Here's What The Top Prediction Models Say About The World Cup

The World Cup kicks off in a few hours, which means the results of the many, many prediction models that have popped up in the last few weeks will finally be tested. Below are some of the best examples; this is a good time to remind you that betting markets are usually the strongest predictors of all, if you're just… » 6/12/14 3:20pm 6/12/14 3:20pm

What if classic paintings were Photoshopped like today's magazines?

Lauren Wade at TakePart re-imagined famous classic paintings to fit today's "standards" by Photoshopping the subjects in the paintings to look like magazine cover models. That basically means: impossibly skinny waists, thinner arms, basically no joy of fat whatsoever but still have bigger breasts somehow. It's quite… » 5/19/14 8:46pm 5/19/14 8:46pm

Models pranked into talking about children deaths gets awkward fast

In this Save the Children campaign, fashion models are pranked to participate in a fictitious fashion TV commercial for a mystery brand. The awkward moment comes when they are asked to say things like "1 out of every 7 children die before their fifth anniversary" in a sexy manner. » 5/07/14 9:42pm 5/07/14 9:42pm

The Network Inside Tesla's Model S Is Just Like The One in Your House

The Tesla car company isn't shy about breaking from automotive standard practice, building fast, near-silent, sleek electric cars in a world where most vehicles still sip dinosaur juice. So it probably shouldn't surprise you to learn that the complex electronic infrastructure supporting the car's many sensors and… » 4/04/14 2:54pm 4/04/14 2:54pm

The World's Fastest Model Rocket Car Just Hit 285 mph

A toy car could easily break the sound barrier—or go even faster—in a kid's spirited imagination. But back in reality it takes more than that. You need engineering, patience, and a handful of rocket model engines—all of which helped Samvir Thandi's SST-3B-Falcon rocket hit a top speed of 287.59 mph. » 3/19/14 2:20pm 3/19/14 2:20pm

A single pound of human body fat looks horrifyingly vile

Don't worry, what you're looking at isn't exactly real but actually a full replica of fatty tissue in a human body. Not that it makes it any better because that's pretty much how fat looks like inside your body. Which, well, oh my god gross. I don't want a single ounce of this slimy goopy jiggle on my body anymore. » 2/03/14 10:23pm 2/03/14 10:23pm

I can't believe these crappy Star Wars props looked so great in movies

We've really come a long, long way when it comes to special effects in movies. It makes sense that today's movies look great because of all our computer whiz processing power animation software. Back in the old days though? We had to rely on the magic of the movies. Seriously. Turning scale models that look like toys… » 1/30/14 11:52pm 1/30/14 11:52pm

Star Wars toys photos look more realistic than the real Star Wars

I love the work of Finnish artist Vesa Lehtimäki aka Avanaut, a brilliant illustrator and photographer who likes to take pictures of his kids' toys in his spare time. Check out these series of Star Wars toys set in the real world. Some of them look so real that you may think he actually build 1:1 reproductions of the… » 1/11/14 4:20pm 1/11/14 4:20pm

What Happens When F1 Car Designers Build Architectural Models

Gizmodo EIC Geoff Manaugh and U.K. architects Smout Allen tapped an unlikely source to help create their new exhibition in London: Williams F1. But, in this case, the engineers at Williams weren't building the advanced race cars they're well-known for—they were 3D-printing the parts for an intricate model of an… » 11/20/13 3:30pm 11/20/13 3:30pm

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

The Brilliantly Simple 3D-Printing Program You Never Realized You'd Need

As the days of affordable, technologically sound at-home 3D printing loom ever nearer, creative minds around the world have been dripping with the wondrous possibilities these plastic-spewing, magic machines hold. Unfortunately, magic or not, the laws of physics still apply—and your liquid plastic dreams probably… » 7/24/13 5:45pm 7/24/13 5:45pm