A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life

A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life

The coal-seam fire at Centralia provides researchers with the perfect opportunity to test a new idea known as a microbial seed bank: that commonly overlooked dormant individuals make up a vast reservoir of biodiversity, ready to spring to life when environmental conditions change.

British Beach-Goers Could Get a Bigger Road Through Stonehenge

British Beach-Goers Could Get a Bigger Road Through Stonehenge

So the government quashed its ambitions until the early 1990s, when the Department for Transport proposed two options for an expanded A303: Divert the road so it gave Stonehenge a broader berth, or bury it in a half-mile long cut-and-cover tunnel (essentially a trench topped with soil and sod).Nick Stockton covers climate change, transportation, and logistics for WIRED.The general public supported the tunnel, but politicians—concerned about the cost—spiked the plan in 1997.

Security Roundup: Facebook 'Unintentionally' Collected Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users

Security Roundup: Facebook 'Unintentionally' Collected Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users

Mueller Report says Russia Hacked a Florida County's Network. “The FBI believes that this operation enabled the GRU to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government,” the report says.

Review: Netflix's New Comedy Lunatics Is Dizzying, Tone-Deaf

Review: Netflix's New Comedy Lunatics Is Dizzying, Tone-Deaf

Like the popular Summer Heights High (and its spinoffs, Ja’mie: Private School Girl and Jonah from Tonga , which was pulled from the air in 2017 for being racist), Lunatics is a mockumentary following a bevy of characters all played by Lilley.

The Nintendo Switch Is Finally Coming to China

The Nintendo Switch Is Finally Coming to China

For years, one of the great mysteries of Nintendo has been the fate of their so-called "quality-of-life" technology, which was said to use their expertise (and their affinity, in the pre-Switch days, for weird peripherals) to create a series of personal health devices that would do things like monitor your sleep and provide useful information on it.

New York’s Aggressive Climate Law Takes Aim at Skyscrapers

New York’s Aggressive Climate Law Takes Aim at Skyscrapers

Most of New York's carbon emissions come from the heating and cooling of large buildings. On Thursday, the New York City Council voted into law a sweeping set of rules to fight climate change , a metropolis-scaled version of a Green New Deal.

A Mystery Agent Is Doxing Iran's Hackers and Dumping Their Code

A Mystery Agent Is Doxing Iran's Hackers and Dumping Their Code

"We are exposing here the cyber tools (APT34 / OILRIG) that the ruthless Iranian Ministry of Intelligence has been using against Iran’s neighboring countries, including names of the cruel managers, and information about the activities and the goals of these cyber-attacks," read the original message posted to Telegram by the hackers in late March.

The Hunt for Rocket Boosters in Russia's Far North

The Hunt for Rocket Boosters in Russia's Far North

But the hunter photographer Makar Tereshin followed there in January—his fifth trip to the region while shooting his stunning series Fields of Fall — was after bigger, more exotic prey: a 65-foot-long Soyuz rocket booster.

Everlane's New Sneaker Treads Lightly on the Environment

Everlane's New Sneaker Treads Lightly on the Environment

Everlane's next project takes its eco-consciousness one step further with a unisex sneaker made from recycled plastic, rubber, and leather. They turned to natural and recycled rubber, which is durable, but also considerably heavier than plastic-derived foams like EVA.The brand developed its own material for the sole of the shoe.

With 'Homecoming', Beyoncé Fully Leverages Her Internet Dominance

With 'Homecoming', Beyoncé Fully Leverages Her Internet Dominance

This time around, though, the megastar is out to make sure everyone who wants and needs to experience Homecoming can do so, releasing the concert film on Netflix and an accompanying 40-song, two-hour-long album on—deep breath—Apple Music, Amazon Music, SoundCloud, Deezer, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Tidal, all at once.

Helvetica, the World's Most Popular Font, Gets a Facelift

Helvetica, the World's Most Popular Font, Gets a Facelift

Designers have gotten used to all sorts of magic tricks to make Helvetica look more legible, like changing the size of punctuation marks to balance the letters.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 17 April 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 17 April 2019

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Due to the anticipated rainfall amounts over the next week, soil moisture levels will likely increase at least slightly across much of the North Island.

Community MPAs Fail to Protect Important Reef Fish

Community MPAs Fail to Protect Important Reef Fish

Published in Coral Reefs , this research evaluates the effectiveness of locally-managed marine protected areas (MPAs) in Roviana Lagoon, Solomon Islands. Community-based management fails to halt declines of bumphead parrotfish and humphead wrasse in Roviana Lagoon, Solomon Islands.

The Notre Dame Fire and the Future of History

The Notre Dame Fire and the Future of History

Some of the wood that burned in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on Monday was put in place in the year 1160. But architectural historians around the world were emailing each other frantically: If the lower three-quarters of the building resist, if the stone walls stand, it’ll be possible to imagine restoring Notre Dame.

Game of Thrones Premiere Recap: Jon Snow Still Knows Nothing

Game of Thrones Premiere Recap: Jon Snow Still Knows Nothing

Sansa's already seen her father and her brother invite political catastrophe and death by listening to their hearts rather than their common sense, and she'd rather not retread that particular narrative just because Jon is getting laid for the second time in his life and dragons are the world's coolest roller coaster.

Microsoft Email Hack Shows the Lurking Danger of Customer Support

Microsoft Email Hack Shows the Lurking Danger of Customer Support

Between January 1 and March 28 of this year, hackers used a set of stolen credentials for a Microsoft customer support platform to access account data like email addresses in messages, message subject lines, and folder names inside accounts.

The Evolution of Stereotypical Color-Coded Childhoods

The Evolution of Stereotypical Color-Coded Childhoods

Project I of the series, shot in 2005 as part of Yoon's MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, featured young girls with their pink belongings and boys with the blue.

FAO - News Article: The Green Climate Fund allocates $25 million to support FAO climate resilience project in Paraguay

FAO - News Article: The Green Climate Fund allocates $25 million to support FAO climate resilience project in Paraguay

The funding agreement was signed today by FAO Assistant Director-General for Programme Support and Technical Cooperation, Roberto Ridolfi, and the Deputy Director of GCF's Division of Mitigation and Adaptation, Andreas Biermann, at FAO headquarters in Rome.

The Real Reason You See Earthworms After Rain

The Real Reason You See Earthworms After Rain

It is probably one of the first “nature lessons” we learned at school: earthworms have to come to the surface after rain because they’re drowning. Another common explanation for worm emergence is that rain sounds like predators, so the worms come to the surface to escape.

Prep for Your Toughest Races Like a Master Marathoner

Prep for Your Toughest Races Like a Master Marathoner

Personally, I’m thinking, “Hey, I won New York; I won a silver medal; you’re making a mistake.” And then I just said, you know what, I need to control my destiny here.

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’: Watch the Trailer Here

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’: Watch the Trailer Here

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20.Why a new crop of electric SUV batteries come up short Is it OK to make your dog vegan ?Coding is for everyone—as long as you speak English Celebrating Tower Bridge, London's engineering marvel The body pullers of Raqqa, Syria👀 Looking for the latest gadgets?

When Black Horror Consumes Us

When Black Horror Consumes Us

Most of all, Atlanta asks an essential query of black horror, one not just informed by the genre but propelled by race and history: How might one find a way to survive.

Researchers Want to Link Your Genes and Income—Should They?

Researchers Want to Link Your Genes and Income—Should They?

As researchers like Hill and Koellinger move forward with mining the world’s DNA deposits, policymakers will soon have to decide on which side of the veil polygenic scores for things like income, education, and intelligence belong.

Uber’s Losing Less Money—but Growing Less, Too

Uber’s Losing Less Money—but Growing Less, Too

The year of the gig economy IPO continues, when Uber Thursday made public its first bit of official paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission—a sign that the tech company is preparing to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

Pete Buttigieg Revived South Bend With Tech. Up Next: America

Pete Buttigieg Revived South Bend With Tech. Up Next: America

Part of the old Studebaker site is now home to a data-storage and analytics firm; Buttigieg invested city dollars in transforming its largest factory—the prosaically named edifice known as Building 84—into 800,000 square feet of offices where tech and biotech companies are now headquartered.

The Struggle of 'The Twilight Zone' in the Age of Streaming Services

The Struggle of 'The Twilight Zone' in the Age of Streaming Services

File this under "yet another sentence that wouldn't have made any sense in the year 2000": Tonight, the third episode of Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone reboot will become available to stream on CBS All Access.

Experimenting with Water Funds + Behavior Change

Experimenting with Water Funds + Behavior Change

Within the Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund , TNC is experimenting with incentives to get thousands of farmers to adopt farming practices that reduce erosion across Kenya’s Tana River watershed.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 10 April 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 10 April 2019

Conversely, the lower east coast and the far south (including Hawke’s Bay, coastal Wairarapa and Wellington) saw a soil moisture increase due to rainfall totals above average for the time of year.

Resilience in water – Of Tanzania, groundwater, and gingersnaps

Resilience in water – Of Tanzania, groundwater, and gingersnaps

Instead, it emphasized locally relevant ways for farmers to access, use , and manage water resources in ways which provide more stable revenue streams from sustainable agricultural production. This more diverse set of water sources mobilizes farmer and community-level investment in irrigation equipment and power sources that enhance productivity.

Facebook Rolls Out More Features for Dead People

Facebook Rolls Out More Features for Dead People

Facebook has to balance the interests of grieving loved ones with the privacy of someone who is now dead, says Alice Ely, a product manager at Facebook.“We have a hard stance against never allowing anybody to log into [someone else’s] account, but that’s exactly why we wanted to create a legacy contact to give [people] these controls to manage the profile after the person has passed away,” she explains.

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