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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Has Crashed, Possible Casualties — Virgin Galactic is reporting that there has been an "in-flight anomoly" aboard SpaceShip Two. There are unconfirmed reports that one of the two pilots is dead. #SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly. Additional info and statement forthcoming.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @paleofuture: We now have photos of SpaceShipTwo's tragic explosion today from the Associated Press…

Oct 31, 2014

Bad week for commercial space flight. @virgingalactic SpaceShip 2 crashes, killing one…

Oct 31, 2014

"I am here to say that they took this pilot's life and this engine still would not have gotten customers to space"…

Oct 31, 2014

We're continually updating our post on the @virgingalactic SpaceShipTwo crash, right here:…

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A Giant Drill Came This Close to Tearing Through a Packed NYC Subway Car — A whole bunch of Queens commuters almost got to star in their very own horror movie yesterday when a rogue contractor accidentally bored through an F-train subway tunnel with a 10-inch drill bit. So, uh, happy Halloween-or something.

The Guy Who Patented the Ouija Board Has a Oujia Board Gravestone — If you're really serious about communicating with the dead, one would guess you'd get the best reception with an Ouija board that's conveniently installed in a cemetery. This is the headstone of Elijah Bond, who patented the Ouija board, the beloved game that's entertained and terrified people for over a century.

Egg Freezing: How We Reschedule Nature With Liquid Nitrogen — Egg freezing has recently jumped from an expensive and rare medical procedure to a recognized backup plan for women pushing up against the biological cutoff for conception. But what exactly are you signing up for?

There's No Wrong Way to Shoot a Reese's With a High-Speed Camera — Using a slight variation on the famous high-speed camera set-up by Doc Edgerton, the Edgerton Center at MIT shot a .22 caliber rifle through three peanut butter cups and captured this perfect image. Three peanut butter cups were harmed in the photographing of this photograph. [MIT]

10 More Viral Images That Are Actually Fake — The fakes are coming! The fakes are coming! Today we have 10 more images you may have seen floating around the internet recently. But don't believe your lying eyes. They're all totally fake. No, these aren't photos of Earth's lights from space. As PicPedant points out, they're actually visualizations of Flickr and Twitter geolocations.

These Street Portraits Are the Most Beautiful Tribute to Halloween — We are all bombarded with droves of kitschy, over-the-top representations of Halloween every year. That's why it's so refreshing to look at the stunning work of the photographer who calls himself Joey L. His black and white portraits taken in Brooklyn in 2010 embrace the softer side of our bizarre dress-up rituals.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @strobist: Yo JoeyL made Giz: RT @Gizmodo: These street portraits are most beautiful tribute to Halloween

How China Is Making Tiny Islands Inhabitable With Huge Floating Docks — The Spratly Islands are basically mounds of sand in the middle of the South China Sea, some of them barely tall enough to reach above the water. But China is hell-bent on making them inhabitable, even drawing up plans for floating energy and water plants.

NASA Carves Pumpkins Better Than You Ever Could — Put a man on the Moon? Sure. Establish a continuously orbiting zero-gravity laboratory? Easy. Parachute a rover onto Mars? Ain't no thang. Okay, fine NASA, but can you carve a pumpkin? Oh snap, yeah you can. This video of NASA JPL's annual pumpkin carving contest comes to us from our good friend, former NASA engineer Mark Rober.

Roku Now Has Google Play, Is Pretty Much Unstoppable — Roku was already the best little streaming device money could buy. But now, Google has gone and given Roku access to all your Google Play goodies. Which, more than just being an unprecedented move on Google's part, makes Roku pretty much unstoppable.


A Sidecar That Lets Strollers Accommodate an Extra Passenger — So that first baby was a success, and you're thinking about adding a second to your family's roster, but that expensive stroller you bought only accommodates a single passenger who isn't ready to walk yet. You can either give up on the idea of having more kids, or consider this collapsible stroller sidecar that easily doubles your pram's capacity.
Oct 31, 2014

Now even babies can have wingmen: Sidecar lets strollers accommodate an extra passenger:

Halloween Still Smells Like a Plastic Pumpkin Pail — I was never a pillowcase kid. Fill the sheets that I put my head on with the goods, risking an errant Mr. Goodbar besmirching my sleeping quarters? No thanks. Besides, a pillowcase would need to go in the wash eventually. My plastic pumpkin was a dedicated trick-or-treating device.
Oct 31, 2014

There are two kinds of kids: pillowcase or pail. I was proudly pro-pumpkin pail…

Oct 31, 2014

I wrote about the true smell of Halloween: Co-mingled candy in a plastic pumpkin pail

Facebook Just Created a Custom Tor Link and That's Awesome — Facebook is often criticized over privacy concerns, but the social network just made a historic move in the name of security and anonymity. The social network just created a dedicated Tor link that ensures people who visit the site from the anonymous web browser won't be mistaken for botnets.

Kids Will Love These Bandages That Make Cuts Look Far Worse — Has anyone ever put on a bandage and had it perfectly match their skin color? No, not even close. That's why printing bandages with fun or stylish designs makes a lot more sense.

Call Center Worker Suspended for Answering Calls With Robot Voice — Working at a call center sucks. Like, it universally sucks, and everybody knows it. That's what makes the story of the loyal New York City employee who was just suspended for 20 days for allegedly answering incoming calls in a robot voice so frustrating. C'mon guys, let the bored employees have a little bit of fun.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @Gizmodo Call center employee suspended for answering calls with robot voice

The First Internet Troll — Trolls are shitting all over our internet. You can hardly search for something as innocuous as "dog" on Google without coming across inflammatory attacks on every possible dog-related opinion under the sun. All horrible things have to crawl before they can walk/crush spirits, though. Even trolls.

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou in the style of Kubricks' The Shining — It's hard to turn an optimistic movie as full of light and absurd humor as Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou into a dark horror movie that tells the story of a man turned mad-man in the style of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining-but our video magician Iván Róbert did it.

Seth Rogen Will Play Woz To Christian Bale's Steve Jobs In The New Biopic — Variety is reporting that Seth Rogen's got the part as Woz.