People who play video games don’t just sit in the audience and watch, clap or boo. They interact and sometimes even help shape the trajectory of an artform. They do this as pro players and amateur critics, as speedrunners and community organizers, and more. Each year we highlight those who have made an impact that was…
Once a crowded holiday resort town, Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt is now hauntingly empty. Before the Arab Spring in 2011, about 15 million tourists visited the North African country each year. But after several terrorist attacks major airlines suspended flights and foreign offices around the world warned of terrorist…
As China’s economic engine slows, the steel industry is lagging with it. Getty Images photographer Kevin Frayer visited the abandoned Qingquan Steel plant in Tangshan, which closed in 2014. The eerie photos depict just one of the many zombie factories that are left to rot in Hebei province, once home to China’s…
George Mueller, the NASA administrator who helped steer the agency during the 1960s and was known as the ‘father of the space shuttle’, died earlier this week at the age of 97.
Steven Spielberg has found his leading actress for his upcoming adaptation of Ready Player One: Olivia Cooke. She’s expected to play Art3mis, one of the novel’s leading characters.
A man has his boots cleaned by an automatic penny-in-the-slot boot polishing machine in November of 1907. [Getty Images]
After four weeks of well-placed headers and acrobatic kicks and whatever was going on with Ronaldo's hair, the World Cup finally draws to a close today. But while you're holding your breath during the Germany-Argentina nail-biter, take a moment to appreciate the most astonishing feat that happens during these 90…
1930: A woman sitting in a proposed child's nursery of the future, at the Ideal Home Exhibition in Olympia, London on March 24th.
Getty Images is one of the world's premiere sources for amazing photos. But if you don't have the money to pay licensing fees, you can't use the images. Well now, Getty is making its photos embeddable.
Here at Gizmodo, we often find ourselves depending on stock photos to illustrate what our time and resources simply wouldn't allow. And by god do these noble stock photographers ever deliver.
Ten percent better doesn't cut it for Larry Page. Neither does 50, 100, or 500. In an era of modest revision, the Google co-founder expects his company's products to outperform the status quo by no less than 10x. Because how else are you going to change the world?
Hookworms are ghastly little creatures. Tiny, parasitic, and frighteningly invasive, these wriggling hell-spawn consistently rank among leading causes of morbidity in underdeveloped nations, abound in regions of the world suffering from poor sanitation, and have been described by various epidemiologists as "the…
This is not a metaphor: the Olympic Flame has died for real, as technicians were moving the cauldron to a new location in the stadium. Now, they have to sacrifice 12 virgin ping-pong players and start a war with the Persians.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook should be happy. Yesterday's Apple show-n-tell was the most important since the original iPad's introduction—an action-packed gangbang of hot new hardware and shiny software updates, rather than the snooze fests that were starting to become the norm even when Steve Jobs was on stage.
What's happening right now in Fukushima is terrible, for sure. But how does it rank in the pantheon of nuclear disasters? We humans have had an awful lot of atomic foulups; here are the ones that have caused the most widespread contamination and destruction.
Nobody wants a radioactive plume dispersing killer particles across the globe. It happened once (Chernobyl) and people are freaked that it's gonna happen again in Japan. Since the deadly Soviet bungle, reactors have gotten safer—but are they safe enough?
Tuesday's midterms could mean more than just a routine reshuffling of the House and Senate majorities. The fates of a number of important science and technology policies also hang in the balance.
Try not to drool on this prototype of the X-47B Navy Unmanned Combat Air System, on display yesterday at Naval Air Station Pax River. Designed for autonomous launch and recovery, it's sleek, shiny and menacing. (Click to enlarge.) [Getty Images]
All over the place, women fashion models are being transformed into something metallic and unearthly. Their shoulders are getting squarer, their faces shinier and more impassive, and their bodies silvery and hard. Could it be the first stage in the impending robot takeover? Warning: gallery includes photo of see-thru…