Savanna Fire Management Can Fund Africa’s Protected Areas

Savanna Fire Management Can Fund Africa’s Protected Areas

Now, a new study demonstrates that fire management on Africa’s savannas can generate enough carbon revenue to fill the funding gap for many protected areas, as well as help restore the rangelands health and meet international climate commitments.

Fleeing Global Warming? ‘Climate Havens’ Aren’t Ready Yet

Fleeing Global Warming? ‘Climate Havens’ Aren’t Ready Yet

His recent book, Move: The Forces Uprooting Us, analyzes where people are relocating to and how the “map of humanity” will shift in the coming decades, with an eye toward climate change, politics, jobs, and technology.More Americans are moving for jobs and affordable housing than because of climate change, Khanna says.

Meet the Raptors That Eat Avocados (and Other Fruit)

Meet the Raptors That Eat Avocados (and Other Fruit)

Fitzsimons found that frugivory had been observed in black kites only in the savannas of central Ivory Coast in Africa, where the birds were observed eating oil palm fruits.

A Water Crisis Reveals You Can't Recycle in the Arctic

A Water Crisis Reveals You Can't Recycle in the Arctic

“Most of the communities don't have the facilities to do proper plastic recycling,” says Susanna Fuller, vice president of operations and projects for Oceans North, an environmental organization that earlier this year published a groundbreaking report examining waste in Arctic Canada.

Growing Crops Under Solar Panels? Now There’s a Bright Idea

Growing Crops Under Solar Panels? Now There’s a Bright Idea

Khanna will be studying what the ideal solar array might be for a particular crop, for instance, if it needs bigger or smaller gaps between panels to let sunlight pass through.

Last Stop Is a Playable Love Letter to London

Last Stop Is a Playable Love Letter to London

Courtesy of Annapurna InteractiveThis opening to Last Stop, a new narrative-adventure game by British studio Variable State, is kind of a feint.

My Treadmill Desk Made Working From Home a Cakewalk

My Treadmill Desk Made Working From Home a Cakewalk

I channeled visions of Steve Jobs, who liked to take his meetings while strolling around Apple’s campus in Cupertino, and Joanna Coles, who famously ran Cosmopolitan from the treadmill desk in her office, further intimidating colleagues by walked on it in heels.

Indoor-Grown Weed Is Spewing Carbon Into the Atmosphere

Indoor-Grown Weed Is Spewing Carbon Into the Atmosphere

Based on their calculations, cannabis production results in over 2,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emitted for every kilogram of product (defined as dried flowers), and its legalization has had a measurable effect on Colorado's greenhouse gas output.

Don’t Tell Einstein, but Black Holes Might Have ‘Hair’

Don’t Tell Einstein, but Black Holes Might Have ‘Hair’

“We would expect that the gravitational signal we would see would be quite different from ordinary black holes that are not extremal,” said Khanna.

In India, Smartphones and Cheap Data Are Giving Women a Voice

In India, Smartphones and Cheap Data Are Giving Women a Voice

“I can tap on the picture of Annan (what she calls Thanaraj) and send him an audio message,” she says.“The phone connects her directly to the people who can help her,” says Thanaraj.

Computer Scientists Break the 'Traveling Salesperson' Record

Computer Scientists Break the 'Traveling Salesperson' Record

Now, in a paper posted online in July, Klein and his advisers at the University of Washington, Anna Karlin and Shayan Oveis Gharan, have finally achieved a goal computer scientists have pursued for nearly half a century: a better way to find approximate solutions to the traveling salesperson problem.

Global Warming. Inequality. Covid-19. And Al Gore Is ... Optimistic?

Global Warming. Inequality. Covid-19. And Al Gore Is ... Optimistic?

I don't want to sound Pollyannaish on this point, but if you think back a few years, the awakening to the incredible injustice that was suffered for so long by the LGBTQ community led to a startling change in the demand for marriage equality and for an end to discrimination in employment, recently codified in a Supreme Court decision.

The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How

The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How

“The federal government doesn’t really keep track of a lot of this equipment that goes to local law enforcement agencies,” says Anna Gunderson, a political scientist at Louisiana State University who coauthored a 2019 study that examined the effects of the 1033 program on crime rates.

Hackers Claim to Have ‘Dirty Laundry’ About Donald Trump

Hackers Claim to Have ‘Dirty Laundry’ About Donald Trump

We'll get to the rest of this week's security news in just a second, but before all that you need to carve out a little chunk of your day to read WIRED senior writer Andy Greenberg's profile of Marcus Hutchins , the hacker who stopped the berserking WannaCry ransomware three years ago.

Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Per a report in the Niagara Gazette, the one-time mogul is currently isolated at Wende Correctional Facility in western New York state, where he’s serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted earlier this month of one count of rape and one count of a criminal sex act.In other coronavirus-related news, pop mogul Rihanna’s charitable organization is donating $5 million to Covid-19 relief.

Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA

Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA

The former all-star shooting guard of the Los Angeles Lakers was among nine people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California.

How The Dodo Became the Warmest, Fuzziest Corner of the Web

How The Dodo Became the Warmest, Fuzziest Corner of the Web

For the last two years, Frog has never missed his chance to greet Savannah, the family’s teenage daughter, at her bus stop.

So You Think You Know Gravity? Let Us Drop Some Knowledge

So You Think You Know Gravity? Let Us Drop Some Knowledge

But maybe a better way to approach gravity is to think not about being stuck on Earth but about being weightless.“What you’re really doing when you’re experiencing gravity isn’t being heavy in your chair, it’s falling weightlessly in the gravitational field,” says astrophysicist Janna Levin.

Our Planet May Be Barreling Toward a Tipping Point

Our Planet May Be Barreling Toward a Tipping Point

Think of a climatic tipping point, like the accelerating melting of Greenland’s ice sheet, as a chair.A tipping point of runaway effects could come once between 20 and 40 percent of the forest cover is lost, the researchers say, as the system switches from wet to dry, more like a savanna.

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Matt Simon covers cannabis, robots, and climate science for WIRED.Weirder still, on top of there typically being not enough heat to form deep convective clouds in the Arctic, there’s also a limit to how high these things can build up into the atmosphere.

WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins Won't Go to Jail for Old Hacking Crimes

WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins Won't Go to Jail for Old Hacking Crimes

Security News This Week: WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins Won't Go to Jail for Old Hacking Crimes. The Senate Intel committee this week released its (heavily redacted) report on Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 election.

These Ancient Peoples Smoked the Chronic at Funerals

These Ancient Peoples Smoked the Chronic at Funerals

Researchers analyzed ancient incense burners (known as braziers) from burial grounds at the so-called Jirzankal Cemetery, nearly 10,000 feet up in the mountains of Central Asia, and found residue that tested positive for cannabis .

The New 'Black Mirror' Trailer Has 'Mortal Kombat'-Style Fighting

The New 'Black Mirror' Trailer Has 'Mortal Kombat'-Style Fighting

The New Black Mirror Trailer Has Mortal Kombat -Style Fighting. Also, Hannah Gadsby is doing a terrible job of quitting comedy and Miley Cyrus is in the new Black Mirror trailer.

Microsoft’s First Windows XP Patch in Years Is a Very Bad Sign

Microsoft’s First Windows XP Patch in Years Is a Very Bad Sign

There’s maybe no better sign of a vulnerability’s severity; the last time Microsoft bothered to make a Windows XP fix publicly available was a little over two years ago, in the months before the WannaCry ransomware attack swept the globe .

Caster Semenya and the Twisted Politics of Testosterone

Caster Semenya and the Twisted Politics of Testosterone

Joanna Harper, a trans woman and biophysicist who testified on IAAF’s behalf in the Semenya case, argues that testosterone levels are the most important metric for deciding sex because sports divisions are ultimately split between male and female, and a distinction needs to be made somehow.

Legendary Haight Street Gets a New, Legal King of Weed

Legendary Haight Street Gets a New, Legal King of Weed

This past Valentine’s Day, Shawn Richard stood before the San Francisco Planning Commission and made the case for why the board should let him open the first cannabis dispensary in the city’s legendary Upper Haight neighborhood.

Watch Hannah Gadsby's TED Talk on Having Autism and Breaking Comedy

Watch Hannah Gadsby's TED Talk on Having Autism and Breaking Comedy

Watch Hannah Gadsby's TED Talk on Having Autism and Breaking Comedy. At TED 2019, Hannah Gadsby gave a speech full of contradictions, jokes, and harsh truths.

How to Cook With Weed—and a Dash of Tasty, Tasty Science

How to Cook With Weed—and a Dash of Tasty, Tasty Science

And, of course, they can complement that taste with the intoxicating experience of THC, like traditional chefs might pair foods with particular wines. Just like a tasting menu at a fine restaurant might come with wine pairings, heightening the experience both with additional flavors and drunkenness, so too might cannabis chefs use weed to augment a meal.

Ramy Is an Essential Voice for Millennial TV

Ramy Is an Essential Voice for Millennial TV

From the outset of Ramy, Hulu's newest half-hour comedy about a first-gen Egyptian-American in North New Jersey, its millennial disposition is apparent. Played by 28-year-old comedian Ramy Youssef, its eponymous lead is locked in a state of moral unsteadiness much like the Devs and Hannahs before him.

The WIRED Guide to Cannabis

The WIRED Guide to Cannabis

It’s called the entourage, or ensemble, effect: THC doesn’t work alone to produce a high, but instead interacts with other compounds in the plant.

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