Will Wildfire Smoke Worsen the Pandemic? We're About to Find Out

Will Wildfire Smoke Worsen the Pandemic? We're About to Find Out

Scientists still have much to learn about Covid-19, but, says Jessica McCarty, a geographer and fire scientist at Miami University, “We know that there's linkages between people who live in highly-polluted areas and their likelihood of getting any type of respiratory illness, as well as viral infections.” Smog from cars, for instance, remains a major threat to human health.

Right to Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers

Right to Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers

The company said today it’s releasing what it calls the “most comprehensive medical equipment service database in the world.” The collection of thousands of files is supposed to help biomedical engineering technicians—the techs who update or fix medical equipment on site at health care facilities—repair everything from imaging equipment to EKG monitors to ventilators.

Seven weeks of clearing the air provides huge benefits

Seven weeks of clearing the air provides huge benefits

Dr Longley has been monitoring air quality in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch since Level 4 restrictions were implemented and says working from home did not only cut emissions but could also reduce health risks.

Get Outside (In Your Backyard) With REI's Anniversary Sale

Get Outside (In Your Backyard) With REI's Anniversary Sale

One of our favorite retailers, REI, is holding its yearly anniversary sale, which is a great time to pick up running gear at up to 30 percent off.

That Fresh Sea Breeze You Breathe May Be Laced With Microplastic

That Fresh Sea Breeze You Breathe May Be Laced With Microplastic

“That bubble actually acts as like a sponge for tiny particles like sea salt, viruses, bacteria, and—potentially—plastics, as it comes up through the water column,” says University of Strathclyde microplastic researcher Deonie Allen, co-lead on the new research.

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet

With the specter of the SUV fully exorcised from his mind, he rolled another spliff with the last of his weed, smoked it as he ate his burger, and then packed his bags for the airport, where he was scheduled for a first-class flight home to the UK.Hutchins was coming off of an epic, exhausting week at Defcon, one of the world's largest hacker conferences, where he had been celebrated as a hero.

The Office Is Playing Out on Slack—and That's Sad

The Office Is Playing Out on Slack—and That's Sad

Slack , the messaging platform now favored by actual offices around the world, launched almost exactly three months later, effectively rendering the kind of workplace humor The Office traded in—outbursts by coworkers, awkward silences, communal birthday cake—moot.

All Aboard Air Koryo, North Korea’s Fleet of Ancient Soviet Planes

All Aboard Air Koryo, North Korea’s Fleet of Ancient Soviet Planes

That said, the Air Koryo fleet is pretty cool in a retro kind of way, and a passionate band of aviation buffs happily spend their days taking joyrides.All told, Mebius has made 24 flights aboard 10 different kinds of aircraft, most of which were all but empty.

Scientists seek smoke sniffers

Scientists seek smoke sniffers

After almost six weeks of monitoring air quality during Level 3 and 4 lockdown restrictions, scientist Dr Ian Longley is now asking people to record where and when woodsmoke is affecting their health and lives.

Seeds of Change: Ensuring the Future for Healthy Prairies

Seeds of Change: Ensuring the Future for Healthy Prairies

In Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, The Nature Conservancy is taking action to adopt a new approach to prairie restoration to help native plants respond to changing conditions.

Fewer Wrecks, Grounded Planes, and More Car News This Week

Fewer Wrecks, Grounded Planes, and More Car News This Week

Oh, and Elon Musk went on a tear this week, calling shelter-in-place orders “facist” even as he celebrated Tesla’s strong first quarter.And this week in Tesla: The electric-car maker posts a surprising profit , Elon Musk agitates for an end to shelter-in-place orders (against public health officials’ recommendations), and then he maybe violates an SEC settlement ?

Pollution levels soar in Level 3, says NIWA

Pollution levels soar in Level 3, says NIWA

Traffic pollution measurements in Auckland since Level 4 restrictions were eased on Tuesday have shown levels soaring even higher than those before lockdown, NIWA air quality scientists say.Nitrogen oxides have also returned to pre-lockdown levels in Christchurch but not as dramatically as Auckland.

Does It Matter That the DOD Released Those UFO Videos?

Does It Matter That the DOD Released Those UFO Videos?

On Monday, the US Department of Defense officially released three videos depicting encounters between Navy pilots and unidentified aerial phenomena .

DJI's New Mavic Air 2 Is a Sleeker, Longer-Flying Drone

DJI's New Mavic Air 2 Is a Sleeker, Longer-Flying Drone

Even better, thanks to a new rotor design and other aerodynamic improvements, DJI is claiming the Mavic Air 2 can remain aloft for 34 minutes—a big jump from the 21 minutes of flight time on the original Mavic Air. The Camera Eye. The camera has some new automated modes for capturing videos and photos with sharper detail and higher dynamic range.

Flying Cars Could Take Off Soon, If We Let the Military Help

Flying Cars Could Take Off Soon, If We Let the Military Help

Our new program, Agility Prime, leverages unique Air Force assets—test ranges, safety certifications, and military missions capable of logging steady flight hours—to build confidence in the technology, attract investors, and hopefully expedite domestic commercialization.Flying cars aren’t the only commercial technology the military can help accelerate.

Amid Its Covid-19 Crisis, China Was Still Hacking Uighurs’ iPhones

Amid Its Covid-19 Crisis, China Was Still Hacking Uighurs’ iPhones

From as early as December of last year and continuing through March, Chinese hackers used so-called "watering hole" attacks to plant malware on the iPhones of Uighurs, according to new findings from the security firm Volexity.

Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes

Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes

In the world’s richest countries, which are the ones where environmentalism has most taken hold, the air, land, and water are all much cleaner than they were 50 years ago.

One Woman's Instagram-Fueled Ascent to ‘Boss Lady Status’

One Woman's Instagram-Fueled Ascent to ‘Boss Lady Status’

Jesseca Dupart started as a simple hair salon in this northeastern section of New Orleans, called Little Woods, back in 2012, when she was 30 years old, and by the time I visited her six years later, Kaleidoscope was a rapidly growing brand in the African American beauty market.

How to Measure Pressure With a Phone and a Baggie

How to Measure Pressure With a Phone and a Baggie

The idea is that the weight increases the air pressure inside the bag, and you can measure the difference with the phone.Would the pressure in the bag be: (a) the same, (b) greater than, or (c) less than with the large square.

Lockdown air quality keeps getting better

Lockdown air quality keeps getting better

Air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley has analysed data from the third week of lockdown and found levels of nitrogen oxides, mostly caused by vehicle exhaust, have fallen between 83 and 91% of normal at most sites.

A One-Time Poultry Farmer Invents the Future of Refrigeration

A One-Time Poultry Farmer Invents the Future of Refrigeration

In the case of, say, a gasoline-powered car, the fuel is mixed with air, crammed into a piston chamber, and set alight, causing it to jump more than 1,000 degrees in temperature.

How Airlines Are Trying to Boost Efficiency and Cut Emissions

How Airlines Are Trying to Boost Efficiency and Cut Emissions

Improvements to air traffic control could also help reduce emissions by as much as 12 percent, per a 1999 estimate from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Steep improvements seen in Auckland air quality, says NIWA

Steep improvements seen in Auckland air quality, says NIWA

NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley says nitrogen oxide is found in pollutants from vehicle exhausts.Dr Longley says reductions in levels of airborne particulate matter have been more modest—for example a 20 per cent drop in fine particles (PM2.5) at Takapuna during daylight hours.

A Rest Stop Where Flying Cars Can Recharge

A Rest Stop Where Flying Cars Can Recharge

Clark says the stations can be set up in tight urban spaces, where the 20-foot-high landing platform would help ensure safe approaches and departures for all types of rotorcraft, whether full-sized passenger-carrying air taxis or small delivery drones.

The Pandemic Has Led to a Huge, Global Drop in Air Pollution

The Pandemic Has Led to a Huge, Global Drop in Air Pollution

Courtesy of European Space AgencyWhile not a greenhouse gas itself, the pollutant originates from the same activities and industrial sectors that are responsible for a large share of the world’s carbon emissions and that drive global heating.

Hotspot Watch 26 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 26 March 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that severe meteorological drought coverage has receded significantly in the past week, but it is still found in parts of Northland, Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula, and East Cape.

An Expert Answers the 50 Most Googled Coronavirus Questions

An Expert Answers the 50 Most Googled Coronavirus Questions

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to whip around the world, killing thousands of people and overloading hospitals, you’ve probably turned to Google to answer your questions.“Compare that to somebody who has measles and sneezes, the virus then clings to particles that hang in the air,” says Yasmin.

Space Photos of the Week: Pretty Planets, Gorgeous Galaxies

Space Photos of the Week: Pretty Planets, Gorgeous Galaxies

Gill/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSSNASA’s Cassini spacecraft spent 13 years orbiting Saturn and studying the planet and its moons in depth.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteDo you see a penguin?Photograph:NASA/JPL-CaltechOnce you're done, head over here to look at more space photos.

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.

A Brief History of Instagram’s Trouble With ‘Weight-Loss Tea’

A Brief History of Instagram’s Trouble With ‘Weight-Loss Tea’

Among the most ubiquitous tea companies claiming to be able to help you lose weight, stop your migraines, unclog your arteries, and cure cancer and the common cold is Teami, whose products have been promoted by celebrities like Cardi B.