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This Unbelievably Ripped 70-Year-Old Man Is Not A Cyborg (I Think)

Holy cow. Now this is how you take care of your body. And this is how you live your life. And this is how you maximise your potential. Meet Sam ‘Sonny’ Bryant Jr. He’s a 70-year-old bodybuilder who doesn’t look a day over 40 and has a ridiculously ripped body that puts everyone younger than him to shame. His muscles look so good that I think they’re CGI. Or that Sonny is actually some cyborg. Or a time traveller.


Science Confirms That Old People Really Do Have A Smell

Think back to when you were a child visiting your grandparent’s home. Do you recall a distinct scent when you walked through the door? Many people do and it turns out, it’s not just in your head.


What Outdated Tech Do You Miss The Most?

Technology is always marching on, and for the most part, that’s a good thing. Gadgets get more efficient, more powerful, cheaper, smaller, all around nicer. But for every innovation that you don’t know how you ever lived without, there’s something — usually something little — that you miss. What old, antiquated gadget makes your heart swell with nostalgia, even if it’s demonstrably inferior to what followed it in just about every single way?


Back In The Day, Everything Was Sold In Vending Machines

The other day I stumbled upon one of those futuristic vending machines that sell ridiculous items that I’d never buy from a vending machine. There was no way in hell I was dropping 200 bucks in that machine just to see an iPod get stuck. Ah, vending machines, when did they get so complicated?


What The Heck Was A Comptometer?

This 1942 ad for a comptometer is just perfect because first of all, I had no idea what a comptometer was (a mechanical calculator, basically) and second, the spec sheet is wonderful: no glare dials, elimination of non-essential zeroes, and a “Keystroke Censor.”


What's The Oldest Gadget You Still Regularly Use?

Just because it’s not the new model doesn’t mean it’s not worth using. But how far back does your regular gadget usage stretch?


HP's Virtual Tech Museum Is Full Of Retromodo Goodness

If you loved last week’s timewarp back to Gizmodo ’79, then you’ll probably get a kick out of HP’s Virtual Tech Museum, an online repository for users to share photos of their old gadgets. Plus, prizes!


Drawings of Early Microscopes Show Artistry in the Pursuit of Science

Ah, where would science be if not for the contributions of the humble microscope? Did you know that the development of the world’s first microscope began in 11th century Iraq, when scientist and polymath Ibn al-Haytham recorded all sorts of data about lenses, binocular vision, mirrors and observable properties of light his The Book of Optics? That would make this pioneering technology more than a thousand years old. BibliOdyssey has amassed a great collection of drawings of pre-20th century microscopes and some of them look more like art pieces than instruments of science. Check out my favourites: [Bibliodyssey via MAKE]


Laser Windshield System Keeps the Elderly Driving Longer For Some Reason

Which sounds like a better way to make the roads safer: rescind drivers licenses from people who are very old and have failing vision, or create a fancy system with lasers to allow them to keep driving. If you answered the latter, you’re in the same camp as General Motors. They’re hard at work on a fancy new windshield that uses lasers, infrared sensors and a camera to make it easier for your decrepit old granddad to see just where the hell he’s going.


19th Century Blogs Now Available Online

You may have noticed that we’ve got a bit of a Windows Vista takeover happening at the moment on Gizmodo. Part of that is having a hub dedicated to Vista, where Microsoft’s “Professional Geek” Nick Hodge is blogging about helpful Vista features. One of the things he’s mentioned – Turning the Pages 2.0 – is actually pretty awesome.

Essentially, it’s digitised versions of 19th century (and older) diaries, books and records that you can read and flick through using Silverlight (there’s also a plain Vista version as well). It’s been done in conjunction with the British Library, and offers 15 of the library’s most precious books up for you to read.

I hope that one day, in 150 years time, whatever technology has replaced blogs will come up with some awesome method of rediscovering everything you’re reading today on Giz AU.

[Turning The Pages 2.0 via Giz AU's Vista Hub]