Ancient kauri trees reveal a turning point in Earth’s history 42,000 years ago

Ancient kauri trees reveal a turning point in Earth’s history 42,000 years ago

A new international study using ancient swamp kauri from Northland shows a temporary breakdown of Earth’s magnetic field 42,000 years ago sparked major climate shifts leading to global environmental change and mass extinctions.

A New Project Maps the Pacific Coast's Critical Kelp Forests

A New Project Maps the Pacific Coast's Critical Kelp Forests

Researchers are using centuries-old British sea charts and advanced technology, such as camera drones and satellite images, to trace shifts in the abundance and distribution of kelp beds over time, said geographer Maycira Costa.

This Drone Sniffs Out Odors With a Real Moth Antenna

This Drone Sniffs Out Odors With a Real Moth Antenna

The same goes for insects like moths, who do something called cross-wind casting, in which they lock on to a presumably upwind source and fly toward it, and then shift their bodies left or right as needed to stay targeted on the odor.

An Atlas Reveals Climate Change Is Pushing Birds Further North

An Atlas Reveals Climate Change Is Pushing Birds Further North

Europe’s breeding bird populations have shifted on average 1 kilometer north every year for the past three decades, likely driven by the climate crisis, according to one of the world’s largest citizen science projects on biodiversity.

The DOJ Is Fighting Google on a Shifting Battlefield

The DOJ Is Fighting Google on a Shifting Battlefield

Marissa Mayer, Google’s 20th employee who later went on to lead Yahoo!, once told me that for many years, Google would do a test: It would show a certain percentage of users a version of search with no ads, to see if people preferred a commercially pristine experience.

Startup Perks Go Remote—and Take a More Inclusive Approach

Startup Perks Go Remote—and Take a More Inclusive Approach

So, using funds it had previously earmarked to build a bigger headquarters, Olive started leasing vacation rentals for its employees to reserve, free of charge, whenever they need a getaway.With the pandemic forcing employees to work from home, however, startups like Olive are shifting their workplace incentives out of the office too.

These New Shape-Shifting Materials Get Super Cool, Super Fast

These New Shape-Shifting Materials Get Super Cool, Super Fast

It’s part of a broader category of caloric effects, in which some external trigger—a force, pressure, a magnetic or electric field—induces a change in a material’s temperature.If the rubber is stretched quickly enough, the latent heat stays in the material and its temperature goes up.

To Beat Covid-19, You Have to Know How A Virus Moves

To Beat Covid-19, You Have to Know How A Virus Moves

On the long list of changes to society and the way cities will look in a Covid-haunted world, shifting public outdoor space like streets and parking lots away from cars to other uses may be one of the most striking.

Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallets Can Get Hacked Too

Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallets Can Get Hacked Too

Shapeshift fixed a vulnerability in its KeepKey wallet with a firmware update in February.The attack the researchers developed against KeepKey wallets took time to prepare, but with enough planning a hacker could have quickly grabbed a target's PIN in the field.

As Workers Spread Out to Halt the Virus, Robots Fill the Gaps

As Workers Spread Out to Halt the Virus, Robots Fill the Gaps

Robots at Japan's PalTac pick items from bins to assemble orders.Fetch is working with a large US ecommerce company to reprogram its robots to adapt to staggered shifts with fewer workers to allow for social distancing.

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.

Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano

Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano

Louie learned from his guide that workers spend 12-hour shifts dodging plumes of poisonous smoke (with many protected only by rags tied around their mouths) while carrying up to 180 pounds of sulfur on their backs.

How to Enable Dark Mode on All Your Apps and Devices

How to Enable Dark Mode on All Your Apps and Devices

As on macOS, there are three options to pick from: You can choose between the Light and Dark options, or turn the Automatic toggle switch on to have the setting shift based on the time of day.

This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries

This Marsupial Dies After Marathon Mating. Now It's Got Bigger Worries

This is highly influenced by temperature: An adult antechinus’ metabolism shifts to expend less energy when it’s cold during the winter, and there isn’t much insect prey for it to hunt.

Oh Sure, Big Tech Wants Regulation—on Its Own Terms

Oh Sure, Big Tech Wants Regulation—on Its Own Terms

But this perfectly captures the US tech industry’s shift toward talking regulation—just in a way that benefits itself—and the related risks of allowing private corporations to set the American (or even global) agenda on technology governance.Zeroing in on the singular technology thus pivots regulation dialogue in the corporate favor, away from talk of more fundamental, government-driven change.

A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet

A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet

The World Economic Forum predicts plastic production will double in the next 20 years.“In the context of a world trying to shift off of fossil fuels as an energy source, this is where [oil and gas companies] see the growth,” said Steven Feit, a staff attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law, an advocacy group.

It's Now Easy to Shift Facebook Pics to Google (in Europe Anyway)

It's Now Easy to Shift Facebook Pics to Google (in Europe Anyway)

The data-moving tool has been created as a result of the Data Transfer Project (DTP), which was set up in 2018 and is a collaboration between the world's biggest tech companies: Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft , and are the group's key members.

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.

Icelandic Walruses May Have Been Early Victims of Human-Driven Extinction

Icelandic Walruses May Have Been Early Victims of Human-Driven Extinction

Settlers arrived in Iceland and began hunting walrus for the European ivory trade at a time when Iceland’s walrus population was already struggling with a shifting environment and a series of volcanic eruptions.

Electric Cars—and Irrationality—Just Might Save the Stick Shift

Electric Cars—and Irrationality—Just Might Save the Stick Shift

“In a world where everyone is talking about autonomous driving, I think what you’re seeing is, those people that can afford, and those people that have a passion for cars, want to go in the opposite direction,” says Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.

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.

Your Secret Uber Tipping Behavior, Exposed

Your Secret Uber Tipping Behavior, Exposed

The company declined to say whether there have been shifts in tipping since mid-September 2017.The paper relies on detailed data about drivers, riders, and the rides themselves, including length, pickup time, and how many quick accelerations, hard brakes, and speeding stretches occurred during the trip.

At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms

At an Outback Steakhouse Franchise, Surveillance Blooms

“It’s basically the same, we would just present the metrics to the managers after the shift.” Presto says it's testing the technology at multiple restaurants across the country, but declined to name any other than Outback.

How Cities Reshape the Evolutionary Path of Urban Wildlife

How Cities Reshape the Evolutionary Path of Urban Wildlife

But soon after Darwin's death in 1882, the first wave of biologists to have grown up on his teachings took note of a curious occurrence in the realm of insects : During the second half of the 19th century, the predominant color of England's peppered moths had steadily shifted from mostly white to almost entirely black.

New Electrics, New Laws, and Other Car News This Week

New Electrics, New Laws, and Other Car News This Week

But we saw stages set for two huge shifts this week: One was in Frankfurt, where automakers gathered to show off their latest and greatest concept cars, a melange of hybrid and electric shinies.

Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week

Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week

Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week. Aurora, the self-driving tech startup, and VW ended their agreement to work on autonomous vehicles—just as Aurora struck another deal with FCA . And Uber has a new generation of its self-driving Volvos.

The Secret to Soap Bubbles' Iridescent Rainbows

The Secret to Soap Bubbles' Iridescent Rainbows

When it comes to reflected light, you get a half wavelength phase shift if it reflects off a material with a higher index of refraction. As the film thickness changes, different wavelengths of light achieve constructive interference.

Tesla Shifts Gears, Again, and Some Fans Are Losing Patience

Tesla Shifts Gears, Again, and Some Fans Are Losing Patience

So when CEO Elon Musk announced in late February that the carmaker would finally start delivering its more affordable Standard and Standard Plus Model 3 options, O’Roak at first ordered a Standard Plus, paying $3,000 extra for the electric carmaker’s semi-automated Autopilot feature.

By 2080, Tropical Diseases Could Be Headed to Alaska

By 2080, Tropical Diseases Could Be Headed to Alaska

Nearly a billion people could be newly at risk of tropical diseases like dengue fever and Zika as climate change shifts the range of mosquitoes , according to a new study.

A New Wave of Brainy Bikes Do Everything but Ride Themselves

A New Wave of Brainy Bikes Do Everything but Ride Themselves

That follows on the release, last summer, of Fox Racing Shox’s Live Valve, an electronically controlled suspension system that reacts almost instantly to terrain, and the year before, an automatic gear-shifting mode for Shimano’s STEPS e-bike drivetrain.

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