Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing. Photo © Dan Streiffert /Flickr Mateo started studying ground squirrels in 2002. While the ground squirrels I’m watching in Idaho don’t show family favor, they still recognize relatives even after hibernating for nine months.

Headed to Mars? Pack Some Aerogel—You Know, for Terraforming

Headed to Mars? Pack Some Aerogel—You Know, for Terraforming

It’s called a solid-state greenhouse effect—light penetrates the surface, passes through the translucent ice, and then hits darker regolith, which warms up. Could an insulating material create a solid-state greenhouse effect warm enough to make Mars habitable?

Yeti Hopper Cooler Deal: $90 Off for Amazon Prime Day

Yeti Hopper Cooler Deal: $90 Off for Amazon Prime Day

One of Yeti's Best Coolers Is $90 Off for Prime Day. I come by my Yeti fandom reluctantly. The Flip 18 is the larger version of Yeti's personal soft cooler . Absolute Best Amazon Prime Day Deals. Google's Best Prime Day Deals.

A Leaky Component Caused the SpaceX Crew Dragon Explosion

A Leaky Component Caused the SpaceX Crew Dragon Explosion

According to Koenigsmann, the explosion occurred during a test of the Crew Dragon’s in-flight abort system, which is used to jettison the capsule from the rocket if something goes wrong during launch.

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News

The Best of Amazon Prime Day, Twitter's Redesign, and More News. Amazon has a ton of deals for Prime Day, Twitter redesigned its website, and scientists have an idea to make Mars habitable.

The Inside Story of Twitter's New Redesign

The Inside Story of Twitter's New Redesign

The search bar features more prominently on the right.“People use Twitter a lot on desktop to look for information, and it tends to be around their interests,” says Jesar Shah, the web redesign's product lead.

Our Favorite Kindle Is Only $60 for Prime Day

Our Favorite Kindle Is Only $60 for Prime Day

We highlighted our favorites below, but you can see the full list in our guide to the best Prime Day device deals . Absolute Best Amazon Prime Day Deals.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Continues to Rule the Box Office

Spider-Man: Far From Home Continues to Rule the Box Office

Spider-Man: Far From Home lead the box office for the second week in a row this past weekend. Spidey Swings in to No. Spider-Man: Far From Home continued its box office domination this weekend, bringing in $45.3 million domestically.

Star Wars News: 'Rise of Skywalker' Reshoots Are Happening, Apparently

Star Wars News: 'Rise of Skywalker' Reshoots Are Happening, Apparently

The real deal: Apparently, additional shoots are underway for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker , with a of sources reporting that Black Park in the UK has been closed off for either reshoots or pickups, with an X-wing fighter being part of the additional shots.

Storyboards, Marvel's Parts Unknown, Is Coming to Disney+

Storyboards, Marvel's Parts Unknown, Is Coming to Disney+

Instead, the series—which will launch with Disney+ in November —pairs up Marvel Entertainment's chief creative officer Joe Quesada with some very visionary people to find out how they do their best work.

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

Disconnecting third-party apps and services from Facebook, Twitter, and Google usually only takes a click or two from the pages we've just linked to, but bear in mind that this won't actually close down your unused accounts—it just means they can't get into your main accounts quite as easily.

Seaweed as Sustainable Livelihood

Seaweed as Sustainable Livelihood

Photo © Kevin Arnold / TNC Our three-part Indonesia Guide: Coastal Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods through Seaweed Aquaculture in Indonesia provides information and recommendations for how seaweed buyers can increase the sustainability of their supply chains, conservation organizations can work within seaweed aquaculture for environmental and social gains, and farmers can improve their environmental and production practices.

The UN Operation to Disarm Mosul's IEDs and Unexploded Bombs

The UN Operation to Disarm Mosul's IEDs and Unexploded Bombs

Two years ago this month, a US-led military coalition declared victory against ISIS in Mosul, liberating one of Iraq's largest cities after three years of occupation by the radical Islamist group. Like the rest of Iraq, Mosul suffers from mines and unexploded bombs left behind from decades of war.

Should You Buy the Nintendo Switch Lite?

Should You Buy the Nintendo Switch Lite?

You should also keep in mind that since the Lite won't include two detachable controllers right out of the box like the standard Switch does, the cost of making co-op happen will be higher than the initial $200 price suggests.

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Cheaper Lidar, a Self-Driving Deal, and Other Car News This Week

Or that after breaking up with self-driving developer Aurora earlier this year, Volkswagen on Friday invested $2.6 billion in Argo AI , with plans to use its tech to launch an autonomous service (likely meaning robo-taxis or trucking, somewhere, sometime).

Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families

Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families

Security News this Week: Palantir Manual Shows How Law Enforcement Tracks Families. If you happened to buy the Blue Smart hair straightener from Glamorizer—perhaps not even realizing it had Bluetooth capability, because why would it?—then TechCrunch is sorry to report but hackers could totally seize your device, and well, change the temperature of the hot iron remotely, if they wanted to.

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers

Space Photos of the Week: A Tribute to Voyager’s Twin Trippers. In late August and early September of 1977, NASA launched twin spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2. However, after their revolutionary discoveries, NASA extended the missions and sent Voyager 2 onward to Uranus and Neptune.

The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

In the case of the pedophile scandal, YouTube's AI was actively recommending suggestive videos of children to users who were most likely to engage with those videos. The feedback loop works like this: (1) People who spend more time on the platforms have a greater impact on recommendation systems.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook's Libra and the Future of Money

Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook's Libra and the Future of Money

On this episode of Gadget Lab, WIRED writer Gregory Barber explains the intricacies of Facebook’s ambitious plan and how Libra is poised to rattle the future of crypto.

Tropical Storm Barry Pits New Orleans Against Water—Again

Tropical Storm Barry Pits New Orleans Against Water—Again

More than two centuries of trying to control the Mississippi with engineering and trying to protect New Orleans from floods and storms has made the city more vulnerable to severe weather—which is exactly what gets more likely with climate change .Levees along the Mississippi and its intersecting rivers, as well as channels for navigation and all kinds of other engineering, make the river as important to North America’s economy as it is to the continent’s hydrology.

FTC Reportedly Hits Facebook With Record $5 Billion Settlement

FTC Reportedly Hits Facebook With Record $5 Billion Settlement

The FTC opened its investigation into Facebook’s data practices last March, one week after news broke that Cambridge Analytica , a political consulting firm that worked with the Trump campaign in 2016, had improperly obtained information on tens of millions of Facebook users.

How Dogs Help Cancer Research, an Amazon Email Scam, and More News

How Dogs Help Cancer Research, an Amazon Email Scam, and More News

How Dogs Help Cancer Research, an Amazon Email Scam, and More News. Canine cancer research could also help humans, there's an Amazon phishing scam to watch out for, and Facebook gets hit with a record settlement.

Small Cars Are Being Driven Out of Existence

Small Cars Are Being Driven Out of Existence

Cheap credit and leasing have made larger vehicles more affordable; the average purchase price of a new car has risen to an eye-watering $37,000. From a profit and regulatory compliance perspective, it’s certainly better for carmakers to sell lots of hybrid SUVs and high-performance sports cars.

This Chrome Extension Calls Out Sponsored YouTube Videos

This Chrome Extension Calls Out Sponsored YouTube Videos

Last year, an analysis of over 500,000 YouTube videos and more than 2.1 million Pinterest pins conducted by the Princeton researchers found that influencers rarely disclose their connections to such affiliate marketing links.

Ford and VW Hitch Their Self-Driving Efforts Together

Ford and VW Hitch Their Self-Driving Efforts Together

Volkswagen is investing $2.6 billion in Argo AI, the self-driving-car developer leading Ford’s effort to deploy an autonomous taxi service. Along with boosting VW’s robotic efforts, the deal extends the automakers’ nascent alliance, which includes jointly developing conventional vehicles, to the coming world of self-driving cars.

How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH

How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH

A former tennis pro himself, Kovacs works with some of the best players on Earth to help them wring as much power as possible from their serves.

An Amazon Phishing Scam Hits Just in Time For Prime Day

An Amazon Phishing Scam Hits Just in Time For Prime Day

The kit is called 16Shop; its author goes by the handle DevilScreaM.In both the Apple and Amazon campaigns, 16Shop makes it easy for anyone to craft an email that looks like it comes from a major tech company, with a PDF attached.

Amazon Is Making a Lord of the Rings MMO Game

Amazon Is Making a Lord of the Rings MMO Game

Famously, it had a major foray into the massively multiplayer world with The Lord of the Rings Online , a game that launched in 2007 and remains a cult favorite to this day for its expansive, detailed approach to living inside Middle-earth.

Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry

Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry

A historic slow-moving flood of polluted Mississippi River water loaded with chemicals, pesticides, and human waste from 31 states and two Canadian provinces is draining straight into the marshes and bayous of the Gulf of Mexico —the nurseries of Arnesen’s fishing grounds—upsetting the delicate balance of salinity and destroying the fragile ecosystem in the process.

On 'Pose', the Past Is the Present

On 'Pose', the Past Is the Present

Like so many other trans women of color, Candy's story is one marked by sexual violence and communal grief.

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