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?
You ever get up to do something, walk into another room, and then immediately forget what you were going to do? Don't worry, it's probably not early onset Alzheimer's. Turns out it was the door's fault. Yep. The door.
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, but it's not all that useful as a gas. Two scientists say they've coaxed it to become a metal, which could be used in ways that would radically change our lives.
The H1N1 flu pandemic killed 17,000 people across the globe between 2009 and 2010. Pretty terrifying. To prevent that from ever happening again, scientists have created a super-detailed computer model of the killer virus.
Something really weird happens between the time you put your dinner in the fridge and the time you heat it up the next day. Once heavenly fried chicken deflates into a soggy mess; perfect salad wilts; even basic pasta turns into dense sludge.
Whether peering towards the centre of the Earth or searching for Jupiter's "warm dense matter," our understanding of a planet's core remains largely theoretical. Europe's newest new laser array, however, can recreate those same intense conditions here on the surface—using diamond anvils and X-ray beams.
Think only jerks can catch a break in this cruel world? Nope. David Rand, a Harvard University researcher, studied the behavior of 800 individuals he recruited through Amazon's Mechanical Turk to prove it.
Ever wished your paper aeroplane would just make itself? Well now it can. Almost. Because scientists have developed a material that can fold itself when you shine light on it, without you ever needing to lay a finger on the thing.
Some frighteningly muscular mice and nematode worms are running and squirming around a laboratory in Switzerland where scientists have genetically manipulated the critters to be harder, faster and stronger.
Here's an easy to way to silence your annoying photographer friends who brag about the megapixels in their expensive DSLRs. The U.S. DoE has just endorsed the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center's proposal to build a 650 ton behemoth of a camera, with a 3.2 billion pixel sensor, that will snap images of the heavens from an observatory being built atop a Chilean mountain.
Insane. There's no other adjective that can describe this mad project. A mad project that is perfectly doable: two 10-foot Tesla Coil towers separated by 260 feet. They will be capable of unleashing the energy of natural lightnings.