FAO - News Article: FAO offers novel assessment of trees and forests in the world’s drylands

FAO - News Article: FAO offers novel assessment of trees and forests in the world’s drylands

The report, which includes large amounts of data on global and regional land use and forest cover, represents FAO's delivery of a promised "collective product" on the status of drylands around the world.

We Need to Protect Antarctic ‘Blue Carbon’

We Need to Protect Antarctic ‘Blue Carbon’

So as ice shelves retreat, so does the natural reserve status, precisely at the time blue-carbon zones need strong legal protections.But many have already opposed agreements on Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Oceans, areas much smaller than predicted blue-carbon sites.

Is Tesla's Cybertruck for Real? The Jury's Out

Is Tesla's Cybertruck for Real? The Jury's Out

By contrast, consider the 2017 introduction of the Tesla Semi , where Musk reveled in the 18-wheeler’s engineering and design details that diverged from the status quo not for the sake of it, but for tangible improvements.

The Enduring Power of Asperger's, Even as a Non-Diagnosis

The Enduring Power of Asperger's, Even as a Non-Diagnosis

In 2013, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (known as DSM-5) eliminated Asperger’s and redefined the autism spectrum as encompassing level 1 (“requiring support”) to level 3 (“requiring very substantial support”).“Technically, the DSM-5 essentially made Asperger’s a non-diagnosis ,” says Dania Jekel, executive director of the Asperger/Autism Network, which formed after Asperger’s first gained official status, from an outpouring of people seeking resources and a sense of community.

This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Exposed Millions of Records

This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Exposed Millions of Records

In Follett's software, Demirkapi says he found bugs that would have given a hacker access to student data like grade point average, special education status, number of suspensions, and passwords.

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

"Our main goal is to get a sense of the temperature of the industry, which spans from hobbyists and students to professionals working on big-budget projects," says Alex Wawro, an editor at XRDC and Gamasutra who has been involved with the annual survey since it began in 2016.While the pool of respondents is larger this year than ever before, the status quo remains unchanged in some ways.

A Global Pollution Observatory Hunts for Hidden Killers

A Global Pollution Observatory Hunts for Hidden Killers

Pollution concern also lay in the shadows, says Landrigan, because “all the attention was on climate change.” But several recent efforts have raised pollution’s status on the global agenda, with not just the Lancet report but also the work of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the World Health Organization’s first global conference on air pollution last year.

Recovery: Victories in Galápagos National Park

Recovery: Victories in Galápagos National Park

A Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) © Island Conservation Human introductions of pigs, goats, burros, black rats, Norway rats, house mice and house cats to the Galápagos Islands left the unique biodiversity of this World Heritage site in shambles.

Owha and her friends awarded citizenship

Owha and her friends awarded citizenship

It’s a huge step forward for the leopard seal according to NIWA cetacean biologist Dr Krista Hupman, who largely attributes this success to Owha who made the Waitemata Harbour her home in 2012. NIWA Cetacean Biologist/Ecologist Dr Krista Hupman has helped getting leopard seals a new residential status in New Zealand waters.

Measles Had Been Eliminated. Now It’s Nearly a Daily Threat

Measles Had Been Eliminated. Now It’s Nearly a Daily Threat

“The ongoing outbreaks in close-knit communities and increased global measles activity is putting the US at risk for losing its elimination status.”. Losing elimination status not only puts the US at risk for other infectious diseases, it jeopardizes the country’s role as a global leader in public health.

With the E-tron, Audi Shows What an Electric SUV Can Be

With the E-tron, Audi Shows What an Electric SUV Can Be

With the E-tron, Audi Shows What an Electric SUV Can BeAudi’s designers speckled some flashy trim on the exterior to signify the E-tron’s EV status, but nothing too edgy: This SUV is meant to be a functional car people will actually want to buy when it goes on sale in early 2019, not just a statement.AudiMasdar City, a squeaky-clean planned city under development outside Abu Dhabi, grew from the sand with a single vision: help the United Arab Emirates wean itself off its own vast oil reserves.

How Do You Publish the Work of a Scientific Villain?

How Do You Publish the Work of a Scientific Villain?

A paper describing this work is reportedly under peer review, and a second one about additional Crispr experiments in human embryos was rejected by an international journal over ethical and scientific concerns, STAT reported Monday morning.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to CrisprScientists are beginning to grapple with the very real possibility that He’s work may never be awarded publication status, along with its attendant sheen of legitimacy.

Touchdown on Mars! NASA Lands Its InSight Spacecraft

Touchdown on Mars! NASA Lands Its InSight Spacecraft

NASA Lands Its InSight SpacecraftNASA/JPL-CaltechAfter a six-month journey across hundreds of millions of miles of deep space, NASA's InSight spacecraft—a mission nearly ten years and close to $1 billion in the making—landed successfully on the surface of Mars on Monday, touching down on the planet's surface just a few minutes before 12:00 pm PT.In the final moments of the spacecraft’s descent, the mission control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was silent as updates on InSight's status blared over the PA system: "Altitude 300 meters… 200 meters… 80 meters… 60 meters … 50 meters, constant velocity 37 meters… 30 meters … 20 meters… 17 meters… standing by for touchdown… Touchdown confirmed!

These Wind Patterns Explain Why California's Wildfires Are So Bad

These Wind Patterns Explain Why California's Wildfires Are So Bad

That’s why all these fires popped up on either end of the state nearly simultaneously: They share a common origin in the jet stream.https://twitter.com/RobElvington/status/1061385865857949696When the air masses hit the Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern California, they behave like water flowing over a rock in a stream.

The White House's Fake-News Shenanigans Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

The White House's Fake-News Shenanigans Top This Week's Internet News Roundup

You’d think that that someone so stuck in the past as President Trump would remember the saying about never arguing with people who buy ink by the barrel…The Takeaway: This is just the beginning of a bigger fight—and one that's likely going to happen sooner rather than later.https://twitter.com/melissakchan/status/1060531575492935680Wave Hello, Say GoodbyeWhat Happened: If no one expects the Spanish Inquisition, and no one expected the president to fire his attorney general immediately after the midterm elections, does that mean that Jeff Sessions was a victim of the Spanish Inquisition?

How an InfoWars Video Became a White House Tweet

How an InfoWars Video Became a White House Tweet

It’s notable that neither Watson’s nor Sanders’ video has sound, as the source video for both appears to be a three-second GIF circulated in conservative circles moments after the actual event took place.At 12:34 pm Wednesday, ForAmerica, a conservative group popular on Twitter, posted this three-second GIF of the press conference lifted from C-Span’s feed.https://twitter.com/ForAmerica/status/1060224093604245504?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwTwelve minutes later, the Daily Wire, a right-wing news and opinion blog, posted the same GIF.

Why Hurricane Michael's Storm Surge Is So High

Why Hurricane Michael's Storm Surge Is So High

It’s measured as the height of the water above the normal predicted tide, and how bad it is depends mainly on three things: wind speed, shoreline shape, and timing.https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/1049770886943924224Typically, the strongest surge occurs with the eyewall of the storm.

While You Were Offline: Some Things Should Never Be Tweeted, Really

While You Were Offline: Some Things Should Never Be Tweeted, Really

But tell that to those around the president.https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1040629257398046720The Takeaway: There’s really only one way to end this, isn’t there?https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1040623817280954370Ringo Starr Would Be AppalledWhat Happened: Just in case you thought that Thomas and Friends was a jolly series about happy trains and overweight controllers, the National Rifle Association has a shocking piece of information for you.

Thousands of protesters challenge Democratic governor at climate summit

Thousands of protesters challenge Democratic governor at climate summit

California’s status as a progressive bastion on climate change action has been challenged by activists who attempted to barricade the way to a major summit in San Francisco and decried the oil and gas drilling they say is blighting the health of low-income and minority communities.