Your Favorite Snacks May Be Driving Deforestation in Ancient Indonesian Peatlands

A palm oil plantation in Indonesia.Photo: Getty Do you love Oreos? How about Pop-Tarts? Instant ramen?  All these snacks—often staples in the American household—have become targets in the Rainforest Action Network’s (RAN) latest campaign against palm oil plantations. The organization published an investigation Sunday calling out major snack companies for their role in Indonesia’s deforestation…

Deciding to Make Frozen II Was Much More Complicated Than You’d Expect

The idea of making a sequel to one of the biggest animated films of all time somehow seems more than just “obvious.” “Essential” is likely a better word. And yet, the filmmakers behind Frozen and the upcoming Frozen II say making a sequel wasn’t their first instinct and the road to get there was more…

Why the Mississippi River Needs a Bill of Rights

In his 45 years as a shrimp fisherman in south Louisiana, Venice native Acy Cooper has never seen the industry suffer like it has this year. Not after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Not in the years after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Like fishermen throughout the region, his catches are…

Atari’s VCS will offer ‘thousands’ of retro games through a subscription

The service also includes a global leaderboard and social challenges, and it’ll support both the classic joystick and modern controller. And if you like to play on other platforms, the upgraded collection will be available elsewhere if you have a VCS account. The VCS edition of Antstream Arcade will cost you. Once your 30-day trial…

UK police auction TalkTalk hacker’s cryptocurrency

This is believed to be the first auction of this kind by UK police. The money raised will go toward fighting crime. It’s also meant to show that there’s no place to hide criminal assets, one officer said. This isn’t Gunton’s first run-in with the law. He played a key role in the 2015 TalkTalk…

This Self-Driving Garbage Can Remembers to Take the Trash to the Curb For You

Despite what the inventors of the world want you to believe, not everything in your home needs to be intelligent, automated, and motorized—except your garbage cans. The inventor of the SmartCan wants to ensure you’ll never again forget it’s trash day, because these cans automatically drive themselves to the curb for you. This is the…

HP’s Spectre x360 packs a 4K display if you want it

Despite shaving off more than a tenth of the computer, HP was able to build better cooling and thermals into the device. If you weren’t a fan of the lineup’s two-tone “Nightfall Black” and “Poseidon Blue” color options, the good news is that HP will offer the new model in a simpler “Natural Silver” color…

Nintendo’s Brain Age series is back as a Switch exclusive

The full title of the game translates to “Nintendo Switch Training for Adults with Brain Training Supervised by Prof. Ryuta Kawashima, Research Institute for Aging Medicine, Tohoku University” and it will have features like support for two players and battle modes. The challenges look to be similar to the original game, with mathematics puzzles, memory…

What Would It Take to Shut Down the Entire Internet?

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images) 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…