Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

An American Elm. Photo © Diane Cook and Len Jenshel / TNC A hot August sun punched through rain clouds as my wife Donna and I exited our truck at the Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, now part of the Silvio O.

The 26 Best Labor Day Sales on Gear We Love

The 26 Best Labor Day Sales on Gear We Love

We've listed some highlights below, but be sure to check out our favorite camping gear and the best summer outdoor deals from REI's Huge Labor Day Sale .Note: When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small affiliate commission.

David Makes Man Invents a Doorway to a New Kind of TV

David Makes Man Invents a Doorway to a New Kind of TV

But the very nature of David Makes Man both invents a doorway into something new and rebels against a genre of TV-making that has historically cast out the stories of black teen boys.

Colonies of Aggressive, Social Spiders Boom After a Hurricane

Colonies of Aggressive, Social Spiders Boom After a Hurricane

They found that the most aggressive colonies were located in places with the highest historic exposure to cyclones.“There’s clearly some kind of selection going on here for the aggressive individuals in response to these extreme weather events, and that’s what’s really fascinating,” says George Uetz, a spider biologist at the University of Cincinnati.

The Twisty Physics of Simone Biles' Historic Triple-Double

The Twisty Physics of Simone Biles' Historic Triple-Double

Once she's in the air, Simone's center of mass will move along with a constant speed—with the same horizontal velocity at which she was running before the jump.A twist is a rotation of the human body about an axis that runs from head to feet.

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

The highly ambiguous law is tailored to address conversations that inspire purchases or sway votes, but it fails to carefully define what constitutes “influenc[ing] a vote in an election.” Is sharing legitimate news stories or voting locations a form of “influence?” After all, not all online automated accounts are malign; some are simply news or information dissemination services, while others are created by artists.

Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry

Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry

A historic slow-moving flood of polluted Mississippi River water loaded with chemicals, pesticides, and human waste from 31 states and two Canadian provinces is draining straight into the marshes and bayous of the Gulf of Mexico —the nurseries of Arnesen’s fishing grounds—upsetting the delicate balance of salinity and destroying the fragile ecosystem in the process.

HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential

HBO's Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi's Ultimate Potential

Davies has been making television in the United Kingdom for a long time, and his résumé caroms among family melodrama, multiply-gendered sex stories, and science fiction.

Why Bigger Roads Make Traffic Worse, and Other Summer Travel News

Why Bigger Roads Make Traffic Worse, and Other Summer Travel News

Stories you might have missed about holiday travel. On Monday, SFTMA reported its Muni trains were experiencing a delay because of … a balloon, which got stuck in a tunnel. The number of Americans expected to travel for the July 4 holiday, according to AAA—a record!

Conservation Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

Conservation Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

This year, Cool Green Science stories by staff writers Justine Hausheer and Matt Miller won seven EIC awards, matching last year’s total . Hausheer deserves special recognition; her five awards this year — including two first places — plus four last year make her the most recognized blog writer in the organization.

Cool Green Summer Book Picks 2019

Cool Green Summer Book Picks 2019

I’ll review any book that includes chapters with titles like “Translating an Eely Ionian Monsterfest into Top Predator Decimation: More Than Just a Metaphor.” We need new ways of telling fish stories for the 21st century.

What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico

What to Do About CO2? Try Stuffing It Into the Gulf of Mexico

“These offshore CO2 storage facilities are probably a reasonable idea because the benefits of storing 1 million tons per year of carbon are larger than the effects of the leakage that may occur,” says Klaus Wallmann, professor of marine biogeochemistry at the GEOMAR Center for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany, and an author of the report.

Why the Writing in Season 8 of 'Game of Thrones' Feels Off

Why the Writing in Season 8 of 'Game of Thrones' Feels Off

It all comes down to how stories are crafted, and for that, we need to start with two different types of writers: plotters and pantsers. But he couldn't make the gap in action feel true to the characters or the world, so he eventually decided to write his way through those five years instead.

We Launched a Paywall. It Worked! Mostly.

We Launched a Paywall. It Worked! Mostly.

About half the stories are the kinds of pieces I would expect to lead to subscriptions: meaty features that got lots of traffic.

What if Air Conditioners Could Help Save the Planet Instead of Destroying It?

What if Air Conditioners Could Help Save the Planet Instead of Destroying It?

“Carbon-neutral hydrocarbon fuels from electricity can help solve two of our biggest energy challenges: managing intermittent renewables and decarbonizing the hard-to-electrify parts of transportation and industry,” says David Keith, acting chief scientist of Carbon Engineering, which is developing much larger stand-alone devices for sucking CO2 out of the air and storing it, known as carbon capture and storage, or CCS.

Women's Homicidal Rage Is All Over TV—and It's Funny

Women's Homicidal Rage Is All Over TV—and It's Funny

"If a woman kills her children, news stories will call her a modern-day Medea," says Jennifer Cavenaugh, who studies the depiction of women criminals on television at Rollins College.

The Notre Dame Fire and the Future of History

The Notre Dame Fire and the Future of History

Some of the wood that burned in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on Monday was put in place in the year 1160. But architectural historians around the world were emailing each other frantically: If the lower three-quarters of the building resist, if the stone walls stand, it’ll be possible to imagine restoring Notre Dame.

The Defiant, Restorative Joy of Lurking Online

The Defiant, Restorative Joy of Lurking Online

If MetaFilter was the best newsfeed you'd ever seen, painstakingly moderated and sincerely interested in unearthing interesting stories, AskMe was the message board you'd always wanted to read.

The Punishing Ecstasy of Being a Reddit Moderator

The Punishing Ecstasy of Being a Reddit Moderator

Elliot checked the user histories of the people sharing the suspicious links. Because it didn’t seem like the company was doing anything, he wrote up a public post with links to all of the accounts he’d found.

Scientists Reveal Ancient Social Networks Using AI—and X-Rays

Scientists Reveal Ancient Social Networks Using AI—and X-Rays

The project is part of a recent trend in the last few years, where more historians have been trying to use data science to mine new information out of old texts.

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images On Tuesday, Facebook reached a historic settlement with civil rights groups that had accused the company of allowing advertisers to unlawfully discriminate against minorities, women, and older people by using the platform’s ad-targeting technology to exclude them from seeing ads for housing, jobs, and credit—three areas with legal protections for groups that have historically been disenfranchised.

Love, Death & Robots and the Rise of NSFW Netflix

Love, Death & Robots and the Rise of NSFW Netflix

Most of the episodes adapt science-fiction and horror short stories from the likes of John Scalzi (three episodes derive from his work, including "Alternate Histories" and "Three Robots") and Joe Lansdale (two episodes).

Meet Romania's Very Internet-Savvy Witch Community

Meet Romania's Very Internet-Savvy Witch Community

Using social media to livestream rituals or to video chat with clients for fortune readings, witch entrepreneurs are better able to grow their business using self-referential devices (clothing, jewelry, idols) to effectively market the storied mysticism of Roma women to searching souls.

'Captain Marvel' Shows How Trolls Lost Their Edge

'Captain Marvel' Shows How Trolls Lost Their Edge

(To be fair—sorry, Kate McKinnon—it wasn't a great movie .) Then the same trolls went after Rogue One , Black Panther , Wonder Woman , and Star Wars: The Last Jedi : complaining that casting women and people of color was racist, sexist, and childhood-ruining; launching #boycott campaigns; spreading fake news stories designed to damage ticket sales; and carpeting the internet with bad-faith pre-release negative reviews.

Making Beautiful Darkroom Images—Without Using a Camera

Making Beautiful Darkroom Images—Without Using a Camera

Related Stories "I just kind of let my body move around," Kent says. "My main meditation practice is a body scan," Kent says.

What if We Could Use Nature to Prevent Disasters?

What if We Could Use Nature to Prevent Disasters?

Such solutions include widening of natural flood plains, protecting and expanding wetlands, restoring oyster and coral reefs and investing in urban green spaces that reduce run-off.

Infared Photos Reveal Dubai's Green Space

Infared Photos Reveal Dubai's Green Space

Related Stories But that hasn't stopped Dubai from striving to become a " green paradise ." Over the past three decades , its gardeners have coaxed fountain grass, date palms, and ghat trees to take root in public parks, golf courses, and other places, even transforming the dead space beneath highway flyovers and cloverleafs into beautiful, patterned carpets irrigated by sewage water.

Is That Dagobah? No, Just a Real-Life Magical Forest

Is That Dagobah? No, Just a Real-Life Magical Forest

Related Stories Now a graphic designer with a sideline in photography, Burnell recently returned to Wistman's Wood to attempt to capture the forest's cinematic quality. In fact, the images were so successful at capturing the forest's cinematic quality that many viewers seem unable to distinguish it from an actual movie, Burnell says.

There's Still So Much We Need to Learn About Weed—and Fast

There's Still So Much We Need to Learn About Weed—and Fast

With its proximity to the legendary growing regions of Northern California, the center can start to quantify this historically secretive industry, measuring its toll on the environment and looking at how existing rules affect the growers themselves.

Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome

Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome

“We could use an infinite amount of data to train the deep learning engine, because we were using simulations.” The researchers generated tens of thousands of simulated evolutionary histories based on differing combinations of demographic details: the number of ancestral human populations, their sizes, when they diverged from one another, their rates of intermixing and so on.

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