A Dangerous Algae Is Killing Our Dogs—and Climate Change Is Going to Make It Worse

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A pair of tragic stories reported this past weekend are raising awareness of a threat to both people and animals in the water: algae. At least four dogs in two states along the Southeast U.S. have reportedly died from swimming in freshwater lakes and ponds filled with toxic blue-green algae. And as the climate warms,…

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https://gizmodo.com/a-dangerous-algae-is-killing-our-dogs-and-climate-chang-1837182942

A Narwhal-Beluga Hybrid, Hong Kong Protests, and Jean-Luc Picard: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

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Another week, another crisis—The U.S. is reportedly launching cyberattacks on assets tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, including a group of hackers believed to spy on ships passing through the Gulf of Oman and on computer-controlled rocket and missile launchers, in retaliation for a series of allegedly…

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https://gizmodo.com/a-narwhal-beluga-hybrid-hong-kong-protests-and-jean-l-1835791963

Which Extinct Animal Would Have Made the Best Pet?

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With de-extinction hovering on the edge of being a thing, it is worth asking at least one question. That question is not “why?” or “is this a good idea??”—if it can be done, it will be, and that’s that. No—the question is: which formerly extinct animals should we domesticate? The cat/dog paradigm has reigned for far…

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https://gizmodo.com/which-extinct-animal-would-have-made-the-best-pet-1835524787

Detective Pikachu Changed the Way I Feel About Pokémon

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Detective Pikachu is the realization of a dream that fans of Nintendo’s Pokémon franchise have had since we first journeyed to Pallet Town and decided which starter would become the first of many partners who’d accompany us on our journey to becoming a Pokémon Master. At some point, we’ve all wondered what it would be…

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https://io9.gizmodo.com/detective-pikachu-changed-the-way-i-feel-about-pokemon-1834620621

Pixar’s Emotional New Short Will Make a Pet Lover Out of You

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Those of us who have them know that pets are basically like best friends who are guaranteed to never desert you, and will always do their best to make you feel better when times are rough. That’s a big part of what makes it difficult to see people who abuse animals.

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https://io9.gizmodo.com/pixars-emotional-new-short-will-make-a-pet-lover-out-of-1832767871

How to Win Over Someone Else’s Cat

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Cats aren’t dogs. And if you want to make friends with a new cat, you don’t treat it like a dog. You patiently figure out what works for this particular cat, and you don’t expect it to work every time. But the slow process of befriending a cat makes it deeply rewarding when you finally win one over.

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https://lifehacker.com/how-to-win-over-someone-elses-cat-1830434400