For so many nerds, the Hubble space telescope feels more like a friend than a hunk of metal in the cold vacuum of space—a friend whose job you’re super jealous of. The ‘scope, which launched on the space shuttle Discovery in 1990, has sent back some of the most incredible images from the final frontier—over 1.3…
It’s the law of the universe that if you’re able to blow out all the candles on your birthday cake in one breath, whatever you wish for will come true. So why would you ever try to celebrate your 85th birthday by putting 72,585 lit candles on your cake? The fire department would have a hard time putting out that…
Our 26th US President and the only one to ever sport a chest tattoo would have been 157 today. A birthday he might have lived to see if he hadn’t had a bullet lodged in him his last 7 years.
Google Earth celebrated its tenth birthday yesterday, and to celebrate, the engineering team added 1,500 new images to its great Earth View project, where it collects the most compelling images recorded by its source satellites.
Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Dirk Gently) will star in new Sky drama/comedy Birthday. And as you can see form the picture, he's playing a pregnant man. Inside that belly is his infant daughter.
Exactly 350 years ago today, New York City became New York City. The city itself already existed, of course: As the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. But on September 8th, 1664, the British gave it its permanent moniker, which makes today its name-day.
Every year, my parents would wake my brother and sister and I up to this song on our respective birthdays. It's a tradition that my father, a Beatles fanatic, started before I was even so much as a thought.
When the Chandra X-ray Observatory celebrates a launch anniversary, it goes big with exploding stars and rotating neutron stars. Today marks 15 years of precision X-ray investigations of stars, galaxies, black holes, neutron stars, and even dark energy. NASA celebrates with supernova and pulsars.
Nikola Tesla was a legendary futurist before the term futurist even existed. He made all kinds of predictions about the way that world would and should operate — some of them accurate, and some of them controversial. And guess what? It's his birthday!
Over a century ago, the world's greatest beachcomber prowled the ocean-washed cliffs of Lyme Regis. Top hat firmly in place, Mary Anning collected and identified fossils from England's eroding cliffs during the dawn of our understanding of dinosaurs. Today is her birthday.
Kepler is the plucky little spacecraft that taught us that planets are everywhere. It captured the imagination of farmers, citizen-scientists, and astronomers alike. This is the story of Kepler: a celebration of turning the theories of planetary science upside-down.
Alright, so technically it was the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) that was founded today in 1915, and it took 43 years and a name-change to be NASA, but whatever. Happy 99th-ish birthday, robot-loving, spacecraft-happy star-explorers!
Where were you when the ISS launched its first module in November of 1998? Some of us watched, others were in school, still other weren't even alive yet. Either way, it's hard to believe that today is the International Space Station—the largest cooperative science project ever—is celebrating its 15h birthday today.
On July 15th, 2002, the first post went live on Gizmodo. Say, that was ten years ago exactly. Happy birthday to us!
There's no better way to say "I truly hate you" than by giving someone a gift that requires them to wear 3D glasses. But this lazy gift wrap is a brilliant way to show someone you actually care, a little.
Anyone notice the party that is going on at Google's website today? In case you forgot, September 27th is the date Google chose for their birthday.
Sigh, I just found out that I'll celebrate my next birthday at the end of September and I am old geezer, at least in Venusian years. Curious about your own age if you lived on Venus and used its shorter calendar?
Outside of my immediate family, I have no idea when anyone's birthday is without the aid of Facebook. And you probably don't either. David Plotz at Slate wanted to see what would happen if he celebrated three birthdays in July.
MTV turns 30 today. How old! Also how historic; in three decades, the network revolutionized media, turned heads inside and out, and struggled to remain relevant. But one thing should be obvious now: it was never just about music.