The Best of Gizmodo This Week

This week on Giz, we filmed the destruction of e-waste, explored the neuroscience of virtual reality and the curious cult of gadget destruction porn, and called out the troubling consequence of police body cameras. Here's a taste of our favorite stories.

The Secret Lives of the Tiny People In Architectural Renderings


Selling a big urban idea isn't easy. More than ever, architects rely on jaw-dropping images to convince their clients to spend millions on their projects. And to do it, they fill their fantastical renderings with people—people who have a story all their own.

Watch Your Dead Tech Get Demolished at an E-Waste Recycling Plant


It's called e-waste, and it's made of millions of broken, dead, and obsolete gadgets. But often, it's too toxic (and too valuable) just to toss in a dumpster. So it gets recycled. We visited an e-waste recycling facility in upstate New York to see the afterlife of dead tech for ourselves.

The Neuroscience of Why Virtual Reality Still Sucks


The faceputer ads say virtual reality is coming and it's gonna work this time. But here's some real talk: There are still many ways virtual reality cannot fool the human brain. And it has little to do with the tech itself. Instead, it's about neuroscience and our brain's perceptual limits.

Here Are the Water Restrictions California Should Have Passed Today


After confronting the truth that we have only one year of water left, California passed new water restrictions today which are WIMPY AS HELL. Here, California, I fixed them for you.

How Police Body Cameras Were Designed to Get Cops Off the Hook


In the wake of protests over police violence against black men, many civil rights activists are calling for a high-tech solution: strapping wearable body cameras to cops. The idea is to hold police accountable for unnecessary violence. But the history of police body cams reveals that the devices have often had the opposite effect.

The History of Comcast As Told By Google Autofill


The other day I googled Comcast for a story about the internet. The Google Autofill results were…intriguing. People are curious about how Comcast does many things, namely things that are evil.

Warren Ellis Answers Your Questions About The Future


Author, comics legend and uncanny futurist Warren Ellis has gifted us with his insight into your pressing questions about the coming days of tech, free speech, the music industry, space travel, which Earthbound species is most likely to have alien origins, and much, much more.

The Cult of Gadget Destruction Porn


In the months following Apple's latest iPhone release, this little guy has been through every imaginable hell, including water submersion, 50-caliber rifles, liquid nitrogen, knives and hammers, microwaves, blenders, blow torches, thermite, Molotov cocktails, power drills, turkeys, Tasers, lava lamps, bow and arrows, outer space, and my personal favorite, a tank

I Will Literally Eat The Sun If This Flying Car Is Released by 2017


We constantly read that the flying car is just two years away. In fact, we've been hearing this for decades. So who's promising one this week? A little company called AeroMobil, whose CEO made a big splash at South by Southwest with his announcement of a release by 2017. But if the AeroMobil flying car is released in the U.S. within the next two years I will literally eat the sun.

The New Materials That Are Revolutionizing Helmet Safety Right Now


Modern helmet construction hasn't changed significantly since the adoption of styrofoam impact absorption in the 1960s. But new materials and construction methods are improving safety, in some cases absorbing 30 percent more energy than their styrofoam equivalents. And you can buy helmets made from them today.

What It Will Really Cost to Ditch Cable for à la Carte TV


That final unwavering bastion of old media—cable TV—is crumbling. And, surprise, tech giants are the ones putting the last nail in its coffin. But what will their alternative cost us? Let's take a look.

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