SpaceX Will Bring the Science of Fire and Beer to the ISS

SpaceX Will Bring the Science of Fire and Beer to the ISS

SpaceX is also expected to launch 60 more of its Starlink internet satellites and conduct an in-flight abort test that will jettison its Crew Dragon capsule mid-flight, but it has not announced dates for either of these missions.

The Best Cyber Monday Deals on Outdoor and Fitness Gear

The Best Cyber Monday Deals on Outdoor and Fitness Gear

The kit includes a poker to manipulate logs while the fire is burning, a heat-reflecting mat so you can use the FirePit on a deck or patio without scorching them, and a carrying case with a built-in solar charger for recharging the airflow unit that eats up the smoke.The Pieps DSP Sport is an affordable, easy-to-use model with a 50-meter range.

The Best Laptop and Tablet Deals for Cyber Monday

The Best Laptop and Tablet Deals for Cyber Monday

Apple's iPads really set the standard here, with excellent battery life and a vast app ecosystem behind them, but the price of Amazon Fire HD devices is so low the software limitations may not bother you.

Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Working from a beachside shack on California's Monterey Bay , Nate Lindsey fired a stream of infrared laser pulses down a long fiber-optic cable extending onto the ocean floor.

Iran’s APT33 Hackers Are Targeting Industrial Control Systems

Iran’s APT33 Hackers Are Targeting Industrial Control Systems

Threat intelligence firm FireEye has warned since 2017 that APT33 had links to another piece of destructive code known as Shapeshifter .Moran declined to name any of the specific industrial control system, or ICS, companies or products targeted by the APT33 hackers.

Recovery: Saving Mark Twain’s Famous Frog

Recovery: Saving Mark Twain’s Famous Frog

Likely causes include an alien amphibian disease called chytrid fungus, development, urban runoff, water loss from diversions, drought and fire from climate change, past predation by humans and current predation by non-native fauna.

A Mind-Boggling Uber Oversight, a Firefox Scam, and More News

A Mind-Boggling Uber Oversight, a Firefox Scam, and More News

Firefox users are gettin' scammed and Uber is gettin' slammed—but first, a cartoon about not liking what you see in the mirror .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Shifting Winds and the Changing Shape of California Fires

Shifting Winds and the Changing Shape of California Fires

But while new research says that climate change might actually reduce the frequency of the Santa Anas, that might not be the good news it first appears.

California’s Wildfires Are the Doom of Our Own Making

California’s Wildfires Are the Doom of Our Own Making

A single spark can ignite a wind-driven wildfire that moves with such speed firefighters can’t safely confront it, even from the air, as flame retardants dropped from planes and helicopters blow off course in the gusts.

Kincade Fire: The Age of Flames Is Consuming California

Kincade Fire: The Age of Flames Is Consuming California

All it takes is one spark to ignite ultra-dry brush, and high winds will carry that flame with incredible speed, overwhelming communities like Paradise, where many residents simply didn’t have time to escape .

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.

A Mass Power Outage, Twitter's Data Misuse, and More News

A Mass Power Outage, Twitter's Data Misuse, and More News

Massive power outages won't save California, Twitter misused your two-factor authentication data, and scientists now know where lightning strikes twice (as much as anywhere else).Power shutoffs can't save California from wildfire hell.

PG&E’s Power Shutoffs Can’t Save California From Wildfire Hell

PG&E’s Power Shutoffs Can’t Save California From Wildfire Hell

“If you imagine the atmosphere over your head as a sponge, you can’t wring it out anymore,” says Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA.At ground level, the warm air screaming through the mountains sucks away whatever moisture might be left in the vegetation—which is increasingly little as the climate warms in California and autumns grow increasingly dry .

EVs Fire Up Pyroswitches to Cut Risk of Shock After a Crash

EVs Fire Up Pyroswitches to Cut Risk of Shock After a Crash

Bosch developed the CG912 semiconductor chip for triggering airbags, but it works just as well for sparking a tiny guillotine to cut an electric vehicle’s high-voltage cables.

This Clever Gel Works Like a Vaccine for Wildfires

This Clever Gel Works Like a Vaccine for Wildfires

A typical fire retardant dropped from a plane, like the inorganic salt ammonium polyphosphate, or APP, works by sticking to the surface of vegetation and binding to carbon, creating a char layer that is resistant to burning.

A Wildfire Vaccine, Elon's New Starship, and More News

A Wildfire Vaccine, Elon's New Starship, and More News

A gel could act as a wildfire vaccine, Elon's fantasy Starship is finally here, and we've got the best gear for your loyal pup.Over the weekend, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took the stage to show off a brand new spacecraft: a gleaming, bullet-shaped rocket he calls Starship .

On Roku and Amazon Fire TV, Channels Are Watching You

On Roku and Amazon Fire TV, Channels Are Watching You

They found that 89 percent of Amazon Fire TV channels and 69 percent of Roku channels contained easily spottable trackers that collected information about a viewing habits and preferences, along with unique identifiers like device serial numbers and IDs, Wi-Fi network names, and the Wi-Fi identifiers known as MAC addresses.

CNN's Town Hall Made Climate Change Personal—and It Worked

CNN's Town Hall Made Climate Change Personal—and It Worked

In the audience, a man named David with small glasses and pony-tailed gray hair stood up and said he’d lost his home in Paradise, California, to last year’s Camp Fire , which was supercharged by climate change.“That's climate change,” Klobuchar said.

Capitalism Burns the Amazon, Lawsuits Burn YouTube, and More News

Capitalism Burns the Amazon, Lawsuits Burn YouTube, and More News

Unchecked capitalism is driving the Amazon fire, YouTube is making everyone mad, and experts have found the next Flint, Michigan.Fires in the Amazon aren't new, but there's a reason the most recent ones have been so devastating : capitalism.

The Horrifying Science of the Deforestation Fueling Amazon Fires

The Horrifying Science of the Deforestation Fueling Amazon Fires

Humans carve out farmlands, sometimes leaving a neat edge where the forest meets the fields, or even creating islands of forest surrounded by crops or grazing fields for cattle.

Humans, More Than Drought, Are Fueling the Amazon's Flames

Humans, More Than Drought, Are Fueling the Amazon's Flames

The fiery, anti-environment populist has encouraged settlements in the Amazon region, sacked the head of the government agency that monitors deforestation from space, and just this week blamed NGOs for setting the fires to make him look bad.On Tuesday, a satellite took this image of forest fires burning across three Brazilian states.

The Notre Dame Fire Spread Toxic Lead Dust Over Paris

The Notre Dame Fire Spread Toxic Lead Dust Over Paris

On May 13—almost a month after the fire—the city of Paris first tested lead levels at schools and kindergartens near the cathedral, apparently informing principals in the affected area that there was no significant health risk.

An iPhone App That Protects Your Privacy—For Real This Time

An iPhone App That Protects Your Privacy—For Real This Time

The Guardian Firewall app runs in the background of an iOS device, and stymies data and location trackers while compiling a list of all the times your apps attempt to deploy them.

The Bizarre, Peaty Science of Arctic Wildfires

The Bizarre, Peaty Science of Arctic Wildfires

That, though, would require forest management across swaths of the Arctic, a kind of management we in the US can’t even do right on a small scale .What we’re looking at, then, is yet another complicating factor in the massive complexity that is climate change: When peat burns, it emits lots of CO2, and when peatlands aren’t healthy, they don’t capture any.

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Ars Technica reporter Dan Goodin brings the news of a major new privacy failure recently unearthed by security researchers: widely used Chrome and Firefox browser extensions scraped and sold the data of more than 4.1 million people, until the researcher alerted Google and Mozilla.

The Colorful Science of Why Fireworks Look Bad on TV

The Colorful Science of Why Fireworks Look Bad on TV

In the 1970s a researcher named MR Pointer actually set out to account for all the colors reflected by the surfaces we humans see—a very different problem than the colored lights a screen might emit, but hold that thought.

Can't Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives

Can't Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives

If it’s the flashy colors of a fireworks display that you’re after, well, good news: we have lasers .The current state of this once-futuristic technology ranges from the safe and festive to the deliberately dangerous.

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News

Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News. Stalkers have ways of tracking you even without fancy malware, airport facial recognition is becoming more common, and WIRED has some advice on how to take the very best fireworks photos.

2019 so far - a story of weather and climate extremes

2019 so far - a story of weather and climate extremes

“During summer, heatwave conditions scorched our seas for the second consecutive year, while several areas of the country suffered ongoing drought conditions, including Nelson-Tasman where prolonged wildfires occurred and a state of emergency was declared,” says NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll.

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

Although a Louroe spokesman said the detector doesn’t intrude on student privacy because it only captures sound patterns deemed aggressive, its microphones allow administrators to record, replay and store those snippets of conversation indefinitely.“It’s not clear it’s solving the right problem.

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