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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Sep 30, 2019. 8 comments

What Would It Take to Shut Down the Entire Internet?

What Would It Take to Shut Down the Entire Internet?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

Not too long ago, we here at Giz Asks contemplated what might happen if the entire internet shut down at once. One imaginative stumbling block, in playing out the implications of that scenario, was how something like that could happen in the first place. And...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Sep 23, 2019. 23 comments

Can You Overdose on Weed?

Can You Overdose on Weed?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

At this very moment, behind a high school storage shed or under the grim fluorescents of a strip-mall Wendy’s, a too-high teen is convinced they’re going to die. Eventually that teen will calm down, and probably thank their friend for refusing to call an ambulance...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Sep 16, 2019. 16 comments

When Will We Run Out of Water?

When Will We Run Out of Water?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

Even people who believe in climate change are climate change deniers: you might know, intellectually, that our world is coming to an end, but it is hard to truly register this fact, the same way one both does and does not believe that they will one day die. There...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Sep 09, 2019. 13 comments

What's the Best Medicine?

What's the Best Medicine?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

Thousands of medicines have made it to market in the last century or so. Some of these medicines have single-handedly eradicated illnesses that have plagued humanity from the dawn of time; some have made chronic conditions at least somewhat more tolerable; others...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Sep 02, 2019. 21 comments

What's My Best Chance of Living Forever?

What's My Best Chance of Living Forever?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

What do hideous mall t-shirts, emo bands from the mid-aughts, and gorgeously-wrought realist novels about dissolving marriages have in common? Simply this assertion: Life Sucks. And it does suck, undoubtedly, even for the happiest and/or richest among us, not one...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Aug 26, 2019. 23 comments

Which Animal Will Develop Human-Level Intelligence in the Future?

Which Animal Will Develop Human-Level Intelligence in the Future?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

Animals that think and talk like humans have long enchanted the public—in the form of myths, children’s books, and overrated TV shows. Somehow even the most mundane aspects of daily life—paying taxes, or preparing sandwiches, or staring at yourself in the mirror...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Aug 19, 2019. 24 comments

What Would Happen If the Whole Internet Just Shut Down All of a Sudden?

What Would Happen If the Whole Internet Just Shut Down All of a Sudden?
Alternate InternetThis week, we look at the ways the internet could have been—and could be—different.  

A world in which the internet suddenly stops: surely the TV show’s already in development. Sprawling cast, gorgeous visuals, tediously on-the-nose themes. Some handsome B-lister tearing around the country in pursuit of his wayward kids, or the shadowy sect that pulled the plug in the first...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Aug 12, 2019. 11 comments

Can You Laugh to Death?

Can You Laugh to Death?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

True laughter—not the strained, polite variant you find in offices, or the monotonous guffawing you hear on comedy podcasts, but real, involuntary, gasping laughter—is an escape from death, or at least the dread of it: you can think about death while laughing...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Aug 05, 2019. 18 comments

Do Animals Work Out?

Do Animals Work Out?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

Of the many downsides to being a human being—as opposed to, say, a squirrel, or some kind of fantastically plumed bird—exercise is one of the more egregious. Awareness of mortality is bad enough—do we really have to jog, on top of that? Still, animals are like us...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Jul 30, 2019. 17 comments

What's the Worst Thing That Could Happen if You Hold in Your Pee Too Long?

What's the Worst Thing That Could Happen if You Hold in Your Pee Too Long?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

Unless there are some truly radical advances in catheter technology, having to pee and not being able to will remain a universal predicament, albeit one more acute for some (Amazon warehouse workers , for instance) than for others. Certainly it can feel, in the...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Jul 22, 2019. 24 comments

What Technology Is Most Likely to Become Obsolete During Your Lifetime?

What Technology Is Most Likely to Become Obsolete During Your Lifetime?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

Certain Boomer basements are little shrines to obsolescence, untidy stockrooms of the one-time cutting-edge: VCRs, corded telephones, immense beige PC monitors, etc. Way fewer Millennials will have basements to store trash in (‘home ownership’ itself quickly...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Jul 15, 2019. 11 comments

Is the Butterfly Effect Real?

Is the Butterfly Effect Real?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

Is the 2004 Ashton Kutcher vehicle The Butterfly Effect a good movie? Definitely not, no—but try telling that to me at age thirteen. And then wrap your head, once more, around the fact that if you had told me that, you might have set in motion the utter...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Jul 08, 2019. 15 comments

Who Has the Most Censored Internet?

Who Has the Most Censored Internet?
Speech OnlineThis week, we’re looking at the state of free speech on the internet, how we got here, and where we’re going.  

Certain platforms might take down your homemade pornography, or censor your conspiracist podcast, but in the U.S. the internet is a fairly open place. As long as what you’re peddling isn’t actively illegal—or as long as you’re not peddling illegal wares too...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Jul 01, 2019. 14 comments

Can You Forget Things on Purpose?

Can You Forget Things on Purpose?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

Memory’s ungovernable, a ceaseless shaming pain: you’re either scrambling to retrieve it (rooting around for keys, or the name of some acquaintance) or you’re scrambling away from it, wishing it wouldn’t toss up, for the seven hundredth time, this or that...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Jun 17, 2019. 23 comments

Which Extinct Animal Would Have Made the Best Pet?

Which Extinct Animal Would Have Made the Best Pet?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

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...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Jun 10, 2019. 10 comments

What Makes Things Slimy?

What Makes Things Slimy?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

Probably no more than ten people on Earth have a “favorite” texture, and these are almost certainly not people you would like to know. Conversely, pretty much everyone has a least-favorite texture. What do slugs, unsightly thigh boils, and disease-ridden swamps all...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Jun 03, 2019. 12 comments

What's the Hottest Object in the Universe?

What's the Hottest Object in the Universe?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

One hundred degrees might seem hot, when you’re sweating through your shirt in July—but on a cosmic scale it barely registers. The Sun itself is over 15 million degrees; and in a hottest-object contest, the Sun wouldn’t even rank. Scientists, in fact, have produced...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz May 27, 2019. 17 comments

What's the Horniest Animal?

What's the Horniest Animal?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

Anyone who’s ever watched a nature documentary knows that the animal kingdom is rife with—is, in some sense, composed entirely of—sex fiends and perverts. They’ve got all kinds of genitalia out there in nature, and these are put to frequent, energetic use. Still,...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz May 20, 2019. 18 comments

Is the World Really Overpopulated?

Is the World Really Overpopulated?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

The notion that we’re headed towards some kind of populational apocalypse—that there exists a line which, once crossed, will lead inexorably to mass starvation, and a whole planet like Penn Station at rush hour—has been used to stoke fear and sell books for more...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz May 06, 2019. 15 comments

Will There Ever Be New Colors That We Can See?

Will There Ever Be New Colors That We Can See?
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFIllustration: Elena Scotti/Gizmodo (Photos: Getty Images, Shutterstock)Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

When brain chips break big, and commercial tech giants start sifting our thoughts and swapping cherished memories for...

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