California's Rain Was a 'Cat 4' Atmospheric River. Wait, What?

California's Rain Was a 'Cat 4' Atmospheric River. Wait, What?

Most of those multiday deluges are the product of atmospheric rivers, high-altitude streams of air that originate near the equator and are packed with water vapor.

Meth, Murder, and Pirates: The Coder Who Became a Crime Boss

Meth, Murder, and Pirates: The Coder Who Became a Crime Boss

Rivera had picked up the Catherine Lee case after her husband contacted the NBI and requested that it look into her murder, the day after the body was discovered.

Mercedes’ EQC SUV Makes Everyday Electric Elite

Mercedes’ EQC SUV Makes Everyday Electric Elite

Mercedes’ EQC SUV Makes Everyday Electric Elite “We wanted to create an everyday car, with a nice dynamic, comfortable driving, a fun car with torque and power, and to have a very safe car,” says engineer Bastian Schult.

Don't Expect New 'Star Wars' Movies on Disney+

Don't Expect New 'Star Wars' Movies on Disney+

Loose ends like, you know, what was his whole deal, anyway ?) Don't Expect New Star Wars Movies on Disney+ The Source: Disney CEO Bob Iger Probability of Accuracy: If Iger is saying it, it's definitely the case.

10 Years Later, Retrace the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Flight

10 Years Later, Retrace the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Flight

10 Years Later, Retrace the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Flight The Airbus jet was just 2,800 feet up and nowhere near its cruising speed when the engines failed, giving pilots Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles just a few minutes to find a safe path to the ground.

A New Camera Turns Its Gaze to the Driver—and Everyone Else

A New Camera Turns Its Gaze to the Driver—and Everyone Else

A New Camera Turns Its Gaze to the Driver—and Everyone Else Thanks to some clever machine learning, Guardian's system recognizes when the driver takes their hands off the wheel and whether their head is pointed ahead at the road, or down at a phone, or back at the kids.

New York's Summer and Winter Captured in One Single Image

New York's Summer and Winter Captured in One Single Image

But even though he shared multiple vantage points, the images that always performed best on social media were those taken from a single spot: high over Harlem, looking south over Central Park, the skyscrapers of Midtown, and Downtown Manhattan, with the East and Hudson Rivers converging at the top of the frame.

Why do people live in flood-prone areas? Reflections from Dar es Salaam

Why do people live in flood-prone areas? Reflections from Dar es Salaam

“They should not be there; they know it’s not safe!” Citizens, journalists, and policymakers, express disbelief that people relocated to safer parts of the city return to their former, flood-prone neighborhoods.

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2018

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2018

I love the trend in nature writing to explore areas outside the usual wilderness areas and national parks: the urban wilds, the forgotten and overlooked spots. The wildlife, plants, land and water of coastal Carolina play central roles, and the natural history information is integrated in a way that makes a much richer story.

How the CIA Trains Spies to Hide in Plain Sight

How the CIA Trains Spies to Hide in Plain Sight

GraffChina's 5 Steps for Recruiting Spies"One of our officers, probably working out of the American embassy, would have surveillance 24 hours a day; they'd have teams of people following them," says Mendez, who spent years as the CIA's disguise chief.

Congress Races to Pass a Self-Driving Car Law By Year's End

Congress Races to Pass a Self-Driving Car Law By Year's End

Those politicians, including Dianne Feinstein of California and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, have argued that the proposed rules do not give regulators sufficient oversight of self-driving car safety.Time to get everyone in line, though, is running out: If legislators don’t pass this bill by the end of the year, both the House and Senate will have to start over from scratch in the new Congress.

Hitman 2 Is My 'Forever Game'

Hitman 2 Is My 'Forever Game'

Hitman 2 Is My 'Forever Game'Part of the fun of Hitman 2 is finding new disguises and new ways to execute kills.Warner Bros. And the possibilities for your success are endless.As Agent 47, a nameless, perfect assassin, you enter into sprawling, complicated levels in order to find, corner, and eliminate targets.

A Sleeping Tesla Driver Highlights Autopilot's Biggest Flaw

A Sleeping Tesla Driver Highlights Autopilot's Biggest Flaw

The officers arrested the driver, identified in a police report as 45-year-old Alexander Joseph Samek of Los Altos, for driving under the influence of alcohol.Neither the cops nor Tesla has confirmed whether the Model S had Autopilot engaged at the time.

River Pollution Threatens Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

River Pollution Threatens Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Northern Australia’s torrential wet-season rains carve 10-meter-deep gullies into the landscape, washing an estimated 17 million tonnes of sediment each year into the rivers and, eventually, out onto the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).

Range Rover's New Evoque Is Made to Conquer the Parking Lot

Range Rover's New Evoque Is Made to Conquer the Parking Lot

Its maker, though, can handle the grumblings—Jaguar Land Rover has sold 772,000 Evoques since introducing the luxury compact SUV in 2010.As it pushes for the million mark, it makes sense that JLR has upped the “utility” with those civilized, civilian customers in mind: The newly unveiled latest generation of the Evoque is built to conquer the mall parking lot.Naturally, the 2020 Evoque comes stuffed with coddling goodies.

The Promise of eDNA: A New Kind of Fieldwork to Guide Conservation

The Promise of eDNA: A New Kind of Fieldwork to Guide Conservation

Brave in the face of these field challenges, conservation biologists commonly embark on biological assessments to take the pulse of an ecosystem or monitor for the presence of rare or invasive species.

Make Thanksgiving Taste Like the Future With This Freeze-Dried Apple Pie

Make Thanksgiving Taste Like the Future With This Freeze-Dried Apple Pie

What's in there," they ask, and he responds that it's just apples, butter, and flour."No man," they say, "What'd you do to it?"Rivera, who was previously director of culinary research under chef Grant Achatz at Chicago's ultra-high end restaurant, Alinea, set up a head-to-head competition so I could understand.For every gram of liquid in Rivera's test pie, he replaced it with a gram of powdered, freeze-dried apple, which he stirred into the filling.He was cooking when I arrived, sautéing two pans of cubed Braeburn apples with cinnamon, clove, allspice, sugar, and vanilla bean paste.

Electrofishing Threatens A Rare Dolphin-Human Partnership

Electrofishing Threatens A Rare Dolphin-Human Partnership

But the dolphins that live here in the Ayeyarwaddy River are extremely special — they’ve learned to fish with humans. Naing Lin says that electrofishing is jeopardizing fish populations that both the dolphins and legal fishermen rely on for food.

Solutions: Early warning of PNG floods

Solutions: Early warning of PNG floods

This year, NIWA completed a project that aims to help build community resilience against flooding in the Bumbu River and contribute to improving Papua New Guinea’s disaster preparedness in the face of increasing climate-related disasters. NIWA and PNG staff installed a hydro-meteorological monitoring network and early warning system for floods, in a pilot scheme for the river.

Tesla's Autopilot Now Changes Lanes—And You're Gonna Help It Out

Tesla's Autopilot Now Changes Lanes—And You're Gonna Help It Out

By accepting this download, owners give their cars the ability to “Navigate on Autopilot,” which Tesla says “guides a car from a highway’s on-ramp to off-ramp, including suggesting and making lane changes, navigating highway interchanges, and taking exits.”It comes with a mass of caveats though, not least that the driver still has to stay in control, and confirm every single move the computer comes up with.

NIWA 2018 glacier survey

NIWA 2018 glacier survey

Safely harnessed into position, NIWA's Dr Andrew Lorrey points an FLIR T640 infrared camera out of the open cabin door towards the Tasman Glacier to gather thermal data on the glacier ice, meltwater and the debris cover.

Waymo Drops the Driver, Plus More This Week in the Future of Cars

Waymo Drops the Driver, Plus More This Week in the Future of Cars

Waymo Drops the Driver, Plus More This Week in the Future of CarsThe all-electric eCOPO Camaro concept should run the quarter mile in the 9-second range, which just might be fast enough to get Vin Diesel to change his name to Vin Voltage.ChevroletIt was sneakily a big week for driverless cars.

Why are Yellowstone’s Swans Disappearing?

Why are Yellowstone’s Swans Disappearing?

Since the likely causes are eagle predation – which was ultimately a product of humans introducing lake trout – human disturbance and climate change, the Park Service felt like it could begin bringing swans in to supplement the population.

The Mystery of the Dying Mesquites

The Mystery of the Dying Mesquites

“If the screwbean mesquite disappears, it will be a huge loss for migrating and desert riparian birds,” says Warren. “Experts have pointed out that screwbean mesquites are dying in many places where there has been no tamarisk control,” says Warren.

As the Winds Come, Towns in Hurricane Florence’s Path Fear the Floods

As the Winds Come, Towns in Hurricane Florence’s Path Fear the Floods

Emergency rescue teams were trying to reach about 150 others still trapped in cars, on roofs and in their attics.Greenville lies far inland, a few score miles west of the Atlantic Ocean, but it is connected to the sea by the Tar River, which eventually becomes the Pamlico River as it widens out and flows into the Atlantic.On Thursday, as billowing, dark heather clouds loomed overhead, the city’s spokesman, Brock Letchworth, said Greenville’s first concern is that Florence could drop enough water to create immediate flash flooding.But he said the city was also worried about a massive salty storm surge roaring westward up the river from the Atlantic.

Lone Narwhal Caught Chilling with Gang of Beluga Whales in Canada

Lone Narwhal Caught Chilling with Gang of Beluga Whales in Canada

He probably fled there after his Arctic habitat lost too much ground to climate-related ice melt, according to biologists at the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) — a nonprofit whale conservation group based in Quebec, Canada.

Hurricanes can cause enormous damage inland, but emergency plans focus on coasts

Hurricanes can cause enormous damage inland, but emergency plans focus on coasts

What I have seen is that inland river flooding linked to hurricanes and heavy storms is a huge risk in the Southeast, but receives far less attention in emergency plans than coastal areas.

Kerala’s monsoon: lessons from recent floods in India

Kerala’s monsoon: lessons from recent floods in India

The expert report urged a number of states, including Karnataka and Kerala, to adopt an approach of thoughtful conservation, limiting activities such as quarrying, dams and construction near protected forests in hilly areas.

Geology Is Like Augmented Reality for the Planet

Geology Is Like Augmented Reality for the Planet

Geology Is Like Augmented Reality for the PlanetYou don't need a headset to see layers of meaning in Earth's landscapes and rock formations.Edmon de HaroIt’s an abnormally hot day in September and I’m standing in a cattail marsh in eastern Wisconsin, trying to change the way my students view the world.

Old Stone Drought Warning Resurfaces in Europe: 'When You See Me, Cry'

Old Stone Drought Warning Resurfaces in Europe: 'When You See Me, Cry'

Old stones bearing ominous messages have resurfaced in a river in Central Europe, according to news reports. Over the course of centuries, Europeans marked low water levels during droughts by carving lines and dates into boulders along the Elbe River, which runs from the Czech Republic into Germany.

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