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?
The Pentagon's new Avatar project, unveiled by Danger Room a few weeks back, sounds freaky enough: Soldiers practically inhabiting the bodies of robots, who'd act as "surrogates" for their human overlords in battle.
It's completely counterintuitive, but scientists at the Niels Bohr Institute have succeeded in cooling a semiconductor membrane to −269°C, almost four degrees above absolute zero, using a powerful laser we usually think of as only being able to burn.
I don’t know anyone who likes fleas, but they’re a common problem with owning cats. They’re little jumpy bastards who love nothing but to stick their fangs in you and feast on your tasty life-fluid – I hate them. But this fossil of a giant 165 million-year-old 2cm-long flea makes me feel a bit sick.
We take clean drinking water for granted, but in the developing world it's a big and expensive problem. Now, scientists are turning to a plant known as the Miracle Tree to create a new way of purifying water.
This is the second fossilised forest that has stunned researchers this month, and it's also the oldest. It's 385 million years old, from the time when the earth's first forests appeared. And it was all buried beneath a quarry in Upstate New York.
If you thought emperor penguins were big, this prehistoric cousin put them to shame. In its day it stood over four feet tall and was 50 per cent heavier than the already pretty massive emperor we know today.
Everyone knows exercise is good for you, and studies have previously shown that it can boost learning and even stave off dementia in later life — though nobody knew why. New research suggests, though, that it's because the brain takes advantage of energy delivery systems just as much as your muscles.
It turns out that T. rex's physical size might not have been the only thing we underestimated. A new study suggests that the king of apex predators may have also possessed the most powerful jaws in history.
There are plenty of strange alternative uses for herbs. Rosemary, for instance, is supposed to soothe the skin and cure dandruff — though I can't promise how well it will do either. Science, however, now tells us it definitely can make you smarter.
Have you ever wondered why we have to have an extra day every four years? It seems baffling that we just shoehorn another 24-hours into February, but as CGP Grey so eloquently explains it’s all to do with trying to balance an imperfect calendar, something the Universe just won’t let us do.
I'm a bit of a sucker for concept interface designs: I love how they show off the massive capabilities of new technology without any obvious current practical use. But these new offerings from Microsoft could actually be useful.