While the bread and butter of Gizmodo UK is in the bits and bytes of technology, we have a lot of fun in the off-topic areas, with many of the stories being filed in the WTF category. Bookmark this page for the sillier stories, from ridiculous examples of body-art, to... sausages made of skittles?
Scientists can now accurately detect drugs floating in the air. They also have found statistical relationships between atmospheric cocaine levels and certain types of cancers, as well as a connection between marijuana levels and mental disorders.
Think you're looking at some gnarly surf off the coast of Hawaii? You're way off. These curled peaks — known as Kelvin-Helmholtz wave clouds — actually formed over the land-locked city of Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
Sony's been working on "bio batteries" for a while now. It kicked off using the glucose from sugary drinks or juice, but now the Japanese electronics giant is taking a more eco-friendly route with its recycled paper battery.
Nature has published a fascinating paper that solves a seemingly silly, but very interesting question: why do Western and Oriental foods taste so different? After analysing 56,498 recipes the answer is in the way they pair 381 ingredients.
I prefer to call it The Force — a particle that "surrounds us and penetrates us" binding the galaxy together — but Czech physicist Luboš Motl makes a good case as to why the Higgs boson should be called the God Particle.
It's not going to guarantee you an A+ like showing up with a working portal gun would. But you can still wow your teachers by building your own version of Portal 2's potato-powered AI, even though the kit's a fraud.
Back to the Future II came out in 1989, and by 2011 I assumed that hoverboards would be cheap and plentiful. But here we are 22 years later and this tiny floating magnet sculpture is the closest thing we've got.
Xylitol is a natural sugar substitute that's been around since the '60s. You can find it in products like chewing gum, sweeteners—even sinus nasal sprays. But the most incredible use so far has to be its integration into the Louis Garneau Carbon Pro Team shoes.
Don Wright was diagnosed with myeloma—cancer in his blood cells and bone marrow—two weeks after running his first marathon. His doctor gave him a five-year survival estimate. Eight years later he has run 59 26.2-mile races in 41 states and takes just one pill per day to keep his cancer at bay.
After much excitement, the Force has not been found. But don't be sad, my fellow nerds. Scientists may not have found evidence of the Higgs boson yet, but they have discovered "tantalising hints" that may indicate its presence.
What you're seeing above is a slow motion capture of light propagating across a piece of fruit. I would call it "super slowmo", but honestly, at one trillion frames a second, "super" just doesn't seem to capture it.
We've seen D-Wave tout its first £6.4 million quantum computer, the One; but boffins from Bristol have made a giant leap forward in the pursuit of "home" quantum computing with a relatively small-sized, more cost effective chip.