How to Not Fall for Viral Scares

How to Not Fall for Viral Scares

The Momo challenge, according to breathless news reports and posts from worried parents and law enforcement , is a game circulating on social media that encourages kids to engage in increasingly harmful behavior until, eventually, they’re supposed to commit suicide and upload the video to the internet.

In Pictures: Saving Papua New Guinea’s Sea Cucumbers

In Pictures: Saving Papua New Guinea’s Sea Cucumbers

In September 2018, I joined Nature Conservancy scientists on journey to Manus, Papua New Guinea , where local communities are banding together to sustainably manage their sea cucumber stocks. About 26 sea cucumber species are harvested in Papua New Guinea, and the two most valuable species are white teat and sandfish.

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora If Amazon is looking for a partner to help it move seriously into the robo-car space, Aurora is a logical bet: It's led by a trio of industry veterans and is one of the few independent self-driving developers.

How to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient in 4 Easy Steps

How to Make Your Home Energy-Efficient in 4 Easy Steps

Read on for a few tips on how to improve your home's energy efficiency, save money, and reduce your environmental footprint this year.

Want to Try Camera Trapping? Check Out This New Guide

Want to Try Camera Trapping? Check Out This New Guide

Check Out This New Guide Flying squirrel caught on camera trap © Janet Pesaturo Trail cameras have become a common tool for wildlife biologists. That’s why Janet Pesaturo’s Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Sign, and Behavior of Eastern Wildlife (Stackpole Books) will be invaluable for both novice and experienced camera trappers.

For Nervous Californians, Fire-Proofing Is a New Obsession

For Nervous Californians, Fire-Proofing Is a New Obsession

Despite a flurry of stories in the media about people losing their insurance and leaving the area, Mark Sektnan, president of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, told me, “We’re not seeing a trend.” Insurance prices are increasing in some places, but California doesn’t allow insurers to jack up premiums based on recent disasters, and nearly everyone can find home insurance if they want it, he said.

Women's Sexuality Is Still Taboo for Tech—at Least at CES

Women's Sexuality Is Still Taboo for Tech—at Least at CES

“By excluding female-focused Sex Tech, CES and CTA are essentially saying that women’s sexuality and sexual health is not worthy of innovation,” Lora Haddock, the CEO of Lora DiCarlo, wrote on her website after news of the controversy broke.

Got Holiday Cash to Burn? Try These After-Christmas Sales

Got Holiday Cash to Burn? Try These After-Christmas Sales

Every retailer has a different name for these "After Christmas" sales, but there are a bunch of deals that will keep trudging along until New Year's eve. After-Christmas Sales Pages We've only covered a small sampling of our favorite deals.

Inside the Pricey War to Influence Your Instagram Feed

Inside the Pricey War to Influence Your Instagram Feed

None of the codes and links posted below Gutierrez’s Lashify video include a disclosure beyond the phrase “AFFILIATE SHIZ!” Nubounsom did not respond to a request for comment.$50,000 for a YouTube VideoPayments for influencers are rising so fast that some advertisers feel priced out of the market.

Building better before the next disaster: How retrofitting homes can save lives and strengthen economies

Building better before the next disaster: How retrofitting homes can save lives and strengthen economies

Building better before the next disaster: How retrofitting homes can save lives and strengthen economies Governments at times do not have the knowledge they need to take advantage of the retrofitting option; nor are there policies and incentives in place to start making homes safer at scale.

Hurricane Florence: How to Help

Hurricane Florence: How to Help

The Red Cross keeps a blood supply on hand to respond to emergencies, but it’s perishable, and natural disasters interfere with collections in the affected areas.United WayMary Sellers, the president of the American division of the nonprofit United Way, said that the organization was prepared to help its local partners with disaster response — but also that people should think about the medium- and long-term effects of Hurricane Florence.

Google searches reveal where people are most concerned about climate change

Google searches reveal where people are most concerned about climate change

In our research, we used Google search histories to measure the climate change awareness in different communities, and to show how awareness maps (like the one below) can help better target funding and resources.

SSE claims London councils are holding up rollout of electric car charging points

SSE claims London councils are holding up rollout of electric car charging points

Big six energy firm SSE said that when it started work three years ago, it had hoped to install 6,000 charging points in London by now, but had fitted just 762 because of delays at local authorities.

When We Almost Stopped Climate Change

When We Almost Stopped Climate Change

And if you’re interested in advertising with “The Daily,” write to us at thedaily-ads@nytimes.com.How do I listen to ‘The Daily’?July 16, 2018Nathaniel Rich contributed reporting.“When We Almost Stopped Climate Change” was produced by Clare Toeniskoetter, with help from Michael Simon Johnson, and edited by Paige Cowett and Lisa Tobin.“The Daily” is produced by Theo Balcomb, Annie Brown, Jessica Cheung, Paige Cowett, Lynsea Garrison, Michael Simon Johnson, Andy Mills, Rachel Quester, Ike Sriskandarajah and Clare Toeniskoetter, with editing help from Larissa Anderson.

How to Watch Twitter and Facebook Testify Before Congress Wednesday

How to Watch Twitter and Facebook Testify Before Congress Wednesday

You can watch a stream of that one here:The morning session will ostensibly focus on foreign efforts to interfere in US democracy, but if past is prologue, the executives will likely end up fielding a range of questions about everything from Russian influence campaigns to perceptions of bias against conservatives.Expect Sandberg's answers to echo Zuckerberg's from a few months ago as well, although hopefully she won't have to get back to them on quite as much.

Modeling forests' future – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Modeling forests' future – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

The megafires paper is one of two recently released studies based on data from NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment, or ABoVE, that will help scientists better understand and predict both short- and long-term changes in the ecosystems of Alaska and Northern Canada.

A Catalyst for Green Financing in Indonesia

A Catalyst for Green Financing in Indonesia

It’s a move expected to catalyze development of the green bond market in Indonesia, leading to the mobilization of more private capital for green financing to combat climate change and spur Indonesia’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

The Only Thing Fire Scientists Are Sure of: This Will Get Worse

The Only Thing Fire Scientists Are Sure of: This Will Get Worse

There’s no stable system that generates a measurable probability of events to use the past record to plan for the future,” says LeRoy Westerling, a management professor who studies wildfires at UC Merced. “But some things are changing.” Drought and temperature are worse.

Your Tweets Can Help Map the Spread of Wildfire Smoke

Your Tweets Can Help Map the Spread of Wildfire Smoke

In a recently published study, US Forest Service researchers Sonya Sachdeva and Sarah McCaffrey found that, when analyzed in large numbers, tweets about wildfires can accurately model the way smoke moves.In their study, published by the International Conference on Social Media & Society, Sachdeva and McCaffrey analyzed close to 39,000 tweets posted between May and September 2015 in California.

Adventures in Self-Experimentation: Matrix Pills & Plowing Tropical Fields

Adventures in Self-Experimentation: Matrix Pills & Plowing Tropical Fields

It all started with a simple idea: deforestation might lead to hotter local temperatures, which might increase the risk of heat illness in communities living in or around those forests. Core body temperatures and heart rates increase rapidly while we work in the tropical heat.

Bosch Says It's Made a Breakthrough That Can Save Diesel Engines

Bosch Says It's Made a Breakthrough That Can Save Diesel Engines

Robert Bosch GmbH said its engineers have developed a new diesel-exhaust system that cuts emissions far below legal limits taking effect in 2020 and can help automakers avoid potential driving bans in Europe that threaten to doom the engine technology.