When Tesla’s Powerwall battery energy storage system was first announced, solar-friendly Australians went mad for it. A relatively cheap integrated system that could hook up to the grid and to rooftop solar panels, the Powerwall is one of the first widely-available technologies that could reduce users’ reliance on energy delivered via the national electricity grid. And now, one of the first Powerwall batteries to be installed in Australia is already bolted to the outside wall of a home in western Sydney.
Goop published an interview about “protecting yourself from wifi & mobile phone toxicity” yesterday with a nutritionist whose genre of “detoxification” diet advice has been called “tantamount to fraud” by an actual doctor.
The world already has quite a few (and very good) zombie board games: Last Night on Earth, Dead of Winter, Zombicide… the list goes on. But if you officially slap “The Walking Dead” on a new miniatures game, the competition doesn’t matter, because it’s going to sell like hot, fleshy blood cakes.
The sounds bamboo chopsticks emit when they’re snapped in half are remarkably similar to the laws that govern the magnitude and frequency of earthquakes. Such insights could one day help engineers determine more precisely when a bridge or dam, for instance, might be about to fail.
It’s almost the weekend, and that means you should book in another Gizmodo movie night. This week we’re getting animated, bringing you worlds and stories only drawings and computer graphics could create.
While Telstra may be considered by some as the devil incarnate, the company is doing its part for the environment — it recently switched a couple of its metropolitan exchanges in Victoria over to solar power. Hey, it’s got to stoke the fires of the demonic telephone afterlife somehow.
Astronauts fired this small, rectangular hunk from the International Space Station today. The payload will separate into two autonomous satellites as part of a research program to take us one tiny step closer towards making asteroid mining a reality.
The definition of “art” might be incorporeal at best, but it’s easy enough to look at something and go “Yes, [object] is appealing to one/three/five of my sensory organs”. Firmly in this category is the “Babel Tower”, a spinning stack of mirrors created by artist Shirin Abedinirad.
The cosmos is littered with clouds of star-forming gas, but few are as well studied as the Smith Cloud, set to crash into our galaxy in 30 million years. God-fearing humans might ask: Where did this unholy dust ball come from, and why is it heading straight for us? Now, science has the answer.
It’s a giant galactic fart, expelled from the Milky Way 70 million years ago and back to bite us in the arse.