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I think about big, cheap batteries for a living, so I stayed up late and listened to the Tesla announcement . My first thoughts: These are fantastic prices for an uninterruptible power supply—but still expensive as day to day electricity.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Dan Steingart | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Tesla unveiled a new product line at its design studio in LA tonight. It’s called Tesla Energy and it’s a suite of batteries for homes and for businesses. The existence of the batteries has been one of the worst kept secrets of all time. But we are...
From: Gizmodo | By: Matt Novak | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Elon Musk will take the stage at Tesla’s design studio tonight at 11:30 pm EDT to announce the company’s newest products: a highly anticipated battery for home use as well as a more mysterious “utility-scale” battery. And you can watch it all...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Deadspin This Is How Las Vegas Protects Floyd Mayweather | io9 Real Places On Earth So Surreal, They Look Like Alien Landscapes | Jezebel Crisis Pregnancy Center Papers School With Sexist-As-Hell Prom Poster | Lifehacker Why You May Want to Consider...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jane-Claire Quigley | Friday, May 1, 2015
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The photographer Elizabeth Moss has decided to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s high-end photograph retouching. In a series of time-lapse videos, she boils down hours of laborious retouching into mere seconds, and the results are pretty...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jamie Condliffe | Friday, May 1, 2015
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The folks over at the Reply All podcast had a brilliant idea: they’ve declared April 30th “Email Debt Forgiveness Day.” This is a chance to catch up on those emails you’ve meant to send or are anxiously avoiding. Holy crap, is this ever my holiday....
From: Gizmodo | By: Kaila Hale-Stern | Thursday, April 30, 2015
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From Captain Crunch to miso soup, we all eat differently each morning. It’s highly regional. It’s remarkably personal. It’s your breakfast. For this week’s Shooting Challenge, photograph your breakfast.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Mark Wilson | Thursday, April 30, 2015
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Elon Musk announced Tesla’s home / business battery today. tl;dr: It’ll get enthusiastic early adopters to buy. The economics are almost there to make it cost effective for a wide market. And within just a few years, it almost certainly will be cheap...
From: Gizmodo | By: Ramez Naam | Sunday, May 3, 2015
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Space missions get all the hype, but NASA Aeronautics is doing some pretty rad stuff, too. Their ten engine, unmanned electric plane, for instance, has just successfully transitioned from hover mode to wing-borne flight and back again.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Maddie Stone | Sunday, May 3, 2015
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If you need a last minute Mother’s day gift idea (or if you just happen like reading yourself), Amazon’s knocking $20 off the Kindle and highly-rated Kindle Paperwhite today. The Kindle Voyage isn’t included this time around, but the Paperwhite...
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Free Android apps are getting a bit promiscuous. That, at least, is the conclusion of a group of security researchers, who find that poorly vetted apps on Google Play are connecting to a massive number of ad and tracking sites—without user being any...
From: Gizmodo | By: Maddie Stone | Sunday, May 3, 2015
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There’s no question emojis have become wildly popular. But on Instagram, the familiar happy faces, hearts and kissing lips are more than just a cute shorthand. They’re on their way to becoming the dominant, universal form of communication.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Maddie Stone | Sunday, May 3, 2015
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It’s happening across the world, from grasslands to savannas to forest to deserts. Earth’s wild ecosystems are emptying out and falling silent.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Maddie Stone | Sunday, May 3, 2015
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Want to live in a space city? You can’t move there next week, but artist Micah Ganske has designed an incredible VR experience where you drive a small spacecraft through an O’Neill cylinder, a massive tube-shaped space habitat that spins to create...
From: Gizmodo | By: Annalee Newitz | Saturday, May 2, 2015
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You know what made the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer especially great? A distinct lack of Jar Jar Binks. But some people, it seems, just want to watch the world burn.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Maddie Stone | Saturday, May 2, 2015
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The United States has only 5 % of the world’s population, but 25 % of its prisoners. The biggest contributing factor to our booming prison population? Drugs, drugs, and more drugs.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Maddie Stone | Saturday, May 2, 2015
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Astronomers watching a small red dwarf star 500 light years away were surprised to notice a brief dip in its already dim light. But they quickly identified the source of the change: the darker mass of a planet passing between the distant star and our...
From: Gizmodo | By: Kiona Smith-Strickland | Saturday, May 2, 2015
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Move over, Seattle and New York. Philly may not be a first-gen adopter, but I’m proud to say my city’s pay-t0-ride biking service, which debuted last week, is already a smash hit, with over 8,000 rides and 2,400 new members in its first week alone.Read...
From: Gizmodo | By: Maddie Stone | Saturday, May 2, 2015
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After a winter of record-low precipitation and record-high temperatures, I almost can’t bear to look at the wildfire forecast for summer. But here it is. And boy, is it ugly.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Saturday, May 2, 2015
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JJ Abrams’s rotundly adorable new BB-8 droids are already primed to steal the spotlight in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But if you were wondering whether the droids could get any cuter, the answer is, yes, if Apple got involved.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Maddie Stone | Saturday, May 2, 2015
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The Duchess of Cambridge had her long overdue baby this morning, two days in advance of the full moon. The only reason I bring up the moon is that yesterday, the media was reporting that a full moon Monday might just trigger a royal birth. Only thing...
From: Gizmodo | By: Maddie Stone | Saturday, May 2, 2015
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Ever wake up in the morning thinking “man, I sure wish I could combine my beach house and my yacht”? Probably not, because most of us don’t have the financial assets to even hypothetically entertain such wild ideas. Enter the “X-EASY” yacht,...
From: Gizmodo | By: Maddie Stone | Saturday, May 2, 2015
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Today only, Amazon’s offering fantastic prices on a variety of KitchenAid gear, including spatulas, food processors, and immersion blenders, but the star of the show is obviously the refurbished 6-qt. professional stand mixer for $180, in either black,...
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The GOP is trying to eviscerate NASA’s Earth science program. At best, the House Science Committee’s new budget proposal would slash NASA’s Earth science funding by $300 million. At worst, the Earth sciences stand to lose over half a billion federal...
From: Gizmodo | By: Maddie Stone | Saturday, May 2, 2015
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Floppy disks . Cheating schemes . Drunken bar antics . The security of America’s nuclear arms is... less than perfect. And now, more critics are questioning the outdated policies that regulate them. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Most of the narratives about California’s drought focus on the state’s Central Valley, where the nonexistent snowpack from the Sierras is threatening the economic vitality of the region. But the other, lesser told story is playing out in the southeast...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Urine tests target everything from kidney disease to ganja use, but now something surprising can be added to the list: your risk of becoming overweight. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Bryan Lufkin | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Here’s yet another snag for the embattled Boeing 787 Dreamliner : The Federal Aviation Administration today warned of an alarming software glitch, in which the power can cut out and cause the pilot to lose control in the middle of a flight. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Sarah Zhang | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Fizzics is a new gadget that’s precision engineered to perfectly pour your beer. It’s an impressively designed toy. I just tried it, and OK, maybe I’m a little drunk, but I think I’m in love. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Mario Aguilar | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Many drone businesses—like aerial pizza delivery!—don’t make sense when FAA rules require that humans have a clear line of sight to an aircraft. But the FAA’s drone boss just told us that naked eyes won’t always be a requirement.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Sean Hollister | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Deadspin Here’s Floyd Mayweather’s Son’s Note Telling How His Dad Beat His Mom | io9 An Undersea Volcano May Be Erupting Off The US Northwest Coast | Jalopnik Ten Old Car Video Games That Are Still Great Today | Lifehacker The Items That are Cheaper...
From: Gizmodo | By: Jane-Claire Quigley | Friday, May 1, 2015
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John McAfee—you know, the bizarre, eccentric millionaire behind famous anti-virus software —says teenage girls are texting in the shower. And people are SPYING on them doing it. That just sounds ridiculous (no, not the spying thing, that’s actually...
From: Gizmodo | By: Sean Buckley | Friday, May 1, 2015
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A medium-sized commercial weed grow with around 50 lights stands to save about $13,500 in electricity costs a year with the use of two Tesla Batteries. Those will also protect the plants in case of power outages while making the operation less visible...
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Deep-space radiation is a serious but largely unquantified threat to astronauts making a long trip to Mars. A new study in mice is discouraging: Space-like levels of radiation exposure damaged their neurons, giving the mice cognitive problems.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Sarah Zhang | Friday, May 1, 2015
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It started as an April Fool’s Day lark, but a digital button placed on Reddit just one month ago has spurred a complex, sprawling online community, with offshoots that consider themselves spiritual orders.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kate Knibbs | Friday, May 1, 2015
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WikiLeaks is accepting submissions again, after a nearly five-year hiatus. Anyone who wants to submit a document can do so by accessing a new Tor site to anonymously upload whatever scandalous files you’ve obtained. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Kate Knibbs | Friday, May 1, 2015
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As rescue efforts in Nepal begin to shift to recovery mode, relief workers in the earthquake-ravaged country are focusing on infrastructure—including the catastrophic loss of so many historic structures. And increasingly, they’re using emerging technology...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Last night, I donned a Microsoft HoloLens for the second time. It was incredible. I could see objects made of light appear in the real world—and this time, I could freely walk around them without a tether. I even built my own holographic app. It felt...
From: Gizmodo | By: Sean Hollister | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Last month, a microbiology lab in Nottingham, England made international headlines when it unearthed a substance that kills methicillin-resistant staph, one of the deadliest superbugs of modern times. The most astounding part about the find? It was a...
From: Gizmodo | By: Maddie Stone | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Cartilaginous fishes, like sharks and rays, are blessed with something called “claspers,” dual sperm-releasing tubes jutting from their pelvic fins. Thanks to a recent study, the mystery of the sea critters’ double dongs has been solved.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Bryan Lufkin | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference wraps up today, and as we pack away our (metaphorical/emotional) lanyards and look forward, we’re mostly excited about how Microsoft’s latest consumer electronics fever dream is shaping up.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Mario Aguilar | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Insulting news, residents of Chattanooga! Comcast will soon offer its 2 Gigabit-per-second fiber internet service to some 200,000 customers in the area. Why insulting? Because just a few years ago Comcast sued Chattanooga’s utility board for building...
From: Gizmodo | By: Adam Clark Estes | Friday, May 1, 2015
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The first Avengers movie was the first film to capture the scale and vibrancy of a comic book on screen . The sequel, Age of Ultron, marks a smaller but still significant advance: This is the first movie to make superheroes feel larger than normal people......
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Cervical cancer can be deadly and is treatable if caught early — which makes regular screenings really important. But according to clinical guidelines released yesterday by the American College of Physicians, many women are getting screened far too...
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Want a thin gaming laptop? We have a whole guide for that —but the ASUS G501 wasn’t the best laptop on our list. In fact, I kind of dismissed it with just three sentences. It deserves more. Let’s take a slightly deeper look.Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Sean Buckley | Friday, May 1, 2015
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On the heels of rioting over police violence in Baltimore, the Justice Department announced today that the Obama administration will be giving local police departments $20 million in grants to buy body cameras for their officers. Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Adam Clark Estes | Friday, May 1, 2015
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In Los Angeles, the transition from spring to summer is heralded by the blooming of jacarandas, a photogenic tree that explodes in bright lavender fireworks and sprinkles flowers across the city like purple rain. But as I Instagrammed my sneakers against...
From: Gizmodo | By: Alissa Walker | Friday, May 1, 2015
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It’s a heartwrenching decision: either get that expensive tattoo removal, or live a life without an Apple Watch. Or, as Apple suggests, put on a heart rate monitor instead. The company has quietly confirmed that tattoos screw with the watch’s heart...
From: Gizmodo | By: Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan | Friday, May 1, 2015
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Nobody wants to say it outright, but the Apple Watch sucks. So do most smartwatches. Every time I use my beautiful Moto 360, its lack of functionality makes me despair. But the problem isn’t our gadgets. It’s that the future of consumer tech isn’t...
From: Gizmodo | By: Annalee Newitz | Friday, May 1, 2015
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An eReader lets travelers bring thousands of books with them on their journeys, but what if each of those stories was customized to wherever they happened to be at the moment? Read more......
From: Gizmodo | By: Andrew Liszewski | Friday, May 1, 2015
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