I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

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“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it… » 5/27/15 4:26pm Wednesday 4:26pm

The Truth Behind Interstellar's "Scientifically Accurate" Black Hole

You've probably heard that the black hole in Interstellar was a simulation of unprecedented scientific accuracy. You may also have heard that its creation led to an "amazing scientific discovery" having to do with the shape of its accretion disk, which loops over and under its dark, central shadow. Neither of these… » 2/17/15 4:42pm 2/17/15 4:42pm

The Great Library at Alexandria was destroyed by budget cuts, not fire

One of the great tragedies of ancient history, memorialized in myths and Hollywood film, is the burning of the great library at Alexandria. But the reality of the Library's end was actually a lot less pyrotechnic than that. A major cause of the Library's ruin was government budget cuts. » 10/08/13 9:03pm 10/08/13 9:03pm

That California Mystery Missile Was Probably Just a Regular Old Jet

Oh bummer. That mystery missile near LA that neither the Pentagon nor the Navy would take credit for? Well John Herrman, a fellow Gizmodo writer, lays out a pretty convincing case for it actually being a regular old vapor trail from a regular old jet. This is why we can't have nice conspiracies. [SmartPlanet] » 11/09/10 3:58pm 11/09/10 3:58pm