What Space Does to Each of Your Five Senses

Commander of the International Space Station and awesome-stronaut Chris Hadfield just finished a weeklong series called “Senses in Space,” where he describes what spending a long time in space does to each of your perceptions. And apparently, space is generally pretty bad for you. In the following five videos, Hadfield … » 5/10/13 4:20pm 5/10/13 4:20pm

This Beautiful Footbridge Is Inspired by Japanese Hand Fans

Normally, the fact that a city approved a new pedestrian footbridge for construction would be rather, let’s say, pedestrian. But when the bridge in question is also a "kinetic sculpture," things get more interesting. The Merchant Square Footbridge, a sculptural bridge designed by Knight Architects, is slated to open next … » 5/09/13 12:48pm 5/09/13 12:48pm

Verizon Won't Rebuild Its Landline Network in Some Sandy-Affected Areas

As the damage from Hurricane Sandy is disappearing and some things are returning back to normal for those in the hardest hit areas, six months after that hurricane devastated parts of the East Coast, Verizon is telling some customers that they will not be getting their landline phone service back—ever. At least not… » 5/06/13 6:11pm 5/06/13 6:11pm

Possibly the Best Music Discovery System Yet

In the digital age of “nichification” it’s often easier to find lots of things you already like, while inadvertently walling yourself off from experiencing new things that you don’t know about yet. When it comes to music, recommendation systems like Pandora’s can help you discover music you may not have heard before,… » 5/03/13 4:20pm 5/03/13 4:20pm

Let's Talk About Anything You Want for the Next Hour

Hey everybody! Happy Friday! I bet you can't wait to get that weekend started. Too bad these last few hours of work are crawling by, right? Well here's an idea to help your afternoon fly by—join the Gizmodo staff on this thread, and for the next hour, we'll talk about anything you want. Come test-drive the new Kinja… » 5/03/13 3:40pm 5/03/13 3:40pm

The California-Made Earthquake Alarm That Works But California Won't…

For all of the devastation caused by the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan, the former, a 9.0 magnitude beast called “Tohoku,” could have claimed far more lives. The reason it didn’t? Since 2007, Japan has had an early warning system—conceived ten years ago at Caltech—which California still hasn’t managed to set up. And … » 5/01/13 4:30pm 5/01/13 4:30pm

Sadly, People Who Walk and Text Could Actually Use This

Anyone who has tried to navigate down a busy sidewalk while dodging people who are obliviously looking down at their phones will appreciate this latest prank by ImprovEverywhere. Their latest mission in New York City was to pose as municipal workers, with orange "Department of Transportation" vests, and act as "Seeing… » 4/30/13 1:08pm 4/30/13 1:08pm