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Drones help find World War II's missing soldiers
The BentProp Project has spent years finding American soldiers who went missing in the Pacific during World War II, but available technology has limited its success. Team members have frequently had to scan wide areas themselves, slowing down their...
50 years ago today, the public got its first taste of video calls
It seemed like the inevitable future at the time, we're sure. On April 20th in 1964, Bell Telephone showed off the Mod 1 Picturephone -- a precursor to the Skype and Hangouts video calls that have become a standard but under-utilized feature of...
Joystiq Weekly: Nintendo foibles, LGBT gaming cons and crash-prone dirtbikes
Welcome to the Joystiq Weekly wrap-up where we present some of the best stories and biggest gaming news from our sister-publication....
IRL: Kogan's Agora HD, a $189 smartphone made obsolete by the Moto G
Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we're using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment. When I first came across Kogan at last year's CES, it was...
Gadget Rewind 2006: Lego Mindstorms NXT
It's our 10th birthday, and to celebrate we'll be revisiting some of the key devices of the last decade. So please be kind, rewind. Lego, the popular toy brick maker, graduated from simple plastic playthings in 1998 when it released its Mindstorms...
Inhabitat's Week in Green: flexible circuit boards, BMW i3 and the world's first urban algae canopy
Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. When you think about transportation innovations, highways probably aren't the first things that come to...
Samsung data center fire causes outage, errors on smart TVs and phones (update: fixed)
Seeing an error message on your Samsung phone, tablet or Smart TV today? You're not alone, as the Samsung.com website appears to be down and owners worldwide have reported anything from error messages to being unable to access apps on their smart...
Audi's latest hybrid concept car takes the TT family offroad, with 408HP under the hood
Audi's latest prototype packing an E-Tron hybrid drivetrain is this TT Offroad Concept that takes the TT family beyond the coupes and convertibles we're familiar with. Going on display at the Beijing Motor Show, it combines two electric motors (one...
Weekends with Engadget: Windows Phone 8.1 and Gear 2 reviews, the anonymous internet and more!
Welcome to Weekends with Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines from the past seven days -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. For even more action, subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!...
Feedback Loop: E3 expectations, first MP3 player and password managers!
Welcome to Feedback Loop, a weekly roundup of the most interesting discussions happening within the Engadget community. There's so much technology to talk about and so little time to enjoy it, but you have a lot of great ideas and opinions that need...
Rufus Cuff wants to dominate the wearable market and your forearm
We told you to put on your disappointment pants for the Galaxy Gear 2, but for the Rufus Cuff we suggest rolling up your absurdity sleeves. Seriously, given its three-inch screen you might just have to. This wearable boasts a built-in mic, a camera,...
Google Trends email alerts will guarantee you never miss another cat meme
You can always swing by Google Trends if you want to gauge the popularity of a given search, but visiting that website every time can be a hassle. Thankfully, there's now an easier way: Google has added a subscription option that sends email...
Play: The frantic, fun and infuriating Trials Fusion
Some games are so challenging, frustrating and physically draining that your controller could easily explode against the nearest wall at any second. Trials Fusion is one of those games: A repetitive, soul-destroying platformer that'll have you...
OnePlus One phone and its swappable covers leak out in new pictures
Former Oppo exec Pete Lau announced his plans to make "the perfect smartphone" a few months ago, and now the OnePlus One is almost here. Its launch is scheduled for April 23rd, but Android Authority points out these pictures posted on a forum that...
AllCast's screen-mirroring magic arrives on Amazon's Fire TV App Store
Been putting off sideloading AllCast's SDK to your brand new Amazon Fire TV? Well, friend, your procrastination has paid off. Now, all you have to do to install the casting and screen-mirroring app is download it straight from the Amazon App Store....
Contact-Congress simplifies the act of, well, contacting congress
If you've never contacted your congress person then you might not realize how difficult our politicians have made it to get a hold of them. There are 535 members of the House and Senate all whom have some arcane contact form on their websites that...
Irish school children are building worlds for the Oculus Rift
If games, wildlife documentaries and virtual strolls in the park aren't enough to validate virtual reality for you, try this one: educational motivation. School children in Ireland have been using a open source version of Second Life to learn coding,...
Beats Music update lets you subscribe from inside the iOS app
Odds are that you weren't riveted by Beats Music when it first arrived, but the streaming service has just delivered a pair of big updates that may give you a good excuse to tune in. For the iOS app, the biggest improvement is visible when you're...
Daily Roundup: Xperia Z2 review, Oculus VR lets a terminal patient travel and more!
You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all...
Nike reportedly killing the Fuelband to focus on fitness software
Just days after Nike announced the launch of its Fuel Lab location in San Francisco to enhance partnerships with other digital services for athletes, there's a report that it's fired much of the team behind its FuelBand wristwear. CNET reports that,...
Hide your stash, heat-seeking drones are helping thugs hijack UK weed crops
Criminals are dicks. That much we all know is true. But now these dicks are using heat-sensing drones to pull off "sophisticated" heists of weed farms (yes, that weed) in the United Kingdom, as local paper Halesowen News discovered. Consider this...
Labels claim Pandora owes money for streaming old songs, probably won't get it
Pandora can't catch a break, it seems. Just weeks after the streaming radio service escaped paying higher royalties to songwriters, record companies and musicians have sued it in a New York court for allegedly violating state copyright laws by...
DARPA envisions a smarter, safer autopilot
Autonomous aircraft serve their purpose, but there's no question that pilotless passenger flights are a long way off, if they ever become a reality. Still, there's obviously room for improvement when it comes to on-board systems that assist pilots in...
Tubecore wants you to hack and mod its beautiful, modular speaker
Let's be honest: Wireless speakers are a dime a dozen. The options are seemingly endless, and new ones arrive on an almost daily basis. Companies have begun to push the boundaries of design as of late, making options that are an aesthetic step above...
AT&T adds more data and a hotspot option to prepaid GoPhone plans
AT&T is adding more data to its GoPhone prepaid smartphone plans without raising monthly fees in the process. If you're currently paying $60 a month for 2GB, your allotment will jump to 2.5 gigs, while those on the $40, 250MB plan will now get 500MB...
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Why Smoking Pot Makes You So Hungry
If you've ever smoked weed, chances are you've also taken that regrettable trip to 7 Eleven and stocked up on cheese puffs, microwave burritos, and, well, everything else edible. Then, when you wake up surrounded in wrappers, you wonder: WHY?
This Twisting Mirror Bridge Reflects Every Detail of a Shanghai Street
UNStudio has created a beautifully constructed archway that brightens up the retail sphere of Xintiandi Mall in China. Because it's lined with mirrors, you can track your movements from beginning to end and watch your surroundings skip playfully across the different planes of the mall's entrance. It's like walking down the inside of a wormhole—except you stay safely grounded in both time and space.
A Brief History of Easter Eggs in Tech
The Easter egg—as in a hidden surprise or in-joke, not the chocolate treat—can be dated back to the last Russian imperial family who gifted people with jewel-encrusted Fabergé eggs containing additional surprises tucked away inside.
Hashing It Out: The Art and Science of Pushing Pot To Its THC Limits
The intoxicating effects of cannabis have skyrocketed in the last 50 years as the plant's rapidly widening acceptance has spurred a race among growers to produce ever more potent strains. But even the stickiest of the ickiest buds top out at 25 percent THC per unit weight and, for a new generation of connoisseurs, that isn't good enough.
Why Weed Makes You... You... Huh?
Scientists have long suspected that THC somehow affects the hippocampus region of the brain, the bit responsible for controlling short-term memory, but they have never been able to prove it. Turns out that's because they were looking at the wrong grey matter.
Celebration, Florida: The Utopian Town That America Just Couldn't Trust
It's been exactly two decades since Celebration, Florida, broke ground in 1994, a major anniversary for a community that enjoyed a massive amount of media attention when it emerged. Yet we don't hear much about Disney's foray into real estate lately, apart from the odd fire.
Weekend Deals: Blu-rays, Games, Anime, and David Attenborough
Sorry you didn't find the golden egg in today's hunt. Here are a whole bunch of deals pulled from our five Twitter accounts to cheer you up. While you're here, you may as well follow them too.
This Incredible Animation Was Made By Code That Could Fit on a Floppy
This is no 20 GB video file, painstakingly pulled from a render farm. All of it was generated in real time by one tiny algorithm. And it's amazing.
Advanced Concrete Could Last More Than A Century Without Maintenance
A new water-repellant concrete impregnated with tiny superstrong fibers promises to leave roads and bridges free of major cracks for up to 120 years.
Think You Know Basic Physics? This Balloon Will Prove You Wrong
When you have a balloon floating in a car and start driving, instead of getting thrown back, it actually flies forward. What? Are balloons immune to inertia? Is physics broken? Nope. As SmarterEveryDay explains, it actually makes perfect sense, as science always does.
This Faucet Sprayer's Flat Blade of Water Scrapes Dishes Clean
If you're lucky enough to have a retractable sprayer attached to your kitchen faucet, you've probably noticed that its circular blast often isn't powerful enough to really scrape dishes clean. To fix that, Kohler is introducing what it calls Sweep spray technology that blasts stuck-on food with a wide blade of water that works like a liquid scraper.
This Week's Top Comedy Video: If Miyazaki Films Were Like Other Anime
Anime legend Hayao Miyazaki has a whimsical style and plot complexity all his own. But what if his masterpieces followed the anime tropes we know so well? Whoa Ponyo, you sure look, uh, different.
Take a Sip of a 3,300-Year-Old Danish Beer
Wanna get some real beer snob cred? With Egtved Girl's Brew, you can sneer at your friends' beers and their "founded in the 1800s" claims to authenticity. Because this beer's recipe is 3,300 years old. Now that's a legit brew.
Electronic Monocle Uses Biofeedback to Track Your Favorite Websites
The internet is a fire hydrant of content. Keeping track of the pages you enjoy is a pain. A team of UK design students has a conceptual solution: Amoeba, an electronic monocle that files away the pages you find most interesting, as measured by your biofeedback response. It's the emotion-tracking Google Glass you always wanted!
LED Lights Are Ruining Laundry Detergent's White-Brightening Trick
LED lighting is great. The right bulb
And now one freakin' huge explosion
One freakin' goddamn huge explosion at some open-pit mine or a road construction or who knows what. Don't know, don't care: It's a freakin' huge explosion. That's all, people. Enjoy.
Anti-Bus Laws, High Rents, and Pee: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week
Tennessee lawmakers tried to make Nashville's buses illegal, a dude pissed in a reservoir and Portland has to flush 38 million gallons of water, and—let's say it all together—the rent is too damn high. This is your weekly look at What's Ruining Our Cities.
This week in Tech Reads: the biological basis behind yawning, the suspicious backroom deals that und
This week in Tech Reads: the biological basis behind yawning, the suspicious backroom deals that undergird "sound science," high-tech toilets, and a Silicon Valley inventor who's either a prolific genius or a criminal con-man. And more!
U.S. Gov't Changed Your HealthCare.gov Password Because of Heartbleed
Heartbleed, the gaping flaw
Windows Phone, Haunted Houses, Muppets, and More
Well it was another busy week here at Gizmodo. On top of Utopia Week, our week-long look at past, present, and future visions of a perfect society, we brought you reviews of new phones, cameras, and smartwatches, a hard look at beginning a life without Facebook, and a behind-the-scenes look at Jim Henson's phenomenal workshop. Let's review!
The Biggest Thing At The New York Auto Show Was Not A Car
The easiest way to determine "hype," whatever that is, for a product is to measure the size of its media scrum. New Mustang? Meh. How about a Mercedes? Borrrrring. But Honda just enthralled everybody with a 14-year old robot.
How To Pass a Urine Test (Or At Least Stand a Fighting Chance)
You've got enough to worry about for that upcoming job interview without stressing over whether or not you'll be judged by what you pee into a cup. And sometimes it's just too late to go all the way straight-and-narrow. Fortunately there are ways of maximizing the chance that your future employment won't be sidetracked by Friday night's doobie. Here's what you need to know to have your best chance at passing a urinalysis test.
Why Vinyl Is the Only Worthwhile Way to Own Music
On any given Tuesday in the 90s, I would hustle to the record store after school to gawk at the new releases. Occasionally, I would take a CD home, greedily tear it open, pop it into my boombox, and listen while I pretended to do my homework. This wonderful experience has no value any more. It's obsolete.
What Happens When You Give A Bunch Of Hotshot Pilots GoPros
Some of the best pilots in the US Navy are assigned to fly Super Hornets from the USS George Washington. But just because you're the best at what you do, doesn't mean it's all seriousness, hard work, and downright tedium. Most of the time it looks like it's nothing but pure, unadulterated, capital-A Awesome.
Holy Cow, Another Crazy Meteor Caught on Russian Dashcam
Last night, yet another eye-searing blue meteor screamed across the dark Russian sky. Lucky for us, Russia is the land of dashcams, meaning that yet again