Why Aren’t Melbourne’s COVID-19 Case Numbers Going Down, Even After Lockdown?

Why Aren’t Melbourne’s COVID-19 Case Numbers Going Down, Even After Lockdown?

Fourteen days after Melbourne was put back into lockdown, the latest daily tally of 484 new cases in Victoria makes for dispiriting reading. Why have the numbers stubbornly refused to go down, despite Melburnians being confined to their homes for all but non-essential trips? The first lockdown, imposed nationwide in…

Why Can’t Humans Grow Wings?

Why Can’t Humans Grow Wings?

Humans are animals that have backbones. This means we’re in a group called “vertebrates” – along with fish, amphibians (such as frogs), reptiles, birds and mammals. A long time ago, humans weren’t around. We actually came from 500-million-year-old fish that had no arms, legs or jaws. But slowly, from one…

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Might be Optimised for Streaming Xbox Games

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Might be Optimised for Streaming Xbox Games

The leaks about what we can expect at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event on August 6 just keep coming, and the latest one about the Note 20 Ultra is particularly interesting for gaming fans. According to WinFuture, the handset will be optimised to stream Xbox games using xCloud, thanks to a partnership…

Tesla Did It, With A Caveat

Tesla Did It, With A Caveat

Tesla announced a second-quarter profit of $US104 ($146) million today, marking its fourth consecutive profitable quarter, a first for the company. It’s a benchmark that many sceptics thought Tesla would never achieve, though as usual it comes with a tiny asterisk.

A 23-Year-Old Filed A World-First Climate Lawsuit in Australia

A 23-Year-Old Filed A World-First Climate Lawsuit in Australia

Looks like Gen Z is at it again with the climate lawsuits, this time in Australia. Kathleen “Katta” O’Donnell, a 23-year-old college student in Melbourne, launched a world-first lawsuit against the Australian government on Tuesday, alleging that it has misled investors in sovereign bonds by failing to disclose climate-related risks.

How Stupid Are Dogs, Really?

How Stupid Are Dogs, Really?

We tend to marvel at the abilities of our canine companions, but let’s face it: Dogs are basic beasts who depend on humans for pretty much everything. So instead of uncritically celebrating these good boys and girls during Gizmodo’s Dog Week, let’s explore all the things they suck at.

28 Artists Collaborated on a Wild Quarantine Poster You Have to See

28 Artists Collaborated on a Wild Quarantine Poster You Have to See

“Let’s make something weird together.” Those were the instructions like many of us, found themselves stuck inside due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The result is a 28-person collaboration that’s available right now and Gizmodo is stoked to debut it.

Updates From Mission: Impossible 7, Lucifer, and More

Updates From Mission: Impossible 7, Lucifer, and More

M. Night Shyamalan’s mystery thriller gets another cast member. Skydance animation shuffles a few of its upcoming release dates. There is yet another Stephen King adaptation on the way. Plus, what’s to come on Stargirl, and robot ruminations about in the look at Quibi’s new sci-fi series Don’t Look Deeper.

Dueling Cyclones Brew in the Atlantic and Pacific

Dueling Cyclones Brew in the Atlantic and Pacific

Hurricane season is unfortunately alive and well, folks. As of Wednesday, two storms are brewing: Hurricane Douglas in the Pacific and Tropical Storm Gonzalo in the Atlantic. A third is also likely to spring up in the Gulf of Mexico later this week.

Microsoft’s Doing the Monopoly Thing Again, Slack Says

Microsoft’s Doing the Monopoly Thing Again, Slack Says

Workplace messaging software company Slack is accusing Microsoft of monopoly behaviour in an antitrust complaint filed today to European Union regulators. Unsurprisingly, the accusations hinge on the same practice that helped make Microsoft rich in the first place.

Twitter Expects QAnon Crackdown to Affect 150,000 Accounts Across Network

Twitter Expects QAnon Crackdown to Affect 150,000 Accounts Across Network

When should Twitter have banned QAnon, the conspiracy theory that has thoroughly convinced people, mainly Trump supporters, of an omnipresent threat of Satanic child abusers? Was it when Reddit banned their QAnon subreddit for making “violent threats” in 2018? Was it when a group of armed Arizona veterans stormed a…

Neurostimulation May Herald a New Treatment for Depression

Neurostimulation May Herald a New Treatment for Depression

Depression is a growing problem in Canada and elsewhere, and one of the most important public health issues today, says the World Health Organization (WHO). The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing containment measures have had an impact on the mental health of Canadians and have created conditions that are associated…

The Best Marvel Studios Moments in Comic-Con History

The Best Marvel Studios Moments in Comic-Con History

This year could have been special. A year after Marvel Studios announced the bulk of the Phase 4 slate in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, odds were high that a 2020 panel would have been even bigger. We might have seen footage from Eternals and trailers for the Disney+…