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This is one of the greatest/saddest highlight reels I’ve ever seen from a U.S. government hearing on climate change. Last week, the Committee on National Resources got experts and politicians together to explore whether climate change and carbon emissions...
From: Gizmodo | By: Annalee Newitz | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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When a company or website you trust gets hacked, it can be pretty unnerving. Particularly if you trusted that company with your credit card or medical information . But what if the hackers had knowledge of your sex life instead? That could be a reality:...
From: Gizmodo | By: Sean Hollister | Friday, May 22, 2015
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This is a story about how the U.S. military built a lavish headquarters in Afghanistan that wasn’t needed, wasn’t wanted and wasn’t ever used at a cost to American taxpayers of at least $25 million.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Megan McCloskey and Vince Dixon - ProPublica | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Gawker Josh Duggar Accused of Molesting Several Sisters as a Teen: Reports | io9 What’s Wrong With The Supergirl Trailer? Everything And Nothing. | Jalopnik It’s Time For America To Give Its Allies The A-10 | Lifehacker Why Chrome Uses So Much Freaking...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jane-Claire Quigley | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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One of the wonderful things about our nation’s Copyright Act is found under Section 105, which stipulates that the stuff government agencies—like NASA—create is free for anyone to use. Which makes projects like this space-plastered wallpaper possible....
From: Gizmodo | By: Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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The health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has announced that a cyber attack has stolen 1.1 million records of both current and former members.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Jamie Condliffe | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Yesterday, PayPal agreed to pay customers $15 million for ripping them off over the past few years. After I wrote about it, reader horror stories started flooding my inbox and comments.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kate Knibbs | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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The weather isn’t great and the pubs close too early and the food is often better in other cities and yet London is still one of the capitals of the world and is packed with so much history. Photographer Vincent LaForet took these amazing aerial shots...
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Flames. Burgers. Maybe some veggies, too. Memorial Day weekend is coming up, and as we grill away our three-day weekend, let’s take some photos of it.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Mark Wilson | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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The tiny, constricting footprint of Manhattan is one of the things that turned it into a real estate juggernaut. At the same time, developers and futurists have dreamt of permanently expanding the city into the water around it. And they’re still trying.Read...
From: Gizmodo | By: Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan | Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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After the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a complaint against PayPal today, the company quickly agreed to refund $15 million to customers it ripped off over the past few years. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kate Knibbs | Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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Hope you’ve already checked out of work on this pre-Memorial Day Friday because this site might eat your long weekend for breakfast. Over 40,000 vintage photos of New York City from the New York Public Library archives have been geotagged to a Google...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Driving is the most dangerous thing most people do. It’s also something for which they likely have no or minimal training. Before you hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, let’s look at how to make it more survivable. Read more......
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Even if Pebble is truly having financial difficulties , the show will go on. The company writes that the first batch of Pebble Time smartwatches will ship to backers on May 27th, and that every backer should receive a shipment tracking number by mid-June....
From: Gizmodo | By: Sean Hollister | Friday, May 22, 2015
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The fear of genetically-modified creatures escaping from the lab is the basis for a thousand sci-fi stories, but it’s also a legitimate concern. That’s why genetic engineers are inventing kill switches, or genetically-encoded suicide triggers, for...
From: Gizmodo | By: Sarah Zhang | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Hungarian photographer Zoltán Vanik captured this stunning panoramic image of Budapest, enlightened by dozens of lightning bolts during a severe thunderstorm a few days ago. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Attila Nagy | Friday, May 22, 2015
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A few weeks ago we showed you images of incredible robotic library logistics , including the Telelift system of the National Széchényi Library in Budapest, Hungary. Last week I had a special opportunity to visit that library and take a look at its...
From: Gizmodo | By: Attila Nagy | Friday, May 22, 2015
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The effect that weather has on air traffic delays is probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of aviation.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Stagg - QUORA | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Google’s hoping there’s a market for sophisticated artificial intelligence voice assistants you can hug. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kate Knibbs | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Design by committee is usually a recipe for a hot pile of garbage. Design by a committee of two million? It’s not as bad as you’d think.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan | Friday, May 22, 2015
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It seems like every other week a new robot restaurant opens in China. Meanwhile, you know who hasn’t opened a robot restaurant in basically forever? America. That’s right. Forget our students’ math test scores and our number of fighter jets, China...
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Technology is a conquerer. The evidence can be seen in mounds of dead pagers, flip phones, and CDs. When companies and startups agree to kill something off, it’s usually not long for this world. But one piece of tech has become an unkillable cockroach—the...
From: Gizmodo | By: Darren Orf | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Facebook, like many Silicon Valley giants, has a mythology that’s used to indoctrinate workers. To help spread this ancestral origin story, Facebook enlisted its in-house print shop to publish a book of cultish aphorisms to guide inductees towards...
From: Gizmodo | By: Mario Aguilar | Friday, May 22, 2015
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The Guinness World Records says that Catalina Alexandru Duru just pulled off the farthest flight ever traveled on a real life hoverboard: 905 feet and 2 inches. You can see him rise up 16 feet in the air on the hoverboard and then start cruising through...
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High school sophomore Brynn Myers decided to tackle a forensics topic for her science fair project this year. And in the process, she discovered how to commit murder and hide the evidence thoroughly.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Annalee Newitz | Friday, May 22, 2015
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A team of geneticists is ready to unlock the secrets behind Internet celebrity cat Lil Bub’s unique appearance.Read more......
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I use a 15-inch MacBook Pro and one of several Android phones laying around the Gizmodo office, and sharing content between those two ecosystems is a bunch of garbage. Third-party apps like the fantastic Pushbullet app every phone should have help, but...
From: Gizmodo | By: Darren Orf | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Last year, the Qatari government promised to, uh, get better about using forced labor to build the stadiums and infrastructure it needs to host the World Cup in 2020. But according to a new report from Amnesty International, nothing has changed.Read...
From: Gizmodo | By: Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Here’s a ludicrous rumor we’re going to explore because the thought of Kanye West and Apple and Dr. Dre doing something together makes me want to throw a cartoonishly large old-time cash register off a building just to watch millions float away in...
From: Gizmodo | By: Mario Aguilar | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Windows 10 is set to mark a sea change in the way Microsoft’s OS works, but even the modern-looking Windows 8.1 carries a bunch of legacy tools and apps that you may not know about. One of those is the Task Scheduler, a built-in utility enabling you...
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Gawker Josh Duggar Confirms Teen Molestation Reports | io9 Jon Snow Is the Hero of Coldplay’s Game of Thrones Musical | Jalopnik Parallel Parking On Driving Tests Is Pointless | Lifehacker How to Respond to Your Child’s Emotional Meltdown and Help...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jane-Claire Quigley | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Setting up a projector-based home theater might seem like a daunting task, but the payoffs are fantastic, and the projector you need to get started is down to $500 today, an all-time low on Amazon by nearly $200.Read more......
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This is basically watching a ballet of wood chopping. This video shows Seattle’s largest elm tree get carefully cut down piece by piece in an urban area with perfect placement of ropes and the expert use of a crane and the daring knowhow of climbers....
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Do you use an electric kettle to make tea? Then you’re using way too much water and too much power heating an overfilled vessel. But! We found this cool new Kickstarter project that saves energy and looks sleek in a kitchen.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Bryan Lufkin | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Facebook is today rolling out a new feature for its Messenger app that will tell you who’s trying to get in touch—with a big photo, description of your connection and other public information—the first time they contact you.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Jamie Condliffe | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Judging by this great photo, I think sailor Ryan Draper is doing pretty well. Here, he inspects an F/A-18 afterburner in the jet shop aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Let’s hope it doesn’t suddenly start. [Mass...
From: Gizmodo | By: Attila Nagy | Friday, May 22, 2015
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When magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners reach the end of their lifetime, hospitals have to deal with a large piece of electronic waste, stuffed with potentially dangerous parts. Unless a physics lab can make use of them.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Attila Nagy | Friday, May 22, 2015
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When we think of diabetes, we tend to think of rich people with poor lifestyles. A chronic disease linked with obesity, heart disease and worse outcomes for some infectious diseases, diabetes tends to be associated in our minds with wealth, excess and...
From: Gizmodo | By: Dr Alessandro Demaio | Friday, May 22, 2015
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While this star was discovered decades ago, it’s the first time researchers have seen it up close—and it’s brought with it some surprises. But none of that explains why NASA chooses to call it Nasty One.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Jamie Condliffe | Friday, May 22, 2015
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If you’re trying to sign up for Google’s Project Fi , you may be in for a wait. Google warns that demand has been so high that it may take until mid-summer for all of their requests to be processed.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Jamie Condliffe | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Earlier this year, Uber announced that it was joining forces with Carnegie Mellon Univeristy to create its own autonomous taxis. Now, the first cars labelled “Uber Advanced Technologies Center” have been spotted driving around the roads of Pittsburgh.Read...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jamie Condliffe | Friday, May 22, 2015
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And now after nine long months, they have some data signal to send it over Snpachat, too. [Wumo]Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Jamie Condliffe | Friday, May 22, 2015
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London’s recent Hatton Garden heist was a burglary that to all intents and purposes appeared to be taken from a work of fiction. A daring raid that involved climbing down lift shafts, drilling through a reinforced concrete wall, gaining entry to a...
From: Gizmodo | By: Emma Rixon | Friday, May 22, 2015
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You may have noticed some news around these weird sounding devices that measure “arousal”. They don’t. But they do measure changes in penile shape, and as such, can give users a rough estimate – in a non-invasive way – of how much blood is...
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What’s more expensive than living in New York? Living in an apartment in a popular, swiftly gentrifying part of New York when your landlord jacks up the rent to try to squeeze you out. So what do you do to prevent this from happening? Invent ghosts.Read...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Today we learned that the only person in the office excited about Microsoft’s Outlook updates was one of the youngest amongst us. Who can predict what the kids today will be into? More importantly for our purposes, what will the youth of tomorrow be...
From: Gizmodo | By: Kaila Hale-Stern | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Last week’s horrific Amtrak crash surfaced new concerns about the US’s neglect of its rail infrastructure, with blame falling on Congress for failing to allocate enough money to upgrade the system for safety. The truth is that trains would be the...
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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is undeniably fascinating: This concrete slab that juts out of the barren snowscape may represent humanity’s last hope in an apocalypse . But recently, plant scientists have questioned its mission. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Sarah Zhang | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Right now, the cost of studying the atmosphere of a distant planet or moon is a multi-million dollar mission. But NASA is working to make space exploration way more affordable—using cheap, lightweight CubeSats.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kiona Smith-Strickland | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Microsoft Outlook has the distinction of being one of the world’s most widely-used email and calendaring systems — and the one that arouses the most profound indifference in its users. So we found the only person in our office who is non-ironically...
From: Gizmodo | By: Annalee Newitz | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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