The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season

The Humble Shrub That’s Predicting a Terrible Fire Season

“It's a really pretty and kind of understated shrub,” says Bryant Baker, conservation director of the Los Padres ForestWatch, which advocates for the protection of California’s habitats.

Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard

Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard

Despite the hastily called press conference on Tuesday, the late-night meetings, and the growing worry over a potentially fatal side effect, the decision to pause the use of one of the three Covid-19 vaccines available in the United States was a relatively easy one.

Respawn’s Apex Legends Is Just Getting Started

Respawn’s Apex Legends Is Just Getting Started

The ping system and redeploy beacons have become, and still are, staples of the FPS genre that other developers (like Activision Blizzard, developers of Overwatch) are eager to bring to their own games, and while Respawn's new methods aren’t always practical from the start (see “heat shields”), they’re consistently rewiring the importance of team communication.

Will Future Electric Vehicles Be Powered by Deep-Sea Metals?

Will Future Electric Vehicles Be Powered by Deep-Sea Metals?

“Our goal is to find out how much sediment the harvester will take off along with the nodules,” says Matthias Haeckel, a marine biochemist at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany, who is coordinating the environmental review of GSR’s activities for a project called MiningImpact.

Master & Dynamic Is Having a Big Sale on Audio Gear Now

Master & Dynamic Is Having a Big Sale on Audio Gear Now

New York–based, fashion-forward company Master & Dynamic makes headphones that make audiophiles drool.Master & Dynamic MW07 Go. Photograph: Master & DynamicWIRED audio reviewer Parker Hall and I have tried these beautiful wireless workout buds (9/10, WIRED Recommends ).

How Many Homes Could You Power With Free Doughnuts?

How Many Homes Could You Power With Free Doughnuts?

Let's say that all the Americans who have a Covid-19 vaccine get (and eat) one doughnut a day.This will give a change in energy of about 10 joules.Power is the rate of energy change.

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

“What you’re often doing in exposure therapy is watching yourself watch the world, because most of us, when we’re feeling anxious, only attend to threatening cues in our environment,” Isabel Granic, director of Games for Emotional & Mental Health Lab at Radboud University, tells me.

This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer

This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer

Now, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new tool that promises to help doctors recognize precancerous growths during a colonoscopy: an artificial intelligence system made by Medtronic.

New Vaccine Conspiracy Theories Are Going Viral in Arabic

New Vaccine Conspiracy Theories Are Going Viral in Arabic

Across dozens of Arabic pages and groups, dangerous conspiracy theories about the pandemic are racking up millions of views and likes.Between January 1 and February 28, ISD researchers found 18 Facebook pages and ten groups sharing pandemic-related misinformation and conspiracy theories in Arabic.

A ‘Last Hope’ Experiment Finds Evidence for Unknown Particles

A ‘Last Hope’ Experiment Finds Evidence for Unknown Particles

In the paper, a team of theorists known as BMW present a state-of-the-art supercomputer calculation of the most uncertain term that goes into the standard model prediction of the muon’s magnetic moment.

How to Layer Clothes for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

How to Layer Clothes for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Sweat too much and you'll dampen your clothes, and wet fabric will chill and rub your skin raw.Despite the preconceptions, thin merino wool base layers are fine and popular for warm-weather use.For high-intensity activities, such as climbing or backpacking, choose very thin base layers and short underwear.

How to Survive a Killer Asteroid

How to Survive a Killer Asteroid

Then, in the early 1900s, astronomers like Russia’s Nikolai Morozov* began observing newly developed high explosives and made a rather startling discovery: Large explosions differ from thrown rocks in a number of ways, but most ominously—at least for our species’ continued existence—they leave circular craters regardless of their angle of impact.

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

Even during the pandemic, the country, a hub for the oil industry, had seen plenty of passengers from Europe and South Africa, where two concerning variants of the virus that causes Covid-19 hold sway.

Hotspot Watch 9 April 2021

Hotspot Watch 9 April 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that widespread dry to very dry conditions are in place across most of the northeastern South Island, as well as Otago and eastern Southland.

The Lazy Gamer’s Guide to Cable Management

The Lazy Gamer’s Guide to Cable Management

If your television is wall-mounted, and you hate those dangling HDMI cables running up from your Nintendo Switch, you might want to get some paint to match the cable raceway color to your wall’s.

Signal Adds a Payments Feature—With a Privacy-Focused Cryptocurrency

Signal Adds a Payments Feature—With a Privacy-Focused Cryptocurrency

While more established privacy-focused cryptocurrencies like Zcash and Monero have been more widely used and arguably better tested, Marlinspike says Signal chose to integrate MobileCoin because it has the most seamless user experience on mobile devices, requiring little storage space on the phone and needing only seconds for transactions to be confirmed.

Watch Out—That Call of Duty: Warzone Cheat Might Be Malware

Watch Out—That Call of Duty: Warzone Cheat Might Be Malware

They provided a long list of Warzone Cheat Engine variants that installed a host of malware, including a cryptojacker, which uses the resources of an infected gaming computer to surreptitiously mine cryptocurrency .Activision’s analysis said that multiple malware forums have regularly advertised a kit that customizes the fake cheat.

Independent Video Game Stores Are Here to Stay

Independent Video Game Stores Are Here to Stay

Over time, Jonathan built a business that catered to the needs of folks looking for retro games and console repairs—but, most importantly, his business flourished through large community events like midnight releases and in-store tournaments.

The Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Birthed Today's Rainforests

The Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Birthed Today's Rainforests

“It took us a long time to gather enough data that we could have a clear picture of what was going on during the extinction,” Carvalho told Ars. While the study deals with Colombian fossils, Carvalho said the researchers can get a fair idea of what happened in rainforests elsewhere in Central and South America, though the effects of the asteroid's impact are somewhat variable from region to region.

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Games, Tablets, and More

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Games, Tablets, and More

No matter what your plans are, our hebdomadal deals roundup (aka the second-best part of the weekend) will help.The discount matches the best deal we've ever seen for it.

Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Are Coming. What Will That Mean?

Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Are Coming. What Will That Mean?

What is being discussed is more like the World Health Organization’s “yellow card.” That document’s actual name is the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, a form that was created in the 1930s to indicate that travelers have received certain vaccines but that isn’t certified by individual governments.

Biden Wants You Out of Your Car and on the Train

Biden Wants You Out of Your Car and on the Train

The infrastructure proposal seems to say: Consider getting your butt out of your car.“The plan seems to take seriously the idea that we need to be investing more in our transit and intercity rail system than we do in our highway system,” says Yonah Freemark, a senior research associate at the economic policy think tank the Urban Institute who studies land use and transportation.

Narwhal Tusks Tell a Troubling Tale

Narwhal Tusks Tell a Troubling Tale

Whatever the purpose, scientists know this for certain: The Arctic region, which the narwhals call home, is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, and by analyzing these tusks, researchers can glean surprisingly detailed insights into how the animals are dealing with catastrophic change.

Portraits of a Neighborhood’s ‘Wood Wide Web’

Portraits of a Neighborhood’s ‘Wood Wide Web’

When the pandemic hit, photographer Andres Gonzalez retreated to his home in Vallejo, north of the San Francisco Bay. He started devouring novels, including Richard Powers' climate epic The Overstory, which was inspired partly by the forest ecologist Suzanne Simard's research on mycorrhizal networks.

Hotspot Watch 1 April 2021

Hotspot Watch 1 April 2021

As of 24 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that widespread dry to very dry conditions extend from southern Northland to Wellington, excluding Taranaki, and across the east of the North Island, as well as Marlborough, eastern and coastal Canterbury, parts of Otago and Southland.

Monster Hunter Rise Blends the Best of Feudal Japanese Culture

Monster Hunter Rise Blends the Best of Feudal Japanese Culture

Palicos can be seen pounding the mochi, which is then used in dango recipes (sweet rice dumplings popular in Japanese cuisine).Food is a big part of the gameplay and the overall worldbuilding in Monster Hunter Rise.

The Mountain Beaver That Is Not A Beaver

The Mountain Beaver That Is Not A Beaver

© Jon Hall / Samantha Hopkins has been studying mountain beaver evolution for years, working and living in their habitat.“Most people don’t know there are these little brown loafs living in forested tunnels and eating ferns,” says Hopkins, a professor of earth sciences at the University of Oregon.

The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

Humans rarely experience such extreme social isolation, but studies have shown that even in normal life, increased loneliness has a negative impact on physical and mental health.What Matthews was seeing was the effect that social isolation had on the brains she was studying.

The Stealthy Mathematics of Hearthstone

The Stealthy Mathematics of Hearthstone

That’s a lot of math in a short amount of time, yet the game pulls it off without ever feeling like you’re doing work.

Who Won Amazon’s Union Election in Bessemer? The Results Could Take Time

Who Won Amazon’s Union Election in Bessemer? The Results Could Take Time

In an election that saw an unmarked ballot box of mysterious origin appear on company grounds, a website spread misleading information about dues-paying, and the timing change on a traffic light where organizers talked to workers, some observers believe the RWDSU has ample grist for a ULP charge or three against Amazon.