I wish the night sky shined and sparkled like this over every city in real life

Light pollution. It really screws up the view. It would be so great if the stars in the sky could still be seen over big metropolitan areas. But it doesn’t work like that. You have to go far away from civilization into deserts and nature to see the stars and cosmos the way they are meant to be seen. David Oliver Lennon »Today 3:00am11/28/15 3:00am

Surfers Rejoice—Physicists Have Found the Perfect Wave

Experienced surfers are great intuitive physicists, able to spot the best waves and manipulate the various forces at play because they’ve spent years actively developing those skills. French scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris are quantifying what good surfers know intuitively by building their own mini… »Yesterday 3:00pm11/27/15 3:00pm

How the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will bring us back to space

SpaceX just got its first crewed spaceship contract from NASA for the Crew Dragon spacecraft and it’s set to bring us back to space on American spaceships after so many years without. Along with the Boeing Starliner, the Crew Dragon will start making crewed space flights in 2017. For reference, the last flight of the… »Yesterday 2:00pm11/27/15 2:00pm

Gizmodo's Gift Guide for Ourselves

Still need more holiday gift ideas? We’ve saved a few more ideas, mainly because they’re the things we’re hoping to receive this season. Hopefully by hearing what we want, you might be inspired to figure out some other gift ideas for your loved ones (or just something else you want for yourself). »Yesterday 11:00am11/27/15 11:00am

A Rare Glimpse of NASA's Prettiest Research Airplanes Flying Together

Last week, residents of the Houston area had a rare opportunity to watch a historic aviation event: the formation flight of three WB-57 research aircraft. Why historic? Well, November 19th was the first time that all three of NASA’s WB-57s have been aloft simultaneously since the early 1970s. »Yesterday 3:00am11/27/15 3:00am

Pouring water on an oil fire creates a crazy mushroom cloud fire explosion

It looks like a mini-nuclear bomb, to be honest. But it’s just the result of pouring water onto an oil fire (don’t ever do that!). In this video by Crash Zone, you can see the liquid fire drip down into the ground and then charge right back up creating a truly epic and fiery mushroom cloud. »Yesterday 12:00am11/27/15 12:00am