​How Autodesk's Experimental Lab Gave Us an Odd Little Star Wars Movie

The long rectangles of San Francisco's famous piers gave the city a blocky, geometric border with the Bay over a century ago. Now these abandoned remnants of the Barbary Coast are being rejuvenated by companies like software giant Autodesk, whose Pier 9 Workshop is so experimental that it feels like science fiction. » 3/30/15 10:00am Monday 10:00am

I Paid a UX Expert $100 to Get Drunk and Evaluate Gizmodo's Design

It happened late on Tuesday night. Of course I was working. "Have you seen this?" my colleague Chris Mills texted. He followed up with the link to a site where a rather devilish-looking UX professional promised to get drunk and evaluate the website of your choice. Only $75! I knew I had to do it, and that Gizmodo… » 3/26/15 6:40pm Thursday 6:40pm

30 Previously-Unknown Species of Fly Discovered in Los Angeles

Nature doesn't end at the borders of a city — it's just transformed. That's why scientists are finding new animal species in urban areas, where the ecosystems favor scavengers, hardy weeds, and junk-eaters. It probably comes as no surprise that the sprawling city of Los Angeles is home to its own unique fly species. » 3/26/15 9:38am Thursday 9:38am

Head to the Robogames Next Weekend to Greet Your New Overlords

Do you like to watch expertly designed robots smash and grind each other to bits? What about watching them compete to solve mazes, or win a game of soccer? If you're a normal person and said yes to all these questions, then you need to be at Robogames — and it's coming up next weekend. » 3/25/15 9:46am 3/25/15 9:46am

This Woodcut from 19th Century Japan Reveals Deep LOLcat History

This video is an animation based on a Japanese woodcut called "Popular Hotspring Spa (of Cats)." It's from 1880, but artist Utagawa Yoshifuji's imaginary world of spa cats looks like something that's unfolding at the intersection of LOLcat and internetville. » 3/23/15 1:20am 3/23/15 1:20am

Using Origami to Make a Shape with No Volume and Infinite Surface Area

It should surprise no one that MIT has an origami team whose goal is to create a third level version of a 3-D fractal known as a Menger Sponge, whose ultimate incarnation is a shape with zero volume and infinite surface area. Here's how they do it. » 3/20/15 12:46pm 3/20/15 12:46pm

The DOJ Is Sneaking in a Policy That'd Crap All Over the 4th Amendment

The rules for how the Department of Justice tracks down criminals in the digital age are woefully arcane, but the DoJ's recent proposed changes to update those rules go way too far, using vague terms to grant sweeping remote search powers that would take a torrential horse piss on the Fourth Amendment. » 3/19/15 12:35pm 3/19/15 12:35pm

Video About Newt Sex Shows Just How Boring Human Sex Really Is

Sure, humans have invented fancy sex toys and internet sexbots, but we have nothing on newts when it comes to humping. That's because getting horny doesn't cause our bodies to change shape and grow fins so that we can make babies underwater. Newts do that and more. » 3/18/15 8:16pm 3/18/15 8:16pm

Social Graph Reveals Disturbing Connections Between Subreddits

The people who moderate some of Reddit's most popular forums, including ones that have been defaults, are also the same people creating forums for nonconsensual pornography and snuff pictures. » 3/18/15 4:23pm 3/18/15 4:23pm

The anti-robot protest at SXSW got tons of publicity, and it was a hoax. Even worse — it was actually a viral marketing stunt for a dating app. [io9] » 3/16/15 6:07pm 3/16/15 6:07pm

These Smartphone Cords Look Like Miniature Audio Cables

Audio cables look just plain sexy, especially when they're encased in those retro braided fabric jackets that make it even easier to coil them up. And now you can get that audio cable hotness for your smartphone cord, thanks to SuperFly Cables. » 3/16/15 6:05pm 3/16/15 6:05pm

At SXSW, Bill Simmons gave a legitimately interesting interview to Re/code. It features Simmons sliding from passive-aggression to bluntness, but always railing against his ESPN bosses for not giving Grantland the funding or credit he believes it deserves. [Deadspin] » 3/16/15 4:16pm 3/16/15 4:16pm

We're Hiring: Science, Tech and Internet Culture Writers 

Are you a writer who is obsessed with science, technology and/or internet culture? Then Gizmodo and io9 want you! We're hiring staff writers for both sites. » 3/16/15 1:40pm 3/16/15 1:40pm

A Tearful Moment from the New Steve Jobs Documentary That Debuts Today

Today at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX, audiences are watching the debut of a new CNN documentary called Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine. It's about Jobs' life, and how he influenced tech culture. The film's director, Alex Gibney, is also known for his controversial documentary about Scientology. » 3/14/15 4:29pm 3/14/15 4:29pm

Computer Security Expert Bruce Schneier Is Here to Answer Questions 

Today from 1:30-2:30 eastern time, Bruce Schneier is here to answer your questions about surveillance, infosec, and private data. He's the author of Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World (read an excerpt). » 3/13/15 1:40pm 3/13/15 1:40pm

Read an Excerpt from Bruce Schneier's New Book, Data and Goliath

Many People Hear Voices -- and It Isn't Always a Sign of Illness

Have you ever had a voice in your head that didn't feel like your own? Or heard a voice speaking out loud that you know wasn't really there? Psychologists used to say these were signs of mental illness. But now it turns out that they aren't that unusual — and even people who hear a lot of voices have a wide range of… » 3/11/15 4:30pm 3/11/15 4:30pm