The Pentagon Claims a Chinese Surveillance Balloon Has Been Floating Over the U.S. for Days

Defense officials claim that a Chinese surveillance balloon has been drifting over the northern part of the United States for the past several days. The balloon is thought to have traveled over a number of different states where sensitive defense installations (read: nuclear silos) are located.

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Source: Gizmodo – The Pentagon Claims a Chinese Surveillance Balloon Has Been Floating Over the U.S. for Days

The Long History of Mandalore to Know Before The Mandalorian Season 3

Star Wars canon is fascinated with the homeworld of the Mandalorians—ever since The Clone Wars radically overhauled the status quo of its people, the planet has loomed large, casting a shadow of intrigue across the works of Dave Filoni. When The Mandalorian returns March 1 for its third season, we’ll be heading back…

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Source: Gizmodo – The Long History of Mandalore to Know Before The Mandalorian Season 3

Paizo Partners With Humble Bundle to Tempt New Players

Paizo, the company heading up the establishment of the Open RPG Creative License (ORC) in the wake of Wizards of the Coasts’ mishandling of its attempted OGL update, is now offering nearly $4oo worth of product for only $25 through Humble Bundle. All proceeds will go to the charity Code for America, “which helps…

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Source: Gizmodo – Paizo Partners With Humble Bundle to Tempt New Players

Joe Manchin and Ted Cruz Are Trying to Ban Gas Stove Bans

Senators Joe Manchin and Ted Cruz have teamed up across the aisle to introduce a new bill that would stop the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from restricting gas stoves. The legislation, titled the “Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act,” was introduced during a Thursday committee meeting and would ban any…

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Source: Gizmodo – Joe Manchin and Ted Cruz Are Trying to Ban Gas Stove Bans

Pope Francis Briefly Gave the Middle Finger His Blessing in Since Deleted Tweet

Pope Francis caused a bit of ruckus on the internet Thursday after he seemed to support the use of the middle finger in a Twitter post. The post, which has since been removed, highlighted the middle finger, saying it was a symbol of honesty.

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Source: Gizmodo – Pope Francis Briefly Gave the Middle Finger His Blessing in Since Deleted Tweet

A Fighter Turns to Breakfast Alchemy in Sci-Fi Short Steel Cut Oats

In a roadside diner, an aging former boxer (Seinfeld’s Brian George) tells a friendly server (The School for Good and Evil’s Rachel Bloom) a magical tale from his fighting past—involving a very special match between a monster made of radioactive oatmeal and a steam-powered robot. No wonder he gets misty when he sees…

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Source: Gizmodo – A Fighter Turns to Breakfast Alchemy in Sci-Fi Short Steel Cut Oats

Self-Powered Tripod Levels Your Camera All By Itself

For the photographer who’s overwhelmed by all the equipment they need to set up before snapping the perfect shot, Benro will soon be introducing what it claims to be the “world’s first auto-leveling travel tripod,” which uses self-adjusting legs to perfectly level itself at the push of a button.

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Source: Gizmodo – Self-Powered Tripod Levels Your Camera All By Itself

Then and Now: 10 Times New York City Drastically Changed via Google Maps

New York City has always been a major hub for financial, commercial, and cultural development with its iconic skyscrapers and dense population. But over the past decade or so, we’ve been able to see the way the city has changed like never before—with Google Maps. Google Maps allows users to (depending on the location)…

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Source: Gizmodo – Then and Now: 10 Times New York City Drastically Changed via Google Maps

Biden Administration Wants Apple to Quit Gatekeeping the iPhone

The Biden Administration thinks Apple and Google “act as gatekeepers” over their respective mobile ecosystems. A report from the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published yesterday states that the current mobile app store model is “harmful to consumers and…

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Source: Gizmodo – Biden Administration Wants Apple to Quit Gatekeeping the iPhone

James Gunn Revealed Some of the Comics Inspiring His New DC Slate

It’s been an exciting week for fans of superhero movies, especially if you love DC Comics. This week, James Gunn and Peter Safran, who together run DC Studios at Warner Bros., revealed the start of their 8-10 year plan to bring DC heroes like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman back to their rightful place on the…

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Source: Gizmodo – James Gunn Revealed Some of the Comics Inspiring His New DC Slate

The Last of Us Is Right: Climate Change Is Making Fungi More Dangerous

HBO has another bonafide hit on its hand with the recent release of The Last of Us, the post-apocalyptic TV show based on the hit 2016 video game series produced by Naughty Dog. Both the game and show (at least through the first three episodes) weave together a blend of pulse-pounding action and gut-wrenching drama,…

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Source: Gizmodo – The Last of Us Is Right: Climate Change Is Making Fungi More Dangerous

White Rhino Shot to Death in Florida One Day After Arriving at Safari Park

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission completed a report on its investigation into the killing of a white rhino at Wild Florida, a drive-through safari park in Kenansville, Florida. Investigators found that the animal was shot to death after it escaped its enclosure, just a day after its arrival at the…

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Source: Gizmodo – White Rhino Shot to Death in Florida One Day After Arriving at Safari Park

Hulu's Animated Hit-Monkey Is Returning, But It's No Longer a Marvel Show

Fans of Hulu animated series Hit-Monkey had probably long already accepted that the show was done. The series debuted in late 2021, ran for 10 episodes, people liked it, and then it was radio silence for over a year. In today’s day and age, that length of non-news almost always means bad news. But for Hit-Monkey, it…

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Source: Gizmodo – Hulu’s Animated Hit-Monkey Is Returning, But It’s No Longer a Marvel Show

ChatGPT May Be the Fastest Growing App in History

It’s no secret that ChatGPT, the large language model-powered artificial intelligence from OpenAI, has taken the internet by storm. Everyone is talking about it, everywhere online—Gizmodo included. The AI chatbot can almost instantly generate paragraphs of human-like, fluid text in answer to basically any prompt you…

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Source: Gizmodo – ChatGPT May Be the Fastest Growing App in History

More Than 400,000 Texans Without Power Amid Dangerous Winter Storm

Central Texas has been frozen since earlier this week after an Arctic front rolled into the Southern U.S. Parts of central, west, and north Texas and nearby states Arkansas and Tennessee were under ice storm warnings, per the National Weather Service Prediction Center. The freezing temperatures and sleet should end by…

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Source: Gizmodo – More Than 400,000 Texans Without Power Amid Dangerous Winter Storm

A Dolphin Charts Her Own Destiny in Laline Paull's New Immersive Novel, Pod

Author Laline Paull scored a hit with her 2015 debut The Bees, dubbed “The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games,” but with bees as its characters. Her latest, Pod, dives into a different aspect of the natural world—the ocean—by introducing an adventurous dolphin who follows an unconventional path. io9 has an excerpt…

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Source: Gizmodo – A Dolphin Charts Her Own Destiny in Laline Paull’s New Immersive Novel, Pod

Hubble Telescope Directly Measures a White Dwarf Mass for the First Time

Astronomers just directly measured the mass of a lone white dwarf using the Hubble Space Telescope for the first time. The dwarf—the core remnant of a star—is named LAWD 37, and it burned out about a billion years ago.

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Source: Gizmodo – Hubble Telescope Directly Measures a White Dwarf Mass for the First Time