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BISON Database Lets You Stalk Nature From Anywhere

There was lichen on some trees near El Malpais National Monument in north west New Mexico on January 14, 1987. No, seriously there was. If you want to double check, the U.S. Geological Survey has released a database called Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) that tracks 100 thousand species in the U.S.. » 4/21/13 4:00pm 4/21/13 4:00pm

What Do You Hate Most About Your Cell Carrier?

Everyone moans about their cell carrier. According to a brand new Pew survey on that very topic, 77 percent of us are dissatisfied with with download speeds; 72 percent gripe about dropped calls; and 69 percent are annoyed at the amount of text message spam we receive. But what annoys you most about your cell carrier?… » 8/03/12 5:14am 8/03/12 5:14am

Would You Give Up Your Sense of Smell Before You Gave Up Tech?

In a survey of 7,000 16-to-30-year-olds, a not-entirely-surprising 53 percent chose tech over their sense of smell. Most of us here at Giz picked tech, since we'd obviously be massively unemployed without it. When we put the question to you on Twitter, most of you agreed with us, though our readers might not be the… » 5/26/11 9:00pm 5/26/11 9:00pm

TiVo Adding Slingbox Functionality Into Their Next DVR?

Companies put out surveys to gauge customer interest in potential new features all the time, so TiVo asking if people would be interested in streaming live and recorded shows from their DVR to an iPad shouldn't be seen as an indication that it's going to definitely happen. But putting a Slingbox into a TiVo would be… » 3/09/11 1:32pm 3/09/11 1:32pm

Dry Cleaners Claim Over 17,000 USB Sticks Were Left in Laundries in 2010

Let's face it: 99.9 per cent of surveys are just inbox spam, dreamt up by PR agencies in need of a quick coverage fix for their demanding clients, and with such a small pool of respondees that you'd be better off asking your Facebook friends for their opinion instead. Not this one, though. » 3/01/11 4:00am 3/01/11 4:00am