What We Learned From the First Black Hole Image

Today, scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope released a picture that will go down in scientific history: the first-ever image of a black hole. But there’s more to science than pretty pictures. Alongside the release, scientists dropped six papers documenting how they created the image and what they’ve already learned about the black hole at the centre of M87, a galaxy 55 million light-years away. Read More >>

Are You Your Microbiome? Ed Yong Explains It All

Writer Ed Yong has been chronicling the science of microbial life for years at such outlets as The New York Times, the Atlantic (where he is now a staff writer), and his blog, Not Exactly Rocket Science (currently hosted by National Geographic). Now he has published his first book, I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, in which he explains how bacteria can tune our immune system, change our response to cancer-fighting drugs, and modify our genetic makeup. Gizmodo caught up with Yong to find out more. Read More >>

Five Crazy Ways Humans Have Preserved Their Bodies Throughout History

Nobody can cheat death, but for thousands of years, humans have tried to elude decomposition. Whether we’re saving our bodies for the afterlife or time travelling to a better future, people throughout history have gone to astounding lengths to preserve their mortal remains. Read More >>

This is the One Thing That People Never Understand About Cats

You probably don’t know your cat as well as you think you do. According to a recent survey of cat owners in the UK, most people are pretty clueless about their cats’ lives. Read More >>

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Everything You Need to Know About CRISPR, the New Tool that Edits DNA

CRISPR, a new genome editing tool, could transform the field of biology – and a recent study on genetically engineered human embryos has converted this promise into media hype. But scientists have been tinkering with genomes for decades. Why is CRISPR suddenly such a big deal? Read More >>

Is Cannibalism Unhealthy or Just Awful?

If, say, a human ate another human in an apocalyptic scenario, would it be unhealthy? Or gross? Or just generally awful? Read More >>

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The Antarctic Neutrino Camera is About to Get Much, Much Bigger

The University of Wisconsin's IceCube neutrino detection system has been quietly operating amid Antarctica's barren tundra for more than four years now. In that time, the fledgling detector has captured more than 100 cosmic neutrinos, many of which originated far outside our Milky Way galaxy. And if project leaders get their way, its imaging quality is about to improve by an order of magnitude. Read More >>

How Accurately Has Science Fiction Predicted the Technologies of the Future?

It's not the only reason we read science fiction books, but it's surprising just how on the nose some authors have managed to predict the technologies that have gone on to shape our lives. A little less accurate however, as this chart shows, is the time scale within which those fictitious gadgets have gone on to become everyday realities. Read More >>

Why Proper Sterlisation Procedures are Used During Lethal Injections

The death penalty is still practised in the US (unlike here in the UK where it was abolished in the 1960s) and 39 people were executed there in 2013. Besides the fact that manufacturers sterilise the needles used, other sterilisation procedures are also used in these executions for good reason. Read More >>

How Nanotech Can Rebuild Your Body

Imagine tiny robots marching along your arteries, fighting off infections and repairing damaged genes, extending your life by tens, perhaps even hundreds of years. That's the potential of nanotechnology. Neat, eh? As long as those extra years are covered by our pensions. Read More >>

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Battery-Powered Yeti Guides Antarctic Explorers Past Concealed Crevasses

Moving people and supplies across the Great White South is treacherous, difficult, and expensive with logistical costs constituting as much as 90 per cent of an expedition's budget — about £100,000 a trip on average. And that's assuming the convoy isn't swallowed by an ice crevasse en route. But a new radar-equipped rover could help the National Science Foundation save lives and millions of pounds a year. Read More >>