Which Microsoft Surface Device Should You Buy?

Which Microsoft Surface Device Should You Buy?

Best known for innovative, tablet-like hardware designs, Microsoft has expanded its Surface line over the years and now offers a full family of computers, from a standard laptop to a giant desktop.Last year, Microsoft added a 15-inch model to its Surface Laptop line.

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

They say it allows anyone with a laptop and less than a thousand dollars of equipment—just a telescope and a $400 electro-optical sensor—to listen in on any sounds in a room that's hundreds of feet away in real-time, simply by observing the minuscule vibrations those sounds create on the glass surface of a light bulb inside.

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

These algorithms, which capture the physics of cloud formation, tropical storms, and polar winds, among other things, are then populated with temperature data from satellites and surface observations to generate a three- or 10-day forecast.

Meet ACE2, the Enzyme at the Center of the Covid-19 Mystery

Meet ACE2, the Enzyme at the Center of the Covid-19 Mystery

ACE2, which stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, is a protein that sits on the surface of many types of cells in the human body, including in the heart, gut, lungs, and inside the nose.

Space Photos of the Week: Keeping an Eye on Jupiter's Storms

Space Photos of the Week: Keeping an Eye on Jupiter's Storms

You can see the windy bands of Jupiter, as well as the series of white storms also called the “String of Pearls.”Photograph: Gerald Eichstadt/Sean Doran/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSThis is the view from only 11,000 miles above the surface.

Space Photos of the Week: Europa! Attempt No Landing There

Space Photos of the Week: Europa! Attempt No Landing There

The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa looms large in this newly-reprocessed color view, made from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI InstituteOur final image in this series shows more chaos terrain in a region called Chaos Near Agenor Linea.

The Race to Get Convalescent Plasma to Covid-19 Patients

The Race to Get Convalescent Plasma to Covid-19 Patients

Like thousands of blood centers across the country, Bloodworks needed to collect something new: plasma from Covid-19 survivors .How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Surfaces?At Bloodworks Northwest, Haley says it was an easy decision to start collecting convalescent plasma.

'Expert Twitter' Only Goes So Far. Bring Back Blogs

'Expert Twitter' Only Goes So Far. Bring Back Blogs

During the pandemic, however, when our affinities have turned toward a desperate craving for useful information, the dynamics of this algorithm now serve a crucial purpose: helping to surface otherwise hard to find niche experts.

The US and China Want a Divorce, but Neither Can Afford One

The US and China Want a Divorce, but Neither Can Afford One

Even before coronavirus surfaced, more than 50 US companies planned to move some production out of China, according to reports last year.

NASA Wants to Photograph the Surface of an Exoplanet

NASA Wants to Photograph the Surface of an Exoplanet

Turyshev’s plan would take advantage of this effect by sending a telescope on a 60 billion-mile journey to the sun’s focal region to photograph a habitable, Earth-like exoplanet that is up to 100 light years away.

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff

It might seem more productive to read our Coronavirus Gear and Supplies Guide and start filling your pantry with canned goods and essentials, but cleaning and sanitizing surfaces in your home can help lower the chances you or a loved one will contract Covid-19 and lower the chances you might spread it to someone else.

How Long Does the Coronavirus Last on Surfaces?

How Long Does the Coronavirus Last on Surfaces?

And similarly, while the researchers tested how long the virus can survive in aerosols suspended in the air, they didn’t actually sample the air around infected people.

Space Photos of the Week: Perfectly Safe Celestial Coronas

Space Photos of the Week: Perfectly Safe Celestial Coronas

The word “corona” has Latin roots, meaning essentially “crown.” The solar corona is the outermost region of the Sun’s atmosphere, a hazy aura made of colder plasma that is released from the surface of the star.

Russia Is Learning How to Bypass Facebook's Disinfo Defenses

Russia Is Learning How to Bypass Facebook's Disinfo Defenses

With the 2020 election now just seven months away, though, newly surfaced social media posts indicate that Russia’s Internet Research Agency is adapting its methods to circumvent those defenses.In September, University of Wisconsin researcher Young Mie Kim started analyzing posts on Facebook and Instagram from 32 accounts connected to the IRA.

Want Unlimited Clean Energy? Just Drill the World's Hottest Well

Want Unlimited Clean Energy? Just Drill the World's Hottest Well

In 2017, researchers from the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, run by the Icelandic government and a consortium of national energy companies, reported they had reached supercritical fluids 3 miles beneath the surface.

Wuhan Coronavirus 'Super-Spreaders' Could Be Wildcards

Wuhan Coronavirus 'Super-Spreaders' Could Be Wildcards

So far, only a hint of super-spreading has surfaced amid the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China: a Chinese respiratory disease expert gave an early report that 14 hospital workers became ill from a single patient.

Scientists Fight Back Against Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals

Scientists Fight Back Against Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals

Electrodes above and below the surface generate plasma —a highly reactive gas made up of positive ions and free electrons—that interacts with the PFAS and breaks the carbon-fluorine bonds.“Our goal is to completely destroy the compound and not just transfer it from one phase to another,” says Michelle Crimi, an environmental engineer at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, who works on emerging technology to remediate PFAS.

If Russia Hacked Burisma, Brace for the Leaks to Follow

If Russia Hacked Burisma, Brace for the Leaks to Follow

All of that makes Burisma an almost inevitable target for another hack-and-leak operation of the sort that Russia carried out against the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign in 2016—once again with the goal of influencing a US election .Now the first evidence has surfaced, in a report from security firm Area 1, that the very same team of Russian hackers who hit those targets may in fact have hacked Burisma.

Why Scientists Are Flying Drones Into Clouds of Whale Snot

Why Scientists Are Flying Drones Into Clouds of Whale Snot

Whale experts like Kerr want tissue samples to determine the health of the beasts, the problem being that it's somewhat difficult to do a biopsy on an enormous creature that only periodically comes to the surface to breathe.

Space Photos of the Week: Parker's Potential

Space Photos of the Week: Parker's Potential

Photograph: NASA GoddardThe European Space Agency’s PROBA2 satellite captured this unusually detailed photo of the corona—plasma that can be millions of degrees hotter than the star’s actual surface.Video: ESAThis sunspot, captured in ultraviolet by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory in 2017, only looks small.

Astronomers Detect Water Vapor Around Jupiter's Moon Europa

Astronomers Detect Water Vapor Around Jupiter's Moon Europa

Planetary scientists have long suspected Europa may harbor a vast liquid water ocean beneath its thick, icy crust.In 2016, scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to detect what appeared to be water plumes erupting from Europa’s surface.

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Baby Fish Feast on Microplastics, and Then Get Eaten

Gove and his colleagues dissected hundreds of larval fish and found that 8.6 percent of specimens from slicks—which appear as smooth ribbons on the surface—contained microplastics, more than twice the rate as larvae in nearby non-slick surface waters.

A Baby Fish Crisis, the Terrible Microsoft Surface Pro X, and More News

A Baby Fish Crisis, the Terrible Microsoft Surface Pro X, and More News

Fish are dying and Surface users are crying, but first: a cartoon about a modern-day death wish .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

How Crime Scene Analysts Collect and Preserve Fingerprints

How Crime Scene Analysts Collect and Preserve Fingerprints

He demonstrated how to lift fingerprints off different surfaces, so they can be viewed under a microscope.“The first thing we want to consider is the surface itself,” Steiner says.Steiner uses a special white powder to gently dust fingerprints, making them visible to the human eye.

A Republican Raid, NASA's Venus Plans, and More News

A Republican Raid, NASA's Venus Plans, and More News

Politicians are bickering and NASA is tinkering, but first: a cartoon tackling the problem of robot discrimination .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.NASA wants to send a probe to the hellish surface of Venus.

NASA Wants to Send a Probe to the Hellish Surface of Venus

NASA Wants to Send a Probe to the Hellish Surface of Venus

Known as the Long-Lived In-situ Solar System Explorer, or LLISSE, each of the probe’s components is specially engineered to withstand the high temperature, high pressure, and reactive atmosphere that define that infernal planet.“We don't have any data on how the conditions change from day to night on Venus,” says Kremic.

DNC Hackers Resurface, Zuckerberg Talks Free Speech, and More News

DNC Hackers Resurface, Zuckerberg Talks Free Speech, and More News

A dangerous hacker group resurfaced, Mark Zuckerberg delivered a long-winded defense of Facebook, and Volvo is going green.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

NASA's New Space Suits Will Fit Men and Women Alike (for Once)

NASA's New Space Suits Will Fit Men and Women Alike (for Once)

To fit any size astronaut, the new suit comes with modular components across the chest and waist that can be cinched or expanded.“We need to learn to live and work on the surface of another world for long periods of time, and in order to do that we need space suits,” Bridenstine told a roomful of NASA employees, students, and reporters at NASA headquarters in Washington.

Microsoft's Surface Pro X Is a New, Improved Surface RT

Microsoft's Surface Pro X Is a New, Improved Surface RT

It’s just 0.28 of an inch thick and weighs 1.7 pounds (the same weight as the other new Surface device announced Wednesday, the Surface Pro 7; more on that below).Microsoft is claiming this “pro” tablet running on Qualcomm’s ARM-based processor should be three times as powerful as the Surface Pro 6 and get about 13 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Microsoft Surface Duo Will Be a Dual-Screen Android 'Device'

Microsoft Surface Duo Will Be a Dual-Screen Android 'Device'

It will run on an Intel heterogeneous chip, designed for smaller form factors, and it will run on a new version of the OS called Windows 10X, which is designed for dual-screen PCs. The Surface Duo, which at first glance looks like a Mini Me of the Surface Neo, is in many ways a completely different product.

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