Two new and fantastic things we’ve kicked off at Gizmodo: we launched our podcast “Meanwhile In the Future” with a premier episode about artificial wombs, and a new diagonal, “Throb,” all about science and sex. This week was also Action Hero Week, which meant we got to nerd out about all the tech making humans real-life superheroes. Here are the favs:


Learning From Australia’s Drought Lessons to Avoid a Mad Max Future

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The drought is no longer a California problem. The Colorado River, which supplies water to one-eighth of the country’s population, is reporting record low water levels due to overallocation. The US needs a little perspective when it comes to how bad this is going to get. Luckily we have one: Australia.

Meet the Crack Team That Designed the Technology in Age of Ultron

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You probably didn’t think about it sitting in the theater, but all the screens and interfaces in Avengers: Age of Ultron were designed by someone in the real world—from Stark’s Iron Man schematics to Cho’s medical scans. Who are the designers that built this world? Meet Territory Studio.

Steal This Idea: A Smart Band For Your Dumb Watch

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Watches are awesome, ancient technology. They’re simple, often beautiful, completely functional tiny clocks we strap to our arms and wear out into the world. I love watches, but I think making them “smart” makes them worse. Instead, we should be making smart bands for the dumb, beautiful watches that already exist.

Your Sex Life Is an Engineering Project

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Everything is hackable — you can jailbreak your phone to get better apps, but you can also mod your own eyeballs to have night vision. Where do we go from there? Your libido, of course. Programmable vibrators are the new frontier in customizable gadgets, and we got a taste of what they’re like.

This Is What a Realistic Gundam Suit Will Be Like

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Gundam is a scifi anime where humans battle each other in “mobile suits,” which are basically combat vehicles that look like people instead of tanks. It’s one of the pop culture fantasy worlds that set the stage for today’s exoskeletons: wearable machines that grant you superhuman powers.

Look At All These Tech Panels That Are Only Dudes

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We know that Silicon Valley has a women problem, and it’s not just at Pied Piper. Even worse, perhaps, is what happens when these mostly-male tech companies are invited to talk about their success with other mostly-male tech companies at public events. It’s not at all unusual to see seven penises onstage without a vagina in sight.

Please Stop Comparing Every Security Flaw to Heartbleed

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After security firm CrowdStrike discovered a virtual machine security flaw that could (in theory) put millions of data centers at risk for malware attack this week, the comparisons came on hot, sticky, and thick. It was Heartbleed, all over again.....but this time, even WORSE.

Meanwhile in the Future: A World With Artificial Wombs

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Well hello there, and welcome to our very first episode of a brand new podcast called Meanwhile in the Future! I’m Rose, and I’ll be your host for this set of forays into the future.

Apple Watch Review: I Beta-Tested The Watch So You Don’t Have To

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Two weeks ago, I started wearing an Apple Watch. I’ve come to a conclusion: I just paid hundreds of dollars to be a glorified beta tester for Apple’s latest product. But you know what? I’m glad I did—because Apple’s latest product really needs a kick in the pants.

We Took Some 50 Megapixel Shots With the Canon 5DS For You to Gawk At

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Canon’s new high res DSLR, the 5DS, shoots giant 50 megapixel images. That’s a crapload of resolution you probably don’t need. But it’s fun to look at anyways! We had the privilege of toying around with a pre-production beta sample of the camera. Here are the results.

Albert Einstein, Famous Product Endorser, Hated Product Endorsements

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Companies love to put Albert Einstein in their ads. We’ve seen Einstein peddle Nikon cameras, Apple computers, and even Mentos. But Einstein never approved for his image to be used in any product endorsements while he was alive. In fact, he called these deals the “corruption of our time.”

Verizon’s Just the Latest Big Evil Media Conglomerate Waiting to Happen

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Verizon’s $4.4 billion bid for AOL isn’t just another whimsical moment in web investment weirdness. It’s serious. The deal creates a huge media-communications giant, just like huge evil media conglomerates before it — and, if you consider the facts, it’s possibly worse.

Why Switchblades Are Banned

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Second Amendment enthusiasts are adding a new front to their right-to-bear-arms battle: Knives. In particular, the infamous switchblade, which has been banned by federal law since 1958. Why all the fuss? Well, it all dates back to racism, xenophobia, class warfare, and political theater. Sound familiar? It’s no coincidence this was the knife Freddie Gray was arrested for carrying.

How To Get To First Base

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You met in a coffeeshop, you’ve hung out for a few hours, and you seem to be hitting it off. And now at last, you’re alone together. Is it time to lean in for the kiss? Or is this about to turn seriously awkward? How do you know when someone wants to kiss you? Here’s our guide to how to get to First Base.

This Watery Graveyard Is the Resting Place for 161 Sunken Spaceships

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In a remote stretch of the Pacific Ocean southeast of New Zealand, the broken remains of space stations and robotic freighters litter the ocean floor, four kilometers below the waves. The world’s space agencies call this region the South Pacific Ocean Uninhabited Area. But it’s also called the Spacecraft Cemetery.

The Most Extreme Body Hacks That Actually Change Your Physical Abilities

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Biohacking is one of those buzzy blanket terms used to describe a whole spectrum of ways that people modify or improve their bodies, from fairly tame experiments like drinking nasty butter coffee to more intense modifications like growing extra ears out of their arms.