/14 10:07pm

The fastest and weirdest Rubik's Cube solutions

The Rubik's cube is 40-years-old today. It's one of the most popular toys in the history of mankind, one that has obsessed kids and adults alike, making them compete to be the fastest and do the weirdest things with it. Here are a few examples: » 5/19/14 9:16pm 5/19/14 9:16pm

Geeking Out on the 20th Anniversary of Weezer's The Blue Album

Buckle that nostalgia-seatbelt: Weezer's debut, The Blue Album, came out 20 years ago today. And in the two decades since, being geeky has gone from socially crippling to almost cool. » 5/10/14 8:00pm 5/10/14 8:00pm

BASIC, the 50-Year-Old Computer Programming Language for Regular People

Computer coding ability has gotten especially hip recently. People who can't code revere it as 21st century sorcery, while those who do it professionally are often driven to fits by it. And it was 50 years ago today, two Dartmouth professors debuted a coding language designed to be easy enough for anyone to use. The… » 5/01/14 2:20pm 5/01/14 2:20pm

Yuri's Night, the 53rd Anniversary of Man's First Voyage to Space

On this day in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to enter outer space and orbit our planet. Tonight, science and space fans worldwide celebrate this milestone of human exploration with Yuri's Night. Mika McKinnon tells us more about the man, his voyage, and the ways we honor him today. » 4/12/14 8:00pm 4/12/14 8:00pm

20 Years Ago Today, Dookie Made Pop-Punk the Sound of the '90s

February 1st, 1994, was the date of birth for Green Day's Dookie, a 14-track, sub-40-minute bundle of blistering, hook-heavy joy. In the 20 years that it's been blaring from alternative radio stations, Discmans, and warbling car stereos, it helped define the sound of the 1990s, and it's still steering the music we… » 2/01/14 8:00pm 2/01/14 8:00pm

The Fascinating Century of the Crossword, the Original Mobile Game

Look around at the people on a train, at a bus stop, or in an airport. Chances are, lots of them are playing some kind of game on their smartphones. But in any crowd, you'll likely see someone poring over a different pocket diversion — the crossword puzzle, still going strong today on its 100th birthday. It's been a… » 12/21/13 10:00am 12/21/13 10:00am

30 Years Ago Today, Chrysler Invented the Minivan, And Changed History

On November 2nd, 1983, the world's first minivan rolled off of Chrysler's assembly line. It was the vehicle that saved Chrysler from financial doom — and in the process, shaped the automotive landscape for thirty years to come. » 11/02/13 8:40pm 11/02/13 8:40pm

Watch People in 1988 Freak Out Over The World's First Computer Worm

A rogue computer program broke loose and spread uncontrollably. By the end of its rampage, the virus conquered a full ten percent of the world's internet-connected machines. An unfathomable 6,000 computers had crashed. » 11/02/13 11:39am 11/02/13 11:39am

Fearless Felix Supersonic Space Jump Still Awesome One Year Later

Today is the anniversary of brave Felix Baumgartner's space jump. His heart was racing at 185 beats per minute when he jumped from an altitude of 127,852 feet, then started to spin at 60 revolutions per minute and kept spinning for 13 seconds after jumping, reaching a maximum vertical speed of Mach 1.25. An… » 10/14/13 1:17am 10/14/13 1:17am

The iTunes Store Is A Decade Old Today

For better or worse, Apple has been peddling digital wares for ten years through its iTunes store. What started as a 99 cent, iPod-centric music seller has evolved into the billion dollar behemoth we know today. » 4/28/13 10:00am 4/28/13 10:00am

This Is the First Picture Ever Taken From Space—and It Was Taken From a…

This grainy picture was taken on October 24, 1946, almost 14 months after the end of World War II and almost 11 years before the Sputnik launch. It was taken by American military engineers and scientists, using a Nazi rocket launched from the White Sands Missile Range, in New Mexico. » 10/26/12 5:28pm 10/26/12 5:28pm

Chuck Yeager Breaks Speed of Sound Once Again—65 Years After His…

This is unforgivable. With all the hoopla about yesterday's crazy supersonic space jump, we didn't celebrate yesterday's 65th anniversary of the first man to go faster than the speed of sound, a true American hero: the now retired Brigadier General Chuck Yeager. » 10/15/12 7:11pm 10/15/12 7:11pm

Insane Time Lapse Video of the Golden Gate Fireworks Storm

Gizmodo reader Thomas Sidney McCallum sent this love video postcard of San Francisco's Golden Gate to celebrate its 75th Anniversary, beautifully filmed with RED and Canon cameras. If you have three minutes, watch it. You will like it. » 5/29/12 2:40pm 5/29/12 2:40pm

100 Years of the Titanic

One hundred years ago, the RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean. It was a modern day Tower of Babel—an ill-fated engineering and technological marvel of colossal proportions. » 4/14/12 4:00pm 4/14/12 4:00pm

Why Kennedy's Moon Speech Was Crazy—and How the US Could Have Landed on…

There are few moments in history as defining for a nation and the world as May 25, 1961. That's when President John F. Kennedy announced a plan to put a man on the Moon before the decade was over. » 5/25/11 1:30pm 5/25/11 1:30pm

This Romantic Desktop Adventure Makes the Rest of Us Look Bad

The third anniversary is traditionally reserved for gifts of leather, but Sean Ohlenkamp had a much better idea: an intricate rabbit's hole of desktop folders, filled humor and romance of the non-icky variety. I have but two complaints; this raises the bar too high, and I wanna see what's in the rest of them… » 4/28/11 9:20am 4/28/11 9:20am

Why Everyone Loves Yuri Gagarin, the First Human to Reach Space

It happened when Earth was still in black and white: 50 years ago we stepped outside our home planet for the first time. This is the tale of the beginning of an adventure that hasn't ended yet, the biggest, most dangerous and rewarding quest ever embarked on by the human race—the fascinating story of two men who took… » 4/11/11 11:50pm 4/11/11 11:50pm

Wikipedia Celebrates 10 Years Today: Here Are Wikipedia's First Entries

Wikipedia turned 10 years old today and to celebrate the wonderful crowdsourced, potluck of information, here's a look at their awkward (and sometimes, wild) past. Their first six weeks of existence, all 10,000 entries, are logged right here. » 1/15/11 7:21pm 1/15/11 7:21pm