North America’s Glaciers Are Melting Four Times Faster Than They Were a Decade Ago

Across the world’s icy landscapes, climate change is spurring a major meltdown. That includes the western U.S. and Canada where not only is ice vanishing, but it’s doing so at a more rapid pace than it was just a decade ago, according to a new study released this week in Geophysical Research Letters.

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Source: Gizmodo – North America’s Glaciers Are Melting Four Times Faster Than They Were a Decade Ago

Multiple Executives Reportedly Out at Snap Following Shake-Up Over Alleged Affair

Snap has reportedly ousted multiple high-ranking employees after an investigation into an alleged scandal involving its now former head of global security Francis Racioppi, the Wall Street Journal’s Maureen Farrell reported Friday.

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Source: Gizmodo – Multiple Executives Reportedly Out at Snap Following Shake-Up Over Alleged Affair

Ben Shapiro's March for Life Speech Loses Him That Sweet Millennial Toothbrush Money 

Quip, the millennial-focused subscription toothbrush company, has discontinued its relationship with Ben Shapiro’s podcast after Shapiro read an ad for the company at the anti-abortion March for Life—a venue the company “didn’t endorse,” it said.

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Source: Gizmodo – Ben Shapiro’s March for Life Speech Loses Him That Sweet Millennial Toothbrush Money 

Police and Media Keep Spreading the Myth That Merely Touching Fentanyl Can Kill You

Last Saturday, police in Chico, California reported that 13 people in the same house were involved in a mass drug overdose, possibly involving the powerful opioid fentanyl, with at least one person dying as a result. The case is undeniably tragic. But some of the details reported by the Chico police and uncritically…

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Source: Gizmodo – Police and Media Keep Spreading the Myth That Merely Touching Fentanyl Can Kill You

Facebook's Secret Meme App for Kids Sounds Like a Freaking Embarrassment

With older generations turning away from Facebook after a litany of fake news, privacy, and security-related debacles, Facebook has renewed its efforts to capture and monetize the memes of teens in hopes of raking in future revenue streams. So following in the footsteps of Lasso, Lifestage, and Slingshot comes LOL,…

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Source: Gizmodo – Facebook’s Secret Meme App for Kids Sounds Like a Freaking Embarrassment

Real-Life Expanding Brain Technique Is Blowing Some Minds

It’s now possible to image an entire fly brain in just a few days, according to a new study—this might sound like a long time, but is in fact an incredible accomplishment, when you consider that the process would otherwise take weeks.

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Source: Gizmodo – Real-Life Expanding Brain Technique Is Blowing Some Minds

You Can Build These Analog Synthesizers Like Nintendo's Cardboard Labo Toys

If you’ve never played around with Teenage Engineering’s tiny synthesizers—like its iPod-sized Pocket Operators or the impressively-capable OP-1—you’re missing out on some fun, accessible ways to get into music. And the company is now expanding its Pocket Operators line with a series of new build-it-yourself modular…

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Source: Gizmodo – You Can Build These Analog Synthesizers Like Nintendo’s Cardboard Labo Toys

Government Workers Turn to Craigslist to Pay Bills and Rent as Shutdown Wears On

If you search words like “shutdown” on Craigslist in any major city in the country right now, you’ll likely find increasingly desperate people. Roughly 800,000 government workers and countless contractors aren’t getting a paycheck right now. And the resulting classified ads one sign of the heavy toll the shutdown is…

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Source: Gizmodo – Government Workers Turn to Craigslist to Pay Bills and Rent as Shutdown Wears On

NSA Puts Phone Charging Station at Hacker Conference in Plot to Go Viral

We’ve all had that moment. Your smartphone battery is running low, and you’re desperate for some juice. But just how desperate have you gotten? Desperate enough to plug your phone into an NSA charging station? Because some people are seriously facing that choice right now.

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Source: Gizmodo – NSA Puts Phone Charging Station at Hacker Conference in Plot to Go Viral

Navigation Apps With Millions of Downloads Exposed as Just Google Maps With Bonus Ads

One of the purported benefits of modern day app stores is to make it easier for companies to review and ensure that the software you download isn’t harmful or malicious. But with upwards of 2.1 million apps on Google Play, sometimes things slip through the cracks, which seems precisely how at least 19 different free…

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Source: Gizmodo – Navigation Apps With Millions of Downloads Exposed as Just Google Maps With Bonus Ads

Thousands of Recalled Frozen Chicken Nuggets May Contain Wood, No Gluten Though

Some people’s precious chicken nugs could have more ingredients than they bargained for. On Thursday, Perdue Foods announced a voluntary recall of nearly 70,000 pounds of its frozen, gluten-free nuggets, over concerns they might have been contaminated with wood. The recall will affect nuggets sold across the country.

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Source: Gizmodo – Thousands of Recalled Frozen Chicken Nuggets May Contain Wood, No Gluten Though

This Hitman's Smartwatch Helped Convict Him of Two Murders 

This week, hitman and hobbyist runner Mark “Iceman” Fellows was convicted of the murders of English gangland figures Paul Massey and John Kinsella. Among the crucial pieces of evidence in his trial was a Garmin Forerunner—a GPS-linked fitness watch that tied Fellows to pre-assassination reconnaissance on one his…

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Source: Gizmodo – This Hitman’s Smartwatch Helped Convict Him of Two Murders 

The 8 Signs That Machine Learning Will Automate Some or All of Your Job

When we talk about how artificial threatens to impact jobs, we’re usually talking about how machine learning threatens to impact jobs. As the ‘hottest’ subfield of AI going, i.e. the one receiving the lion’s share of the research dollars and commercial investment, it’s pretty crucial to understand how, specifically,…

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Source: Gizmodo – The 8 Signs That Machine Learning Will Automate Some or All of Your Job

The Zanco Smart Pen Is a Modern Day Talkboy 

Zanco’s Smart Pen isn’t actually a pen, it’s barely a phone (and not very smart), and the company behind it sounds like an outfit that supplies Wile E. Coyote with an assortment of random gadgets. But if Kevin McAllister was trying to defend his home from a bunch of crooks today instead of back in the 90s, the Smart…

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Source: Gizmodo – The Zanco Smart Pen Is a Modern Day Talkboy 

Report: Facebook Knew Its Games Were Taking Money From Kids, But Denied Refunds Anyway

Facebook’s nightmare 2018 might be over, but its 2019 is just getting started. A federal judge ruled Monday to make public a new batch of court documents detailing how Facebook made money off children.

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Source: Gizmodo – Report: Facebook Knew Its Games Were Taking Money From Kids, But Denied Refunds Anyway

Here's a Great Deal to Start Your Philips Hue Collection

Want to get started with Philips Hue? This two bulb kit is marked back down to $100 today, and has everything you need to start creating fun lighting recipes. Those full-color bulbs usually sell for $50 each, and even on sale rarely dip below $40, so if you need a hub, this is a great deal. Just be warned, once you…

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Source: Gizmodo – Here’s a Great Deal to Start Your Philips Hue Collection