What the World’s Largest Organism Reveals About Fires and Forests

What the World’s Largest Organism Reveals About Fires and Forests

“If there were no trees dying, I wouldn’t have a job,” says forest pathologist Mike McWilliams, who calls himself the unofficial tour guide of the massive fungus.McWilliams continues driving, following dirt roads deeper into the forest, where the trees become smaller and closer together.

The Almighty Squabble Over Who Gets to Name Microbes

The Almighty Squabble Over Who Gets to Name Microbes

Baker named the group of deep-sea microbes collected in 2009 Helarchaeota—after the Norse goddess of the underworld.Officially speaking, Helarchaeota falls into a category called Candidatus—a designation reserved for microbes that haven’t earned a proper scientific name yet.“We are finding new kinds of life right and left,” says Karen Lloyd, a microbial ecologist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Anchors cause “extensive, persistent” damage to seafloor

Anchors cause “extensive, persistent” damage to seafloor

“It seems that this problem is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ because the environmental footprint of anchoring is not yet considered in official reporting of global human impacts on the marine ecosystem,” Dr Watson said.

Companies May Soon Have to Reveal a Hidden Risk: Carbon Emissions

Companies May Soon Have to Reveal a Hidden Risk: Carbon Emissions

Companies use energy and produce greenhouse gases directly, of course—by operating offices and data centers , making products, and converting carbon-absorbing wilderness into wasteland.

A Project to Count Climate Crisis Deaths Has Surprising Results

A Project to Count Climate Crisis Deaths Has Surprising Results

As part of this search, the UK government has made its first attempt at putting a number on climate change deaths.The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS)—an independent government agency responsible for producing official data—has for the first time reported climate-related deaths and hospital admissions in England and Wales.

Biden’s FCC Picks Are a ‘Dream Team’ for Broadband Advocates

Biden’s FCC Picks Are a ‘Dream Team’ for Broadband Advocates

Biden will also fill the empty Democratic slot on the commission by nominating Gigi Sohn, a longtime consumer advocate who was an FCC official during the Obama years.

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

The sparse rainfall and low water levels are one reason that state officials in June built a $10 million emergency project—the size of San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid laid on its side—to keep ocean saltwater from surging into the delta.

Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 Is a Lovable Weirdo

Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 Is a Lovable Weirdo

Two Octobers ago, Microsoft revealed its long-in-the-works dual-screened device, named the Surface Duo .When the Surface Duo 2 ships it will be running on Android 11 , and like the last time around, some key Microsoft Office apps have been optimized for the split screens.

The Week Nicki Minaj’s Cousin’s Friend’s Balls Dominated Twitter

The Week Nicki Minaj’s Cousin’s Friend’s Balls Dominated Twitter

Fox News' Tucker Carlson defended Minaj’s tweet, saying “our media and public health officials didn’t like [it] because they make their livings bullying people.” The White House offered to connect Minaj with doctors to talk about her concerns.

You Can Now Ditch the Password on Your Microsoft Account

You Can Now Ditch the Password on Your Microsoft Account

"I remember it was 2017 and we started talking about what if instead of improving multifactor authentication we change course to just eliminate passwords," says Microsoft chief information security officer Bret Arsenault.

What Is Zero Trust? It Depends What You Want to Hear

What Is Zero Trust? It Depends What You Want to Hear

Under the old model, all the computers, servers, and other devices physically in an office building were on the same network and trusted each other.Once an attacker slipped by those perimeter defenses, remotely or by physically infiltrating an organization, the network would instantly grant them a lot of trust and freedom.

LA Police Are Collecting Detainees' Social Media Information

LA Police Are Collecting Detainees' Social Media Information

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) instructs officers to collect social media account information and email addresses when they interview people they have detained, according to documents obtained by the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law. ARS TECHNICA.

One Woman’s Mission to Rewrite Nazi History on Wikipedia

One Woman’s Mission to Rewrite Nazi History on Wikipedia

Maybe it was when she read the article about the SS, the Nazi Party’s paramilitary, which included images that felt to her like glamour shots—action-man officers admiring maps, going on parade, all sorts of “very visually disturbing” stuff.

How to Turn Your Favorite Web Apps Into Desktop Apps

How to Turn Your Favorite Web Apps Into Desktop Apps

If you think about the desktop programs you use regularly, for many people it's going to probably be limited to an image editor, a web browser, and perhaps an office application.This uses what's called progressive web apps, or PWAs, and we're going to explain everything you need to know.

We're Giving Away One of Our Favorite TVs

We're Giving Away One of Our Favorite TVs

We like it so much that we've spent a couple of months trying to get one to give away to a lucky reader.Read the official rules , accept the terms and conditions, and fill out the form below to enter.

How to Prepare for Your Eventual Return to the Office

How to Prepare for Your Eventual Return to the Office

Time spent traveling, such as commuting to work or driving to a store, declined by 26 minutes from an average of 1.2 hours per day in 2019 to 47 minutes per day in 2020, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

You Should Have Waited for the Official 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Trailer

You Should Have Waited for the Official 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Trailer

People are hyped to see Spider-Man: No Way Home, and with movie-going in a state of, shall we say, flux right now, there aren’t quite as many movies to talk about and folks aren’t seeing new trailers every weekend at the multiplex.

The Push for Ad Agencies to Ditch Big Oil Clients

The Push for Ad Agencies to Ditch Big Oil Clients

“Shell might come to us with a $1 million contract, and we’re walking away from that,” says Roger Ramirez, chief growth officer of the New York–based ad agency Mustache, which signed onto the pledge earlier this year.

Hope and Peril for North America’s “Snow Parrot”

Hope and Peril for North America’s “Snow Parrot”

Nadine Lamberski, chief conservation and wildlife health officer at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, remembers walking into forests of northern Mexico to the deafening chatter of hundreds of thick-billed parrots.

The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool

The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool

The tests, which are being run by two unnamed internet service providers, the Home Office and the National Crime Agency, are being conducted under controversial surveillance laws introduced at the end of 2016.

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.

Email and Slack Have Locked Us in a Productivity Paradox

Email and Slack Have Locked Us in a Productivity Paradox

In 1991, an article in The New York Times quoted an economist who pointed out that although companies continue to spend heavily on technology, “white-collar productivity has stagnated.” He concludes: “No longer are chief executives confident that throwing computers at their office staffs will result in greater efficiency.”.

4 Work-From-Home Tech Tricks I Learned From Twitch Streamers

4 Work-From-Home Tech Tricks I Learned From Twitch Streamers

In a time when a lot of people are dealing with more distractions during the work day, the first question should be, Does this even need to be a meeting?.If you don’t have a dedicated desk and office chair, it’s time.

A Hacker Tried to Poison a Florida City's Water Supply, Officials Say

A Hacker Tried to Poison a Florida City's Water Supply, Officials Say

Around 8 am on Friday morning, an employee of a water treatment plant in the 15,000-person city of Oldsmar, Florida, noticed that his mouse cursor was moving strangely on his computer screen, out of his control, as local police would later tell it.

American Cities Are Way Underreporting Their Carbon Footprints

American Cities Are Way Underreporting Their Carbon Footprints

City officials build what’s called self-reported inventories, or SRIs, to get an idea of local emission levels.According to Gurney, officials there were incorporating retail sales from gas stations in the city’s SRI calculation, which is usually a perfectly reasonable way to estimate emissions from local vehicles.

The Truth About North Korea's Ultra-Lockdown Against Covid-19

The Truth About North Korea's Ultra-Lockdown Against Covid-19

Weekly reports from the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia office show that North Korean samples from PCR tests are being processed in 15 laboratories but all of these have come back negative.The newspaper reported a defector who had returned to the country from South Korea was “suspected” to have Covid-19.

Biden Returns the US to the Paris Climate Accord. Will It Matter?

Biden Returns the US to the Paris Climate Accord. Will It Matter?

With the stroke of a pen from his new desk in the Oval Office, President Joe Biden pulled the US back into the Paris climate accord on Wednesday, an international agreement that experts say is vital to getting the world’s nations to slow the emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases.

Watch Highlights From WIRED's CES Conversations

Watch Highlights From WIRED's CES Conversations

Moderna’s Melissa Moore explained why we should be excited about the dawn of mRNA vaccines; the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Christopher Krebs, talked about the cybersecurity issues that pose the biggest threat to our democracy; and Slack's Stewart Butterfield and Salesforce's Bret Taylor told us about how digital-first workplaces will become the norm even when we can return to the office.

What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health

What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health

More than 150 years ago, a renowned physician named John Snow walked the gritty streets of London’s working-class Golden Square neighborhood, not far from his office in the city’s Soho district, knocking on the doors of residents felled by the cholera epidemic.

A ‘Bulletproof’ Criminal VPN Was Taken Down in a Global Sting

A ‘Bulletproof’ Criminal VPN Was Taken Down in a Global Sting

There will be more news to come about the SolarWinds supply chain attack and possible other elements of the extensive campaign, but in the meantime officials, security practitioners, and researchers are all puzzling over questions of where to draw the line on global espionage and how to deter destructive and otherwise unacceptable hacking.

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