We Could Solve the Mysteries of Time and Space—If We Had a Particle Accelerator the Size of the Solar System

Gravity is incredibly weak. Just think: You can lift your foot despite the mass of the entire Earth pulling against it. Why is it so weak? That’s unclear. And it might take a very, very big science experiment to find out.

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Source: Gizmodo – We Could Solve the Mysteries of Time and Space—If We Had a Particle Accelerator the Size of the Solar System

Give Into the Instagram Pressure and Buy a Moon Lamp From Today's Amazon Gold Box

You know those weird moon lights all over Instagram? They’re on sale today in Amazon’s Gold Box, starting under $20. They come in a variety of sizes and lighting options, and some are even seamless. I recommend pairing them with a LEGO Saturn V Apollo kit (also on sale).

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Source: Gizmodo – Give Into the Instagram Pressure and Buy a Moon Lamp From Today’s Amazon Gold Box

Twitter Offers Up Semi-Public Database of Known State-Sponsored Accounts 

Somewhat unexpectedly, Twitter announced today that a dataset of tweets, accounts, and media associated with state-sponsored efforts on its platform would be made public. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the data is available only to researchers.

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Source: Gizmodo – Twitter Offers Up Semi-Public Database of Known State-Sponsored Accounts 

This Gorgeous All-Screen Phone Shows How the Notch Dies

When you look at the design of Apple, Samsung, and Google’s latest phones, there’s very little to distinguish this year’s crop from 2017’s has-beens. Meanwhile, outside of the big three, every other phone maker seemed content to jump on the notched screen bandwagon and settle for similarly iterative aesthetics. And…

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Source: Gizmodo – This Gorgeous All-Screen Phone Shows How the Notch Dies

Five Things To Make Outdoor Cleaning Jobs More Bearable

Fall is in full swing, which means crisp weather and leaves and apple picking and all manner of other lovely autumnal things. It also means that winter is on its way, so if you have outdoor space that you use during the warmer months, you’ll need to show that outdoor space some love before the snow freezes your patio…

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Source: Gizmodo – Five Things To Make Outdoor Cleaning Jobs More Bearable

How to Do Passwords Right in 2018

Even in a world of face unlocking and fingerprint scanning, we still haven’t escaped the password just yet. They’re still a necessity and they’re still annoying to remember. There are now numerous browser features, third-party tools, and even hardware dongles designed to help keep your login credentials safe and…

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Source: Gizmodo – How to Do Passwords Right in 2018

A Visit to One of the Most Powerful Lasers on Earth

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA—The winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics didn’t just make discoveries. Their revolutionary work turned powerful lasers into ubiquitous lab tools. The day of the announcement earlier this month, I’d already planned to visit the tennis-court sized Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator, or BELLA,…

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Source: Gizmodo – A Visit to One of the Most Powerful Lasers on Earth

More Spider-Man: Far From Home Set Pictures Give Us Another Look at the New Costume

A surprising star joins the Cats movie. John Carpenter hopes for a They Live sequel. Pennyworth finds a few more of Alfred’s security team. Gotham might have dropped a sneaky hint at its take on Bane. Plus, new footage from Aquaman, and The Flash teases a grim fate for one member of the team. Spoilers now!

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Source: Gizmodo – More Spider-Man: Far From Home Set Pictures Give Us Another Look at the New Costume

Hey, Did You Know Stephen Hawking Thought There Is No God?

In what would be somewhat of a revelation had the late theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking not been one of the world’s most famous atheists—and spoken or written on the topic on numerous occasions—media outlets are playing up that Hawking’s final book Brief Answers to the Big Questions contains the …

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Source: Gizmodo – Hey, Did You Know Stephen Hawking Thought There Is No God?

CDC Says It's Concerned About Polio-Like 'Mystery Illness' That's Paralyzing Kids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued a warning about a disease known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), an illness it says it knows very little about but can cause arm or leg weakness and paralysis, particularly in children. According to a Tuesday press briefing, there have been 62 confirmed…

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Source: Gizmodo – CDC Says It’s Concerned About Polio-Like ‘Mystery Illness’ That’s Paralyzing Kids

New York Attorney General Subpoenas Industry Groups, Lobbyists Over Fake Net Neutrality Comments

The New York Attorney General’s office has subpoenaed “more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors and Washington advocacy organizations,” the New York Times reported on Tuesday, seeking to determine whether they were behind the flood of fake public comments submitted before the Federal…

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Source: Gizmodo – New York Attorney General Subpoenas Industry Groups, Lobbyists Over Fake Net Neutrality Comments

Whoops, YouTube Is Hella Broken Right Now

Video giant YouTube appeared to be suffering a massive outage on Tuesday night, with users reporting widespread problems attempting to connect to the site. The cause is not yet clear, but reports indicate that viewers are experiencing a number of glitches including “500 Internal Server Error” messages (a generic HTTP…

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Source: Gizmodo – Whoops, YouTube Is Hella Broken Right Now

New Study Explores How Dogs Understand Human Language

If you’re a dog person who has suspected that your four-legged friend may know exactly what you mean when you use certain words or phrases—for example “toy,” or “car,” or maybe even “who’s the good boy?” (he is)—you may be correct.

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Source: Gizmodo – New Study Explores How Dogs Understand Human Language

Donald Trump Is Running the Kavanaugh Defense For Saudi Arabia's Alleged Murderers

Today, in an interview with the Associated Press, President Donald Trump compared the Saudi regime, which allegedly murdered and dismembered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside its consulate in Turkey last month, to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault by several women…

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Source: Gizmodo – Donald Trump Is Running the Kavanaugh Defense For Saudi Arabia’s Alleged Murderers

A Man's Love of Squirrel Meat Might Have Given Him a Horrifying, Fatal Brain Disease

A Rochester, New York, resident might have caught one of the most frightening brain diseases around in one of the strangest ways possible—eating squirrel meat contaminated with zombie-like proteins.

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Source: Gizmodo – A Man’s Love of Squirrel Meat Might Have Given Him a Horrifying, Fatal Brain Disease

FCC Butts Heads With Wireless Carriers Over Hurricane Michael Response 

The head of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday slammed wireless carriers over what he described as unsuitably slow progress in restoring communications in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

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Source: Gizmodo – FCC Butts Heads With Wireless Carriers Over Hurricane Michael Response 

Facebook Finally Admits That Its New Spy Equipment Can Spy on You

It sounded a little slippery last week, when Facebook announced Portal, a new voice-activated speaker and video chat gadget, and the company said that it would not use data collected through the device to target ads. It was, in fact, very slippery. Facebook just admitted that Portal is completely capable of collecting…

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Source: Gizmodo – Facebook Finally Admits That Its New Spy Equipment Can Spy on You

Google, Burned by $5 Billion Fine, Tells Europe that Phone Makers Will Have to Pay to Preload Apps

In response to the record-setting $5 billion fine recently levied against Google by the European Union, the search giant is making some changes. On Tuesday, it announced that manufacturers will soon have to pay a licensing fee to ship devices into the European Economic Area (EEA) with Google apps pre-installed.

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Source: Gizmodo – Google, Burned by Billion Fine, Tells Europe that Phone Makers Will Have to Pay to Preload Apps

Do You Work as a Self-Driving Car Operator? Tell Us Your Story

This week’s New Yorker features a scathing article on Google’s self-driving car program, detailing the stories of nightmarish mismanagement and at least one crash involving self-driving cars that went mostly unreported. We want to shine more light on what happens behind closed doors in our race to get self-driving…

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Source: Gizmodo – Do You Work as a Self-Driving Car Operator? Tell Us Your Story