These Oceanographers Want to Turn Marine Slime Into Drugs

These Oceanographers Want to Turn Marine Slime Into Drugs

The expedition’s chief scientist, Lisa Levin, a professor of integrative oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, says the goal of the cruise is to understand the habitat and how animals interact with the mineral-laden rocks.

Republicans Make an Unlikely Closing Pitch: Amend Section 230

Republicans Make an Unlikely Closing Pitch: Amend Section 230

On Wednesday morning, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jack Dorsey will appear remotely at a hearing titled “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?” The law, part of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, gives interactive computer services broad legal immunity for content posted by users.

Biophilic Cities For An Urban Century

Biophilic Cities For An Urban Century

My colleague Tim Beatley and I argue in a new book, Biophilic Cities for an Urban Century, that at their moment of triumph and fastest growth, cities need nature more than ever.

To Save the Planet, Get More EVs Into Used Car Lots

To Save the Planet, Get More EVs Into Used Car Lots

Now, more capable electric vehicles, with ranges exceeding 100 miles, are making their way to used car lots, like BMW i3s , Nissan Leafs , and Volkswagen E-Golfs from 2014 and later.

The Science That Spans #MeToo, Memes, and Covid-19

The Science That Spans #MeToo, Memes, and Covid-19

Foucault Welles, an associate professor at Northeastern, says that network science “lets us distill vast, chaotic online communication data down to its essence” and “pull out important themes, people, and events for close reading.” This intersection with big data is critical: that it can extract patterns from terabytes of social media interactions strengthens the reach of its conclusions—the findings aren’t about how a small set of users behave, but about aggregate behavior.

What Comes After the International Space Station?

What Comes After the International Space Station?

“NASA has been very open about the fact that in order to do exploration beyond low earth orbit, you have to have a platform there to test systems and get experience,” says Michael Suffredini, the cofounder and CEO of Axiom Space, a company that is poised to build the world’s first commercial space station.

Anatomy Opens the Creaking Door to Haunted House Tales

Anatomy Opens the Creaking Door to Haunted House Tales

Or it could be Netflix 's fault—its release of The Haunting of Bly Manor has reinvigorated the discourse about what makes a good haunted house story and whether or not Mike Flanagan, the horror director who, between Bly Manor and Hill House and Doctor Sleep seems to be veritably obsessed with them, really has what it takes to make one that feels both scary and fascinating.

Upon My Death, Play the Following Messages

Upon My Death, Play the Following Messages

Memories also hosts digital “vaults” for living people to store things like precious photos, videos, and life stories, which can be shared after their passing.Though death is hard to control, people like Ainsworth are determined to create a future where you at least have some say in what comes next.

The Russian Hackers Playing 'Chekhov's Gun' With US Infrastructure

The Russian Hackers Playing 'Chekhov's Gun' With US Infrastructure

Last week the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency published an advisory warning that a group known as Berserk Bear—or alternately Energetic Bear, TEMP.Isotope, and Dragonfly—had carried out a broad hacking campaign against US state, local, territorial, and tribal government agencies, as well aviation sector targets.

A Hacker Is Threatening to Leak Patients' Therapy Notes

A Hacker Is Threatening to Leak Patients' Therapy Notes

The health care and mental health services provider Vastaamo says it first began investigating a possible breach at the end of September, when a hacker contacted three of the organization's employees with extortion demands.

The Unsinkable Maddie Stone, Google’s Bug-Hunting Badass

The Unsinkable Maddie Stone, Google’s Bug-Hunting Badass

Finding previously undiscovered software bugs and motivating developers to patch them quickly is core to the group’s mission: “Make zero-day hard.” But in 2019, the team broadened its focus beyond just disclosing unique zero-days the researchers found themselves to tracking and studying those that hackers actively exploit in the wild—the exact types of flaws Stone had been stamping out on Android.“The key thing to remember is that the problem we’re working on is not theoretical.

Pandemic Quiet Is Helping Humans Eavesdrop on Rare Dolphins

Pandemic Quiet Is Helping Humans Eavesdrop on Rare Dolphins

MMF scientists have studying the Burrunans for more than a decade, but the pandemic quiet has only just made it possible, via 3,000 hours of clear recordings of the animal’s noises, to begin to understand what the aquatic mammals have been saying.

My Twitter Addiction Got So Bad, I Had to Block Myself

My Twitter Addiction Got So Bad, I Had to Block Myself

The solutions that satisfy others strike them as false and inauthentic, and “their lives are one long drama of repentance and of effort to repair misdemeanors and mistakes.” Most people find it easy to diagnose themselves as one of these two types, and I hope I won’t offend you in saying that you strike me, unmistakably, as a divided soul.

Nature Nerd Trivia: Bats

Nature Nerd Trivia: Bats

The bat world is full of oddies and surprises, from the carnivorous ghost bat to one species that’s actually the world’s fastest mammal.Only one percent of the world’s bat species feed on vertebrate prey, and the ghost bat is one of them.

Scientists Discover the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

Scientists Discover the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

But researchers discovered in 1911 that at low temperatures, electrons can induce vibrations in a metal’s atomic lattice, and those vibrations in turn draw electrons together into couples known as Cooper pairs.

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

Platforms could either collect such information through the mainstream press or set up a hotline allowing users to report election problems to the social media companies themselves, which would then verify the authenticity of tips before alerting users.

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal—but I Do

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal—but I Do

There’s now a booming industry of gadgets for turning a computer into a home video studio: webcams, laptop stands, speakers, lights.But I have a solution that will be cheaper, easier, and probably work better: Just Zoom on a Facebook Portal.

Did a Security Researcher Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?

Did a Security Researcher Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?

Earlier this week, Dutch security researcher Victor Gevers told De Volkskrant that he had recently accessed Donald Trump's Twitter account simply by guessing the password: maga2020!A few days later, he says, he saw that Trump's Twitter account had added two-factor authentication, freezing him out.

There's No Turning Back on AI in the Military

There's No Turning Back on AI in the Military

The Air Force and Space Force had their own “move 37” moment last month during the first AI-enabled shoot-down of a cruise missile at blistering machine speeds.

The iPhone 12 Finally Gets Magnets Right

The iPhone 12 Finally Gets Magnets Right

“Most of their mods were extensions or duplications of what the Moto Z was already capable of doing—think camera, battery pack or speaker,” he says.Apple already learned some lessons from Motorola by not making MagSafe the unique selling point of the iPhone 12.

Uh-Oh. Russia's Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now

Uh-Oh. Russia's Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now

Ocean temperatures in the area recently climbed to more than 5 C above average, following a record breaking heat wave and the unusually early decline of last winter’s sea ice.The downward trend is likely to continue until the Arctic has its first ice-free summer, said Meier.

The Case for Reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps

The Case for Reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps

In 1933, with the country deep in the Great Depression, the United States government created the Civilian Conservation Corps, a work program that gave young men jobs transforming the American landscape.

It's OK to Play One Game Forever

It's OK to Play One Game Forever

It’s like sucking on a big, color-changing jawbreaker for a couple of years.It’s praiseworthy to have played a lot of games, just like it’s praiseworthy to have read every Jane Austen novel or watched every Jodorowsky film.“Why don’t you play, like, the new Call of Duty?

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

And when one cybersecurity researcher named Mike Assante dug into the details of that attack, he recognized a grid-hacking idea invented not by Russian hackers, but by the United State government, and tested a decade earlier.

Trump's Strangest Lie: A Plague of Suicides Under His Watch

Trump's Strangest Lie: A Plague of Suicides Under His Watch

A preprint study released earlier this week found that the suicide rate in Massachusetts didn’t budge even as that state imposed a strong stay-at-home order in March, April, and May. Subscribe to WIRED and stay smart with more of your favorite Ideas writers.“Just because you’re in a stay-at-home situation doesn’t mean people start immediately decompensating,” said Jeremy Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the lead author of the Massachusetts study.

The US Sanctions Russians For Potentially ‘Fatal’ Triton Malware

The US Sanctions Russians For Potentially ‘Fatal’ Triton Malware

Today the US Treasury imposed sanctions on Russia's Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics, the organization that exactly two years ago was revealed to have played a role in the hacking operation that used that malware known as Triton or Trisis, intended to sabotage the Petro Rabigh refinery's safety devices.

Another Surge, Vaccine and Treatment Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Another Surge, Vaccine and Treatment Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Americans prepare for another surge in cases, vaccine and treatment approval moves forward, and new partnerships curb coronavirus misinformation.This news comes approximately a week after a massive international trial found that remdesivir does not prevent deaths among patients with severe cases with Covid-19.

How the Venus Flytrap ‘Remembers’ When It Captures Prey

How the Venus Flytrap ‘Remembers’ When It Captures Prey

Back in 2016, a team of German scientists discovered that the Venus flytrap can actually "count" the number of times something touches its hair-lined leaves—an ability that helps the plant distinguish between the presence of prey and a small nut or stone, or even a dead insect.

The DOJ Is Fighting Google on a Shifting Battlefield

The DOJ Is Fighting Google on a Shifting Battlefield

Marissa Mayer, Google’s 20th employee who later went on to lead Yahoo!, once told me that for many years, Google would do a test: It would show a certain percentage of users a version of search with no ads, to see if people preferred a commercially pristine experience.

The New Adaptation of The Witches Is Almost Too Much Fun

The New Adaptation of The Witches Is Almost Too Much Fun

Roald Dahl’s 1983 children’s fantasy novel The Witches begins with a simple declaration: “This is not a fairy tale.” Witches, the unnamed boy narrator claims, are real.

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