Dramatic first weeks for Wellington’s newly hatched kororā

Dramatic first weeks for Wellington’s newly hatched kororā

Dr David Thompson, a seabird ecologist at NIWA, highlights the hurdles these little birds must go through to successfully raise young: “Breeding for kororā can be a stressful time because they need to find food for both themselves and their chicks, with one adult remaining at the nest while the other hunts.

10 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

10 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

We hope that you enjoy this selection of the winning entries, with stories on everything from cassowary excrement to native trout conservation, from mothing as a hobby to essays on our childhood love of campground critters and The Crocodile Hunter.

Hundreds of Scam Apps Hit Over 10 Million Android Devices

Hundreds of Scam Apps Hit Over 10 Million Android Devices

The techniques are common in malicious Play Store apps, and premium SMS fraud in particular is a notorious issue.But the researchers say it's significant that attackers were able to string these known approaches together in a way that was still extremely effective—and in staggering numbers—even as Google has continuously improved its Android security and Play Store defenses.

Everything Amazon Announced—Including a Cute Security Robot

Everything Amazon Announced—Including a Cute Security Robot

You’ll get professional monitoring, backup internet on all Ring devices, access to the Alexa Guard Plus helpline, and more robust online security using Eero Secure.Photograph: AmazonWorking with The Home Depot, Ring's new JobSite Security bundle aims to make it easier to monitor job sites.

You Can Now Buy Ring’s In-Home Drone—if You’re Invited

You Can Now Buy Ring’s In-Home Drone—if You’re Invited

Last year at Amazon’s annual fall hardware event, Ring (which is owned by Amazon) showed off a drone designed to capture video inside your home .To hear Amazon and Ring product execs tell it, the drone was designed to alleviate the burden of having multiple fixed cameras in different locations around your house.

The Secret Sci-Fi Origins of Burning Man

The Secret Sci-Fi Origins of Burning Man

Burkes was at Burning Man, the conflagrant annual confab in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.As early as that first year “on the playa”—Burner-speak for Black Rock—the Dune obsessives in the crew suggested everyone build mock stillsuits, a reference to the form-­fitting bodywear that recycles precious fluids and keeps Arrakis’ desert-­dwelling Fremen alive when they venture beyond the safety of their mountain villages, known as sietches.

Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 Is a Lovable Weirdo

Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2 Is a Lovable Weirdo

Two Octobers ago, Microsoft revealed its long-in-the-works dual-screened device, named the Surface Duo .When the Surface Duo 2 ships it will be running on Android 11 , and like the last time around, some key Microsoft Office apps have been optimized for the split screens.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra Is the Cheapest We’ve Ever Seen It

The Galaxy S21 Ultra Is the Cheapest We’ve Ever Seen It

The Galaxy S21 Ultra Has the Best Cameras.Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra (8/10, WIRED Recommends ) has been our favorite high-end camera phone for the better part of a year, largely because its camera system is unrivaled in the US.

The iPhone 13 Wants to Shoot Your Next Feature Film

The iPhone 13 Wants to Shoot Your Next Feature Film

The 12 Mini suffered from poor battery life , but Apple says it'll now run an hour and a half longer, as will the iPhone 13 Pro. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max last 2 and a half hours more than their respective predecessors.

The iPad Mini Is More Than Ever a Big-Ass iPhone

The iPad Mini Is More Than Ever a Big-Ass iPhone

The company also unveiled its new ninth-generation iPad. Starting at $329, it packs an A13 Bionic chip, support for Apple's True Tone ambient color-adjustment tech on the display, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide front camera with the Center Stage feature for videos.

The Dark Asteroid Ryugu Finally Comes Into the Light

The Dark Asteroid Ryugu Finally Comes Into the Light

This new research, led by Deborah Domingue at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, and Yasuhiro Yokota at Kochi University in Japan, sheds light on Ryugu’s complex structure, revealing it to be a dark, weathered pile of rubble tumbling in space, different from anything seen on the surface of the Earth.

Facebook’s New Camera Glasses Are Dangerously Easy to Use

Facebook’s New Camera Glasses Are Dangerously Easy to Use

(Giaia Rener, Ray-Ban's global brand director, even describes them as "the first smart glasses you're going to want to wear.")If you ignore the fact that they have cameras and wireless connectivity, Ray-Ban Stories are just a pair of Wayfarers.

Have You Seen A Weasel Lately?

Have You Seen A Weasel Lately?

“The authors of this paper are active field biologists, and we noticed that we just don’t see weasels in our data after field work,” says coauthor Roland Kays, research professor of forestry and environmental resources at North Carolina State and head of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Biodiversity Lab.

Our Favorite Mattresses on Sale for Labor Day

Our Favorite Mattresses on Sale for Labor Day

A lot of the base prices of our favorite mattresses have gone up in the last few months, but we still think these deals are solid.Hybrid mattresses are supportive, with hundreds of individually wrapped springs sandwiched between layers of foam.

Zoom Dysmorphia Is Following People Into the Real World

Zoom Dysmorphia Is Following People Into the Real World

The term “Snapchat dysmorphia” was coined in 2015 to describe the growing numbers of people who wanted to look like they’d been put through a face-altering filter in real life, all big eyes and sparkling skin.

Camera Trapping As Mainstream Nature Activity

Camera Trapping As Mainstream Nature Activity

“If you look at wildlife photography sites on social media, it’s a lot of professional-level activity,” Kampnich says.Pesaturo is author of the book Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Sign, and Behavior of Eastern Wildlife , an indispensable guide that includes tips for capturing images of 41 species.

The Disturbingly Long Tapeworms of Alaskan Bears

The Disturbingly Long Tapeworms of Alaskan Bears

© Tom Fenske/TNC Photo Contest 2019 Last week, I posted a blog on the growing popularity of trail cameras and included a number of photos and videos of cool wildlife.But Kampnich tells me it’s not the first time he has seen bears with tapeworms of various sizes.

US Sanctions on Russia Rewrite Cyberespionage's Rules

US Sanctions on Russia Rewrite Cyberespionage's Rules

Any rule that SolarWinds violates would be a new one, he argues, given that the hacking campaign was by all appearances focused on the kind of cyberespionage US intelligence agencies routinely carry out, with no clear evidence that it was intended to cause disruptive effects.

Our Favorite Photography Backpack is $50 Off

Our Favorite Photography Backpack is $50 Off

It's our top backpack recommendation in our roundup of the Best Camera Bags .The bag usually costs $170, but through the end of the day on March 31, you can enter code BESTBACKPACK to get $50 off, making your total $120 shipped.

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.

Games Like Umurangi Generation Bring the Moment Into Focus

Games Like Umurangi Generation Bring the Moment Into Focus

However, it’s not only these characters and the player asserting their presence but the game’s 28-year-old designer Tali Faulkner, whose Māori heritage is suffused throughout the world with visual cues like tāniko and raranga patterns.

A New Kind of Space Explosion Reveals the Birth of a Black Hole

A New Kind of Space Explosion Reveals the Birth of a Black Hole

Like its predecessor, the Camel became very bright in a short time, reaching its peak in two or three days.But in cases like the Camel and the Cow, “something unusual happens in the process to core collapse,” said Perley.

The 21 Best Weekend Deals on TVs, Cameras, and Outdoor Gear

The 21 Best Weekend Deals on TVs, Cameras, and Outdoor Gear

We like the Galaxy Buds Live for their good battery life (six hours per charge), sweatproof design, and comfy fit.

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam

How to Use Any Phone as a Webcam for a Windows PC.If you're on a PC running Windows and you use an Android phone or iPhone, one of the easiest (and wireless) methods is to use an app called DroidCam .

25 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

25 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

When I got into mountain climbing years ago and had to get all the equipment, it happened to be during the annual end-of-winter sales, and I lucked into some terrific prices.Updated March 11, 2021: REI's winter clearance sale is over, but many items are still discounted.

‘Retaliation’ for Russia's SolarWinds Spying Isn't the Answer

‘Retaliation’ for Russia's SolarWinds Spying Isn't the Answer

The Times reported that the Biden administration plans to respond with "a series of clandestine actions across Russian networks" intended to signal that Russia's hacking campaign crossed a line—"clarifying what the United States believes are in bounds and out of bounds, and what we are prepared to do in response," as national security adviser Jake Sullivan told the paper.

China and Russia's Spying Sprees Will Take Years to Unpack

China and Russia's Spying Sprees Will Take Years to Unpack

First spotted by security firm Volexity, a nation-state group that Microsoft calls Hafnium has been using multiple zero-day exploits —which attack previously unknown vulnerabilities in software—to break into Exchange Servers, which manage email clients including Outlook.

19 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

19 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

I've crossed out some sold-out items, re-added some that have come back into stock, updated pricing, and added five new deals.Black Diamond Camalot C4 Package #4-6 for $297 ($32 off) : If you want to start climbing trad or need to update your rack, you're going to need cams.

France Ties Russia's Sandworm to a Multiyear Hacking Spree

France Ties Russia's Sandworm to a Multiyear Hacking Spree

But ANSSI's report doesn't mention a supply chain compromise, and DomainTools' Slowik says the intrusions instead appear to have been carried out simply by exploiting internet-facing servers running Centreon's software inside the victims' networks.

The Hollywood Tech Tricks Getting Film Crews Back on Set

The Hollywood Tech Tricks Getting Film Crews Back on Set

Today, though, unveiled a new service: Camera to Cloud, which allows multiple people to start working on a shot the second the director films it, greatly reducing the number of people on set and increasing the number who can contribute from a safe, socially (very) distant place.