Jack Ma Re-Emerges From Wherever He Was for the Last Few Months

Jack Ma, the billionaire co-founder and former chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has re-emerged from wherever he’s been since late October 2020, when he ceased public appearances amid a government crackdown on tech firms.

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Source: Gizmodo – Jack Ma Re-Emerges From Wherever He Was for the Last Few Months

Common Back Pain Treatment Doesn't Actually Work, Study Finds

A common treatment for chronic back pain may not provide much soothing after all. A new review released Wednesday suggests that antidepressants on average provide little to no back pain relief, though they could have a modest benefit for osteoarthritis and sciatica.

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Source: Gizmodo – Common Back Pain Treatment Doesn’t Actually Work, Study Finds

Joe Biden Is Putting the U.S. Back in the Paris Agreement. Here's What Comes Next.

On his first day in the Oval Office, President Joe Biden signed an array of executive orders to overturn several of the Trump administration’s most egregious environmental rollbacks. The third one he signed set the U.S. on course to rejoin the Paris Agreement.

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Source: Gizmodo – Joe Biden Is Putting the U.S. Back in the Paris Agreement. Here’s What Comes Next.

Here's How QAnon Reacted as They Realized 'The Storm' Isn't Happening

QAnon is not going away. But it’s reeling in abject confusion and despair after Joe Biden took office on Wednesday without Donald Trump leading an army of federal agents and National Guardsmen to storm the inauguration and arrest the entire leadership of the Democratic Party.

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Source: Gizmodo – Here’s How QAnon Reacted as They Realized ‘The Storm’ Isn’t Happening

White House Website Finally Supports Dark Mode

Like many Americans, I’m processing some unfamiliar emotions today, but I believe that I’m genuinely thrilled about the new White House website. The site allows visitors to toggle font sizes. It includes an Easter Egg in the HTML with a job posting for coders. And, perhaps most thrillingly, it supports dark mode.

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Source: Gizmodo – White House Website Finally Supports Dark Mode

NASA Considers Second ‘Hotfire’ Test of Megarocket After Unexpected Shutdown

The recent hotfire test of NASA’s next-gen megarocket was supposed to go for eight minutes, but it lasted just 67 seconds. The space agency has an explanation for the premature shutdown, saying everything’s swell, but a second test remains a distinct possibility.

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Source: Gizmodo – NASA Considers Second ‘Hotfire’ Test of Megarocket After Unexpected Shutdown

Building a Working Full-Size Pinball Machine Out of K'Nex Might Be the Best Pandemic Project Yet

K’Nex has been around for less than 30 years but has already become the building toy of choice for elaborate creations that are impossible to build with Lego. Tyler Bower just demonstrated the potential with a 7.5-foot-tall functional pinball machine that even keeps score.

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Source: Gizmodo – Building a Working Full-Size Pinball Machine Out of K’Nex Might Be the Best Pandemic Project Yet

What Does Mars Sound Like? The Perseverance Rover Is Going to Find Out

Nothing on the hills seems to be alive, so the rocky terrain of Mars will be filled with the sounds of solitude when the NASA’s Perseverance rover lands in Jezero Crater next month. One of the rover’s many tasks will be listening to the Martian environment with microphones—the first effort at acoustic data collection…

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Source: Gizmodo – What Does Mars Sound Like? The Perseverance Rover Is Going to Find Out

Charter Waves the White Flag on Data Caps as Trump Leaves the Building

Mere days before Donald Trump’s helicopter shrank into the skies, we got a promising early indication that telecom companies’ hog-wild joyride under Trump’s FCC is coming to an end. Last week, Charter Communications, the company behind Spectrum, withdrew its petition to impose data caps: basically its attempt to…

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Source: Gizmodo – Charter Waves the White Flag on Data Caps as Trump Leaves the Building

Cats Love Catnip Because It Protects Them From Mosquitoes, New Research Suggests

When exposed to catnip or silver vine, cats engage in some fairly predictable behaviors, such as licking and chewing the leaves, rubbing their heads and faces against the plants, and rolling on the ground. Cats get a real kick out of these plants, but surprising new research points to a more practical purpose than…

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Source: Gizmodo – Cats Love Catnip Because It Protects Them From Mosquitoes, New Research Suggests

Engineer Who Compared Tesla Model 3 Quality To 'A Kia In The '90s' Buys Another Model 3. Here's What He Found

Sandy Munro, the manufacturing expert who once said an early Tesla Model 3 had fit and finish issues similar to “a Kia in the ’90s” now has a new Model 3. Munro just gave his company’s new car a once-over, and while he didn’t liken it it to a Korean economy car from three decades ago, he wasn’t thrilled with the flaws…

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Source: Gizmodo – Engineer Who Compared Tesla Model 3 Quality To ‘A Kia In The ’90s’ Buys Another Model 3. Here’s What He Found

Meth-Related Deaths in America Are Skyrocketing

Drug overdose deaths caused by methamphetamine use in the U.S. have increased sharply over the past decade, according to a new government report released Wednesday. Since 2011, the report found, annual rates of methamphetamine overdose deaths have risen across every demographic group in America and are especially high…

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Source: Gizmodo – Meth-Related Deaths in America Are Skyrocketing

This Is Not Fiction

In different ways, some of Marvel’s superheroes like Captain America and the Punisher, and Lucasfilm’s infamous Galactic Empire, have all been in the news as of late for reasons that have little to do with the stories we’re used to seeing them in. Instead, they’ve become part of the odd and often irresponsible way…

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Source: Gizmodo – This Is Not Fiction

I Miss the Game Boy Camera, My First Digital Camera

Unless you grew up in a time after cameraphones arrived, there’s a very good chance your first digital camera was a weird Game Boy accessory. The Game Boy Camera was definitely my first digital snapper, and while its technical capabilities were extremely limited, it still managed to excel at other things, like making…

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Source: Gizmodo – I Miss the Game Boy Camera, My First Digital Camera

Your Guide to 2021's Biggest TV, Part 2

Early on into our prep for all the television our readers might like to watch in 2021, we realized there was a lot. Like, a lot a lot. That’s not even accounting for the fact that io9 typically only covers sci-fi, fantasy, and horror creations. So we broke up our recommendations into three parts; yesterday was focused…

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Source: Gizmodo – Your Guide to 2021’s Biggest TV, Part 2