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  • The M7.8 Earthquake In Nepal Is Going To Be Really, Really Nasty

    26 April 2015, 3:25 pm by: Mika McKinnon on Earth & Space, shared by Maddie Stone to Gizmodo

    A major shallow earthquake hit near Kathmandu in Nepal just before noon on Saturday local time. Between high population densities, intense prolonged shaking, unstable slopes, and inadequate buildings, this has the makings of a very nasty disaster.Read more...
  • The CD Factory Worker Who Broke the Music Industry 

    26 April 2015, 3:00 pm by: Maddie Stone

    Welcome to Reading List, a weekly collection of great tech reads from around the web. This week explores the early days of online music piracy, the implications of America’s military drone base in Germany, the potential pitfalls of artificial intelligence,…
  • Smoking Pot May Make You More Prone to False Memories

    26 April 2015, 2:30 pm by: Maddie Stone

    As we’re all aware, weed makes us a bit forgetful. Say what? But a regular toke can also leave you more prone to remembering stuff that didn’t actually happen, according to new research published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.Read more...
  • Russian Hackers Read Obama's Emails During White House Security Breach

    26 April 2015, 1:06 pm by: Maddie Stone

    Last October, some of President Obama’s emails were leaked to Russian hackers during a White House computer system breach, although no classified networks appear to have been accessed, the New York Times reports. Read more...
  • There are at Least 11 Runaway Galaxies Screaming Across the Universe

    26 April 2015, 1:00 pm by: Maddie Stone

    Every now and then, astronomers spy a runaway star, one that’s hurling itself across its galaxy at breakneck speeds. But stars aren’t the only things that occasionally go beserker in the cosmic void: Galaxies themselves will sometimes depart home, never to…
  • Amazing Video Happens To Capture Cabulco Volcano As It Starts Erupting

    26 April 2015, 12:30 pm by: Cheryl Eddy on io9, shared by Maddie Stone to Gizmodo

    Picture it: you’re out hiking, shooting some video of beautiful Chilean waterfalls, when the mountain in the background suddenly starts erupting (for the first time in four decades ). Frankly, this guy’s reaction is way more subdued and devoid of terrified…
  • A Clever Flip-Dot Display Uses Lego Brick Bitmaps 

    26 April 2015, 12:00 pm by: Maddie Stone

    Flip-dot displays certainly have an old-school charm about them, and they win extra points for energy efficiency. But I think I like them even better when they’re controlled by Lego bitmaps and built to spell out the word “awesome” like this one is.Read…
  • Cost Obsessions Around the World, According to Google Autocomplete

    26 April 2015, 11:00 am by: Maddie Stone

    If you ever wondered what sorts of things English-speakers are looking to buy in the Middle East, Russia or West Africa, look no further than Google, which has all of our data. That, at least, is what the cost guide website did, by examining the top…
  • UK Cinema Workers Can Earn $1500 For Catching "Cammers" In the Act

    26 April 2015, 10:00 am by: Maddie Stone

    If you work at a UK movie theater, there’s never been a better time to go pirate hunting. Until June 30th, UK cinema employees can receive up to 1000 British pounds, or 1500 US dollars, for catching would-be bootleggers in the act.Read more...
  • Two Ways You Can Join Nepal's Earthquake Relief Effort From a Computer

    26 April 2015, 8:40 am by: Maddie Stone

    There are a few important ways you can contribute to the Nepal earthquake relief effort from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.Read more...
  • Today's Best Deals: Cameras, Grills, and Car Gear for Summer

    26 April 2015, 2:33 am by: Shane Roberts, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shane Roberts, Commerce Team to Gizmodo

    Sony’s Alpha a6000 mirrorless camera is a worthy successor to the groundbreaking NEX-7, and Amazon’s matched their previous best offer on the shooter today. Read more...
  • These Images Show the Night Sky That Hides Behind Our City Lights

    25 April 2015, 7:00 pm by: Maddie Stone

    If you live in LA, or any major city for that matter, you’ll know there’s something very unusual in the image above. It’s called the Milky Way, and it’s about as exotic as a cougar sighting. Read more...
  • Google Deploys Person Finder Tool to Aid Victims of Nepal Earthquake

    25 April 2015, 6:09 pm by: Maddie Stone

    As reports of the devastation from this morning’s earthquake in Nepal continue to roll in, Google has launched Person Finder, a crowdsourced, missing persons database to help victims of the quake track down their loved ones.Read more...
  • Here's How to Turn Your Apple Watch Gold

    25 April 2015, 5:00 pm by: Maddie Stone

    Wanna look like a Wall Street tycoon who just purchased a $10 thousand dollar Apple Watch, but only got, say, $400 to show for yourself? Take a cue from Casey Neistat, who released this video yesterday showing us how any commoner with a steady hand can turn an…
  • Officials Knew the Legal Basis for an NSA Spying Program Was Bullshit 

    25 April 2015, 3:49 pm by: Kate Knibbs

    A formerly-secret report on the NSA’s warrantless surveillance was published yesterday evening. It’s a detailed look into the history of the Stellarwind surveillance program—one that makes it clear that government officials repeatedly questioned its…
  • This Tiny Shark Has Only Been Seen Once Before

    25 April 2015, 3:00 pm by: Maddie Stone

    This very small (and adorable) shark is only the second of its kind ever discovered, and he’s showing scientists how much we still have to learn about life under the sea.Read more...
  • These Spring-Loaded Skate Trucks Make Me Wish I Knew How To Skateboard 

    25 April 2015, 2:00 pm by: Sean Buckley

    Skateboard suspension is an idea that sounds long overdue—modern skateboarding is a lot rougher than it was when my parents were young. Professional riders fly through the air, grind across metal rails and land on hard concrete after jumping down enormous…
  • Medical Robots Can Be Hacked During Surgery, Researchers Find

    25 April 2015, 1:00 pm by: Maddie Stone

    Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have just hijacked a teleoperated surgical robot, demonstrating major security weaknesses in the machines that may eventually replace a surgeon’s hands in hospitals worldwide. Yikes.Read more...
  • Ten Games I Want To Play On The Apple Watch

    25 April 2015, 12:00 pm by: Mike Fahey on Kotaku, shared by Maddie Stone to Gizmodo

    The first batch of Apple Watches arrive in users hands on Friday, with a whole batch of tiny little gaming apps waiting to be locked and loaded. Let’s see what might be good in micro-gaming. Read more...
  • Artist's Trash Exhibitions Depict A Planet Colonized By Plastic

    25 April 2015, 12:00 pm by: Maddie Stone

    Landfills, E-waste piles, and ocean garbage patches are a part of our world we’d rather not see, but these eyesores aren’t going away. Rather than simply accept that our planet is being swallowed by garbage, one artist has started turning this discarded…

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