Eruption of Indonesian Volcano in 2018 Generated a Tsunami at Least 330 Feet High

The eruption of Anak Krakatoa in 2018 produced a tsunami that, for a short while, was somewhere between 330 to 492 feet tall, according to new research. Had the Indonesian shoreline been closer to the volcano, this disaster would’ve been much worse.

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Source: Gizmodo – Eruption of Indonesian Volcano in 2018 Generated a Tsunami at Least 330 Feet High

For Black Friday, Strikers Across Europe Demand Amazon Improve Working Conditions

Amazon workers and union members in Spain, Germany, and the U.K. went on strike this Black Friday—one of the busiest shopping days of the year for the retail giant—to protest for better pay and improved conditions at the company’s warehouses, which have previously been described by U.K. and U.S. officials as some of…

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Source: Gizmodo – For Black Friday, Strikers Across Europe Demand Amazon Improve Working Conditions

Scott Snyder Says the Justice League's Biggest Battle Is Having Faith in Human Nature

Scott Snyder’s pen is no stranger to most of your favorite DC characters and some of the publisher’s biggest cosmic events. Take Justice League as of late— reality is slowly eating away at the fringes of the universe. The source wall has a big ol’ hole in it after the events of Metal. Planets are being torn apart. The…

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Source: Gizmodo – Scott Snyder Says the Justice League’s Biggest Battle Is Having Faith in Human Nature

Found Frozen and Almost Perfectly Preserved in Permafrost, this 18,000-Year-Old Puppy Could Be a Huge Deal

The DNA of an exquisitely preserved puppy found in Siberia doesn’t appear to fit the profile of a dog or a wolf, which means the specimen might be something in between.

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Source: Gizmodo – Found Frozen and Almost Perfectly Preserved in Permafrost, this 18,000-Year-Old Puppy Could Be a Huge Deal

PG&E Fails to Have Law Holding It Liable for Billions in Wildfire Damages Thrown Out

California’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, was burned by the courts in an attempt to reduce its liabilities from wildfires in 2017 and 2018 linked to its faulty electrical grid on Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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Source: Gizmodo – PG&E Fails to Have Law Holding It Liable for Billions in Wildfire Damages Thrown Out

Twitter: We Did Not Mean to Delete the Dead

On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it would soon be launching a purge of inactive users to free up choice usernames for others, potentially allowing users to claim sweet handles like @badguy, @vomit, @logoff, or @gillbates. Just one problem: Twitter forgot that some of those accounts may belong to people who are dead.

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Source: Gizmodo – Twitter: We Did Not Mean to Delete the Dead

Apple Bows to Pressure and Lists Crimea as Part of Russia in Maps

Earlier today, Moscow-based BBC journalist Will Vernon noticed that Apple appears to have quietly ceded to Russia’s stance on Crimea by redrawing national borders on the Russian version of its Maps app and labeling the region as “Russia.” When viewed from the US, Crimea is listed simply as “Crimea” and no home country…

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Source: Gizmodo – Apple Bows to Pressure and Lists Crimea as Part of Russia in Maps

Report: ByteDance Isolating TikTok From Rest of Chinese Operations Over Espionage Concerns

China’s ByteDance, owner of wildly popular (and often deeply annoying) music app TikTok, has moved to segregate much of the app’s operations from the rest of its business in a bid to convince the U.S. government user data is safe from the prying eyes of Chinese spies, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

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Source: Gizmodo – Report: ByteDance Isolating TikTok From Rest of Chinese Operations Over Espionage Concerns

A Man’s Love of Hot Pot Gave Him Brain Tapeworms

A man’s love of delicious hot pot led him down a far more perilous path than he expected. His doctors in China say that the undercooked meal exposed him to a tapeworm infestation that riddled his brain with larval cysts and caused him to have seizures. Thankfully, though, he’s now on the mend.

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Source: Gizmodo – A Man’s Love of Hot Pot Gave Him Brain Tapeworms

Mark Zuckerberg Basically Only Invited White Men to His Conversation Series, the Result Is a Grueling Endurance Test

Mark Zuckerberg cares deeply about the voice of the people, so this year, he invited a bunch of white dudes to discuss that and other Big Stuff in six pre-recorded conversations. This was Zuckerberg’s 2019 “personal challenge”: A series of “public discussions” aimed, in his words, to “engage more in some of these…

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Source: Gizmodo – Mark Zuckerberg Basically Only Invited White Men to His Conversation Series, the Result Is a Grueling Endurance Test

Go Champion Realizes AI Has Rendered His Life Meaningless: ‘There is an Entity That Cannot Be Defeated’

One of the world’s top human champions of Go has decided to retire from playing the strategy game professionally, citing AI as a reason he feels he can no longer compete.

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Source: Gizmodo – Go Champion Realizes AI Has Rendered His Life Meaningless: ‘There is an Entity That Cannot Be Defeated’

The EPA Sends Half-Assed Thanksgiving Message About Food Waste

It’s no secret that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Donald Trump gives zero fucks about the planet. So imagine the irony of EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging Americans to “fill bellies, not landfills this Thanksgiving.”

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Source: Gizmodo – The EPA Sends Half-Assed Thanksgiving Message About Food Waste

The System For .gov Domains Is an Open Target for Fraudsters

You’d think it would be hard to talk the federal government into giving you some random town’s .gov email address. You’d hope the process would be rigorous. But as one hacker explained to security researcher Brian Krebs, securing a government-endorsed top-level domain is actually frighteningly easy.

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Source: Gizmodo – The System For .gov Domains Is an Open Target for Fraudsters

"Magic Mushroom" Ingredient Inches Closer to Becoming a Depression Treatment

A future where a key ingredient of psychedelic mushrooms called psilocybin is regularly used to improve our mental health is none too far off. This month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a “breakthrough therapy” designation to a non-profit company developing psilocybin as a treatment for clinical…

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Source: Gizmodo – “Magic Mushroom” Ingredient Inches Closer to Becoming a Depression Treatment

The Closure of the West's Largest Coal Plant Could Be a Test For the Green New Deal

The sun has set on the Navajo Generating Station, which burned its last pile of coal earlier this month. Economics finally caught up with the West’s largest coal plant, forcing it to shutter as cheap natural gas and renewables made it irrelevant to the energy grid.

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Source: Gizmodo – The Closure of the West’s Largest Coal Plant Could Be a Test For the Green New Deal