Cheap Nanoparticles Pave the Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel

Cheap Nanoparticles Pave the Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel

So in 2011, an Icelandic energy startup called Carbon Recycling International built the George Olah plant, which captures Svartsengi’s CO2 emissions and turns them into a carbon-neutral fuel.

New Data Backs Up Details in a Fatal 2018 Tesla Model X Crash

New Data Backs Up Details in a Fatal 2018 Tesla Model X Crash

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board released dozens of new documents that provide a detailed understanding of the circumstances of Huang's death.The documents confirm a claim by Walter Huang's family that he had experienced this particular glitch, in this particular spot, multiple times prior to the crash.

A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

The survey of insects hitting car windscreens in rural Denmark used data collected every summer from 1997 to 2017 and found an 80 percent decline in abundance.

How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack

How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack

Team Penske and Meyer Shank Racing, driving machines based on Acura street cars, enjoyed a mood lacking in the frantic energy typical of previous decades in racing.

Augmented Reality From the Driver's Seat, and More Car News This Week

Augmented Reality From the Driver's Seat, and More Car News This Week

But Lyft and Aptiv say the experiment has helped them discover how people use and react to self-driving vehicles—information both companies may be able to use once the technology is ready to lose that pesky human.

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

Because Carson’s company is called Covid, and as of Tuesday, so is the disease caused by that new coronavirus.And per the Coronavirus Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (in a preprint, so not peer reviewed, but likely to be cleared), the microbe itself is now called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.Not much better?

A Weekend at Concours d'Lemons, the World's Worst Car Show

A Weekend at Concours d'Lemons, the World's Worst Car Show

There are oddities like the Yugo–the worst car ever made–so poorly engineered it’s had more of a life as a punchline than a vehicle.If you like cars that never should have never been made, then Concours d’Lemons is a feast for your trash-loving eyes.

How to Watch the Oscars 2020

How to Watch the Oscars 2020

Regardless of what happens, you won’t know what everyone is tweeting about—or whether 1917 will get the little gold men we think it might —if you’re not watching.Meanwhile, Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live will be available to stream for free from the Academy’s official Twitter account.

Want to Fight Climate Change? Stop Believing These Myths

Want to Fight Climate Change? Stop Believing These Myths

In response to the argument that we can ditch oil and coal immediately, he points out that renewable technologies are still more expensive and are not as readily available in the economically developing world, where plentiful and cheap fossil fuels are helping pull people out of poverty.

A Promising Crispr Trial, Happy-ish Tesla Investors, and More News

A Promising Crispr Trial, Happy-ish Tesla Investors, and More News

Gene-editing trials are optimistic and Tesla stocks are going ballistic, but first: a cartoon about meme cinema .You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Digital IDs Make Systemic Bias Worse

Digital IDs Make Systemic Bias Worse

If you belong to one of those tribes, you end up waiting months to appear in front of a vetting committee.Ziya applied for an ID in 2013 and received an appointment with the vetting committee in 2014.

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

“Where permafrost tends to be lake sediment or organic soils, the type of Earth material that can hold a lot of water, these are like sponges on the landscape,” says Turetsky.

FAO - News Article: First comprehensive portal to track international capacity development support for forest monitoring

FAO - News Article: First comprehensive portal to track international capacity development support for forest monitoring

27 January 2020, Rome - The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) today launched a portal - the first such comprehensive platform - to track international capacity development support to developing countries in forest monitoring for climate action.

Weathering With You Is an Environmental Power Fantasy

Weathering With You Is an Environmental Power Fantasy

The movie cuts to Hina falling through the sky like some celestial thing, witnessing supernatural weather patterns only she’s meant to see.The added water vapor caused by global warming, climate scientists have warned for decades, will coalesce as heavy rain not unlike the constant downpour in Weathering.

Today's Cartoon: Airplane Mode

Today's Cartoon: Airplane Mode

This week WIRED is publishing a series on parenting —from surveilling our teens to helping our kids navigate fake news and misinformation.Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.

Building High-Rises Out of Wood Can Help Save the Planet

Building High-Rises Out of Wood Can Help Save the Planet

“You end up with a basically a sheet of wood that is, in its size and the way you use it when you engineer or design with it, very similar to a slab of concrete,” says Michael Ramage, director of the Centre for Natural Material Innovation at the University of Cambridge, who wasn’t involved in this new work.

Defying Vertigo to Capture Aerials From an Ultralight Plane

Defying Vertigo to Capture Aerials From an Ultralight Plane

From above, Chesnel discovered, the seaside landscapes of southern France look like abstract paintings, with vibrant bands of color bleeding into each other.“I like pushing the boundary between paintings and photographs,” says Chesnel, who trained as a painter and only recently transitioned into photography.

New Safety Gizmos Are Making Car Insurance More Expensive

New Safety Gizmos Are Making Car Insurance More Expensive

The surge, detailed in a new report from insurance shopping site The Zebra, outpaced both inflation (by far) and the increase in average car prices (more narrowly).It turns out that new features designed to keep vehicles in their lanes and out of trouble are contributing to rising insurance rates.

Germany Rejected Nuclear Power—and Deadly Emissions Spiked

Germany Rejected Nuclear Power—and Deadly Emissions Spiked

The license to operate the two reactors at the Philippsburg nuclear facility expired at midnight after 35 years of providing carbon-free power to Germans living along the country’s southwestern border.

Hyundai's Luxury SUV Mixes Mics and Math for a Silent Ride

Hyundai's Luxury SUV Mixes Mics and Math for a Silent Ride

Typically, they use microphones in the cabin to capture ambient noise, which a processor then uses to generate a constant “opposite” sound wave that is pumped through the car’s stereo speakers.

A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language

A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language

All six of those terms have been used by important auto industry organizations—regulators at the US Department of Transportation, standards developers at SAE International, and influential research organization Thatcham Research—to describe automatic emergency braking systems.

Do Carbon Offsets Really Work? It Depends on the Details

Do Carbon Offsets Really Work? It Depends on the Details

Last week, JetBlue announced it will offset its 15 billion to 17 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing carbon credits and pumping cleaner-burning aviation fuel into planes landing at San Francisco International Airport.

The Mandalorian Is the Only Smart Soldier in the Star Wars Galaxy

The Mandalorian Is the Only Smart Soldier in the Star Wars Galaxy

That's a great way for both people to end up shot, which is why the military advises the method that Cara Dune adopts when the Mandalorian gets wounded in a firefight in the last episode: Drag the casualty into cover for assessment while providing vast quantities of covering fire.

Everything You Need to Watch Before Star Trek: Picard

Everything You Need to Watch Before Star Trek: Picard

With Star Trek: Picard premiering on Jan. 23 on the streaming service CBS All Access, the problem is even more acute —lots of never-Trekkers love Patrick Stewart, revisiting here his role as Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek: The Next Generation years.

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

The ongoing Australian fire season has released more than 350 million metric tons of CO2 so far, with fires expected to keep burning over the next two months.

A Virus Outbreak, Netflix's Oscar Nod Dominance, and More News

A Virus Outbreak, Netflix's Oscar Nod Dominance, and More News

China is learning and Oscar nominations are burning, but first: a cartoon about starting the startup young .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

A Sony Concept, Flying Taxis, and More Car News This Week

A Sony Concept, Flying Taxis, and More Car News This Week

The Department of Transportation rolled out a new policy on self-driving cars that’s mostly a continuation of what it’s doing now.A provocative concept car from Sony , of all companies, seems to prove that infotainment is going to keep being super important in the automotive space.

Artificial Intelligence Makes Bad Medicine Even Worse

Artificial Intelligence Makes Bad Medicine Even Worse

Google researchers made headlines early this month for a study that claimed their artificial intelligence system could outperform human experts at finding breast cancers on mammograms.Machine-enabled healthcare may bring us many benefits in the years to come, but those will be contingent on the ways in which it’s used.

An Iranian Hacking Campaign, Social Media Surveillance, and More News

An Iranian Hacking Campaign, Social Media Surveillance, and More News

In a new report, the security firm Dragos details hacking activity against American electric utilities and attributes it to a group of Iranian hackers called Magnallium.That's the weight of Sony's new concept car , which debuted this week at CES.

Sex-Tech Companies Are Having More Fun Than the Rest of Us at CES

Sex-Tech Companies Are Having More Fun Than the Rest of Us at CES

If there was ever a metaphor for the newfound openness around women’s sex tech at the annual consumer electronics fest, it might be the Lora DiCarlo truck.That’s what happened in early 2019, when DiCarlo and her team were awarded a CES Innovation prize in the Robotics and Drone category.