Why You Should Care About VP9, Google's Clever Video Codec

As the ongoing Meerkatification of humanity proves, the internet (in one form or another) is becoming more and more about video. At peak times, Netflix and YouTube alone account for half of all web traffic. That’s an understandably huge burden for ISPs to carry. But as well as making the pipes bigger, we can also… » 4/07/15 12:00am 4/07/15 12:00am

Ordering $500 of Random Crap by Text Message with Magic

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I'll take it as a compliment that Brent Rose—occasionally of Gizmodo dot com—saw fit to explore the wondrous and alarming world of Magic in this video short for Wired. Giz got a fish, but Brent got a much larger collection of impressively random things. » 3/02/15 6:45pm 3/02/15 6:45pm

Adam Savage's Replica Hedge Maze From The Shining Is Scarily Accurate

When Mythbusters' Adam Savage isn't, uh, busting myths, he spends his time crafting amazing replicas of movie props, among other hobbies. This time around it's the hedge maze from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, prompted by Savage's disappointment in what should have been the "official" version. » 2/28/15 2:00pm 2/28/15 2:00pm

Start Your Weekend With The Hubble Space Telescope's Planetarium Clips

You may not own your own private planetarium — or if you do, can we come over to your house? But you can still experience a journey through the wonders of space, thanks to four new "fulldome" planetarium clips, released by the Hubble Space Telescope. They're available in 4K and 8K resolution. » 2/28/15 9:16am 2/28/15 9:16am

It Took 25 Hours of Continuous Concrete Pouring To Build This Aquarium

When the Miami's Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science opens in 2016, it's going to have an absolutely bonkers aquarium—imagine a giant camera lens, tilted on its side, that lets visitors walk below the tank and look up into it. Building it, as you might expect, entailed a feat of perfectly-timed engineering. » 12/24/14 9:40am 12/24/14 9:40am

The Sad, Weird World of Unseen YouTube Videos

Embarrassing open mic nights, topical parodies, gaming tutorials—these are the YouTube videos we know. The ones we replay and the ones we send to our friends, coworkers, families, and everyone we know. But YouTube has another layer. One where view counts sit at zero and bizarre bits of film rot away in indifference.… » 10/20/14 1:24pm 10/20/14 1:24pm

Clickhole Skewers the Kids-React-to-Old-Tech Trope Perfectly

Present kids with old tech and see how they react—it's an old trick we've seen YouTube'd to death. But just when you thought there was nothing left to squeeze out of it, the gag done got Clickholed. See kids react to a Boombox (with a recording of their parents fighting). Just watch. It's perfect. » 10/13/14 2:37pm 10/13/14 2:37pm