gizmodo.comGenetic Analysis of Seized Elephant Tusks Exposes Three Major CartelsBy performing a DNA analysis of elephant tusks nabbed at ivory busts, scientists have successfully backtracked the contraband to three major African cartels. This application of genetics presents a powerful new tool in the ongoing struggle to stop elephant poachers.
gizmodo.comApple's AirPower Might Be 'Doomed'When Apple’s long-awaited wireless charging mat was a complete no-show during the recent iPhone Xs launch event, alarm bells started to sound. After teasing the device a full year ago alongside the announcement of iPhone X, AirPower doesn’t seem to be making any progress.
gizmodo.comNew Close-Up Image of Jupiter's South Pole is Mind-Blowingly BeautifulNASA’s Juno spacecraft has once again delivered stunning images of Jupiter, this time giving us a glimpse at the gas giant’s south pole. The image, taken from Juno’s most recent flyby on February 2nd, was captured at an altitude 63,400 miles. While there aren’t any Jovian penguins on this south pole (that we know of), we can clearly see magnificent, swirling white clouds.46
gizmodo.comTwitter’s Chronological Timeline Is Back. Just Wait Until You See How Weird It IsTwitter is finally leading the way in making a change to its platform that every social network should implement: It’s bringing back the chronological timeline. I’ve been using a workaround to do this for a bit and people have no idea how strong the algorithmic Stockholm syndrome can be.
gizmodo.comNo Seriously, Where the Hell Is AirPower?So Apple’s annual fall iPhone event has come and gone, and while the company introduced updates to its main iPhone and Apple Watch offerings, there was so much more we were expecting that simply didn’t make it. What happened to iPad Pros with FaceID, AirPods with wireless charging, or the long rumored affordable MacBook revamp? But even among all those questions, there was one omission that seemed even more glaring: Where the hell is AirPower?
gizmodo.comLinux Founder Takes Some Time Off to Learn How to Stop Being an AssholeLinus Torvalds, the founder of the Linux open-source operating system, has been leading his developer community with sarcasm, insults, and abuse for three decades, and many people think it’s time for a change. On Sunday, Torvalds sent out an email saying he’ll be taking time away to work on himself and try to stop being a dick.
gizmodo.comJapan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Successfully Deploys Landers to Asteroid Ryugu's SurfaceTwo landers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have successfully touched down on the Ryugu asteroid after separating from the Hayabusa2 probe in orbit, and have begun transmitting images from the space rock’s surface.
gizmodo.comDo 'Stoned' Lobsters Really Feel Less Pain When Cooked Alive?A seafood restaurant in Maine claims to have a more compassionate method when serving up its lobsters: get them stoned first. Charlotte’s Legendary Lobsters Pound now offers patrons the option of having their tasty crustaceans “sedated” with weed before being steamed to death. According to owner Charlotte Gill, Roscoe was the first shellfish she got high by placing it in an enclosed box and blowing cannabis smoke into the water like a reverse bong. Gill claimed that the lobster appeared more tranquil and even had a calming effect on its soon-to-be-eaten friends when she placed it back into a tank.
gizmodo.comOctopuses on Ecstasy, Weight-Loss Scams, and Neutron Stars: Best Gizmodo Stories of the WeekThe tech and science world has had a very interesting week: Researchers have discovered what happens when you give our favorite tentacled, ocean-dwelling friends MDMA, landed rovers on asteroids, confirmed the oldest known animal fossil on the planet, and found something very weird going on with a distant neutron star. At the same time, the president is apparently considering an order to have regulators punish the tech industry for a perceived lack of fealty, Amazon is trying to force as much Alexa down our throats as possible, and officials are still assessing how bad freak storm Florence was. Finally, Marvel Studios might finally give Rob Liefeld the chance to finally discover how to draw feet.
gizmodo.comEcuador Tried to Get Julian Assange Out of Their Embassy By Making Him a Diplomat to RussiaThe government of Ecuador, whose embassy in London has served as a refuge from UK authorities for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange since 2012, has been growing weary of their guest for quite some time. According to a Friday report from Reuters, it even went so far as to try and name him to a diplomatic position in Russia but backed down after Britain refused to grant Assange diplomatic immunity.
gizmodo.comI Don't Have Enough HDMI Ports for This ShitIn a move looking to capitalize on the success of Nintendo’s mini retro consoles, today Sony announced a mini PlayStation Classic for $100. And even though Sony has only revealed five of the 20 games that will come pre-installed on the mini PSX, I’m a sucker for this particular vein of nostalgia marketing, and I can already feel the money evaporating out of my wallet. But there’s just one problem: I don’t have nearly enough HDMI ports for this shit.
gizmodo.comScientists Gave MDMA to Octopuses—and What Happened Was ProfoundWhen humans take the drug MDMA, versions of which are known as molly or ecstasy, they commonly feel very happy, extraverted, and particularly interested in physical touch. A group of scientists recently wondered whether this drug might have a similar effect on other species—specifically, octopuses, which are seemingly as different from humans as an animal can be. The results of their experiment, in which seven octopuses took MDMA, were “unbelievable.”
gizmodo.comReport: Trump May Order Antitrust Probe of Tech Companies Over BS Claims of BiasFor months, our Twitter-addicted and conspiracy-addled president has become increasingly convinced that just like the media, Silicon Valley tech companies he barely understands are out to get him. Claims that the largely California-based tech world is secretly undermining the conservative movement have long been a right-wing bogeyman, but with Donald Trump leading the charge it’s been an open question whether he will use federal resources to crack down on them.
gizmodo.comDo Dogs Forget Their People?Let’s say your long-term relationship totally implodes. Browsing for a new apartment, or a therapist that takes your insurance, you hear your dog bark in the other room—and realize, with a start, that it’s not actually your dog. Once you’re all moved out, the dog will be out of your life, too. Stewing in self-pity you think—and subsequently become convinced—that this dog, who you’ve fed and bathed who knows how many times, and coined several adorable nicknames for, will forget you ever existed by the start of next spring.
gizmodo.com5 Reasons to Give Microsoft's New Browser Another ChanceYou may be so well used to Chrome or Firefox that Microsoft’s new browser Edge may not be on your radar. It probably should be though, because it was built for Windows 10 and includes a bunch of great new tricks that other browsers don’t have. No matter what your experiences with the old Internet Explorer was like, Edge is still worth a look. Here are 5 reasons to give Microsoft’s new browser another chance.