Ship Lost in the Arctic 160 Years Ago Found Thanks to Climate Change

In 1845, the explorer John Franklin set off to sail the fabled Northwest Passage, an Arctic sea route that would hypothetically connect the Atlantic and the Pacific. He never returned. His ship was lost to the ice. But now, thanks to the obsession of Canada's prime minister, an expedition has located one of Franklin's… » 9/09/14 3:07pm 9/09/14 3:07pm

Benjamin Franklin's Most Enduring Inventions

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, making today his 305th birthday. Here is a list of things you may or may not have known sprang from this impossibly talented man's mind. » 1/17/11 5:40pm 1/17/11 5:40pm

Pocket Spelling Bee Looks Suspiciously Familiar

Franklin's new Pocket Spelling Bee was unveiled at the NYC Toy Fair this week and despite its more than passing resemblance to the Sony Mylo, it appears to be a solid educational toy. The device allows kids to compete against one another or the computer in a spelling showdown for supremacy. » 2/20/08 7:40pm 2/20/08 7:40pm

Gizmodo Celebrates the Fathers of Invention on Presidents' Day

Apart from bringing us laws, wars, peace, hanging chads, lobbies, sex scandals, First Ladies and Rough Riders, there have been presidents and Founding Fathers who have brought us all kinds of gadgets and inventions. Jump to see the best tech that the fearless leaders of the free world had to offer us.
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Keep Your Lunch Fresh With the Power of NASA Technology

According to the product page, the Franklin Digital Cooler uses "a tiny NASA microchip" that allows the device to go from "hot to freezing cold in a matter of minutes." So, theoretically, you can keep you hot dishes hot and your cold dishes cold when traveling. There is even an LED thermometer and thermostat that… » 10/18/07 8:30pm 10/18/07 8:30pm

Franklin Wireless USB EV-DO Card

The Franklin USB EV-DO card is perfect for readers with laptops that don't have a PCMCIA or ExpressCard slot, or those with tablets, PDAs, and UMPCs. This goes directly into the USB slot, unlike the Novatel, which had a separate cable but looks bit bulky in comparison. Franklin's solution seems a bit more compact. » 8/07/06 12:04am 8/07/06 12:04am

Maybe Useful 15 Years Ago: Franklin USB Dictionary and Thesaurus

The Franklin USB Dictionary and Thesaurus is a 256MB thumb drive with Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and the Franklin Thesaurus on board. So, if you ever find yourself without an online connection, out of range of a WiFi connection, or without any spellchecking or thesaurus capabilities on your word processor, it might… » 7/17/06 12:55pm 7/17/06 12:55pm