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Do Animals Have a Sense of Competition?

Humans do the wildest things to animals—stick them with experimental drugs, mash them into cheap nuggets, mount their severed heads on dining room walls. Against this backdrop of chaos and mass extermination the Puppy Bowl seems fairly benign, as do all those other events, like the Kentucky Derby, where animals are forced to play sports for our amusement. We know that humans like these games, especially when their bets pay off; but how do the animals feel? What’s, say, on a horse’s mind, when it finishes first in a race? Can an animal have some sense that it’s won something, or, for that matter, lost? Read More >>

Why Some Fans Watch Anime at Double Speed

Some have called it a myth. Others say it’s an elaborate trolling campaign. And the handful of mega-otakus who claim to actually engage in it don’t quite understand what all the fuss is about; yet, every now and then, you’ll see it crop up again and again on anime forums all across the internet, drawing paragraphs of rage, bile, and outright confusion. All this for a practice that affects no one but the person who decides to do it: watching anime at anything other than the default speed. Read More >>

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Landlord Offers A Year’s Free Rent For Social Media Idea

A London landlord company is offering a social media whiz the chance to win a year's free rent in return for a clever campaign idea. Read More >>

Competition Police Say Three/O2 Merger is Damaging for the UK

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority -- a sort of professional nose-poker-inner -- has grassed up Three and O2 to the European Commission, saying that it would like the merger between the two mobile giants of the UK subject to strict terms or canceled altogether. Read More >>

The Drone Racing League Sounds Infinitely Better Than Formula 1

“My gaaahd, look at the dayyum thangs goooo!” You can almost hear the over-the-top commentary already. The Drone Racing League is a real thing, and it kicks off in Miami next month. Already trembling with excitement? There’s more. Read More >>

EU Considering a “Google Tax” on Search Engines That Aggregate Headlines

The EU is officially investigating whether or not it needs to introduce some sort of community-wide "Google Tax" on internet search businesses, as the war over what you can and can't aggregate and sell your own adverts around intensifies. Read More >>

Sky and its Film Studio Buddies Face EU Anti-Trust Investigation

The European Commission is looking into agreements between Sky UK and the big film companies, suggesting their terms effectively lock EU viewers out of being able to access film content. Which you can't do, as we're all supposed to be one happy European family nowadays, sitting around the same TV watching a hardcoded subtitled Dutch version of Iron Man 3. Read More >>

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How to Win Your Physics Class Egg Drop Competition

The problem is simple enough. You’ve got a raw egg, and it’s going to be dropped from a high place. You have to build a contraption so that it doesn’t break when it hits. Easy? Maybe. But how do you make it as light as possible? Or as small as possible? Read More >>

Google vs. the EU: A Fight for the Right to Screw With Search Results

Google is the most popular search engine in the world, to the point where I feel dumb typing “Google is the most popular search engine in the world” because, well, you already know. But ubiquity is not synonymous with benevolence. Read More >>

Win: Your Chance to Be a Point-and-Click Video Game Character

Liking the cut of London-set cyberpunk adventure Capital's jib? Good, because we asked the game's writer, designer and future-London overlord Ash if we could secure safe passage for one special Giz UK reader to a comfortable spot in tomorrow's Blade Runner-y Britain. And strangely for a totalitarian future state head, he said yes. Read More >>

Six Brilliant Ideas That Tackle the Toughest Environmental Problems

Buckminster Fuller was a designer, futurist, and humanitarian. Each year, the Buckminster Fuller Institute honours the visionary's legacy with a competition showcasing ingenious solutions for global problems. Read More >>

Looks Like Instagram is Working on a Snapchat Rival

Someone at Instagram has a slippery trigger finger: some Instagram for Android users are reporting links posted to a "one tap photo messaging app" called Bolt. Read More >>

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*Reminder Klaxon* Enter Our Latest Shooting Challenge, and Bag an Awesome Pair of Grado Headphones

Hey everyone! Look over here! Can you hear that? It's our Gizmodo klaxon blaring out to remind you that you can enter our Shooting Challenge for the chance to win a pair of fancy Grado Headphones. All you have to do is take a picture of a toy, or toys, of a non-electrical variety and send them in for adjudication. Entries must be in by 6pm, February 3rd, 2014. Read the full rules, and good luck. Read More >>

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Shooting Challenge #27: The Winner Is…

The last Shooting Challenge of 2013 was a celebration of the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year, the much maligned "selfie". No longer the sole pursuit of Instagramming teenagers, 2013 saw the selfie reach new heights with everyone including world leaders getting in on the selfie act. Read More >>

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Shooting Challenge #24 (Patterns) — The Winner Is…

The last Shooting Challenge brief was simple and straightforward; photograph patterns and shapes in the world around you. As usual, we had some high-quality images and some very...err...creative ones too (I'm looking at you, Patrick). I know the weather was pretty shitty for most of you during the challenge 'window', so thanks for taking the time to take part, those of you who did. Read More >>