More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet

More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet

“The 2020 heat wave in the Russian Arctic shows how—even at high latitudes—really warm weather conditions can develop that can lead to fires that burn intensely and can grow to be very large,” says Isla Myers-Smith, an ecologist at the University of Edinburgh who studies the region but wasn’t involved in this new work.

Linking Birds, Farmer Attitudes and Conservation

Linking Birds, Farmer Attitudes and Conservation

“Ornithologists and conservationists assume birds provide ecological services, and that farmers want them on their farms,” says Olivia Smith, lead author of the paper.

Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?

Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?

When Susan Cook-Patton was doing a postdoc in forest restoration at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland seven years ago, she says, she helped plant 20,000 trees along Chesapeake Bay. It was a salutary lesson.

As Businesses Reopen, Some Workers Fear Returning

As Businesses Reopen, Some Workers Fear Returning

A spokesperson for Smithfield says the company has instituted several OSHA-compliant safety protocols, including more protective equipment for workers, fever screenings for entry, and sick leave.

Ventilator Makers Race to Prevent a Possible Shortage

Ventilator Makers Race to Prevent a Possible Shortage

Whether the nation will face a shortage depends on whether social distancing measures can flatten the curve, reducing the number of people who need hospitalization at the same time, says Craig Coopersmith, director of critical care at Emory University School of Medicine.

Star Wars News: The End of 'Rise of Skywalker' Will Melt Your Mind

Star Wars News: The End of 'Rise of Skywalker' Will Melt Your Mind

The Real Deal: You might think you're prepared for this December's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker , but Kevin Smith wants you to know that you're probably not.

Jennifer Lawrence to Play Real-Life Mobster

Jennifer Lawrence to Play Real-Life Mobster

Today in Good News For People Who Like Scary News, HBO announced this week that it's renewing Los Espookys for a second season. Will Smith Battles Himself in New Gemini Man Trailer.

Stunning Photographs Created With a Flashlight Lightsaber

Stunning Photographs Created With a Flashlight Lightsaber

But it was also on Flickr that Smith discovered the then-small community of "light painters"—photographers who shoot at night, using colored light sources and long exposures to create intricately composed images.

Black Mirror Isn't Surprising Anymore. We're Screwed

Black Mirror Isn't Surprising Anymore. We're Screwed

When you first lay eyes on Billy Bauer, it's more than 40 minutes into "Smithereens," the first episode of Black Mirror 's new season. Most seasons of Black Mirror have, if not an outright clunker, at least one episode that falls short.

A Stunning Quest to Photograph Australia's 10 Deserts

A Stunning Quest to Photograph Australia's 10 Deserts

When aerial photographer Joshua Smith flew over the Simpson Desert for the first time four years ago, on his way to visit a friend in a remote town, he couldn't stop snapping.

How The Matrix Built a Bullet-Proof Legacy

How The Matrix Built a Bullet-Proof Legacy

That movie would be a modest hit upon release late in 1997, but at the time of the Matrix casting, Reeves wasn't high on the studio's wish list for Neo. According to di Bonaventura, the role had been passed on by Will Smith (who wanted to make Wild Wild West ), Brad Pitt (who'd just been through Seven Years in Tibet ), and Leonardo DiCaprio (who didn't want to do another special effects movie after Titanic ).

Idris Elba Is New Deadshot in 'The Suicide Squad'. Probably

Idris Elba Is New Deadshot in 'The Suicide Squad'. Probably

The Suicide Squad may have found someone to replace Will Smith, the Mindy Kaling movie Amazon picked up at Sundance this year just got a trailer, and Captain Marvel is about to soar at the box office.

Will Smith's Aladdin Genie Is Already a Meme

Will Smith's Aladdin Genie Is Already a Meme

Maybe by the time Disney releases the film on May 24 the blue will be better. Until then, Twitter will be busy turning images of Smith's Genie into everything from Jack Nicholson's character from The Shining to remixes of the Star Is Born meme from last year.

The Mad Scramble to Claim the World's Most Coveted Meteorite

The Mad Scramble to Claim the World's Most Coveted Meteorite

When he wasn’t roping cattle or gunsmithing with his father, Ward spent his free time searching for rocks among the sagebrush and saguaros.Ward’s father started taking him to gem and mineral shows, and one day young Ward made his way into the booth of Debra Heidelar, a prominent meteorite dealer, who heard a voice saying “Excuse me, ma’am” but couldn’t figure out where it was coming from until she looked down, below her counter, and saw a tiny cowboy asking very politely if he could please buy a piece of the Canyon Diablo iron.

Streaming Isn’t Everything, and Blu-Rays Are Back to Prove It

Streaming Isn’t Everything, and Blu-Rays Are Back to Prove It

They’re the sort of fans who post photos of their latest Blu-ray scores, document their growing collections, and eagerly share updates on new “boutique” releases, which range from obscure ’80s horror flicks like Maniac to the 30-disc Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema collection.It was that hefty Bergman box (which lists for nearly $300) that had Killebrew up late the night before its release scouring websites, calling local stores, and even contemplating driving to a mall about an hour away from his home in Smithton, Illinois, just to secure his copy.

Security News This Week: Did Quora Get Hacked? Top Answer: Yes

Security News This Week: Did Quora Get Hacked? Top Answer: Yes

The hack probably should have been the biggest news of the week, but for a little distracting—and important!—thing called the Mueller probe.In expectation of Robert Mueller making big moves in the investigation before the holidays, Garrett Graff spells out the 14 questions about Trump and Russia that Mueller knows the answer to.Also this week, veteran Kristofer Goldsmith revealed that foreign trolls are targeting vets on Facebook.

Microsoft Wants to Stop AI's 'Race to the Bottom'

Microsoft Wants to Stop AI's 'Race to the Bottom'

But Microsoft president Brad Smith took it one step further on Thursday, asking governments to regulate the use of facial-recognition technology to ensure it does not invade personal privacy or become a tool for discrimination or surveillance.Tech companies are often forced to choose between social responsibility and profits, but the consequences of facial recognition are too dire for business as usual, Smith said.

Unexpectedly Vanishing Quasars Are Mystifying Scientists

Unexpectedly Vanishing Quasars Are Mystifying Scientists

To turn the quasar off, all of that material would have to swirl inward and fall onto the black hole — a process that calculations and even observations suggest should take tens to hundreds of thousands of years.“There’s no way that the accretion should be able to shut down as quickly as we’ve seen it do,” said Paul Green, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.