The Insane Hanging Bridges That Time Forgot 

In retrospect, history's march into the future looks like a smooth catenary arch towards the present. But some technologies don't make it. Sometimes, grand visions of the future only last for a few years—or maybe a few decades. » 2/06/15 6:41pm 2/06/15 6:41pm

9 of the Weirdest Wikipedia Pages We've Ever Seen

With the right state of mind, enough time on your hands, and a can-do attitude/darkened worldview, your casual Wikipedia browsing can quickly devolve into hours spent amongst the site's weird, bizarre, and morbidly fascinating black holes. Making it virtually impossible to uncover all of the site's many dark and… » 1/09/15 12:42pm 1/09/15 12:42pm

27 high tension photos of NATO jets intercepting Russian warplanes

This week interception of Russian warplanes by NATO Typhoon fighters reminds me of the time in which the world was on the brink of total nuclear annihilation, when Soviet forces taunted the Americans to test their defenses. This image collection shows that part of a Cold War that seems reactivated right now. » 6/21/14 9:30am 6/21/14 9:30am

These 7 Bizarre Bus Stops Are All In the Same Tiny Austrian Town

Krumbach, a tiny, 1000-person village in Austrian, has some of the most avant-garde bus stops in the world. In exchange for a weeklong holiday in the village, seven architects designed bus stops that are alternately whimsical, weird, and dazzling. » 5/23/14 10:10am 5/23/14 10:10am

12 Pieces of Tech That Turned the Tide At Normandy

The Allied Invasion of Normandy was one of the single most logistically and strategically complex maneuvers ever concocted by the US military. With a strike force numbering in the hundreds of thousands and the momentum of the entire counter-offensive hanging in the balance, there was simply no room for failure. » 5/20/14 9:24am 5/20/14 9:24am

23 Amazing Soviet Visions For The Future of Transportation

Tekhnika Molodezhi, or "Technology for the Youth," is a Soviet and Russian monthly science magazine that's been published since 1933. Like its U.S. and French counterparts, Popular Mechanics or the Le Petite Journal, the magazine is famous for its spectacular covers—often depicting fantastic scenes from the possible… » 4/24/14 9:47am 4/24/14 9:47am

The 7 Best-Designed Objects of the Year

Later today, the Design Museum will announce its pick for Design of the Year 2014. Since "design" applies to pretty much any object created by humankind, it's a pretty tough to whittle down an entire year's worth of buildings, electronics, apps, and objects to a single winner. Here are the seven finalists they'll be… » 4/23/14 7:30pm 4/23/14 7:30pm

7 Ingenious Trains That Slide Up the Slopes So You Don't Have to

Walk? Like up that giant hill? Yeah, no. This ain't the 15th century, we have funiculars for that now. In fact, here are seven of the swankiest ground-based gondolas to ever put the "fun" in "climbing steep-ass inclines without breaking a sweat." » 4/17/14 9:06am 4/17/14 9:06am

The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2013

We post tons of great images on Gizmodo, from space to science to art to design. Here's a treasure trove of our very favorites that proves that 2013 was, if nothing else, eye-catching. » 12/23/13 3:58pm 12/23/13 3:58pm

31 Levitating Vehicles From the Dawn of the Hovercraft

Hovercrafts are truly amazing vehicles: Whether on land, water, mud or ice, these air-cushioned craft rule the unpaved wilderness. And they were born from a wildly optimistic and experimental era of engineering—as reflected by these incredible early prototypes and designs. » 10/17/13 9:44am 10/17/13 9:44am

9 Classic Posters From the London Tube's 150 Year History

The London Underground secured a place in the pantheon of good graphic design with engineer Harry Beck’s topologic Tube Map from 1933. In addition to that icon, however, the transit system has a pretty substantial history of bringing top-notch visuals to the subterranean masses; posters promoting everything from the… » 8/28/13 10:02am 8/28/13 10:02am

8 Unrealized Buildings That Could've Transformed American Cities

For every existent building in your city, there are a dozen that never came to be. Some plans were abandoned for good reasons (see: LA's 5,000-foot skyscraper), others were abandoned because of legal and financial quandaries. Either way, these forgotten drawings show us what we could've had. » 8/26/13 10:42am 8/26/13 10:42am

18 Gorgeous Images of Job-Stealing Factory Robots

Robots have ruled industrial production for decades in many fields, from the auto industry to food processing and consumer electronics. The Singularity isn't here yet—but in the world of manufacturing, it's been knocking on the door for years. » 7/26/13 11:59am 7/26/13 11:59am

Video: Get Some Tissues Ready; Canepa's Collection is Pure Car Porn

You all know Canepa Design. Based in Northern California, the restoration/racing/tuning shop has been in business nearly 30 years, and is always associated with the "best of the best" in collector and racing vehicles. Sure, they charge a fortune for their services and even more if you want to buy something, but… » 7/01/13 5:29pm 7/01/13 5:29pm

Four Insane 60s Military Prototypes That Crashed and Burned

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If the music‘s anything to go by, pretty much everyone was on something in the ’60s — and that includes the engineers. BAE Systems has recently dug up some totally batshit-crazy ideas that were seriously being kicked around by its ‘crack’ team of engineers, and they’re both totally ridiculous and dangerously awesome. » 6/18/13 3:40pm 6/18/13 3:40pm

19 Hood Ornaments That Turn Luxury Cars into Masterpieces

We saw many gorgeous cars at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza, the most prestigious automotive competition in the world. Of course, it's the cars themselves that took center stage, but I always find the hood ornaments and badges interesting, as well. The sheer level of detail and craft makes them tiny pieces of art,… » 6/03/13 9:08am 6/03/13 9:08am

10 DIY Iron Man Suits That Give Tony Stark a Run for His Money

Iron Man has finally returned to theaters across the country, inevitably leaving a lot of us lusting for our own set of red and gold armor. But it turns out that billions of dollars, a genius IQ, and the magic of Hollywood aren't required to realize that dream. At least, not for these brilliant amateur creations. » 5/03/13 10:29am 5/03/13 10:29am

25 Bizarre Aircraft That Don't Look Like They Should Fly

Aerospace engineers have come up with some revolutionary forward-thinking amazing straight-up insane designs. Sometimes these dreams never make it off the drawing board, but sometimes—some wonderful times—they become real. And when these alien bodies lift off into the firmament, it's like watching a spaceship… » 1/22/13 11:27am 1/22/13 11:27am

10 James Bond Gadgets That Actually Exist—And One That Needs To

There have been 23 Bond movies made In the past 50 years—full of lethal, handy, futuristic, awesome, and sometimes funny gadgets. Most are still too fantastic to be real, but some have transcended the silver screen to become naturalized residents of the Real World. These are our favorites. » 12/17/12 1:20pm 12/17/12 1:20pm

The 19 Most Badass Spy Planes

There is little in the world that can match the simultaneous awesomeness and mystery of a spy plane. These are the paragon of modern innovation, yet largely pass invisible above us. They decide battles and wars, yet only a few lucky soldiers get to see them. Blah blah blah words. Let's look at some incredible… » 12/05/12 8:59am 12/05/12 8:59am