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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https://gizmodo.com/amazons-oil-addiction-black-holes-and-tiny-ancient-hu-1834037354

103 New Beetle Species Named After Star Wars Characters, Mythological Beasts, and More

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There are more species of beetle than just about anything else on Earth—approximately 400,000 species described, with perhaps a million or more left to catalog. Now, researchers have identified 103 new species of weevil (a tiny variety of beetle), all from a single Indonesian island.

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https://earther.gizmodo.com/103-new-beetle-species-named-after-star-wars-characters-1833149281

A Man O’ War ‘Epidemic’ Is Sweeping Australian Beaches, and It Won’t Be the Last

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Jellyfish and their relatives are taking over, man. Over the weekend, things got real weird off the coast of Queensland, Australia, where more than 2,600 people received treatment for stings from bluebottles, also known as the Indo-Pacific Portuguese man o’ war. These colonial critters have caused some 13,000 stings…

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https://earther.gizmodo.com/a-man-o-war-epidemic-is-sweeping-australian-beaches-1831584944

Iguanas Reintroduced to the Largest Galapagos Island After Nearly 200 Year Absence

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In 1835, Charles Darwin documented the presence of iguanas on Santiago island, the largest in the Galapagos archipelago. It probably never dawned on the pioneering naturalist that he would be the last scientist to do so. Invasive species wiped the island clean of iguanas—an ecological void that’s now been filled…

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https://earther.gizmodo.com/iguanas-reintroduced-to-the-largest-galapagos-island-af-1831584615

Despite Risks From Poachers, a Rare Albino Orangutan Is Released Back Into the Wild

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A rare and particularly striking albino orangutan who was rescued from villagers in Borneo last year has been released back into the wild following successful rehabilitation. The 5-year-old female seems fit and ready to tackle the demands of forest life, but poaching remains a primary concern.

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https://gizmodo.com/despite-risks-from-poachers-a-rare-albino-orangutan-is-1831264404