Amazon Employees Will Walk Out Over Climate Change Inaction

Amazon Employees Will Walk Out Over Climate Change Inaction

They want Amazon to stop donating to politicians and lobbying groups that deny the reality of climate change, to stop working with oil and gas companies to optimize fossil fuel extraction, and to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030.They also created a video featuring workers who plan to join the walkout.

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

Monday, the attorneys general of 48 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, said they had begun an investigation of whether Google is abusing its power as the dominant provider of internet search.

Google's New Gesture Controls Aren't Just for the Pixel

Google's New Gesture Controls Aren't Just for the Pixel

When Google's next flagship smartphone, the Pixel 4, arrives this fall, it will respond to a series of gesture interactions—a pinch of the fingers, or a wave of the hand—without the user ever needing to touch the screen.

An Electric Pickup Truck Really Could Pull a Freight Train—Here's How

An Electric Pickup Truck Really Could Pull a Freight Train—Here's How

Here is a force diagram for a tiny object pulling a massive object with no friction. For the train (object B), a frictional force is pulling to the right.

Where Do Supermassive Black Holes Come From?

Where Do Supermassive Black Holes Come From?

This speed limit can theoretically be exceeded if the matter is collapsing fast enough; the Basu and Das model suggests black holes were accreting matter at three times the Eddington rate for as long as the chain reaction was happening.

Now We Know How the Zombie Ant Gets Its Bite

Now We Know How the Zombie Ant Gets Its Bite

“What we found was that the muscle appears to be in a state of forcible contraction,” says molecular biologist Colleen Mangold, lead author on a new paper describing the findings in the Journal of Experimental Biology .A scanning electron microscope image of ant muscle covered in tubular fungal cells.

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

This Food-Delivery Robot Wants to Share the Bike Lane

Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.Johnson-Roberson and Vasudevan, who jointly direct the University of Michigan and Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles, cofounded Refraction AI, the latest self-driving outfit to announce plans to change the way people and their things move about the planet.

My Day at the Reality of Climate Change Hackathon

My Day at the Reality of Climate Change Hackathon

In fact, it was a whole new twist on the concept of “reality” and the ways technology could transform how people experience and therefore respond – and take action – to confront the global reality check of all reality checks: climate change.

I Scraped Millions of Venmo Payments. Your Data Is at Risk

I Scraped Millions of Venmo Payments. Your Data Is at Risk

I could see a public API endpoint that was returning the data for this feed, meaning that anyone could make a GET request (like a simple page load) to see the latest 20 transactions made on the app by anyone around the world.

Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

“If I'm a machine learning researcher, and I only care about going to this X,Y location, I really do not want to be bothered by all the low-level details of how actually the robot ends up getting there,” says Facebook AI researcher Abhinav Gupta.

Disney's New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema

Disney's New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema

Overhead on a metal truss, a matrix of 3D sensors tracks the signals and translates the viewfinders’ positions back into VR.In order to block out a scene, the filmmakers would put on their headsets and figure out exactly where the cameras and lights would go to best capture the action, using handheld controllers to move the virtual equipment around like chess pieces.

Why Kevin Durant's Achilles Tendon Was His Achilles Heel

Why Kevin Durant's Achilles Tendon Was His Achilles Heel

He’d later on Instagram that yes, his right Achilles tendon had ruptured, that he had gotten surgery to repair it, and that he wouldn’t be playing basketball for a while.

Far-Right Propaganda Floods Facebook Ahead of EU Elections

Far-Right Propaganda Floods Facebook Ahead of EU Elections

According to a new report by online activist group Avaaz, networks of fake accounts, pages, and groups have been spreading divisive, white-nationalist, anti-immigrant content throughout Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Poland, and Spain.

You Can Now Play Fortnite as John Wick

You Can Now Play Fortnite as John Wick

Also, in the world of esports, Riot Games is backing former NBA star Rick Fox in his dispute with the organization he founded. Riot Games Backs NBA Star Rick Fox. Echo Fox is one of the biggest names in esports.

The Quest to Make a Bot That Can Smell as Well as a Dog

The Quest to Make a Bot That Can Smell as Well as a Dog

Over the past few years, Zhang has continued to tinker with the olfactory receptors he and Mershin use in their Nano-Nose. Mershin says these streams of data will help them select which receptors they need to put into the Nano-Nose.

On Eve of Uber's IPO, Ride-Hail Drivers Stage Protests

On Eve of Uber's IPO, Ride-Hail Drivers Stage Protests

If you measure a strike or a boycott by how badly it disrupts the day-to-day life of its targets, Wednesday’s action by drivers for the Uber and Lyft ride-hailing apps doesn’t appear to have made much of a mark.

Hackers Stole $40 Million From Binance Cryptocurrency Exchange

Hackers Stole $40 Million From Binance Cryptocurrency Exchange

It appears that hackers were able to compromise several high net worth accounts, whose bitcoin was kept in Binance’s so-called hot wallet—which unlike cold wallets are connected to the internet—and filch those funds in a single transaction.

Inclusive resilience: Are we building resilience for all?

Inclusive resilience: Are we building resilience for all?

Led by the World Bank’s South Asia unit, with support from Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) , the pilot aims to create a set of recommendations summarizing possible entry points – project-specific social inclusion ideas – that are practically replicable to similar projects in other countries and localities based on the DRM activity.

The Quiet Beauty of High-Octane Sports Cars

The Quiet Beauty of High-Octane Sports Cars

Images in the project span portraiture, reportage, and action photos, some of which were shot from the sweltering cabin of a drifting car. In time, then, Young's photos might join Higley's poem as dedications to bygone eras.

R.I.P., Anki: Yet Another Home Robotics Company Powers Down

R.I.P., Anki: Yet Another Home Robotics Company Powers Down

Anki, maker of Vector, a toy-like autonomous countertop robot, is shutting down, and hundreds of people are losing their jobs. It’s a brutal answer to a question we asked last summer : Sure, home robots like Vector are cute, but is this something consumers actually want?

Investing in modern hydromet services for a climate-resilient Africa

Investing in modern hydromet services for a climate-resilient Africa

To help reduce these impacts, modernized weather – or “hydromet” – services bring together meteorological and hydrological agencies, disaster risk managers, and end-users across all sectors to deliver actionable, timely, and usable climate and weather information to support decision making.

Estimate the Pulling Force of Boston Dynamics' Robo-Dog Army

Estimate the Pulling Force of Boston Dynamics' Robo-Dog Army

That's pretty close to the estimated friction from the robot dogs (maybe my values for the coefficients are off).What about pulling a truck uphill? They also have a decrease in the frictional force needed to pull the truck up the incline.

'Hellboy' Could Get 'Shazam!'-ed at the Box Office

'Hellboy' Could Get 'Shazam!'-ed at the Box Office

The latest iteration of Hellboy —this time starring Stranger Things ' David Harbour as the titular character instead of Ron Perlman—is on track to bring in between $17 million and $21 million at the box office this weekend.

How the Brain Links Gestures, Perception, and Meaning

How the Brain Links Gestures, Perception, and Meaning

More than a century ago, the psychologist Walter Pillsbury wrote: “There is nothing in the mind that has not been explained in terms of movement.” This concept has its modern incarnation in the mirror neuron theory, which posits that the ability to glean meaning from gesture and speech can be explained by the activation of single cells in key brain regions.

Want Apple Card’s Security Benefits? Just Use Apple Pay

Want Apple Card’s Security Benefits? Just Use Apple Pay

Just Use Apple Pay. You don't need to wait until Apple Card comes out this summer to experience the security features Apple touted on Monday.

Apple Enters the Credit Card Market With—Yep—Apple Card

Apple Enters the Credit Card Market With—Yep—Apple Card

Like pre-existing personal finance apps such as Mint and Acorns, Apple Wallet will automatically track where and how much you spend with Apple’s credit card.

We Might Be Reaching 'Peak Indifference' on Climate Change

We Might Be Reaching 'Peak Indifference' on Climate Change

In his new book The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming , the writer David Wallace-­Wells talks about the value of panic to pushing collective action; Doctorow says it’s the point “where you divert your energy from convincing people there’s a problem to convincing them there’s a solution.”.

Devil May Cry 5 Is a Bitchin' Throwback to a Goofier Time

Devil May Cry 5 Is a Bitchin' Throwback to a Goofier Time

Devil May Cry 5 Is a Bitchin' Throwback to a Goofier Time Devil May Cry 5 feels like a relic, the way a band trying to sound like hair metal in 2019 might sound like a relic.

Critics Are Wary of the FTC’s New Tech Antitrust Task Force

Critics Are Wary of the FTC’s New Tech Antitrust Task Force

In a call with reporters Tuesday, the FTC’s Bureau of Competition director Bruce Hoffman said the new 17-member task force will have the power to investigate both future mergers and finalized ones.

Why finance ministers may hold the keys to climate action

Why finance ministers may hold the keys to climate action

Because finance ministers can pursue a wide variety of fiscal policy reforms that can reduce emissions in a cost-effective and systemic way, this group of policymakers can become the linchpin of climate action.