Here's how stunning the night sky would look if there were no lights

I wish we could turn of all the lights in the world just for one night and I wish that all the light pollution would disappear and I wish the darkness would reveal the night sky as it should look. As a stunning and glittering and spinning wonder that'll make me forget about life down here and dream about the beyond. » 12/04/14 1:21am 12/04/14 1:21am

A Tesla Model S Crashed Into an Electric Pole and Caused a Blackout

Stop me if you heard this before but an electric car and an electric pole walk into a bar... Okay, seriously. This is one of those ridiculous local news stories that are too perfect to be true but actually are. A Tesla Model S crashed into a utility pole in Tennessee and caused a local blackout. » 8/16/13 4:00am 8/16/13 4:00am

Getting Around Time Warner Cable's CBS Blackout Is Easy, Here's How

Today marks the eighth day of CBS and Time Warner Cable's ongoing feud over cash money. It's annoying. It's frustrating and damn it, the PGA Championship is going on and there's a new episode of Ray Donovan this Sunday! Here's how to get around the blackout if you're in an affected market. » 8/09/13 1:00pm 8/09/13 1:00pm

Time Warner Cable Just Removed CBS and Showtime (Updated: Maybe No?)

It seems like cable companies are always having trouble striking deals with TV networks but this giant fail is especially ridiculous: Time Warner Cable has removed CBS from its channel lineup in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, etc. and Showtime from its nationwide cable service.… » 7/30/13 12:27am 7/30/13 12:27am

Fukushima's Latest Near Disaster Was Caused By a Hungry Rat

While there's no doubt that the nuclear crisis in Fukushima back in 2011 could have been avoided, a recent discovery suggests that this week's extended blackout was entirely out of their hands. Instead, the loss of power lies in the diabolical paws of a now deceased, foresight-lacking rat. » 3/21/13 1:00pm 3/21/13 1:00pm

How to Survive When the Power Goes Out

Power outages can be seriously obnoxious. No Internet, no TV, no lights. On top of that, they can be dangerous, especially in the cold. A prolonged outage is always a danger during a serious storm, no matter the kind. And while it might not happen, you always want to be prepared. » 2/08/13 4:00pm 2/08/13 4:00pm

The Big Super Bowl Blackout Was Caused By a Boringly Faulty Relay

Beyoncé? The Illuminati? Aliens? Nothing so interesting caused the big Super Bowl blackout last Sunday. According to Entergy Corp, which was in charge of power at the event, the outage was due to the boring failure of a boring electrical relay device. » 2/08/13 10:25am 2/08/13 10:25am

Super Bowl Blackout Caused by "Abnormality" That Led to a Breaker…

What turned out the lights in the Superdome last night? Actually, we still don't know! But Entergy—the company responsible for keeping the lights on at the Super Bowl—has released a statement that amounts to a blown fuse, origin unknown. » 2/04/13 10:41am 2/04/13 10:41am

The Power Company Chokes Your Electricity During Heat Waves—Protect…

You're not the only one who sweats during a heat wave. The power company feels the burn too—in the form of skyrocketing demand from those air conditioners, fans, and stressed out refrigerators. Not to mention all the TVs clicking on as we cower in front of our media stacks to escape the cruel, cruel sun. » 7/16/12 12:40pm 7/16/12 12:40pm

This Is What an Internet Protest Looks Like

Today, taking a break from hurling racist slurs and GIFs at one another, the internet is taking a symbolic stand against SOPA and PIPA—two awful laws that would ruin the web. Behold the blackout rebellion. » 1/18/12 9:40am 1/18/12 9:40am

A Terrifying Look at the Scariest Haunted House Ever

Modern haunted houses don't feature rubber bats and bowls full of peeled grapes masquerading as eyeballs, they screw with your phobias and recreate nightmares. I thought that going through with a thermal cam would be less unnerving. Wrongo. » 10/17/11 10:42am 10/17/11 10:42am

Millions in California, Arizona and Mexico Without Power

Much of California, Arizona and Mexico is in the dark right now due to a massive power outage. There's no word on the cause yet, but officials say that the lights may not be back on until Friday. » 9/08/11 8:13pm 9/08/11 8:13pm

Anti-Blackout Drug to Undermine Your Hard-Earned Binges

Okay, scientific community. I love it when you cure disease and I get super excited when you discover new elements and all. But this study into what causes drunken blackouts—and how to prevent them—is giving my favorite coping mechanism a sad. » 7/07/11 3:20pm 7/07/11 3:20pm

LEGO Decepticon Will LEGO Its Way Into Your Heart

Adrian Drake over at Brick Frenzy has created a fully transformable Decepticon out of LEGOs that stands at just a little over 2-feet tall and periodically tries to take over the Earth. The Decepticon, named Blackout, is a mishmash of the original toy, a MH-53 Pave Low helicopter and a bit of the movie Blackout thrown… » 9/03/07 12:20pm 9/03/07 12:20pm

Blackout Buddy Is Your Only Friend Among Screaming Survivors

This Blackout Buddy is like the Belkin Battery Backup Flashlight, except without the battery backup. It spends most of its life plugged into the wall, soaking up juice for when the power goes out. When that day comes, you'll get a flashlight that lasts 12-16 hours and an AM/FM radio that lasts 4-8 hours. » 2/09/07 7:00pm 2/09/07 7:00pm

Happy Blackout: Electricity-Free Light Bulb

Happy Blackout from Stiletto Design is a stainless steel light bulb holder that you attach to the wall. Insert a (preferably used) light bulb and it's good to go. » 5/04/06 12:59pm 5/04/06 12:59pm