Americans Are Abandoning Public Transit—but Don't Blame Uber

Americans Are Abandoning Public Transit—but Don't Blame Uber

And while Uber and Lyft have grabbed headlines for convincing people to abandon transit in big cities like New York and Chicago, the TransitCenter advocates argue that the effects of those services are limited to just a few dense, urban places.

Now You Can Join the Search for Killer Asteroids

Now You Can Join the Search for Killer Asteroids

“When you visit the same piece of sky again and again, you can recognize, ‘Oh, this galaxy has a new star in it that was not there when we were there a year or three months ago,” says Rick White, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute , which hosts Pan-STARRS’s archive.

Fiat Chrysler, Honda Blame Frigid Cold as U.S. Sales Disappoint

Fiat Chrysler, Honda Blame Frigid Cold as U.S. Sales Disappoint

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Honda Motor Co. reported smaller U.S. sales gain than expected and blamed frosty temperatures that kept some buyers at bay late last month.

More College Esports Players Are Cashing In Big Scholarships

More College Esports Players Are Cashing In Big Scholarships

1. Pay for Play The average esports scholarship student receives $4,800 in tuition awards a year, according to the National Association of Collegiate Esports—but some can receive up to half off tuition.

Most Users Still Don't Know How Facebook Advertising Works

Most Users Still Don't Know How Facebook Advertising Works

(Eleven percent of respondents reported that they weren’t assigned any categories and told instead “You have no behaviors.”) Pew also asked participants about whether Facebook assigned them a political category, such as “liberal” or “conservative,” and any “multicultural affinity”—which Facebook says are groups of people “whose likes and other activity on Facebook suggest they’re interested in content relating to particular ethnic communities — African American, Hispanic American and Asian American.” There is no affinity classification for whites.

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

If they’re pessimists, they tend to find negative ones." LEARN MORE The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction In the latest issue of Nature Human Behavior , Przybylski and coauthor Amy Orben use a novel statistical method to show why scientists studying these colossal data sets have been getting such different results and why most of the associations researchers have found, positive and negative, are very small—and probably not worth freaking out about.

A Third of Americans Use Ride-Hail. Uber and Lyft Need More

A Third of Americans Use Ride-Hail. Uber and Lyft Need More

That comports, mostly, with other surveys conducted in the past year about Uber and Lyft ridership, which have found that between 24.4 and 43 percent of the US population has used apps to summon rides.

Children Are Using Emoji for Digital-Age Language Learning

Children Are Using Emoji for Digital-Age Language Learning

Here's a string of animals and hearts from a three year old:🦄🐴🦋🐛🐤🐦🐦🐧🐔🐣🐶🐱🐭🐰🐰🐰❄️❄️🌦🌈🔥💥☀️🍓🥞❣️💙💚💛🧡🔒💕💜🖤💞💞💗💖💘🕉💝☸️💟These emoji texts are adorable, but as a linguist, I'm interested in what kids are trying to communicate.

Galileo, Krypton, and How the True and Accurate Meter Came to Be

Galileo, Krypton, and How the True and Accurate Meter Came to Be

By way of Galileo’s simple observation so length and time were seen to be linked—a linkage that made it possible that a length could be derived not simply from the dimensions of limbs and knuckles and strides, but by the hitherto quite unanticipated observation of the passage of time.From the book The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester.HarperA century later an English divine, John Wilkins, proposed employing Galileo’s discovery to create an entirely new fundamental unit, one that had nothing to do with the then-traditional standard in England, which was a rod that was more or less officially declared to be the length of a yard.

Startup Founders Think Real Progress on Diversity Is Years Away

Startup Founders Think Real Progress on Diversity Is Years Away

According to the survey, most startup founders think it’ll take more than a decade for the tech industry to become representative of the general population when it comes to gender and racial diversity.

Scientists confirm former site of Pink and White Terraces

Scientists confirm former site of Pink and White Terraces

The diary and hand-drawn maps of a nineteenth century geologist has enabled NIWA scientists to confirm the former site of the iconic Pink and White Terraces at Lake Rotomahana.

The Pink Transit Tax: Women Spend More Than Men to Get Around NYC

The Pink Transit Tax: Women Spend More Than Men to Get Around NYC

“It got me thinking about the day-to-day issues that women face in major cities.”The survey suggests that those experiences on public transit led to many women to make a different set of transportation choices from those made by men.

Can a Facebook Ad Really Sway Your Vote? MoveOn Thinks So

Can a Facebook Ad Really Sway Your Vote? MoveOn Thinks So

MoveOn Thinks SoEthan Miller/Getty ImagesIf you are one of the 20 million potential voters that MoveOn, a progressive advocacy group, believes could help swing the midterm elections in Democrats' favor, then chances are, over the next few days, you will see a MoveOn–sponsored ad in your Facebook news feed.It'll be a video of a real voter—not an actor or a politician—explaining why he or she is voting for a given candidate.

Who Gets Their News From Which Social Media Sites?

Who Gets Their News From Which Social Media Sites?

It offers unusual insight into how social media news consumption varies by platform according to age, political affiliation, gender, education level, and race.Only a third of people who use Instagram told Pew they get news from the site, but two-thirds of that group are nonwhite—the highest proportion of nonwhite news consumers of any social media site.

Scientists measure glaciers after record-beating summer

Scientists measure glaciers after record-beating summer

The five scientists on board the snowline flight – Andrew Lorrey and Trevor Chinn, together with Dr Huw Horgan, Dr Brian Anderson and PhD student Lauren Vargo from Victoria University, will take thousands of photos from different angles that will then be used to build 3D models of glaciers that can be compared year on year to give an accurate depiction of the volume of ice that has changed.

Councils get help to prepare for sea-level rise

Councils get help to prepare for sea-level rise

Dr Bell is one of several experts, along with analysts from the Ministry for the Environment, that will be leading the workshops that aim to encourage councils to plan for coastal climate change now rather than wait for certainty about what might happen.

Half of Products to Be Low Carbon in 10 Years

Half of Products to Be Low Carbon in 10 Years

More than half of executives (52%) expect at least 50% of their products and services to be low carbon by 2028,according to a new YouGov survey of global corporations in the Science Based Targets initiative.