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Top Pharmaceutical Giants Pledge to Stick to Science on Coronavirus Vaccine

Ever since the covid-19 pandemic made its way around the world, the question of whether people would accept a potential vaccine has lingered over everything. First, there was the concern that the antivaxxer movement might dissuade people from taking a legitimate vaccine. More recently, the worry has been that U.S….

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China: Hear Me Out on This New Internet Plan

“Which global power will win the moral high ground for global internet security standards?,” asked nobody. But the US and China are locked in competition for the title nonetheless. Today, China served its own counter-proposal for the global internet, in what will predictably become a pointless, boring bit of geopolitical…

There’s No Evidence That Blue-Light Blocking Glasses Help with Sleep

Health products, like detox teas and mood-boosting waters, rely on a lack of neuroscientific knowledge to make their claims. Some of these claims are unsubstantiated, while others are completely made up. My doctoral research investigates visual processing, but when I look at the big picture, I realise that what I’m…

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What Is A Data Blocker And Do You Need One For Your Phone?

The temptation to use a supplied charger in a hotel or public place when you’re running critically low on power can be overwhelming. After all, nobody wants a flat phone. But you also probably don’t want your digital life or bank balance compromised either. So if you’re frequently using unknown…

Why Is This Automotive Design Feature Always Ignored?

Why Is This Automotive Design Feature Always Ignored?

There are two types of designers. Those that enjoy the challenges of constraints, and those that loathe constraints. Automotive design is hard for the latter type, as there are tons of legal requirements for automobiles. You can’t really hide tail lights or reflectors when there is mandated minimum visibility. And…

A Remote Alaskan Town Used Car Headlights To Help Save A Kid

Is there anything vehicle lighting systems can’t do? If you think they can’t assist in saving the life of a child, then, buddy, boy are you wrong. And it’s not just me saying that: drivers in the remote town of Igugig, Alaska proved this a few days ago when they…

100 Websites That Shaped The Internet As We Know It

The World Wide Web is officially old enough for us judge what it’s produced. That’s right, it’s time for the world to start building a canon of the most significant websites of all time, and the Gizmodo staff has opinions.

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Prison Phone App Exposes Millions of Inmate Messages and Personal Data

As many incarcerated individuals are having their visiting privileges restricted due to the global pandemic, Telmate’s Getting Out app has become one of the only options that families separated by incarceration have to keep in touch. But according to research published today, hundreds of millions of intimate messages from many…

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Drone Makes It Rain Weed in Tel Aviv

A drone over Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square dropped hundreds of bags of weed on Thursday, setting off a mad scramble by onlookers to stock up, the Jerusalem Post reported.

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What I Learned From a Week of Responding to My Haters

When you write about the climate crisis, getting hate mail comes with the territory. It shouldn’t, of course, but I’ve gotten used to it over the years. Mostly, I just brush off, though I’ll admit the occasional threats of bodily harm do get to me.

Keep Pregnancy Tests Dumb

I love a good teardown as much as the next gadget nerd, but two teardowns of digital pregnancy tests on Twitter illustrate how “technology” for reproductive health often misses the mark.