Idiocracy, 10 Percent Brain Myth, How Times Square Works, and More

It's been a wild one here at Gizmodo. We reviewed a whole bunch of gadgets, looked at the redesign of the United States Postal Service, and got a behind-the-scenes look at how the signs that light up Times Square work. Let's check it out!

Idiocracy Is a Cruel Movie And You Should Be Ashamed For Liking It


Remember that 2006 movie Idiocracy? The one where Luke Wilson plays an average underachiever who wakes up 500 years in the future, only to realize that he's now the smartest person on Earth? And everyone else is dumb — like, really dumb? Well, that movie is cruel and terrible and you should be ashamed for liking it. Seriously.

How the "10 Percent of Our Brains" Myth Started (And Why It's Wrong)

Morgan Freeman can make anything soundlegit no matter scientifically implausible. In Lucyfor example, which premiered last Friday, his character cites the "fact" that humans only use about 10 percent of our brain's resources. This is very, very wrong! But why does it keep getting tossed around? And how much of our brains are we actually using?

Vizio Sound Stand Review: Cheap TV Sound That's Not Worth It


Vizio's new Sound Stand aims to be a simple, cheap ($250) solution for your TV's crappy sound, even simpler and more discreet than a sound bar. But even if it's cheap and convenient, the Sound Stand is less than you bargain for.

Facebook's App Strategy Is Bad News For Anyone Who Uses Apps


Starting this week, to check Facebook messages on your phone, you'll need to download Messenger, the company's standalone chat app. This is part of a bigger Facebook strategy to create many standalone mobile apps. That might make sense for Facebook, but it sucks for you.

The First Man-Made Biological Leaf Turns Light and Water Into Oxygen


If humanity hopes to realize its dreams of exploring the stars, we're going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply stockpiling enough vital supplies isn't going to cut it, which is what led Julian Melchiorri, a student at the Royal College of Art, to create an artificial biological leaf that produces oxygen just like the ones on our home planet do.

Nvidia Shield Tablet Review: A Gaming Beast, But So Much More


Nvidia's Shield tablet was made for playing games. That's what it's best at. But it's also much more. In fact, it should probably be your next Android tablet no matter how much button-mashing you do.

Inside the Radical Redesign of the Country's Largest Retailer: USPS


With more than 30,000 locations operating today, the United States Postal Service is still the largest retail network in the US. It's also an embattled institution that's struggling to stay afloat. That's why last year, it enlisted a small design studio to overhaul its look completely. Here's what they came up with.

How Times Square Works


When we stepped out onto the roof, the wind whipped me sideways, and it took me a second to get my bearings. I was nine stories above Times Square, staring at the back of its biggest LED sign, and it was thrilling.

USB Has a Fundamental Security Flaw That You Can't Detect


We all rely on USB to interconnect our digital lives, but new research first reported by Wiredreveals that there's a fundamental security flaw in the very way that the humble Universal Serial Bus functions, and it could be exploited to wreak havoc on any computer.

FLIR ONE Camera Review: Yep, iPhone Predator-Vision Is Awesome


Do you want to have Predator heat vision? Heck yeah you do. And now you can! On your phone. And if you can forget about the price, it's one of the most fun things you can do with an iPhone case.

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