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Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week


Clockwise from top left: Blue Origin; HBO; Elena Scotti/Gizmodo (Photos: Getty Images, Shutterstock); Dan Kitwood (Getty Images).

This was one heck of a week in the tech and science world. Ridesharing giant Uber finally launched its long-awaited IPO, which was a major flop, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes asked the Federal Trade Commission to break up the company, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tried his damnedest to convince humanity to colonize the solar system so we can have “a thousand Mozarts” or something, and a new report confirmed that humans are killing off countless species in our boundless greed.

But that wasn’t all Gizmodo got up to this week: We broke the news that former Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning has been released from jail after her detention for refusing to testify in a federal grand jury, warned you all about the one-ring robocall scam, looked at NASA’s plans to avert doomsday, and listed all the biggest Game of Thrones goofs to commemorate that damn coffee cup. Elsewhere, we looked at a 1,000-year-old psychedelic drug kit, asked whether we’re stuck with the dumb colors we can currently see or there will be new ones, and tracked down why gaming hardware looks so ridiculous.

All this and more, below:

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How Corporate Delusions of Automation Fuel the Cruelty of Uber and Lyft

As drivers around the world went on strike just days before Uber’s IPO, they shared harrowing…

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Chelsea Manning Has Been Released From Jail

Chelsea Manning was released today from the Virginia jail where she spent 62 days for refusing to…

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Right to Repair Is Less Complicated and More Important Than You Might Think

Take a second to look around you and consider the various gadgets within eyeshot. How many of them, …

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Beware the One-Ring Robocall Scam

It happened to me last night—five calls, all from West Africa, only one ring each.

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Here’s Everything Jeff Bezos Said to Convince Humanity That Space Colonies Are the Future

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man on the planet, gave an hour-long presentation…

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Is Science Broken? Major New Report Outlines Problems in Research

A new report released this week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is …

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NASA Accidentally Destroys NYC in Attempt to Save Denver (Thankfully It Was Just a Simulation)

If you really want to prepare for an asteroid impact, you might as well simulate some of the worst…

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1,000-Year-Old Psychedelic Drug Kit Contains Traces of Cocaine and Ayahuasca

Archaeologists in the Bolivian Andes have discovered a 1,000-year-old ritual bundle—basically a…

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FDA Study Finds that Sunscreen Chemicals Reach Our Bloodstream, but the Health Risks Are Unclear

Researchers at the Food and Drug Administration have found that people who regularly use certain…

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No Jeff, We Don’t Need to Go to Space to Save Humanity

I love space. I am very excited for humans to explore space more, and I’m even okay with us going…

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Here’s How Screwed by Climate Change the UK Will Be When the Royal Baby Turns 18

Archie Harrison Montbatten-Windsor, the new royal baby with a funny name and title, has sucked the…

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Everything Is Fucked, Major New Extinction Report Finds

There has never been a period like this in the history of humanity. In a sweeping report delivered…

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8 More Game of Thrones Goofs That Show Maybe We Shouldn’t Take the Coffee Cup So Damn Seriously

Game of Thrones enraged the world when it had the audacity to forget a coffee cup was in one of the …

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How Spider-Man: Far From Home Brings Peter Parker Back Down to Earth

On the UK set of Spider-Man: Far From Home last summer, one question was on the minds of press: How …

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Professor Hulk Is Avengers: Endgame‘s Gift to Bruce Banner

Hulk smash. The Hulk has always smashed; it’s his thing and he’s incredibly good at it. But in…

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This Is the Fitness Smartwatch You Should Buy

If you’re serious about starting or maintaining an exercise routine, fitness trackers and…

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The Surprising Origins of Absurd Gaming Hardware

Over the last few months, we’ve spoken with laptop makers, gamers, and historians to get a better…

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Will There Ever Be New Colors That We Can See?

When brain chips break big, and commercial tech giants start sifting our thoughts and swapping…

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