About Seascape: the state of our oceans – a Guardian series

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Weatherwatch: slower tropical storms are raising flood threat

Weatherwatch: slower tropical storms are raising flood threat

Falls in the average tracking speeds of hurricanes and typhoons, attributed to global warming, put more lives at risk Research published in Nature earlier this year showed that the average speed at which tropical storms track has slowed down by 10% since 1949.

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work TogetherZach Gibson/Getty ImagesThe arc of innovation has reached an inflection point: technological change now threatens to overwhelm us. And who better than tech-savvy Googlers to steer the Pentagon rightly?Social media is another arena where we need to better align technology and public purpose.

Spider-Man Story: There Are Two Sides to Every Memetic Breakup

Spider-Man Story: There Are Two Sides to Every Memetic Breakup

As such, this week we've got a (sort of) breakup, hot news about yet another videogame making its way to TV, and some dirt on Nintendo's long-awaited online service.

Thousands of protesters challenge Democratic governor at climate summit

Thousands of protesters challenge Democratic governor at climate summit

California’s status as a progressive bastion on climate change action has been challenged by activists who attempted to barricade the way to a major summit in San Francisco and decried the oil and gas drilling they say is blighting the health of low-income and minority communities.

My fear for a future of climate change | Letters

My fear for a future of climate change | Letters

Protesters hold a banner reading Change the System not the Climate during the Rise for the Climate march in Paris on 8 September 2018. I have had a long and happy life but what am I leaving my great-grandchildren?

The New ECG Apple Watch Could Do More Harm Than Good

The New ECG Apple Watch Could Do More Harm Than Good

It wasn't long before healthcare providers starting using them to examine patients with no symptoms or family history of cardiovascular illness.There's no exact numbers on how common preventive ECG screening is in the US, but according to a recent editorial in the Journal of American Medicine, ECG examinations of asymptomatic patients had become regular features of annual physicals by the early aughts—until professional societies ran cost/benefit analyses on the practice and started advising against it.One of those societies was the US Preventive Services Task Force.

WIRED25: Welcome to Our Robot Petting Zoo

WIRED25: Welcome to Our Robot Petting Zoo

The four-day WIRED Festival, happening all over San Francisco on October 12–15, celebrates everything that makes today's world fascinating, inspiring, and, yes, sometimes a little unsettling.Our updated speaker and event lineup includes a robot petting zoo (where the robots pet you back!), a punning contest, an art studio tour, some kid-friendly science fun with Adam Savage's Mythbusters Jr., behind-the-scenes tours of SFMOMA, a DJ set with Questlove, and screenings of WIRED-approved films at Alamo Drafthouse.The four-day celebration will start with WIRED25 WORK, a day of insider office tours, and culminate at the WIRED25 SUMMIT at SF Jazz.

A road full of bottlenecks: Dutch cycle path is made of plastic waste

A road full of bottlenecks: Dutch cycle path is made of plastic waste

First path entirely made of recycled bottles, cups and packaging opens in Zwolle The world’s first plastic bicycle path made of recycled bottles, cups and packaging has opened in the Netherlands, as part of a pilot that could see similar roads open up across the country.

Carbon research grant “exceptional moment” for scientist

Carbon research grant “exceptional moment” for scientist

Leading the team is NIWA scientist Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher, whose project builds on a pilot study using atmospheric data that uncovered a striking revelation about how much carbon was absorbed by New Zealand’s indigenous forests.

FDA Cracks Down on E-Cigarettes to Curb Teen-Vaping 'Epidemic'

FDA Cracks Down on E-Cigarettes to Curb Teen-Vaping 'Epidemic'

Now, recent data, like a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that 2.1 million middle- and high-school students used e-cigarettes in 2017, is prompting the agency to rethink its position.“The FDA won’t tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a tradeoff for enabling adults to have unfettered access to these same products,” he said.Gottlieb’s offensive seems primarily aimed at Juul, the most popular of the e-cigarettes, with an estimated 70 percent share of the retail market according to Nielsen data.

High ice and hard truth: the poets taking on climate change

High ice and hard truth: the poets taking on climate change

High up on a melting Greenland glacier, at the end of this summer from climate hell,two young women shout a poem above the roar of the wind. ‘Hoping to rouse more of the world to action’ … Jetnil-Kijiner and Niviana in Greenland with Bill McKibben Photograph: 350.org

Super Typhoon Mangkhut Heads Toward Philippines and China

Super Typhoon Mangkhut Heads Toward Philippines and China

HONG KONG — A super typhoon packing winds of up to 150 miles per hour is heading toward the Philippines, picking up speed over the Pacific on a route that also has Taiwan and the heavily populated southeastern coast of China in its sights.Super Typhoon Mangkhut is on track to hit the northern Philippines with its strongest winds on Friday before striking Taiwan and then possibly veering south toward Hong Kong and mainland China.As many as 43 million people could be exposed to cyclone-strength winds, according to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

Climate change activists defy Trump’s inaction with their own summit

Climate change activists defy Trump’s inaction with their own summit

America’s Pledge – a group led by California Governor Jerry Brown and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg – will unveil how close the US could come to the climate pollution reductions the Obama administration promised the world in Paris in 2015.

How Hackers Slipped by British Airways' Defenses

How Hackers Slipped by British Airways' Defenses

But the company later clarified that the compromised data included payment card expiration dates and Card Verification Value codes—the extra three or four-digit numbers that authenticate a card—even though British Airways has said it does not store CVVs. British Airways further noted that the breach only impacted customers who completed transactions during a specific timeframe—22:58 BST on August 21 through 21:45 BST on September 5.These details served as clues, leading analysts at RiskIQ and elsewhere to suspect that the British Airways hackers likely used a "cross-site scripting" attack, in which bad actors identify a poorly secured web page component and inject their own code into it to alter a victim site's behavior.

Cantina Talk: Star Wars: Episode IX Just Recruited a Doctor

Cantina Talk: Star Wars: Episode IX Just Recruited a Doctor

(There’s also a rumor that John Williams and Rogue One's Michael Giacchino will be writing original music for the attraction, which would be interesting…)Meet the Fireballs Behind the Next Animated SeriesThe Source: Whoever is responsible for uploading Disney material to YouTubeProbability of Accuracy: It's honest-to-goodness Disney promo material, so it's as accurate as any promotional material.The Real Deal: Wondering what to expect from the upcoming animated series Star Wars Resistance?

HP's New 3-D Printers Build Items Not of Plastic but of Steel

HP's New 3-D Printers Build Items Not of Plastic but of Steel

HP's New 3-D Printers Build Items Not of Plastic but of SteelHP is hoping its new Metal Jet 3-D printers will provide inroads into manufacturing sectors such as automobiles and medical devices.HPWhen you think about 3-D printing, chances are you think of little plastic doodads created by desktop devices like those made by MakerBot. Computing and printer giant HP wants you to think about metal.Today the company announced the Metal Jet printer, an industrial-scale 3-D printer that builds items not of plastic but of steel.3-D plastic printing is widely used for custom items such as prosthetics and hearing aids, and by product designers for prototyping.

U.S.-European Trade Talks Resume, and New Apple Devices Are Unveiled

U.S.-European Trade Talks Resume, and New Apple Devices Are Unveiled

The week aheadU.S.-European Trade Talks Resume, and New Apple Devices Are UnveiledAlso this week, a Census Bureau report will give a snapshot of median household income, a climate summit is set for San Francisco and the European Central Bank meets.Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, during the iPhone announcement event last year.

Why It's So Hard to Be a Working Mom. Even at Facebook.

Why It's So Hard to Be a Working Mom. Even at Facebook.

"I want to know: Would you give us part-time, work-from-home, and extended leave options right now, not later; would you lead this company and the US in supporting working parents; would you give us the chance to show you how kick-ass and loyal we can be with fewer hours at the desk, if you weren’t afraid?” Zuckerberg said he was sorry I was leaving, but echoed Sheryl.

Rise for Climate: thousands to march across US to protest environment crisis

Rise for Climate: thousands to march across US to protest environment crisis

Protests will be spearheaded by march in San Francisco on Saturday ahead of a climate change summit in the city next week The Rise for Climate protests will be spearheaded by a march in San Francisco, ahead of a climate change summit in the city next week that will gather mayors and business leaders from around the world.

Space Photos of the Week: Saturn's Mysterious Hexagon

Space Photos of the Week: Saturn's Mysterious Hexagon

They also note distinct concentrations of smaller haze particles inside compared with the outside.Jupiter’s candy-cane, red and white color scheme is eye-catching, but it turns out there is more to the story: When NASA’s Juno swung by and captured detailed photos researchers noted clumps of cyclones.

A 600-Meter-Long Plastic Catcher Heads to Sea. But Scientists Are Skeptical

A 600-Meter-Long Plastic Catcher Heads to Sea. But Scientists Are Skeptical

The free-floating Ocean Cleanup system may well snag the bits at the surface, but with a screen made of woven polyurethane that hangs down 3 meters at its lengthiest, it’s limited in what it can reach.“There's also the fact that you're collecting and aggregating plastics, and so that's actually going to attract more animals to it,” says Martini.

Climate change warning: Sea levels rising even FASTER as ice caps melt

Climate change warning: Sea levels rising even FASTER as ice caps melt

GETTYA two metre jump could see a host of major cities be partially submergedCo-author John Fasullo, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said: "This study highlights the important role that can be played by satellite records in validating climate model projections.”If the calculations are correct, it would mean that sea levels could rise by almost one metre by 2100, which would be devastating for island countries around the globe.

Is the ‘Heat Day’ the New Snow Day?

Is the ‘Heat Day’ the New Snow Day?

By the end of the century, there could be 33 of those very hot days annually in Cranford, according to a New York Times analysis, meaning that the number of “extreme heat days” during the school year could rise sharply.On Wednesday, three high school students at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter High School in Hackensack, N.J., were taken to the hospital to be treated for heat-related illness after running a mile in gym class as temperatures climbed above 90 degrees.“I’m very upset with the school,” said Joseph Dymarczyk, the father of a sophomore who was treated for exhaustion.

DoJ Charges North Korean Hacker for Sony, WannaCry, and More

DoJ Charges North Korean Hacker for Sony, WannaCry, and More

And while it highlights Sony, WannaCry, and the Bangladesh bank theft, it makes clear that the hacker’s activity extended far beyond those blockbuster incidents—and that it continues today.“The scope and damage of the computer intrusions perpetrated and caused by the subjects of this investigation, including Park, is virtually unparalleled,” reads the complaint.While the complaint singles out Park, prosecutors were also very clear that he did not act alone–an unsurprising fact given the magnitude of the operations.

How a Domino Master Builds (and Destroys) 15,000-Piece Creations

How a Domino Master Builds (and Destroys) 15,000-Piece Creations

Her video “Insane Domino Tricks,”, a collaboration with another artist, has nearly 118 million views—several million more views than the latest Beyonce and Jay-Z music video.To start a project, Hevesh first decides which structures or “tricks” to build around.

Fall Is Here! Time to Learn the Physics of... Falling

Fall Is Here! Time to Learn the Physics of... Falling

However, I want to start with the simplest case of an object falling near the surface of the Earth that has a negligible air resistance force.

Digital DJs Have New Ways to 'Spin' Their Tracks

Digital DJs Have New Ways to 'Spin' Their Tracks

By twisting, bumping, and tapping those hardware controls, the DJ can add some additional nuance and give the proceedings a human touch that software can't match.The only hang-up with Traktor is that it's almost four years old, and the rapid march of technological innovation—especially in touchsreen mobile apps—has led to similar tools that can out-match some of its key features.Today, Native Instruments is announcing a new version of its mega-popular Traktor suite for digital DJs. Traktor Pro 3 will be available next month, on October 18, for $99.

Large piece of Lowell Glacier quickly becomes pond of slush – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Large piece of Lowell Glacier quickly becomes pond of slush – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Lowell Glacier, July 22-26, 2018 NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018) processed by the European Space Agency.

Melting glaciers increasing risk of landslide-triggered tsunamis, study reveals

Melting glaciers increasing risk of landslide-triggered tsunamis, study reveals

Melting glaciers could be triggering a ripple effect of natural disasters that culminates in massive tsunamis, according to new research. This problem is likely to be exacerbated along the icy coastlines of Greenland, Patagonia and Norway, where huge chunks of rock smashing into the water can create towering waves.

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