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 United States' National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California has fired the most powerful laser in history, a record-breaking 2-megajoule shot. The laser was originally designed to reach 1.875-megajoules, but beat everyone's expectations—and set a new world record in the process.
There's plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that a big, juicy hunk of steak makes you happier. But now there's scientific proof, too; according to a new study, consumption of red meat halves the risk of depression.
More than ten years after its inception, the online archive of Albert Einstein's life and work relaunched this week with tons of new content — including more than 2000 high-resolution documents. Nerds, have at it!
A group of scientists have developed a camera that can take pictures of things that are hidden by walls. Not through X-Ray vision but with the ability to see around corners. That is, if an image is blocked by a wall, the camera will use lasers to peek around the corner.
A new review of over 240 peer-reviewed studies has shown that there’s a link between some chemicals used in the plastics that make up food containers, packaging and household items, and obesity and diabetes. The plastic your food comes in might be making you fat.
Scientists at Clemson University in the US have rigged an HP Deskjet 500 printer to make microscope slides full of living cells. It spits out a a special cell-packed ink from the printer's standard cartridge. The process creates cells with temporary permeability in the cell walls, and the holes in the cells are large enough to allow fluorescent molecules to be injected. That glowing stuffing illuminates the membranes, so researchers can get a look at what's happening inside the cells. When studying a heart, for example, the technique can be used to examine how the cardiac muscles respond to mechanical force and fluid shear.
Using a fried dough and Kit Kat stop-motion animation, the folks over at Elements explain how a synchroton particle accelerator—like the Large Hadron Collider—accelerate particles up to the speed of light.
Science may attempt to offer a solution to all of life's problems, but it can have some fun along the way, too. So, if you're not put off by the idea of genetically modified food, here's how to go about making sushi that glows in the dark.
Giant squid are massive creatures, growing up to 14m in length. But if that size is difficult to imagine, maybe you can picture this; their eyes are up to 28cm in diameter. That's bigger than a football.