Hotspot Watch 22 October 2020

Hotspot Watch 22 October 2020

However, most locations in the upper and central North Island will likely see either little change or small decreases in soil moisture levels during the next week.

What Would Happen If All the Antarctic Ice Melted?

What Would Happen If All the Antarctic Ice Melted?

So what would happen if the global temperature increased enough to melt the ice cap in Antarctica?However, in this case, I really don't have a feeling for the size of the Antarctic ice cap.

FAO - News Article: FAO welcomes $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers fight the impact of climate change

FAO - News Article: FAO welcomes $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers fight the impact of climate change

8 October 2020, Rome - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has welcomed a $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers in the world's most vulnerable countries fight the impact of climate change and to build sustainability.

In 'Hades,' the Underworld Is Your Playground

In 'Hades,' the Underworld Is Your Playground

I play games for the story, and while I enjoy some aspects of fighting, I’m more interested in whatever’s inside my foe’s inventory.Each time you perish, you emerge from the Pool of Styx, and you can start your escape attempt all over again.

Arlan Hamilton and Katie Rae Say Tech Can Do Well—and Do Good

Arlan Hamilton and Katie Rae Say Tech Can Do Well—and Do Good

Two vanguard venture capitalists are sending shockwaves through Big Tech by arguing it doesn’t have to choose.“If you talk to the young people of today, what you hear so often is ‘we want to do good,’” Katie Rae, CEO and managing partner of The Engine, said at the WIRED25 event.

Climate Grief Is Burning Across the American West

Climate Grief Is Burning Across the American West

It’s grief over the thousands of structures and at least 33 lives lost so far; grief over another villain conspiring with Covid-19 to lock people indoors; grief that the orange-hued dystopia of Blade Runner is now a reality in smoky San Francisco ; grief over losing any sense of normalcy, or indeed a clear future.

How States Can Join Forces to Expand Covid Testing

How States Can Join Forces to Expand Covid Testing

Data Visualization: Zoë Hitzig and Puja OhlhaverIn quadratic funding, the more states that participate in supplying $100 million, the more federal bonus funds their compact receives.Mathematically, this is accomplished by taking the square root of each state contribution as a first step.

How Animal Activists Exposed the Brutality of Factory Farming

How Animal Activists Exposed the Brutality of Factory Farming

Last week’s episode of the Get WIRED podcast introduced listeners to Direct Action Everywhere—one of the most radical animal-rights organizations around—and the group’s leader, Wayne Hsiung.Sign up for our Podcasts newsletter and never miss an episode of Get WIRED, Gadget Lab, and Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.

How to Turn Your Photography Camera Into a Webcam

How to Turn Your Photography Camera Into a Webcam

Download the drivers from the links above after making sure your specific camera model is supported.The Hard Way. If your camera isn’t on the list above, you’ll need to do some extra work.First, see if your camera's brand has released any webcam drivers.

Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape

Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape

The problematic thing about being a frog is that you don’t have to chew your food, which means that if you’ve happened to nab the aquatic beetle Regimbartia attenuata, your food might come out the other end in an undesirable fashion: alive and literally kicking.attenuata can escape from the frog vent,” Sugiura writes in an email to WIRED.

SpaceX Brings Astronauts Home Safely in a Historic First

SpaceX Brings Astronauts Home Safely in a Historic First

Behnken and Hurley spent the next few hours drifting in orbit while NASA and SpaceX monitored weather conditions at the possible landing sites along the Florida coast.SpaceX mission control made the final decision to deorbit just an hour before Behnken and Hurley landed in the ocean.

Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I

Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I

During World War I, this stretch of pastoral landscape, which the generals (and now historians) called the Ypres Salient, was one of the most heavily trenched, mined, mortared, bombed, gassed, pillaged, burned, and bullet-riddled places along the Western Front.

How a ‘Heat Dome’ Forms—and Why This One Is So Perilous

How a ‘Heat Dome’ Forms—and Why This One Is So Perilous

A heat dome “is really just sort of a colloquial term for a persistent and/or strong high-pressure system that occurs during the warm season, with the end result being a lot of heat,” says climate scientist Daniel Swain of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

Rough, Rugged and Remote: Going the Distance to Save Cape Town’s Water

Rough, Rugged and Remote: Going the Distance to Save Cape Town’s Water

I, the photographer, would be spending three days on the mountain documenting the work of the high-elevation team, a group of trained abseilers who were tasked to scale the high cliffs to cut down water-thirsty invasive pine trees.

Archaeologists Discover the Largest, Oldest Maya Monument Yet

Archaeologists Discover the Largest, Oldest Maya Monument Yet

According to radiocarbon dates of charcoal fragments mixed in with the layers of dirt that make up the platform, people started building Aguada Fenix by around 1000 BCE (although Inomata and his colleagues can’t rule out the idea that construction started even earlier).

SpaceX Launched Two Astronauts—Changing Spaceflight Forever

SpaceX Launched Two Astronauts—Changing Spaceflight Forever

Once SpaceX starts ferrying astronauts to orbit on operational missions, seats on Crew Dragon will cost roughly half the price of a seat on the Russian Soyuz capsule.

What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?

What's Next for SpaceX's Crewed Mission to the ISS?

On Wednesday, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were supposed to launch to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.

Weather Delays the SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch

Weather Delays the SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch

The Demo-2 mission was going to be the first crewed mission for SpaceX and the first time NASA astronauts have launched from the US in nine years.

The Web's .Org Domain Is Still Run by a Nonprofit

The Web's .Org Domain Is Still Run by a Nonprofit

The Icann board reviewed hundreds of pages of documentation and responses from PIR, the Internet Society, and Ethos Capital before rejecting the proposal, according to the organization's announcement.In statements on the Ethos Capital website , both the Internet Society and Ethos Capital said Icann had overstepped its role.

One Man's Radical Plan to Solve Wealth Inequality

One Man's Radical Plan to Solve Wealth Inequality

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.Piketty’s 753-page book Capital in the Twenty-First Century, published in 2013, sold 2.5 million copies worldwide and helped put inequality on the global agenda.Capital and Ideology builds on Piketty’s long-standing argument that inequality has soared across the world since 1980.

FAO - News Article: Assessing El Niño’s impact on fisheries and aquaculture around the world

FAO - News Article: Assessing El Niño’s impact on fisheries and aquaculture around the world

22 April 2020, Rome - While considerable resources are invested in seasonal forecasts and early-warning systems for food security, not enough is known about El Niño's impact on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, even though its name was given in the 1600s by fishers off the coast of Peru.

Space Photos of the Week: 50 Years After Apollo 13

Space Photos of the Week: 50 Years After Apollo 13

Photograph: NASAThe crew took this spectacular image of the Earth while returning from the Moon.Photograph: NASAAfter two intense days of what you might call extreme work-arounds, all three crew members of Apollo 13 landed safely back on Earth.

The Big Cats of Tiger King Will Live and Die in a Cage

The Big Cats of Tiger King Will Live and Die in a Cage

These are, after all, truly busted people like Joe Exotic, who in the series wears leather fringe unironically and breeds tigers under deplorable conditions at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, where visitors can hold baby tigers for a fee (of course) and take selfies (also of course).

The US Hitches Its Final Ride to Space From Russia—for Now

The US Hitches Its Final Ride to Space From Russia—for Now

Thursday’s Soyuz launch will mark the end of the longest period in NASA’s history since it started crewed spaceflight that the agency didn’t have the capability to send its own astronauts to space.

How We Will All Solve the Climate Crisis

How We Will All Solve the Climate Crisis

Children who are now in booster seats, all around the world, are going to be inventing solutions to the crisis, and they'll need support, investment, and, yes, well-designed capitalism to get them off the ground.

In Crowded Hospitals, Who Will Get Life-Saving Equipment?

In Crowded Hospitals, Who Will Get Life-Saving Equipment?

But as the Covid-19 patients arrived last week, the intubations were happening every two hours, he says, “like clockwork.” He had watched the situation unfold elsewhere in New York, like at Elmhurst Hospital, in Queens, where patients reportedly died waiting for staff and beds.

Hungry Animals Can Change How Severely a Landscape Burns

Hungry Animals Can Change How Severely a Landscape Burns

The grazers might also prefer grasses to shrubs, which changes the vertical structure of the vegetation, further increasing the fire risk.So while the grazers are doing a helpful job of eating up some potential tinder, they’re leaving behind vegetation that is extra-flammable—which is a mixed bag, in terms of wildfire prevention.

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

Latimer / TNC A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology finds that birds were generally less stressed and in better condition on more locally-diverse farms and on farms embedded in more natural landscapes .

Covid-19 Will Mark the End of Affluence Politics

Covid-19 Will Mark the End of Affluence Politics

Within the Republican establishment, President Herbert Hoover worked 18-hour days, exhorting confidence while refusing to take even basic steps such as having the government guarantee bank deposits.

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

Lightning—a phenomenon more suited to places like Florida—is now striking within 100 miles of the North Pole .All the while, researchers are racing to quantify how the plant species of the Arctic are coping with a much, much warmer world.