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On Sunday, we learned Donald Trump eats his steak well-done with ketchup. If you’ve ever eaten steak—in Trump’s case, an expensive, tender piece of New York strip—you probably know that well-done with ketchup is simply not the way to go. The...
From: Gizmodo | By: Eve Peyser | Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Some days, humans just generally suck. And then there are days when you realize why this planet is trying so hard to just wipe us out.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Rhett Jones | Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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President Donald Trump intends to intensify enforcement of food safety regulations as a cudgel in international trade negotiations, according to leaked recordings of a what appears to be a phone conversation between Trump and Wilbur Ross, his nominee...
From: Gizmodo | By: Brendan O'Connor | Monday, February 27, 2017
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Earlier today, Recode reported that Uber had asked its new SVP of engineering, Amit Singhal to resign after he failed to disclose the circumstances involved in his departure from Google. According to Recode, Singhal resigned from Google in early 2016...
From: Gizmodo | By: Christina Warren | Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Bill Gates made a parody Christmas-themed David S. Pumpkins video in order to promote his Reddit Ask Me Anything on Monday. While the previous sentence is straight out of a piece of dystopian fictional, it’s real, and now I want to die.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Eve Peyser | Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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We are torching our own country annually. While climate change has exacerbated fire season, researchers haven’t really studied how many of those fires are our own damn faults until recently.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Monday, February 27, 2017
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After four years, the “six strikes” Copyright Alert System was shutdown for good last month. Now, a body of content makers and distributors are asking lawmakers to update the DMCA system that has allowed for a more open internet with stricter rules...
From: Gizmodo | By: Rhett Jones | Monday, February 27, 2017
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Hey America, do you ever think to yourself, “Boy, I sure do wish we spent less money protecting the environment and more on guns and bombs and stuff.” You don’t? Well, Donald Trump does, and he’s got a plan to make it happen. It’s going to...
From: Gizmodo | By: Adam Clark Estes | Monday, February 27, 2017
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For the first time ever, the World Health Organization has published a list of the 12 superbugs that pose the greatest threat to human health. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kristen V. Brown | Monday, February 27, 2017
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For pig farmers, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome is a disaster. Once dubbed the “mystery swine disease,” it emerged in the late 1980's on farms in Europe and the US and spread rapidly, causing piglets to die and adult pigs to be afflicted...
From: Gizmodo | By: Kristen V. Brown | Monday, February 27, 2017
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Lots of people went wild last month at the news that scientists had suddenly discovered some sort of physics holy grail: metallic hydrogen, hydrogen that turned into a metal. Gizmodo didn’t buy the hype. Well, according to ScienceAlert, that metal...
From: Gizmodo | By: Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Monday, February 27, 2017
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YouTube, we need to have a talk. It’s been nearly two weeks since Felix Kjellberg—better known as PewDiePie, the single most subscribed personality in YouTube’s history—was dropped by Disney’s Maker Studios over jokes that were perceived as...
From: Gizmodo | By: Bryan Menegus | Monday, February 27, 2017
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Well, here’s a bit of space news we weren’t expecting: Today, future Martian overlord and SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced that in 2018, the company will fly two private citizens around the Moon in its Dragon 2 spacecraft, carried by its extremely...
From: Gizmodo | By: Rae Paoletta | Monday, February 27, 2017
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At the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, we saw two formerly great smartphone brands—Nokia and BlackBerry—try to win their way back into consumers’ hearts with the relaunch of decidedly old-school gadgets. BlackBerry Mobile, whose...
From: Gizmodo | By: Christina Warren | Monday, February 27, 2017
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We got our first glimpse of Boston Dynamics’ newest robot about a month ago after footage leaked from a presentation given by Marc Raibert, the company’s founder. But today we finally have the first official reveal of Handle, and the new video will...
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Monday, February 27, 2017
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America’s coal mining industry has cooled down in recent years. It lost over 200,000 jobs between 2014 and 2016; the latest sorry statistic to cap what’s been a massive downward trend for decades. Expounding on his plan to restore the industry in...
From: Gizmodo | By: Sidney Fussell | Monday, February 27, 2017
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New Zealand’s Kaikoura Canyon—known for its abundant seabed life—is now an undersea wasteland following a series of earthquake-induced mudslides.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: George Dvorsky | Monday, February 27, 2017
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Late last year, top cybersecurity investigators from a private firm and Russian intelligence were arrested in dramatic fashion. One was dragged out of a meeting with a bag over his head. All were disappeared. Details were scare at the time, but revelations...
From: Gizmodo | By: Rhett Jones | Monday, February 27, 2017
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Mobile World Congress is currently happening in Barcelona, and everyone over there is very busy shotgunning sangria and talking about all the announced new phones. Like the LG G6 with its wacky aspect ratio and the Nokia 3310 with its nostalgic design....
From: Gizmodo | By: Alex Cranz | Monday, February 27, 2017
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There’s been an intense debate in my head ever since Nokia introduced the new iteration of its classic 3310. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Carlos Zahumenszky | Monday, February 27, 2017
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Earlier this month, the media was abuzz about “de-extinction,” after Harvard scientist George Church claimed we’d be able to grow a (probably non-viable) wooly mammoth embryo in the next few years. But, in the words of Jeff Goldblum playing Dr....
From: Gizmodo | By: Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Monday, February 27, 2017
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If you’ve wanted a cheap laptop—especially a cheap convertible tablet/laptop hyrbid—Chromebooks have typically been the best option. Sure, we’ve seen some super cheap Windows PCs over the years, but rarely have we seen a $200 Windows convertible....
From: Gizmodo | By: Christina Warren | Monday, February 27, 2017
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When it comes to playing games, I’ve always preferred consoles to computers. Building (or buying) a custom gaming rig can be fun, but I need a dedicated laptop. And gaming laptops can definitely bring the power, but often with a size and battery-life...
From: Gizmodo | By: Christina Warren | Monday, February 27, 2017
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Don’t get me wrong, black holes are cool but they’re also giant voids of terror: These gravitational abysses have been known to snack on stars in occurrences called Tidal Disruption Events (TDEs). It’s always the same horror story—an unsuspecting...
From: Gizmodo | By: Rae Paoletta | Monday, February 27, 2017
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Living under racism as a black person makes one constantly ask themselves questions, chief amongst them “what are non-black people seeing when they look at me?” and its corollary “how much should I care about that shit, anyway?” Get Out dredges...
From: Kotaku | By: Evan Narcisse on io9, shared by Riley MacLeod to Kotaku | Monday, February 27, 2017
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Kotaku Here’s The Official Trailer For Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War | Jalopnik Don’t Fuck With A Ford Explorer | Lifehacker Follow These Four Tips to Become a Better Bar Regular | io9 Could Another Marvel Superhero Be in Guardians of the Galaxy...
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If you tuned out of the teaser for Bright after a few seconds, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was just another gritty police drama starring Will Smith. You have to keep watching to understand just how weird the movie really is.Read more......
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In the market for a brand new, shiny, smart TV? The good news is that there’s more excellent choices out there than ever; the bad news is that working your way through all the options can take up precious time you could be spending binge-watching Westworld....
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Researchers working in the South Pacific have captured stunning footage of a deep-sea jellyfish that looks like a flying saucer with tentacles. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: George Dvorsky | Monday, February 27, 2017
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After two full weeks of narrative progression, I suppose The Walking Dead couldn’t help itself. Huffing and puffing, it stopped its lumbering but steady jog to take five, catch its breath, and show us what’s happening with Negan, his new captive...
From: Io9 | By: Rob Bricken | Monday, February 27, 2017
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Hopping on a well-padded mechanical bull at a bar is already terrifying enough for most people. Trying to survive eight seconds on the real thing at a rodeo is a whole other level of fear, but that still doesn’t come close to the terror of trying to...
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Anker makes our readers’ favorite LED desk lamps, and now you can save $20 on two different models (now branded under Anker’s Eufy brand).Read more......
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Last night, viewers witnessed one of the greatest awards show fuck-ups of all time. After accidentally announcing that La La Land had won Best Picture, producers for the Academy Awards came out and explained that it was all a big mistake. Moonlight had...
From: Gizmodo | By: Matt Novak | Monday, February 27, 2017
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Chris McKay talks about why Nightwing needs his own movie. There’s more talk about the next X-Men film. The screenwriter of Arrival talks up the future of Valiant’s comic book movies. Plus, new footage from Power Rangers, and fantastic new posters...
From: Io9 | By: James Whitbrook | Monday, February 27, 2017
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Today only, Amazon’s deeply discounting a selection of insulated Thermos products that will keep your favorite liquids hot or cold for shockingly long periods of time.Read more......
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Sony makes really, really good cameras. The company’s professional series cameras are currently coveted by even grumpy old pros reluctant to upgrade, and its camera sensors are found not just in Sony products, but in many competitors, too. So its no...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alex Cranz | Monday, February 27, 2017
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The new Sony Xperia Touch is very cool. You watch this tiny 720p laser projector in action, and even when it bugs out and doesn’t immediately respond to your every fat fingered press it’s still so neat you’re almost inclined to not care. But I...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alex Cranz | Monday, February 27, 2017
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On Monday, Trump will announce major cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency as he starts to build the budget for the next fiscal year, according to reports from Axios and the New York Times. A top official reportedly told Axios we can expect “transformational”...
From: Gizmodo | By: Eve Peyser | Monday, February 27, 2017
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Storm chasers combined forces this afternoon to pay tribute to a man who put them on the map by literally putting his initials on their maps. Hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts are checking in to form the letters “BP” with their GPS coordinates.Read...
From: Io9 | By: Rhett Jones on Gizmodo, shared by Beth Elderkin to io9 | Sunday, February 26, 2017
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Scott Pruitt, the recently confirmed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) yesterday. He announced his plans for rolling back regulations and said that what he wants for the agency is...
From: Gizmodo | By: Rhett Jones | Sunday, February 26, 2017
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Less than six months after Samsung’s exploding phone debacle the company is at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. MWC has sometimes been the venue where Samsung’s announces updates to its flagship Galaxy phone brand, but after the exploding...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alex Cranz | Sunday, February 26, 2017
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HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the rights to Nokia’s phone brand licensing for the next ten years, took the stage at MWC in Barcelona today to showcase its first full line of Nokia-branded smartphones. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Michael Nunez | Sunday, February 26, 2017
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For many Americans, life has been darker, bleaker, more difficult since Donald Trump was elected president. The clouds rolled in on November 8, and they have yet to part. Did we slip into an alternative universe, they wonder, where everything is just...
From: Gizmodo | By: Libby Watson | Sunday, February 26, 2017
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Kindle books that inspired films, one of your favorite chef’s knives, and athletic apparel accessories lead off Sunday’s best deals from around the web. Read more......
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been super secretive about Ego the Living Planet, keeping Kurt Russell’s character mostly hidden from the public eye. The closest glimpse we’d had (until now) was an action figure two-pack, but here’s a look at...
From: Io9 | By: Beth Elderkin | Sunday, February 26, 2017
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It’s warm enough to come out of hibernation and start exercising again, and Amazon’s celebrating with a sale on athletic accessories, today only.Read more......
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Smartphone design just isn’t as interesting as it used to be; top phones are all basically beautiful slabs of glass and metal with glimmering displays that make you go “ahhhhh.” Last year, in an effort to combat the boredom, LG launched the G5,...
From: Gizmodo | By: Michael Nunez | Sunday, February 26, 2017
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Earlier this month, ZeniMax won a $500 million lawsuit against Oculus and its parent company Facebook. The court ruled that the VR headset manufacturer had indeed violated the company’s copyrights and a non-disclosure agreement. That half a billion...
From: Gizmodo | By: Rhett Jones | Saturday, February 25, 2017
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If there’s anything Star Wars fans know about Gareth Edwards, it’s that he’s a very hands-on director. A recent demonstration shows how Industrial Light and Magic found a way to bring Edwards’ physical camerawork to the digital stage for Rogue...
From: Gizmodo | By: Beth Elderkin on io9, shared by Rhett Jones to Gizmodo | Saturday, February 25, 2017
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NASA had some big news this past week. No, it wasn’t aliens. It was the next best thing: the discovery of seven new “Earth-sized exoplanets,” a few of which could be hospitable to life. Now, it turns out that Elite: Dangerous actually predicted...
From: Gizmodo | By: Ethan Gach on Kotaku, shared by Rhett Jones to Gizmodo | Saturday, February 25, 2017
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