Why That $100m Alien Listening Project May Be a Waste of Time

The launch of the $100M Breakthrough Initiative project to Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has been supported by many leading scientists including Stephen Hawking and astronomer royal Martin Rees. But there is no evidence – and few convincing theories – to suggest that intelligent, communicative aliens… »7/24/15 3:45am7/24/15 3:45am

Dedicated Pedestrians Reach South Pole in One Piece

Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere of the Scott Expedition have successfully reached the South Pole—on foot. When Gizmodo last saw Saunders, he was here with us in New York City walking us through the expedition's high-tech gear and looking ahead to where he and L'Herpiniere might be before the New… »12/27/13 7:30am12/27/13 7:30am

Walking To The South Pole (And Returning Alive)

Endurance athlete, polar explorer, and motivational speaker Ben Saunders is on his way to Antarctica. Recreating Robert Scott's heroic but ultimately doomed "Terra Nova" expedition from 1910-1912, Saunders has launched his own Scott Expedition to reach the South Pole on foot—and, more importantly, to walk back to the… »10/18/13 10:40am10/18/13 10:40am

Secret Cold War Sonar Tech Is Being Used to Map Underwater America

Space may be the final frontier of exploration, but there's plenty of Earth left unmapped, too—from the giant canyon recently discovered beneath Greenland to American waters that have been left largely unexplored. But that’s quickly changing, thanks in part to Bob Ballard’s latest project. »10/17/13 3:43pm10/17/13 3:43pm

These Lands Were Entirely Unknown Until the Age of Exploration

While the people of Europe bravely set sail during the Age of Discovery—a period stretching from the early 15th century and continuing to the 17th century—it's easy to forget that very few of the shores onto which they stepped were entirely uninhabited. This map shows the lands that were, until adventurers landed,… »8/15/13 4:37am8/15/13 4:37am

How NASA Wants Us to Explore the Universe With Robotic Avatars and Holodecks

Take three minutes of your life to listen to Dr. Jeff Norris, one of the science rock stars at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He talks about how NASA is working to democratize space exploration by using robots, holodecks and 3D technologies so we can all see space with our own eyes using… »2/08/13 11:00am2/08/13 11:00am