The Coolest Kingfishers from Six Continents

The Coolest Kingfishers from Six Continents

Photo © Jeff Bryant / Flickr Green kingfisher is more abundant in Central and South America, but the species can be located in the southwestern reaches of the United States from Arizona to Texas.

The Magical Thinking of the White House's New Covid-19 Plan

The Magical Thinking of the White House's New Covid-19 Plan

The White House on Thursday introduced what President Donald Trump called a “phased and deliberate approach” to lifting social-distancing requirements intended to slow the spread of the pandemic disease Covid-19 in the United States.

Vote by Mail Isn't Perfect. But It's Essential in a Pandemic

Vote by Mail Isn't Perfect. But It's Essential in a Pandemic

Election security has become a more prominent (and urgent) topic in the United States over the past few years, but as the Covid-19 pandemic rages, a different type of crisis is also presenting itself: how to carry out voting in a way that maintains both social distancing and electoral integrity.

This Map Shows the Global Spread of Zero-Day Hacking Techniques

This Map Shows the Global Spread of Zero-Day Hacking Techniques

But today, the global map of zero-day hacking has expanded far beyond the United States, Russia, and China, as more countries than ever buy themselves a spot on it.

Trump Bans Travel From Europe—but Covid-19 Is Already Here

Trump Bans Travel From Europe—but Covid-19 Is Already Here

Now, some public health experts say they are skeptical that Trump’s European travel ban will contain the spread of the novel coronavirus here in the United States.

Bald Eagles and the Unfortunate Power of Forgetting

Bald Eagles and the Unfortunate Power of Forgetting

Photo © David Hua /TNC Photo Contest 2019 Despite being named the national bird early in United States history, bald eagles were widely reviled and persecuted.I reply to questions about hope with a look at conservation history, with stories like the recovery of the bald eagle.

Trump’s Coronavirus Press Event Was Even Worse Than It Looked

Trump’s Coronavirus Press Event Was Even Worse Than It Looked

Alongside CDC Director Robert Redfield and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Trump fielded questions about the federal response to Covid-19, the disease that has so far infected more than 100,000 people around the world and killed more than 3,500—including at least 19 in the United States.

Family Farms Try to Raise a New Cash Cow: Solar Power

Family Farms Try to Raise a New Cash Cow: Solar Power

So the Komineks found a compromise: a solar array with plants growing beneath, between, and around rows of photovoltaic panels.In the United States, less than 5 megawatts’ worth of solar arrays have crops planted beneath them, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, or NREL.

Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows

Real or Fake: New NBC Peacock Shows

And, of course, as there are now roughly six streaming television services per adult in the continental United States, NBC is also planning to roll out an ambitious line-up of originals in order to compete with rivals like Disney+, CBS All Access, and Quibi .To that end, it has ordered dozens of pilots and several full seasons of new shows to lure viewers into adding yet another paid subscription into their monthly budget.

How Tweets Could Prevent War, an App Store Dilemma, and More News

How Tweets Could Prevent War, an App Store Dilemma, and More News

Last month, both Google and Apple removed a popular social messaging app called ToTok from their official app stores after US intelligence officials claimed the United Arab Emirates likely uses the app for state surveillance.

How the US Prepares Its Embassies for Potential Attacks

How the US Prepares Its Embassies for Potential Attacks

The DSS deploys its special agents to almost 300 embassies and consulates globally, in addition to facilities in the United States.

Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security

Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security

Monday’s split-screen drama, as the House Judiciary Committee weighed impeachment charges against President Trump and as the Justice Department’s inspector general released a 476-page report on the FBI’s handling of its 2016 investigation into Trump’s campaign, made one truth of the modern world inescapable: The lies and obfuscations forwarded ad infinitum on Fox News pose a dangerous threat to the national security of the United States.

Trump's Presidency Has Spawned a New Generation of Witches

Trump's Presidency Has Spawned a New Generation of Witches

On midnight last Friday, all over the United States, an alliance of magical practitioners called the Magic Resistance gathered Tarot cards, feathers, orange and white candles, pins, water, salt, matches, ashtrays, and unflattering photos of President Trump .

What's the Hardest Shot in Bowling? It's Complicated

What's the Hardest Shot in Bowling? It's Complicated

Malott, however, has developed a more discerning eye for analyzing his ball's movement, as the professional bowler and ten-time national title holder recently explained to me at the United States Bowling Congress, in Arlington, Texas.

While You Were Offline: KFC Has a Colonel Sanders Dating Sim Now

While You Were Offline: KFC Has a Colonel Sanders Dating Sim Now

Yes, that is the President of the United States, days before the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, revealing a previously unknown plan to host the Taliban at Camp David.

281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested in Massive Global Sweep

281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested in Massive Global Sweep

The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of 281 suspects in connection with email scams and wire transfer fraud.Tuesday's law enforcement initiative, dubbed Operation reWired, involved extensive international coordination to make 167 arrests in Nigeria, 74 in the United States, 18 in Turkey, and 15 in Ghana.

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

Cadillac Super Cruise, the luxury automaker’s hands-off driver-assistance system, will by the end of the year work on more than 200,000 miles of highway in the United States and Canada, 35 percent more territory than it covered when it launched in 2017 .

Choosing the Wrong Lane in the Race to 5G

Choosing the Wrong Lane in the Race to 5G

The United States, however, has made zero mid-band spectrum available at auction for the 5G economy. For the United States to have secure 5G service available to everyone, everywhere, we need to stop going at it alone with millimeter wave spectrum.

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

The Russian meddling that rocked the 2016 United States presidential election gave the public a full view of something election officials and advocates have warned about for years: weak voting infrastructure and election systems around the US, and a lack of political will and funding to strengthen them.

A Push to Protect Political Campaigns from Hackers Hits a Snag

A Push to Protect Political Campaigns from Hackers Hits a Snag

Now, the United States Federal Election Commission may apply the same laws to block a cybersecurity firm from offering free or low-cost defense services to campaigns, at a time when those protections are badly needed .During the 2016 US presidential election, Russian hackers not only threatened election networks and voting systems, but wreaked havoc by targeting campaigns and political parties, particularly the Democratic National Committee, and leaking troves of sensitive data.

A Rocket Built by Students Reached Space for the First Time

A Rocket Built by Students Reached Space for the First Time

The USC team is one of several groups of college students across the United States and Europe that have been racing to send a rocket above the Kármán line, the imaginary boundary that separates Earth’s atmosphere and space.

Visa Rejections for Tech Workers Spike Under Trump

Visa Rejections for Tech Workers Spike Under Trump

In November of 2018, Usha and her husband Sudhir received the news they never expected: the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services declined to extend Usha’s work visa, meaning the couple and their daughter would have 180 days to leave the country before the US government would consider their presence to be unlawful.

The Surprising Fireflies of the Western US

The Surprising Fireflies of the Western US

She’s the museum’s bug expert and is using science to connect with rural communities by collecting firefly sightings from all over Utah, the second driest state in the nation.

In the Face of Danger, We’re Turning to Surveillance

In the Face of Danger, We’re Turning to Surveillance

But they’re emblematic of something that’s happening more and more in the United States right now: people turning to surveillance, and specifically biometric surveillance like facial recognition technology, as a result of the US’s inability to take action to stop gun violence.

Spotify's Apple Complaint Cuts to a Core Antitrust Issue

Spotify's Apple Complaint Cuts to a Core Antitrust Issue

If Spotify were to pay Apple's commission, he says, it "would force us to artificially inflate the price of our Premium membership well above the price of Apple Music." That's important because antitrust law in the United States places a major emphasis on how competition affects consumer pricing.

Make A Home For Wildlife

Make A Home For Wildlife

Photo © Lauren Peeler Brice This book is focused on the eastern United States and has everything you need to understand different habitats, restoration, what to plant (and what not to plant), and how to attract specific types of wildlife.

Before There Was Internet Paranoia, There Was Lyndon LaRouche

Before There Was Internet Paranoia, There Was Lyndon LaRouche

News spread on Tuesday that Lyndon LaRouche, the dogged global conspiracy theorist and fringe United States presidential candidate, died at age 96 . A couple years back, this question of the internet’s empowering conspiracy believers centered on an emerging community of self-identified “targeted individuals.”.

One Couple’s Tireless Crusade to Stop a Genetic Killer

One Couple’s Tireless Crusade to Stop a Genetic Killer

(The most common prion disorder in humans, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, kills about 500 people per year in the United States.) Sometimes the problem proteins are passed down from an unlucky parent; sometimes they develop spontaneously, a fluke mutation; sometimes they are the result of contagion, making their way into the body from a tainted cornea transplant, or a skin graft, or beef infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease.

While You Were Offline: Another Glitch in the Wall

While You Were Offline: Another Glitch in the Wall

What Really Happened: The President of the United States started the third week of the government shutdown with what many considered to be a public relations masterstroke: his decision to take his case directly to the American people.

2018 Had the Biggest Box Office Ever. Thanks, Black Panther

2018 Had the Biggest Box Office Ever. Thanks, Black Panther

Ticket Masters The box office reached an all-time high in 2018 , earning nearly $12 billion in revenue in the United States alone—and eclipsing a previous record set in 2016.

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