This Is Why Glowing Jellyfish Proteins Have Revolutionized Medicine

In his new book Illuminating Disease, chemist Marc Zimmer explains how fluorescent proteins have changed science. Taken from glowing jellyfish, these proteins are now one of the most important tools in medicine, used in everything from brain mapping to disease research. And yes, that is a GMO glowing chicken. » 1/26/15 4:20pm Monday 4:20pm

You Only Have 24 Hours To Read This Self-Destructing Book

If you thought blockbuster movies were the only form of entertainment that relied on over-the-top publicity stunts, you were wrong: It's alive and well in the book world as well. James Patterson's new thriller, Private Vegas, will not only be made available as 1,000 free digital copies that will self-delete after 24… » 1/21/15 8:48am 1/21/15 8:48am

Adorable Desk Lamp Bookmark Sheds Light On the Last Page You Read

If you needed a good reason to hold onto your collection of classic tomes instead of replacing them all with a Kindle, here it is. The folks at Peleg Design have created what has to be one of the most adorable bookmarks ever with this tiny reading lamp that casts its soft beam onto whatever page you were last reading.… » 1/19/15 5:00pm 1/19/15 5:00pm

A Recipe Book For the Coolest DIY Projects You Never Knew How To Do 

Building an anechoic chamber. Mapping the Wi-Fi in your building. Listening to the Earth with piezo microphones. These are all fascinating projects, and we've featured artists and engineers who have done them here on Giz before. But now, there's a book in which they explain how. » 1/14/15 5:00pm 1/14/15 5:00pm

Predestination Could Be The Greatest Time Travel Mindf-ck Ever Filmed

The time-travel thriller Predestination, is already gaining a cult status, and it's easy to see why. This movie takes the most famous story about time paradoxes and elevates it to a great psychological study. And it features one of the most powerful performances we've seen in ages. » 1/09/15 3:13pm 1/09/15 3:13pm

How Neal Stephenson Is Helping To Make Snow Crash's Metaverse A Reality

Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking." » 12/16/14 1:37pm 12/16/14 1:37pm

Save 25% on Any Book Amazon Sells Today. Seriously, Any Book. 

Over Black Friday weekend, Amazon offered a 30% off coupon on any print book they sold, and a lot of you took advantage. If you missed out though, or you had a second book you wanted to grab, you have another chance today, though the discount is 25% this time ($10 maximum savings). » 12/12/14 9:15am 12/12/14 9:15am

Bill Gates' favorite books of 2014 are the smart gifts for the holidays

Watch Bill Gates—in Lego form no less!—tell you about his favorite books of 2014, an impeccable list that has a little bit of everything for everyone. I've included all his recommendations and short reviews below so you can easily buy any of them (I recommend getting all of them for yourself too. Good stuff.) » 12/09/14 3:16pm 12/09/14 3:16pm

The Choose Your Own Adventure Books Were the First Interactive Games

Since 1975 the Choose Your Own Adventure books have given millions of kids the chance to determine their own destinies (at least in a literary sense). Sadly, the author and publisher of those books, R.A. Montgomery, died this week. But he leaves behind an incredible legacy in both publishing and, perhaps surprisingly,… » 11/14/14 7:05pm 11/14/14 7:05pm

These Iconic Road Trips Make You Want To Grab a Camera and Just Drive

The road trip is one of the great American photographic traditions. Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, a new book published by Aperture, revisits the journeys of 18 influential photographers as they set out in search of weird, beautiful, and unknown things to point their cameras at. » 11/10/14 4:39pm 11/10/14 4:39pm