The Queen Conch’s Gambit

The Queen Conch’s Gambit

A mother queen conch lays half a million eggs over a day or so in a gelatinous strand that, unfurled, would stretch longer than a semitruck trailer.A queen conch shell can grow as big as a football.

Wildfire Resilience Treatments Work

Wildfire Resilience Treatments Work

That’s why the Conservancy and partners are working together on the Rio Grande Water Fund that generates funding for a 20-year program to restore 600,000 acres of forests in northern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado.

Did Climate Change Make That Freak Weather Even Worse?

Did Climate Change Make That Freak Weather Even Worse?

Averaging temperature measurements over the entire world helps scientists ignore the random vicissitudes of weather when determining the overall trajectory of climate change.“No human, no ecosystem on Earth, will ever experience the global mean temperature,” Swain says.

The Fashion Industry Could Reduce Emissions—if It Wanted To

The Fashion Industry Could Reduce Emissions—if It Wanted To

In 2019, some of the largest fashion brands in the world put their names on science-based climate targets, saying they would reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030 in order to stay in line with a UN-endorsed pathway to keeping the climate from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Carbon-Capturing Sunglasses Offer a View of Fashion's Future

Carbon-Capturing Sunglasses Offer a View of Fashion's Future

Nike, which says 70 percent of its emissions are wrapped up in its materials, is one of many large fashion brands that have committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 percent by 2030.Herrema said the idea that would eventually lead to AirCarbon came to him while he was at Princeton in the early 2000s.

Facebook’s New Camera Glasses Are Dangerously Easy to Use

Facebook’s New Camera Glasses Are Dangerously Easy to Use

(Giaia Rener, Ray-Ban's global brand director, even describes them as "the first smart glasses you're going to want to wear.")If you ignore the fact that they have cameras and wireless connectivity, Ray-Ban Stories are just a pair of Wayfarers.

To Learn More Quickly, Brain Cells Break Their DNA

To Learn More Quickly, Brain Cells Break Their DNA

To their surprise, the researchers found that stimulating cultured neurons triggered double-strand breaks in their DNA, and the breaks quickly increased the expression of a dozen fast-acting genes associated with synaptic activity in learning and memory.

Why Florida’s Covid Surge Is Screwing With the Water Supply (Hint: Oxygen)

Why Florida’s Covid Surge Is Screwing With the Water Supply (Hint: Oxygen)

Just over half of Florida’s total population is fully vaccinated.“What we know is that the lack of liquid oxygen is due to a driver shortage and the need for available supplies to be diverted to local hospitals due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” says Brandon Moore, spokesperson for Tampa Bay Water.

Why Covering Canals With Solar Panels Is a Power Move

Why Covering Canals With Solar Panels Is a Power Move

“By covering canals with solar panels, we can reduce evaporation and avoid disturbing natural and working lands, while providing renewable energy and other co-benefits,” says environmental engineer Brandi McKuin of the University of California, Merced, and the University of California, Santa Cruz, lead author on the paper.

Is Birdseed the Next Toilet Paper?

Is Birdseed the Next Toilet Paper?

Ron Holt, Vice President of Des Moines Feed, a company his great grandfather started in 1944, has a birds-eye view of the seed business from farms to feeders.

The Pandemic Nearly Shuttered My Church. Technology Saved It

The Pandemic Nearly Shuttered My Church. Technology Saved It

Long before the pandemic struck, Science Hill Friends Meeting in southwestern Randolph County, North Carolina, was slowly bleeding to death, like many small churches in rural America.Science Hill had to accept that our beloved meeting house, built by the original Friends in 1894, wasn’t the only place where members could gather.

How Google's Grand Plan to Make Stadia Games Fell Apart

How Google's Grand Plan to Make Stadia Games Fell Apart

But sources familiar with Stadia’s operations believe that after pouring tens of millions of dollars into two game studios, Google couldn’t stomach the expensive and complicated creative process necessary to build high-caliber video games—especially considering Stadia’s unremarkable subscription numbers.“I question how much the execs above Stadia leadership understand what they got into—the commitments made and overcommitments and the inability to keep those commitments,” says one current Stadia employee.

Valheim Is the Viking Survival Game You've Been Craving

Valheim Is the Viking Survival Game You've Been Craving

For an Early Access game, it's honestly hard to tell where Valheim's content thus far runs out.Like Minecraft, every new Valheim quest begins in a randomly generated 3D universe.

The World in Cyberpunk 2077 Is Hollow—the Posters Prove It

The World in Cyberpunk 2077 Is Hollow—the Posters Prove It

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .As well as understanding Night City in an instant, there’s a high chance those posters chosen at random will contain explicit and exploitative imagery, many far more so than the “Mix it up” poster.

The DC Insurrection Lays Bare the Fiction of America

The DC Insurrection Lays Bare the Fiction of America

That fiction was on grand display Wednesday when a mob of President Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers were voting to confirm the presidential election results.It was photographed by Saul Loeb and depicts three rioters in repose.

Do I Have a Moral Obligation to Be On TikTok?

Do I Have a Moral Obligation to Be On TikTok?

While it may be true that we all have an instinctive, evolutionary investment in seeing the next generation flourish (regardless of whether it includes any children of our own), I imagine that your more immediate concern is for your long-term viability in an economy that regards cultural capital and technological fluency as assets to one’s personal brand.

Wikipedia's Biggest Challenge Awaits in 2021

Wikipedia's Biggest Challenge Awaits in 2021

Yet as Wikipedia begins a new year with a burnished reputation as a trusted, fact-based resource, it faces thorny questions beyond accuracy that threaten its grand, encyclopedic mission: Can the community of editors and administrators who collect and present the facts become as sturdy and reliable as the facts themselves?

Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Every Great Black Friday Deal on Google Devices

Retailers tend to use sale holidays as an excuse to clear out old stock, but Google cut prices on some of its brand-new hardware for Black Friday this year—like its Pixel 5 phone and Nest Audio speaker that just launched last month.

From Podcasts to Zoom Workshops, Friendship Is Big Business

From Podcasts to Zoom Workshops, Friendship Is Big Business

On social media, #squadgoals—a hashtag describing glamorous friend groups, once culturally appropriated and popularized by Taylor Swift’s glamorous posse—was born and then died, but the notion that friendly hangouts make for marketable, sexy Instagram Stories remained, yielding engineered influencer friendships and branded collaborations.

Masks Help, but We May Never Know How Much

Masks Help, but We May Never Know How Much

On Wednesday, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals published what many took to be a disheartening result: According to some headlines, a 6,000-person randomized controlled trial in Denmark had found that wearing a mask does not offer any clear protection from being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

An Enormous Iceberg Is Headed for South Georgia Island—Again

An Enormous Iceberg Is Headed for South Georgia Island—Again

A massive Antarctic iceberg is headed straight for South Georgia Island, a remote outpost in the southern Atlantic Ocean that is home to millions of seabirds, penguins, and seals that may find their route to the sea blocked if the Delaware-sized chunk of ice gets stranded near their breeding grounds.

The CMAs Were a Good Reminder to Stick to Zoom Award Shows

The CMAs Were a Good Reminder to Stick to Zoom Award Shows

Watching Reba McEntire's and Darius Rucker’s opening remarks at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night, it was hard not to be reminded of a different performance entirely: Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga at the MTV VMAs this summer.

Why The Queen’s Gambit Is the No. 1 Netflix Show Right Now

Why The Queen’s Gambit Is the No. 1 Netflix Show Right Now

Suffice to say very few people watching understand chess at the level someone like Kasparaov does, but movies from Searching for Bobby Fischer to Queen of Katwe to Fresh have proven audiences want to know what it’s like to play as a grandmaster.

We Found Every Good Prime Day Deal on Amazon Devices

We Found Every Good Prime Day Deal on Amazon Devices

We've compiled every decent deal on Amazon-branded devices happening from now through the end of Amazon's Prime Day sale (October 13-14).What sets it apart is the free one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+ (formerly known as FreeTime Unlimited).

Gravity, Gizmos, and a Grand Theory of Interstellar Travel

Gravity, Gizmos, and a Grand Theory of Interstellar Travel

This might not sound like the secret to interstellar travel, but if that small lurch can be sustained, a spacecraft could theoretically produce thrust for as long as it had electric power.

It's Time to Revisit the Games That Gave Rise to Halo

It's Time to Revisit the Games That Gave Rise to Halo

Durandal is one of three AIs aboard the Marathon, a giant space ship built out of a hollowed-out Martian moon (Deimos, if I remember correctly).

Amazon's Kids Tablets Are $50 Off Right Now

Amazon's Kids Tablets Are $50 Off Right Now

Right now, Amazon's Fire HD Tablets, especially the Fire HD Kids Editions, are at some of the lowest prices we've seen recently.Amazon recently refreshed its 8-inch Fire HD 8 tablets (8/10, WIRED Recommends ), and these brand-new versions are among the models currently on sale.

How to Turn Your Photography Camera Into a Webcam

How to Turn Your Photography Camera Into a Webcam

Download the drivers from the links above after making sure your specific camera model is supported.The Hard Way. If your camera isn’t on the list above, you’ll need to do some extra work.First, see if your camera's brand has released any webcam drivers.

Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business

Once a WFH Staple, Athleisure Gets Down to Business

Brands that make them—Epoque Evolution, Veilance, Rhone, and others—are deploying high-tech hybrid fabrics, innovative production techniques, and a hyper-flexible approach to assembling a wardrobe, in which a few garments perform multiple roles.“The comfort factor and more fluid approach to work and leisure have all played their role.

A Super Sensitive Dark-Matter Search Yields Strange Results

A Super Sensitive Dark-Matter Search Yields Strange Results

More mundanely, the signal could come from contamination inside the experiment.“Despite being excited about this excess, we should be very patient,” said Luca Grandi, a physicist at the University of Chicago and one of the leaders of the 163-person experiment, which is called XENON1T.

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