Security News This Week: The US Tracked Journalists Reporting on the Migrant Caravan

Security News This Week: The US Tracked Journalists Reporting on the Migrant Caravan

After the Migrant Caravan, the US Gov Tracked Journalists and Activists According to documents obtained by the local NBC 7 news station in San Diego, the US government has reportedly created a secret database to track journalists, activists, and at least one lawyer.

What if We Could Use Nature to Prevent Disasters?

What if We Could Use Nature to Prevent Disasters?

Such solutions include widening of natural flood plains, protecting and expanding wetlands, restoring oyster and coral reefs and investing in urban green spaces that reduce run-off.

Save the Lemurs! Eat the Crickets!

Save the Lemurs! Eat the Crickets!

“So we needed to start to tell the people again that we still have insects we can use to fight the malnutrition problem.” Oddly enough, powder made from this particular cricket looks, smells, and tastes like chocolate.

Paying for ecosystem services, a successful approach to reducing deforestation in Mexico

Paying for ecosystem services, a successful approach to reducing deforestation in Mexico

Mexico, under evaluation To test whether Mexico’s PES program is in fact reducing deforestation, an impact evaluation was conducted by a team of researchers from Oregon State University and Amherst College, with funding from the Mexican Government, the i2i Program supported by the United Kingdom, and the Program on Forests (PROFOR), and with technical expertise from the World Bank.

Amazon Wants Brands to Fight Fake Products Themselves

Amazon Wants Brands to Fight Fake Products Themselves

Her experience wasn’t a fluke: In 2016, Apple sued a company in New York for allegedly selling counterfeit versions of its accessories on Amazon, like charging cables. On Thursday, the company announced Project Zero , a program designed to reduce the number of fake products for sale on Amazon.

Community-based forestry in Malawi will soon bear fruit

Community-based forestry in Malawi will soon bear fruit

With a shrug of resignation, the officer explained that harvesting firewood in forest reserves and national parks was illegal and incidents like the one I had just witnessed were increasing tensions between the community and the Department of Forestry.

NASA’s Space Shuttle Rises From the Dead to Power New Vehicles

NASA’s Space Shuttle Rises From the Dead to Power New Vehicles

A Space Act Agreement signed in 2018 shows that the aerospace company wants to include a handful of the Shuttle’s smaller orbital maneuvering engines in a secret Department of Defense project.

Chinese Surveillance, Facebook Tracking, and More Security News This Week

Chinese Surveillance, Facebook Tracking, and More Security News This Week

LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Data Breaches This week, a security researcher found that Chinese company SenseNets, which allegedly facilitates that facial recognition tracking, had left a database containing the associated data completely exposed online.

What Trump’s Executive Order on AI Is Missing

What Trump’s Executive Order on AI Is Missing

As the CEO of an artificial intelligence research institute , I am calling on him to include a special visa program for AI students and experts to help us win this race for the sake of both economic vitality and national security.

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps

Senators Grill Facebook, Google, and Apple Over Invasive Apps Senators Richard Blumenthal (pictured), Ed Markey, and Josh Hawley want more information about Facebook’s Project Atlas program.

What It Takes to Pull Off the Country's First Online Census

What It Takes to Pull Off the Country's First Online Census

And yet, thanks to years of budget cuts and a series of scaled-back field tests, some fear the Census Bureau and the broader US government are ill-equipped to handle any new issues that could arise as a result of the high-tech census, particularly at a time when hackers and propagandists seem to be working overtime to undermine American institutions.

Māori carvers head to Antarctica

Māori carvers head to Antarctica

Poutama Hetaraka says he is not only looking forward to experiencing a completely different environment but also to seeing mātauranga Māori become more and more embedded in conversations about environmental management of the Earth and Antarctica in particular”.

Apple Has Blocked Google's Internal Apps, Too

Apple Has Blocked Google's Internal Apps, Too

"The Screenwise Meter iOS app should not have operated under Apple’s developer enterprise program—this was a mistake, and we apologize,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday.

Why Facebook's Banned 'Research' App Was So Invasive

Why Facebook's Banned 'Research' App Was So Invasive

In order to allow people with iPhones to participate, Facebook sidestepped the strict privacy rules imposed by Apple in its App Store by taking advantage of a business applications program designed for internal company use.

The Sensible Math of Knocking Over Absurdly Large Dominoes

The Sensible Math of Knocking Over Absurdly Large Dominoes

Since multiplication can be tedious after a while, let's make a computer program to calculate the height of the 29th domino assuming the starting domino is 5 millimeters tall. Here is a similar program that calculates the height of dominoes needed to get one big enough to possibly crush a car.

The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are

The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are

"Important work is not getting done." President Trump says he will not sign legislation to operate large chunks of the federal government unless Democrats agree to approve more than $5.7 billion for a wall along the Mexican border.

Investigating the Illegal Sea Turtle Trade

Investigating the Illegal Sea Turtle Trade

“But it’s illegal to sell turtles, take their eggs, or to kill a female that is nesting on the beach.” Those restrictions are put in place to protect sea turtles from overharvesting, as most species have experienced catastrophic population declines in the last few decades.

The Streaming Wars Began in 2018—and They'll Only Get Worse

The Streaming Wars Began in 2018—and They'll Only Get Worse

Related Stories The hope for many of these companies, of course, is that they can prove to be a viable competitor to Netflix, which is expected to hit nearly 150 million worldwide subscribers by year’s end, and which continues to mint must-see original shows ( The Haunting of Hill House ), specials (Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette ), and movies (the critically beloved, shakily handled Roma ).

To Get Antibiotics Off Your Plate, Vote With Your Wallet

To Get Antibiotics Off Your Plate, Vote With Your Wallet

The “Summary Report On Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals” contains data that pharma companies have given to the FDA on how many antibiotics are sold in the United States to be given to farm animals.This year’s report was highly anticipated, because it would show the numbers from 2017—the first year to reflect tough restrictions put in place in the last days of the Obama Administration.The anticipation was justified.

After a Deadly Crash, Uber Returns Robocars to the Road

After a Deadly Crash, Uber Returns Robocars to the Road

The company fired its safety drivers in that state and has no plans to return.The relaunch comes amid reports of neglect in Uber’s self-driving team in the months leading up to the fatal Tempe crash.

Can Tourism Save the Ocellated Turkey?

Can Tourism Save the Ocellated Turkey?

One conservation tool that can help arrest this downward population spiral, despite people’s dependence on wild game, is a program that has tourists from elsewhere pay for the privilege of hunting the ocellated turkey.

Uber Rewards Loyalty Program Gives Perks to Power Users

Uber Rewards Loyalty Program Gives Perks to Power Users

Uber Rewards Loyalty Program Gives Perks to Power UsersIn a ride-hail landscape where persistent competitors like Lyft, Grab, and Careem offer virtually identical services and have blocked Uber’s bid for monopoly, the program is another path to keeping customers in the house that Travis (and Dara) built.Lucas Jackson/ReutersFor a service that’s meant to be easy to use, Uber can be awful stressful.

GM Breaks with Trump Administration in Call for National Electric Car Mandate

GM Breaks with Trump Administration in Call for National Electric Car Mandate

(IW 500/4) plans to propose that federal regulators embrace a nationwide electric-car sales program starting in 2021, patterned on California’s so-called zero emission vehicle sales mandate that requires manufacturers to sell more EVs each year.

Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

A raft of work also started to emerge on the affects of changing weather patterns, heat waves, and access to clean water on people’s health. For example, health scientists came to grasp that they need anthropologists, sociologists and economists for a full understanding of the impact of climate change.

5 STEM Toys to Entertain and Enlighten Your Kids

5 STEM Toys to Entertain and Enlighten Your Kids

Now the Crayola folks make a proper chemistry set with 16 out-of-the-box projects and 34 more that use household ­ingredients, from erupting volcanoes and glow worms to three types of slime.$25Styling by Kiki StevensThis article appears in the September issue.

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Facebook's AI Can Analyze Memes, but Can It Understand Them?

Despite the challenges they bring, some social platforms are already using AI to analyze memes, including Facebook, which this week shared details about how it uses a tool called Rosetta to analyze photos and videos that contain text.Facebook says it already uses Rosetta to help automatically detect content that violates things like its hate speech policy.

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

It’s a contrarian idea that questions conventional thinking about international aid, it has low overhead, it’s easily scalable using mobile phones, and it’s measurable.Faye, the GiveDirectly cofounder, called the study “the first ever A/B test for USAID.” Zeitlin, the Georgetown professor and coauthor of the study, says this research aligns with Silicon Valley’s interest in disruptive ideas because it questions the effectiveness of traditional aid programs.A recent cash-transfer study showed early gains disappearing over time.

New Space Robots Will Fix Satellites, or Maybe Destroy Them

New Space Robots Will Fix Satellites, or Maybe Destroy Them

Because the technology now exists to build these satellite hackers, we're stuck in a quandary: If your enemy can launch such orbiters, and you don't match them, you run the risk of having your space infrastructure quietly slaughtered.NASA's peaceful program for satellites with these servicing capabilities is called Restore-L.

Rich Nations Vowed Billions for Climate Change. Poor Countries Are Waiting.

Rich Nations Vowed Billions for Climate Change. Poor Countries Are Waiting.

But it came two months after disagreements among the Green Climate Fund’s board members prevented the fund from approving new projects at a routine meeting.Activists demonstrating in front of the United Nations building on Friday in Bangkok, where a climate change conference was being held.Jewel Samad/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesSome observers say the fund’s funding shortfall and bureaucratic malaise have dimmed expectations for the talks in Poland, which were already bound to be difficult.“The lack of real money coming through is really undermining trust in the negotiations” around how to put the Paris accord in place, said Brandon Wu, the director of policy and campaigns at ActionAid USA, an advocacy group that monitored the Bangkok meeting.

Call for Applications: NatureNet Science Fellows

Call for Applications: NatureNet Science Fellows

Now in its fifth year, the Conservancy’s NatureNet Science Fellows program is specifically designed to broaden conservation science and research in ways that tackle climate change — our world’s most pressing challenge — head on.