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It Could Take Mammals 7 Million Years to Recover From Humanity Wiping Them Out It Could Take Mammals 7 Million Years to Recover From Humanity Wiping Them Out

Elephants’ brethren—including mastodons and mammoths—once ranged across the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa. But natural climatic changes helped shrink their range and human hunters ensured their demise, leaving just elephants alive and confined to parts of Africa and Asia today.

The Fight to Save the Last Swimming Camels on Earth The Fight to Save the Last Swimming Camels on Earth

Near small fishing hamlets along the coast of northwest India, the blue-green sea is speckled with islands of mangroves. It’s as picturesque a setting as you’ll find, but on some days, the tranquility is punctuated by a deafening sound: dozens of camels, like a fleet of furry ships, bleating and honking as they swim…

Bioweapons, Viagra, Wind Farms, and the Apocalypse: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Bioweapons, Viagra, Wind Farms, and the Apocalypse: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Halloween may still be most of a month away, but the scares have already begun. Urine-craved vampires. Genetically engineered insects that do their masters’ bidding. Algal monstrosities. Dark magicks. iPhone XS bugs.

Meet the Animals That Go Wild for Your Pee Meet the Animals That Go Wild for Your Pee

Last month, visitors to Washington’s Olympic National Park were treated to a surreal sight. A helicopter crossed the sky dangling strands of drugged, blindfolded mountain goats—as many as five at a time—like a string of furry pearls. In the end, more than 100 goats were airlifted from the park and shipped to new homes…

Memory Week, Amazon, and Seafloor Sludge: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Memory Week, Amazon, and Seafloor Sludge: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s September 30th, 2018, and the theme of the last week was memory. Not just at Gizmodo, where we wrapped up Memory Week, our series on nostalgia, neuroscience, and all that data tightly locked up in our brains. No, you should additionally be trying to remember everything you’ve put into the sprawling Facebook…

Controversial Grizzly Bear Hunt Officially Canceled Controversial Grizzly Bear Hunt Officially Canceled

It looks like nobody’s going to be shooting a Yellowstone grizzly bear for sport this year after all.

Do Dogs Forget Their People? Do Dogs Forget Their People?

Let’s say your long-term relationship totally implodes. Browsing for a new apartment, or a therapist that takes your insurance, you hear your dog bark in the other room—and realize, with a start, that it’s not actually your dog. Once you’re all moved out, the dog will be out of your life, too. Stewing in self-pity you…

Do 'Stoned' Lobsters Really Feel Less Pain When Cooked Alive? Do 'Stoned' Lobsters Really Feel Less Pain When Cooked Alive?

A seafood restaurant in Maine claims to have a more compassionate method when serving up its lobsters: get them stoned first. Charlotte’s Legendary Lobsters Pound now offers patrons the option of having their tasty crustaceans “sedated” with weed before being steamed to death. According to owner Charlotte Gill, Roscoe…

Rest in Peace, Cat That Broke Into New Orleans Substation and Blew Out Power to Thousands Rest in Peace, Cat That Broke Into New Orleans Substation and Blew Out Power to Thousands

A cat that broke into an electrical substation and unfortunately perished after coming into contact with high-voltage equipment was responsible for a power outage that affected some 7,500 Entergy customers in New Orleans on Monday morning, the Advocate wrote.

Plan to Build a Genetic Noah’s Ark Includes a Staggering 66,000 Species Plan to Build a Genetic Noah’s Ark Includes a Staggering 66,000 Species

An international consortium involving over 50 institutions has announced an ambitious project to assemble high-quality genome sequences of all 66,000 vertebrate species on Earth, including all mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. With an estimated total cost of $600 million dollars, it’s a project of…

Three Freaky New Fish Species Discovered in One of the World's Deepest Trenches Three Freaky New Fish Species Discovered in One of the World's Deepest Trenches

In further proof that the deep sea is stranger than outer space, scientists have discovered what they believe to be three new species of snailfish nearly 25,000 feet (7,500 meters) below the ocean’s surface in the Atacama Trench. The translucent, scaleless creatures look like ghosts that accidentally entered our world…

Watchdog Busts Facebook Groups Selling More Than 100 Protected Animal Species in Thailand Watchdog Busts Facebook Groups Selling More Than 100 Protected Animal Species in Thailand

A wildlife trade watchdog found 1,521 listings for animals on Facebook in Thailand. The posts included live animals, dead animals, and body parts.

Does Your Cat Actually Hate You? Does Your Cat Actually Hate You?

Dogs wear their hearts on their sleeves; cats—or at least some cats, some of the time—can spend years at your side without making it totally clear that they know, or care, who you are. An expression vaguely resembling contentment flits across their face and you think, triumphantly: see! My cat doesn’t despise me.

Feud Week, Dungeons & Dragons, Shooting Bigfoot, and IFA 2018: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Feud Week, Dungeons & Dragons, Shooting Bigfoot, and IFA 2018: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Here at Gizmodo, we’ve just wrapped up Feud Week: A series on personality and business clashes in the tech world, scientific disputes, and whether or not to shoot Bigfoot. (I say let the big guy do his thing, unless it turns out it’s kidnapping people with mind-waves to make more Bigfoots.) Some have said that a Nice…

French Ban on Neonicotinoid Pesticides, Which Bees May Find Addictive, Goes Into Effect French Ban on Neonicotinoid Pesticides, Which Bees May Find Addictive, Goes Into Effect

A French ban on five neonicotinoid pesticides intended to protect the nation’s bees from colony collapse disorder went into effect on Saturday, Agence France-Press reported.

Wow, Spain Sure Has a Lot of Pigs Wow, Spain Sure Has a Lot of Pigs

There are now enough pigs in Spain that technically everyone could have one, and there’d be pigs to spare. Per the Guardian, Spanish environmental ministry figures reveal that the country now has 50 million oinking piggies, which is about 3.5 million more than the number of humans. That’s the first recorded time the…

The World’s Largest King Penguin Colony Is Catastrophically Shrinking—and We Don’t Know Why The World’s Largest King Penguin Colony Is Catastrophically Shrinking—and We Don’t Know Why

The last time scientists visited Ile aux Cochons in 1982, an island that is part of an archipelago in the southern Indian Ocean, the king penguin population was booming. Over 500,000 breeding pairs (around 2 million penguins total) huddled together there, making the island the largest king penguin colony in the world.…

Incompetent Thieves Steal Shark From San Antonio Aquarium by Disguising It as a Baby Incompetent Thieves Steal Shark From San Antonio Aquarium by Disguising It as a Baby

Security footage caught three people stealing a gray horn shark from the San Antonio Aquarium in Texas in a plot that would be comically stupid were it not likely to result in harm to the animal, with police taking into custody one person of interest and expecting to charge two others, according to the San Antonio…

Arctic Cruise Line Staff Reportedly Shoot and Kill Polar Bear After Attack on Guard Arctic Cruise Line Staff Reportedly Shoot and Kill Polar Bear After Attack on Guard

Guards for Arctic cruise line passengers shot and killed a polar bear on the island of Spitsbergen in the remote Svalbard region of Norway, resulting in condemnation on social media and swift apologies from the tour operator.

Russian Scientists Claim to Have Resurrected 40,000-Year-Old Worms Buried in Ice Russian Scientists Claim to Have Resurrected 40,000-Year-Old Worms Buried in Ice

A team of Russian scientists is lining themselves up to be the opening cast of a John Carpenter film. Earlier this month, in the journal Doklady Biological Sciences, they announced they had apparently discovered ancient nematode worms that were able to resurrect themselves after spending at least 32,000 years buried…

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