Robot Dogs, Space Gardening, and Tumblr’s Porn Ban: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It hasn’t been a great week for tech giants, a few of whom were taken to task for all manner of questionable ethics or decision-making. Facebook, reliable nuisance that it is, knew that tracking who you call is messed up but did it anyway. Tumblr announced a ban on porn, which will invariably lead to further …Read more...
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Transcript Reveals Jamal Khashoggi's Last Words at Saudi Consulate, Report Says

The prominent journalist was murdered in Istanbul in Octobe
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The Episode Titles for Stranger Things Season 3 Are Here

Are you up for some wild speculation? Well, you’ve come to the right place as Netflix just announced the episode titles for Stranger Things season 3.Read more...
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Tesla Will Soon Be Able to Self-Drive from Home to Work and Obey Traffic Lights

Tesla’s self-driving autopilot is already testing driving with traffic lights, stop signs and roundabouts. Your Tesla will soon be able to go from your garage at home to parking at work with no... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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UK Intelligence Agencies Are Planning a Major Increase in 'Large-Scale Data Hacking'

Intelligence agencies in the UK are preparing to “significantly increase their use of large-scale data hacking,” the Guardian reported on Saturday, in a move that is already alarming privacy advocates.Read more...
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Oil Allies Refuse to Welcome Key Scientific Report at UN Climate Talks

In what is likely an unsurprising but no less troubling move, the oil alliance between Kuwait, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and, embarrassingly, the United States has intercepted the adoption of a key finding from the historic Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report at the United Nations climate talks—a move that is…Read more...
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Promotes Tourism to Myanmar, Where Social Media Enabled Genocide

Jack Dorsey, CEO of social media platform Twitter—the company now emblazoned in the public eye as one of the primary mouthpieces of our very loud and angry president—wants you to know how about his powerful experiences with Vipassana meditation techniques. Specifically, his recent experience at a 10-day retreat in…Read more...
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Amazon Workers in Spain and Germany Announce Strikes Ahead of Christmas: ‘Change Must Come Now’

Following protests over workers’ rights across Europe during the Black Friday crunch last month, Amazon workers in Spain and Germany continue to strike ahead of Christmas. Multiple protests are planned over what workers and unions describe as poor work environments, anti-union tactics, and demanding conditions…Read more...
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Brazil's Bolsonaro completes cabinet with rightist environment chief

Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a longtime climate-change skeptic, has named a rightist lawyer with a contentious background to be environment minister in the country whose Amazon rainforest is under threat. As with all his major announcements, Bolsonaro used Twitter to appoint Ricardo de Aquino Salles and fill the final vacancy of his 22-member cabinet. Brazil's incoming leader, who takes office on January 1, had earlier reversed a decision to combine the Environment Ministry with t...
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This Is Probably for the Best

Lois Lane has a hot scoop to report: Amy Adams is out of the DC universe.Read more...
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Doctor Who's Next Season Lands in 2020

On the heels of star Jodie Whittaker confirming that she’s staying on the TARDIS through season 12 of Doctor Who, the BBC has announced that the Doctor is coming back in early 2020. And she won’t be alone.Read more...
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NASA gives the Avengers some advice for helping Tony Stark

The last time we saw Tony Stark, he was adrift in space in the Avengers: Endgame trailer, and it didn't look like survival was likely. Luckily, the folks at NASA heard about Iron Man's plight and had some advice to offer for the rest of the Avengers who were still alive on Earth. Hey @Marvel, we heard about Tony Stark. As we know, the first thing you should do is listen in mission control for “@Avengers, we have a problem.” But if he can’t communicate, then we recommend ground teams ...
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Smokey Bear's world is on fire. But the old mascot won't die.

The real Smokey Bear narrowly avoided death in the pine-filled Capitan Mountains of New Mexico, nearly 70 years ago.  Just west of the town of Roswell, firefighters found the bear cub clutching to the upper reaches of a tree, with singed paws and legs. The stranded black bear would almost certainly have perished amid the ashy land, but foresters saved him, and ultimately brought the tiny omnivore to the National Zoo in Washington D.C.  Here, the newly named "Smokey Bear" lived out his domesticat...
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China Warns of 'Grave Consequences' Over Arrest of Huawei Executive

China has warned the Canadian ambassador that if Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecom and tech giant Huawei, is not released, there will be “grave consequences,” CBS News reported on Sunday.Read more...
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Rep. Jerry Nadler Says Trump Hush Payments Could Be Impeachable Offense

Many eyes currently are on Democratic Rep. Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler because he likely will become the next chairman of the House Judiciary Committee come January.Read more...
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Good Boy Who Survived the Camp Fire Guarded His Family’s Home for Nearly a Month

A good boy who survived the deadliest and most destructive fire in California’s history was found weeks later, apparently guarding the site of what was his family’s home.Read more...
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Mission to put millions of hidden fossils online

Museums including Washington’s Smithsonian have set out to digitally record specimens in their collection.
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'Digital museum' brings millions of fossils out of the dark

A global effort to digitally record millions of fossils is set to transform the study of evolution.
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The First Sex Robot Was Conceived in Ancient Greece

The age of android brothels and lifelike sex robots may seem cutting edge—until you’ve heard the story of the man who had sex with his ivory sculptures, and the Greeks who habitually had public intercourse with statues.Read more...
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Why We Don't Need a Moonshot to Solve Climate Change

Scientists say we have the technology already, we just need the political will
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Slow recycler Turkey seeks better uses for its trash

Turkish woman Tulay Gercek stands in front of a vending machine at a busy Istanbul metro station but instead of putting coins into a slot, she crams plastic bottles into a hole. Every bottle or can Gercek places in the machine gives extra credit on her Istanbul card -- the universal ticket for using public transport in the city -- in a pilot project by the municipality to promote recycling. "I'm bringing plastic bottles every day," she said at Sishane station, where she had brought a large bag...
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Sunday's Best Deals: Kindle Sale, Philips Hue Bulbs, Dyson Vacuums, and More

Personal care items, activewear, and the Kindle Paperwhite are some of the best deals online today.Read more...
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Fluoride discovery could lead to much longer-lasting EV batteries

Honda, Caltech and NASA scientists discovered a way to make it work at room temperature, which could eventually yield more energy dense and environmentally safe batteries for EVs and other devices. To get around that, the Honda/NASA/Caltech team created a liquid electrolyte called BTFE that allows fluoride to dissolve at room temperature. The scientists paired the electrolyte with a copper, lanthanum and fluorine to create a prototype battery capable of reversible chemical reactions (aka recha...
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Here’s why NASA is sending worms to space

Space launches are some of the most spectacular and nerve wracking events you can witness. And when you are actually involved in one, you realize just how much can go wrong. We are currently in Florida, nervously counting down the hours until we launch our experiment, sending thousands of microscopic worms to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch, taking place at NASA Kennedy Space Center on December 4, isn’t the only one we have to worry about. Our ...
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A former symbol of Silicon Valley’s “crush it” culture now regrets working so much

It wasn’t so much that Kai-Fu Lee had trouble balancing work and life. It’s that work was his life. As an Apple employee in the early 1990s, he almost walked out of the delivery room when the impending birth of his first child threatened to disrupt a presentation he was scheduled to give. As president…
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It's a Really Good Day to Buy Dyson Stuff

Dyson’s eBay outlet is always a great place to save on Dyson gear, but for a limited time, you can save an extra 20% on the already-discounted prices with promo code JOYOFDYSON, including vacuums, fans, and even hair dryers. They sell a lot of new stuff on eBay, but the best deals are on the refurbs. Either way, …Read more...
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The Kindle Paperwhite Is Finally Waterproof, and On Sale For the First Time Ever

Basically every device Amazon makes was on sale for Black Friday, with one glaring exception: The new, waterproof, Bluetooth-equipped Kindle Paperwhite. So if you were holding out on a deal for all your pool and bathtub reading needs, your patience has been rewarded today with a $30 discount.Read more...
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Women were written out of science history – it’s time we put them back in

Can you name a female scientist from history? Chances are you are shouting out Marie Curie. The twice Nobel Prize-winning Curie and mathematician Ada Lovelace are two of the few women within Western science to receive lasting popular recognition. One reason women tend to be absent from narratives of science is because it’s not as easy to find female scientists on the public record. Even today, the numbers of women entering science remain below those of men, especially in certain disciplines. A-l...
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How to survive on 'Game of Thrones': Switch allegiances

Characters in the 'Game of Thrones' TV series are more likely to die if they do not switch allegiance, and are male, according to an article published in the open-access journal Injury Epidemiology.
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Middle aged men in lyrca on the rise but 'Mamils' confined to weekends, affluent suburb

The number of middle-aged Australian men who cycle on weekends has doubled in recent years, but the rise of the so-called 'Mamils' (middle aged men in lyrca) is confined to men in more affluent suburbs, says research in today's Medical Journal of Australia.
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