The Plan to Build a Global Network of Floating Power Stations

The Plan to Build a Global Network of Floating Power Stations

After nearly two decades as an oceanographer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Chao had left the space agency to commercialize a seafaring generator that can harness the limitless thermal energy trapped in the world’s oceans.

Can the Paris Agreement Still Avert Climate Chaos?

Can the Paris Agreement Still Avert Climate Chaos?

“I felt that the Paris agreement was the moment when the world decided it really had to manage climate change in a serious way,” he said.

The Power of Kawaii: How Cute, Squishy Things Influence Us

The Power of Kawaii: How Cute, Squishy Things Influence Us

A timeline cleanse is meant to interrupt that cycle with a reprieve from the chaos.“I think kawaii, or cute feelings, reminds us of human connection that we sometimes forget,” says Hiroshi Nittono, director of the Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory at Osaka University.

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.

An Algorithm Determined UK Students' Grades. Chaos Ensued

An Algorithm Determined UK Students' Grades. Chaos Ensued

Anticipating similar scenes for today’s A-level results, the government in England has introduced what it’s calling a ‘triple lock’—whereby, via stages of appeals, students will effectively get to choose their grade from a teacher assessment, their mock exam results, or a resit to be taken in the autumn.

Covid-19 Is Accelerating Human Transformation—Let’s Not Waste It

Covid-19 Is Accelerating Human Transformation—Let’s Not Waste It

This devastating pandemic, with all its worldwide chaos and horror, has at the same time created a perfect alignment of technology, science, need, and opportunity.

All This Chaos Might Be Giving You ‘Crisis Fatigue’

All This Chaos Might Be Giving You ‘Crisis Fatigue’

Psychologists call it crisis fatigue: Your body is well adapted to handle temporary stresses, but it can get overwhelmed by the constant, unrelenting pressures of this horrible year.But over the course of weeks, high cortisol levels wreak havoc on the body, resulting in problems like anxiety and insomnia.

All This Chaos Might Be Giving You 'Crisis Fatigue'

All This Chaos Might Be Giving You 'Crisis Fatigue'

Psychologists call it crisis fatigue: Your body is well adapted to handle temporary stresses, but is overwhelmed by the constant, unrelenting pressures of this horrible year.But over the course of weeks, high cortisol levels wreak havoc on the body, resulting in problems like anxiety and insomnia.

Space Photos of the Week: Europa! Attempt No Landing There

Space Photos of the Week: Europa! Attempt No Landing There

The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa looms large in this newly-reprocessed color view, made from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI InstituteOur final image in this series shows more chaos terrain in a region called Chaos Near Agenor Linea.

Russia Doesn't Want Bernie Sanders. It Wants Chaos

Russia Doesn't Want Bernie Sanders. It Wants Chaos

“We saw Russia amplifying conspiracy theories suggesting that delays in reporting returns were part of an effort to deny Senator Sanders a clear win,” says Jessica Brandt, head of policy and research for the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan nonprofit that tracks and counteracts Russian disinformation.

Wildfire Photographs Are Constant Reminders of Chaos

Wildfire Photographs Are Constant Reminders of Chaos

“They’ll say, ‘Oh I thought it was wrapping up and suddenly the wind shifted and three hours later it’s burning 500,000 acres,’” McCulloh says.

Uber and Lyft's Financials Reveal Two Ride-Hailing Strategies

Uber and Lyft's Financials Reveal Two Ride-Hailing Strategies

Out of the chaos of Uber’s international business, which ranges from shared to premium ride-hail trips, to e-bikes, to e-scooters, to buses, to on-demand staffing, to food delivery, Khosrowshahi promised some actual money.

Chatroulette Was Shorthand for Chaos Online. Then Came the 2010s

Chatroulette Was Shorthand for Chaos Online. Then Came the 2010s

But for a brief moment, as 2009 turned into 2010, we had a glimpse of what a different social web might look like.Later, when the site became an international craze with over 30 million users, Ternovskiy would describe Chatroulette as “one hundred percent my window into the world.”.

California’s Power Outages Are About Wildfires—But Also Money

California’s Power Outages Are About Wildfires—But Also Money

“If the assumptions in your analysis turn out to be wrong, your whole strategy can blow up and be immensely costly, and delay your bankruptcy,” says Jared Ellias, an expert in bankruptcy law at UC Hastings College of the Law. That means you try to get through it fast, and with minimal chaos.

The Symmetry and Chaos of the World's Megacities

The Symmetry and Chaos of the World's Megacities

Even when shooting the more familiar cityscapes of Dubai, Hong Kong, or New York, Koopmans manages to create fresh-looking images by finding unique vantage points, often by scouting his locations on Google Earth.

These Chaotic Games Are a Referee's Worst Nightmare

These Chaotic Games Are a Referee's Worst Nightmare

That inspired his series Selected People , for which he combined multiple photographs of the same street scene taken at different moments, in order to choreograph the random foot traffic he captured into mesmerizing patterns. Cass works with layers and masks in Photoshop to combine scenes, isolate figures, and correct color.

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

Kade Crockford, director of ACLU of Massachusetts' Technology for Liberty Program, says findings like these surprise her even given the chaotic, unregulated intersection of law enforcement and facial recognition.

Space Photos of the Week: Chaotic, Gassy Mars

Space Photos of the Week: Chaotic, Gassy Mars

Earth has dune fields like this too in our deserts—just one more thing we have in common with Mars. This comet run-in was surprising to astronomers because the general thought was that impacts like these didn’t happen in the outer solar system this long after the formation of the solar system.

5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

Satellites like NOAA's GOES-R and the European MetOp monitor this frequency to collect data that is fed into prediction models for upcoming storms and weather systems.“We can’t move away from 23.8 or we would,” Gerth told WIRED.

First Big Survey of Births Finds Millions of Missing Women

First Big Survey of Births Finds Millions of Missing Women

But a massive effort to catalogue the sex ratios at birth, for the first time, for every country, shows that’s not such a smart strategy after all.“For so long people just took that number for granted,” says Fengqing Chao, a public health researcher at the Institute of Policy Studies in Singapore.

Cracking open the green bond market – What’s next?

Cracking open the green bond market – What’s next?

“IFC has been issuing green bonds since 2010, and we helped propel the growth of the market in 2013 with two $1-billion benchmark issuances that were the largest at the time,” said Flora Chao, Global Head of Funding, IFC Treasury.

The World's Recycling Is in Chaos. Here's What Has to Happen

The World's Recycling Is in Chaos. Here's What Has to Happen

Like most municipal recycling programs, those cities contract with Duong’s company to collect and sort recyclable waste at its materials recovery facility, where they are baled and sent to end-market processors.

The (Non-Trump) Surprise Inside Andrew McCabe's Memoir

The (Non-Trump) Surprise Inside Andrew McCabe's Memoir

The events of The Threat span the summer of 2016 through May 2017, encompassing the bungling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, the election of Donald Trump, the bureau’s investigation of Michael Flynn, and, finally, the 10 chaotic days that began with the firing of FBI director James Comey and ended with the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, the man who had preceded Comey at the bureau.

As Typhoon Mangkhut Hits, Philippines Is Haunted by Chaos of Earlier Storm

As Typhoon Mangkhut Hits, Philippines Is Haunted by Chaos of Earlier Storm

Many of the survivors, particularly in Tacloban, ran short of food, water and medicine almost immediately.A long convoy of Red Cross trucks tried to reach the city ahead of the storm, but had to turn back when winds rose sooner than expected.

An Adorable Rodent Gives a Glimpse Into Earth’s Climate Chaos

An Adorable Rodent Gives a Glimpse Into Earth’s Climate Chaos

While barn owls and western meadowlarks were “losers” during the drought, killdeer and greater roadrunners were “winners.” The blunt-nosed leopard lizard suffered; the side-blotched lizard came up in the world.“The drought kind of knocked down the species that were dominating and allowed the underdogs to do better and stay in the system,” says wildlife ecologist Laura Prugh of the University of Washington, lead author on the new paper in Nature Climate Change.For all the winners and losers, nearly three quarters of species weren’t strongly affected by the drought.