The Bay Area Just Turned Orange. All Eyes Are on PurpleAir

The Bay Area Just Turned Orange. All Eyes Are on PurpleAir

Drawing crowdsourced data from air quality sensors it sells to the public—ranging between $200 and $300—PurpleAir builds maps that show in real time just how bad a neighborhood like mine is suffering from particulate matter (PM) 2.5 pollution, the particles that make up wildfire smoke.

California's Wildfire and Covid-19 Disasters Just Collided

California's Wildfire and Covid-19 Disasters Just Collided

And to make matters even worse, in the middle of a heat wave, they can’t open their windows because air quality is now astonishingly bad as smoke continues to pour into the Bay Area.

NIWA mapping seafloor around Whakaari/White Island

NIWA mapping seafloor around Whakaari/White Island

NIWA scientists are heading to the waters around Whakaari/White Island in the Bay of Plenty next week to survey changes to the seafloor.No-one has collected water column imaging close to Whakaari so this is an incredible opportunity to discover new areas of volcanic activity.”.

Remote Work Has Its Perks, Until You Want a Promotion

Remote Work Has Its Perks, Until You Want a Promotion

People who have studied or practiced remote work say leaders like Zuckerberg and their executives will have to tear themselves from their Bay Area roots—in some cases physically—if they are to avoid making their new legions of remote workers second-class employees.

The Eerie Stillness of Empty Schoolyards

The Eerie Stillness of Empty Schoolyards

Before Covid-19 hit the Bay Area, photojournalist Justin Sullivan could upload a raw file to Getty Images in a few seconds.WIRED is providing free access to stories about public health and how to protect yourself during the coronavirus pandemic .More From WIRED on Covid-19.

One Way to Potentially Track Covid-19? Sewage Surveillance

One Way to Potentially Track Covid-19? Sewage Surveillance

Since early March, Sinnott-Armstrong has been making the rounds of the Bay Area’s wastewater treatment plants, collecting samples that may offer clues to Covid-19’s spread around the region.

Burglars Really Do Use Bluetooth Scanners to Find Laptops and Phones

Burglars Really Do Use Bluetooth Scanners to Find Laptops and Phones

A recent rise in laptop and gadget thefts from cars, particularly in San Francisco and the larger Bay Area, has left victims and police wondering if burglars are using Bluetooth scanners to choose target cars based on which have gadgets inside emitting wireless signals.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 6 March 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 6 March 2019

The wettest soils for this time of the year are located in parts of Gisborne, eastern Bay of Plenty and southern coastal Hawke’s Bay. Areas deemed hotspots have expanded over the past week.

No, You Don't Have to Locate Your Startup in the Bay Area

No, You Don't Have to Locate Your Startup in the Bay Area

Now she is Amazon’s team lead for visual search, and she spends a lot of her time investing and advocating for diversity in the tech industry.Ohanian, the founder of Reddit and an active investor through his seed-stage venture firm Initialized Capital, nominated her to WIRED’s list of 25 people who will shape the next 25 years, and the two sat down at our anniversary festival in October to talk about where technologists should be investing, where startups should locate themselves, and yes, Olympia.

Climate change protest blitz targets local action in face of Trump hostility

Climate change protest blitz targets local action in face of Trump hostility

Miya Yoshitani, of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, will be taking part in the main climate march, which expects to attract tens of thousands of people in San Francisco, to decry the air pollution suffered largely by black and Asian American communities in the Bay Area.

3 Dire Visions of the Bay Area in 2070—and 1 That's Pretty Great

3 Dire Visions of the Bay Area in 2070—and 1 That's Pretty Great

Low-income people rely on an informal economy to survive.Three: “Rust Belt West”, a place dominated by anti-business sentiment, economic decline, and social inclusion, meaning politicians and institutions work hard to support workers, the middle class, and the poor.