science
Why Does Coffee Make Us Poo? Scientists Gave Coffee to Rats to Find Out

A good chunk of regular coffee drinkers know that coffee isn’t just great at getting them awake in the morning – it also makes them get up and need a poo. But while coffee’s laxative powers are well-known, it’s not clear why exactly this happens. To get to the bottom of this mystery, some scientists decided to do exactly what you’d expect scientists to: giving lab rats some coffee. Read More >>

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A Generation Looks Back at 20 Years of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Ask a Star Wars fan what they think about The Phantom Menace and you’re going to get a very specific answer. At Star Wars Celebration in Chicago last month, Gizmodo spoke with fans about their memories and feelings on the eve of the film’s 20th anniversary, and the sentiment was way more positive than expected for all kinds of different reasons. Read More >>

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This Company Is Betting the Future Is Personal AI Avatars, So It Made Me One

In January 2019, when China Central Television, the largest broadcast network in the most populous nation in the world, aired a special to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the hosts welcomed four life-sized “personal artificial intelligences” to share the stage with them. Called PAIs, they were three-dimensional holographic replicas of the presenters that moved, spoke, and sang to the delight of the cheering live audience. The program was viewed some 1.8 billion times. One of the most-watched TV shows in the world had been hosted by AI avatars. Read More >>

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The Best Free Apps and Software You’re Not Already Using

There’s a wealth of free software and apps available to help you get the most out of your computer or smartphone (or both)—so much, in fact, that it’s hard to get around to trying most of them. That’s where this list comes in. It’s freshly curated to highlight the top tools and applications you’re (probably) not already using. Read More >>

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We Found the Sub-£2500 Home Projector That’s Actually Worth It

Buying a projector is a much more intimidating prospect than buying a TV. You can at least go see most televisions in a store, and once you’ve made your purchase, setting it up can be as simple as putting it on an entertainment stand and plugging it in (though a quick calibration is a good idea too). With a projector, you have to worry about the right lighting and right screen and even focusing the dang thing. Can you find a decent projector that’s not a pain to use without bankrupting yourself? We aim to find out. Read More >>

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Forget Foldable Phones, Lenovo’s Prototype Bendy Screen Laptop Looks Brilliant

We’ve already seen the arrival of flexible phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, and while the excitement around these gadgets may have been dulled somewhat by concerns about durability, that isn’t stopping Lenovo from taking bendy screen tech and applying it to something bigger. Read More >>

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Star Wars Fans Will Love Helping the Dark Lord Achieve His Destiny in Vader Immortal

For years, we’ve enjoyed watching Star Wars stories from the outside. And typically Star Wars in VR and AR feels more like a very cool tech demo than a full immersion into a galaxy far, far away. But with Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series - Episode I, it seems like ILMxLab has crafted an untold chapter in the Star Wars saga that fans will love. This thing is no tech demo. Read More >>

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Everything Jeff Bezos Said to Convince Humanity That Space Colonies Are the Future

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man on the planet, gave an hour-long presentation last week about his plans for humanity’s future living on the moon and in space colonies. It was a bit like watching a monologue from a sci-fi movie in a lot of ways. And now you can finally view the entire presentation online for yourself. Read More >>

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For Men Who Will Try Anything to Get Taller, There’s a World of Grifts and Gimmicks

No matter how old you are, the website Height Maximizer claims it can provide you with “legitimate information that will actually help you become taller.” It features “height hacks,” alleged height-boosting supplements, and “8 Ways to Get Taller: Tips That Work (for Every Age).” Each page is topped off with the site’s logo – a picture of a bodybuilder and a bright red arrow pointing upward, and below it, the Height Maximizer tagline: “Puberty or Not, Here We Grow!” Read More >>

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This Is the Fitness Smartwatch You Should Buy

If you’re serious about starting or maintaining an exercise routine, fitness trackers and smartwatches are a great way for both beginners and veteran athletes to track progress and stay motivated. Still, there are a tonne of options out there with different features and advantages, so which one should you choose? Read More >>

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5 Little Things from Google I/O That Could Be Big News for You

Google I/O 2019 was a whirlwind of info about upcoming Android updates, demos of new features in Google Lens and Duplex, upgraded abilities for the Google Assistant, and more. But aside from all the fancy new things that got mentioned in the keynote, there were a number of other small changes and updates that came out of Google’s annual developer conference that didn’t get quite as much attention. So here’s a quick roundup of some news and tidbits that could affect you in the not-too-distant future. Read More >>

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Endgame’s Hulk is the MCU’s Gift to Bruce Banner

Hulk smash. The Hulk has always smashed; it’s his thing and he’s incredibly good at it. But in Avengers: Endgame, the Hulk is given a new emotional depth that allows him to do more than express rage with his irradiated fists. Read More >>

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All the New Details About Microsoft’s Rebooted Edge Browser

Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser using the same Chromium foundation blocks that sit underneath Chrome, and thanks to this week’s Build 2019 conference, we now know a lot more about what the revamped browser has to offer. Here are the details you need to know and why you might eventually end up switching to Edge. Read More >>

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America’s Failed Airlines That Were Too Weird for This World

Flying can be an excruciating experience these days. The CEO of United Airlines recently admitted that by the time passengers sit down on his planes, they’re already “pissed at the world.” But plenty of airlines have tried to make things more fun over the years, even if they were incredibly weird. So weird, in fact, that they went out of business. Read More >>

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How Spider-Man: Far From Home Brings Peter Parker Back Down to Earth

On the UK set of Spider-Man: Far From Home last summer, one question was on the minds of press: how does Peter Parker’s next solo adventure deal with the cataclysmic events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame? We didn’t get to find out, obviously. But we did learn how a different scale for Jon Watts’ Homecoming followup will bring Peter back down to street level – even as he goes on the road trip of a lifetime. Read More >>