Amazon’s Oil Addiction, Black Holes, and Tiny Ancient Humans: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

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Wow, it’s finally here: The last season of HBO’s Game of Thrones premieres tonight. In a matter of mere minutes, viewers will have the chance to re-experience the magical world of Westeros, spending a final few episodes in the company of fan favorites like Dragon Owner, The Explosion Doer, Grizzled Conscience Man,

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Saturn’s Ravioli-Shaped ‘Ring Moons’ May Have Formed From a Giant Impact

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During the final days of the legendary Cassini mission, the NASA spacecraft performed a series of ring-skimming orbits around Saturn, snapping unprecedented images of the gas giant’s enigmatic ring moons. These photos and other data have now been analyzed by astronomers, shedding new light on these elusive objects and…

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Wildly Spinning Asteroid Caught In the Throes of Self-Destruction

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With its long, bright tail, this object bears an uncanny resemblance to a comet, but it’s actually an active asteroid. New observations suggest the asteroid is spinning so quickly that it’s starting to break down and crumble, in what is a relatively rare cosmological phenomenon.

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https://gizmodo.com/wildly-spinning-asteroid-caught-in-the-throes-of-self-d-1833647635

A New List of Stars Shows Us Where to Look for Earth-Like Planets

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Astronomers have created a catalog of 1,822 nearby stars around which the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission might spot planets receiving Earth-like levels of starlight. This is a crucial step in humanity’s search for an Earth-like, potentially habitable exoplanet.

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https://gizmodo.com/a-new-list-of-stars-shows-us-where-to-look-for-earth-li-1833575898

Formation of Dark Vortex on Neptune Captured For the Very First Time

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Late last year, astronomers detected the sixth known dark vortex on Neptune. This time, however, scientists were able to chronicle the formation of this swirling storm over the course of several years, offering new insights into these enigmatic and ephemeral weather features.

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https://gizmodo.com/formation-of-dark-vortex-on-neptune-captured-for-the-ve-1833555871