Pyramids, Tunnels to Nowhere, Gizmodo's Home of the Future, and More

What a week it's been! We tested out strange new shaving implements, strolled through NYC's newest subway tunnel, and learned how to win every single game of Rock, Paper Scissors. We also announced Gizmodo's Home of the Future. What's that? Read on and see.

Save the Date: The Gizmodo Home of the Future is May 17-21


When you try to imagine what it will be like to live in the future, you might imagine flying cars, robotic butlers, or floating beds. Will we grow our own food? Will TVs still exist? How will we turn the lights on? Seriously, what will our future homes look and feel like? In a few weeks, Gizmodo, with the help and support of Verizon Wireless, will show you.

Scientists Discovered the Egyptian Secret to Moving Huge Pyramid Stones

The question of just how an ancient civilization—without the help of modern technology—moved the 2.5 ton stones that made up their famed pyramids has long plagued Egyptologists and mechanical engineers alike. But now, a team from the University of Amsterdam believes they've figured it out, even though the solution was staring them in the face all along.

5 Painfully Clever Flash Drive Tricks We Wish We'd Thought Of


Most of us see our USB flash drives as expendable, one-trick ponies—good for storing and sharing files and not much else. But with the appropriate knowledge, that little mess of gigabytes in your pocket has the potential to be so much more.

Weird Canadian Family Gives Up On Pretending Like It's 1986


Do you ever fantasize about living in the 1980s? No phantom smartphone vibrations, no iPads, no Spotify — just VHS tapes, old-fashioned radio, and mullets. Well, a family in Ontario tried to do just that, living as best they could like it was 1986. But now they're giving it up.

A Subterranean Stroll Through NYC's Newest Train Tunnel

New York City's new 2nd Avenue subway line is a construction project of truly monumental scale. Decades of planning and billions of dollars have led to the near-completion of Phase 1 of the tunnel running underneath Manhattan's Upper East Side. Gizmodo was lucky enough to take a tour through a section of the caverns and passages that will soon be a bustling subway line.


Science Has Finally Figured Out How to Win Rock-Paper-Scissors


Turns out that all you rock-paper-scissors champions who chalk it up to skill over luck may be on to something. Because according to science, there might actually be a winning strategy to this greatest of metacarpal match-ups.

Why NYC Is Building This $185 Million "Tunnel to Nowhere"


Since it's right next to the largest private construction project NYC has ever seen, you could easily miss it: A 35-foot-deep trench being dug on Manhattan's West Side. It looks something like a grave, or an archaeological dig, but no—this is an 800-foot-long insurance plan for the future of the city.

No One Knows Why Deep, Dangerous Holes Are Appearing In This Sand Dune


One summer day last July, a six-year-old boy was walking across a dune when he disappeared, falling into a deep, narrow hole in the sand. This and two other holes that have since appeared at Indiana's Mount Baldy are unlike anything scientists have seen before—it could be an entirely new geological phenomenon.

What It's Like to Shave with Gillette's Insane New Razor


Gillette just pulled back the curtain on its latest innovation, and guess what: It's not more blades. It's actually a new type of handle that swivels, inspired by men making funny faces when they shave. Gillette says this so-called FlexBall Technology is "shaving rebuilt." I'm not convinced.

Sony A77 Mark II: The Mid-Range DSLR Gets a Turbo-Charged Upgrade


Most of the attention heaped on Sony these days is directed at their compact mirrorless cameras. But there is still plenty of interest in those other members of the Alpha family, those larger A-mount DSLR style bodies. The a77 Mark II brings some long awaited updates to the table.

How Steve Wozniak Wrote BASIC for the Original Apple From Scratch


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of BASIC, Steve Wozniak has written some memories about his first experiences with this popular language—and how he created his own BASIC from scratch for the Apple I and Apple II computers. An incredible feat. Enjoy!—JD

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