Tears of joy and tears of sadness look different under the microscope

We can cry because we're happy. We can cry because we're sad. We can cry because we're cutting onions. We can cry just because we need to cry. They're all completely different emotions... but are they different tears? Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher wanted to find out in her series The Topography of Tears. She put dried… » 11/20/13 8:02pm 11/20/13 8:02pm

Beer-Filled USB Drive Raises Disturbing Questions

Gadgets like this Beer-Filled USB Flash Drive really make me question the basics. More than my first-year university philosophy class did, anyway. Existential angst, the downfall of western civilization, and "customizable floaties" after the jump. Is capitalism really that great, if it leads to beer-filled USB flash… » 10/04/08 8:00pm 10/04/08 8:00pm

Robotic Plant That Nods When You Talk Makes Me Want to Cry

Oh, my, this is a sad robot. It's a robotic plant, and all it does is nod at you when you talk to it. Apparently designed for the loneliest people on the planet, it provides as much comfort as an inanimate object designed to move up and down automatically can provide. It makes me sad to even think about some poor… » 10/02/08 4:45pm 10/02/08 4:45pm

My Computer Speakers Died; Giz Readers' Assistance Needed

OK, dudes, I need some help here. I've had a sweet set of Yamaha 2.1 computer speakers for about eight years now. They've served me well, they sound good at a high volume, they're small and simple, and they even survived getting an entire can of root beer splashed on the subwoofer in college. Now, after surviving many… » 7/19/07 11:45am 7/19/07 11:45am