Cloud Support: Why Do I Keep Refusing OS Updates?

Cloud Support: Why Do I Keep Refusing OS Updates?

Open a cloud support ticket for assistance with your personal problems, moral dilemmas, or philosophical concerns about encounters with technology.On the other hand, it’s not like accepting an update will put an end to them.

A Grad Student Solved the Epic Conway Knot Problem—in a Week

A Grad Student Solved the Epic Conway Knot Problem—in a Week

The question asked whether the Conway knot—a snarl discovered more than half a century ago by the legendary mathematician John Horton Conway—is a slice of a higher-dimensional knot.Sliceness is “connected to some of the deepest questions in four-dimensional topology right now,” said Charles Livingston, an emeritus professor at Indiana University.

The Grim History of Counting the Dead During Plagues

The Grim History of Counting the Dead During Plagues

But Pepys and other Londoners depended on these local, near real-time, and sometimes contradictory running death counts as a kind of civic algorithm that could help them program their shopping, travel, and business dealings while avoiding plague-stricken districts of the growing metropolis.

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.

Pop Culture May Evolve at the Same Rate as Birds and Bugs

Pop Culture May Evolve at the Same Rate as Birds and Bugs

That’s the conclusion of a new study by a group of British researchers who analyzed rates of change for popular songs, English literature, scientific papers, and car design.

Netflix's ‘Unnatural Selection’ Trailer Makes Crispr Personal

Netflix's ‘Unnatural Selection’ Trailer Makes Crispr Personal

But the show’s co-creators, Joe Egender and Leeor Kaufman, say DIY Crispr is just one subplot in the larger narrative about what happens when nature can be minutely controlled, when humans might even preside over their own evolution .

The Cold War Project That Pulled Climate Science From the Ice

The Cold War Project That Pulled Climate Science From the Ice

The deeper you drilled down, the farther you went back in time.“The army allowed us to freeload with them,” recalls Chet Langway, the geologist who was in charge of cataloging and analyzing the ice cores at Camp Century.

China's Scientists Are the New Kids on the Arctic Block

China's Scientists Are the New Kids on the Arctic Block

On Monday, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo scolded China for using civilian polar research to further its military and commercial goals, including opening up a new “Polar Silk Road” for trade and shipping. Yun says Chinese scientists don’t see the conflict between scientific research and national goals of resource development.

Helvetica, the World's Most Popular Font, Gets a Facelift

Helvetica, the World's Most Popular Font, Gets a Facelift

Designers have gotten used to all sorts of magic tricks to make Helvetica look more legible, like changing the size of punctuation marks to balance the letters.

Sea Levels Are Rising. Time to Build ... Floating Cities?

Sea Levels Are Rising. Time to Build ... Floating Cities?

That same year, Blue Frontiers and the Seasteading Institute signed an “exploratory memorandum of understanding” with the government of French Polynesia to develop the concept of a floating city, described by Quirk as a “start up country,” near the island.

Think These Are Planets? They're Something Far More Sinister

Think These Are Planets? They're Something Far More Sinister

Odnoviun documented the spy holes in those doors at eight former prisons in Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, and Germany for his series Surveillance . "I considered people on both sides of the spy hole to be prisoners of the system in their own ways," Odnoviun says.

Think These Are Planets? They're Something Far More Sinister

Think These Are Planets? They're Something Far More Sinister

Odnovium documented the spy holes in those doors at eight former prisons in Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, and Germany for his series Surveillance . "I considered people on both sides of the spy hole to be prisoners of the system in their own ways," Odnovium says.

Disney Won't Stop Deadpool From Dropping F-Bombs

Disney Won't Stop Deadpool From Dropping F-Bombs

The Walking Dead is getting (another) new season, Anya Taylor-Joy and Edgar Wright are teaming up, and Disney is going to keep the Deadpool movies R-rated.

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Every morning, Lena Forsen wakes up beneath a brass-trimmed wooden mantel clock dedicated to “The First Lady of the Internet.” It was presented to her more than two decades ago by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, in recognition of the pivotal—and altogether unexpected—role she played in shaping the digital world as we know it.

From ‘Buffy’ to ‘Charmed’ to 'Doctor Who,' ‘Woke’ TV Reboots Are Anything But

From ‘Buffy’ to ‘Charmed’ to 'Doctor Who,' ‘Woke’ TV Reboots Are Anything But

Some Doctor Who fans, for example, find it easy to accept a two-hearted, quasi-immortal alien who travels through space and time in a police call box, while a female incarnation of that time-traveling alien strains credulity.

Scientists confirm former site of Pink and White Terraces

Scientists confirm former site of Pink and White Terraces

The diary and hand-drawn maps of a nineteenth century geologist has enabled NIWA scientists to confirm the former site of the iconic Pink and White Terraces at Lake Rotomahana.

Keeping Conservation Relevant in the Urban Century

Keeping Conservation Relevant in the Urban Century

For instance, conservation action on just 49,000 km2 could help protect key biodiversity areas at risk from urban growth. Urban growth could also affect parks and other protected natural areas.

Watch This Artist's Sonic Robots Play Thumping Techno Music

Watch This Artist's Sonic Robots Play Thumping Techno Music

Instead, he calls on his army of sonic robots—a collection of small, motorized creations that click, clank, and whirr in an intricate mechanical symphony.Geist composes robotic electronic music, a burgeoning genre of electro jams that relies on hardware, not software, to engineer electronic sounds and beats.

The post-crash principle for banks: be moral or bust | Zoe Williams

The post-crash principle for banks: be moral or bust | Zoe Williams

Ten years on from the financial crisis, the sustainability of the planet is at stake – markets cannot survive without morality That post-crash principle should be this: in a century in which the sustainability of the planet is at stake, markets cannot survive without morality.

The 19th-century tumult over climate change – and why it matters today

The 19th-century tumult over climate change – and why it matters today

Farmers knew intuitively that even a small change in baseline climate greatly increased the risk of extremes, and a single drought could ruin a farming community, even if followed by years of good weather.

UK weather: Scorching temperatures to burn Britain ANNUALLY, warn experts

UK weather: Scorching temperatures to burn Britain ANNUALLY, warn experts

UK weather: Scorching temperatures to burn Britain ANNUALLY, warn experts THE UK heatwave which has seen temperatures exceed 35 degrees celsius in some parts of the country could soon become annual catastrophe, according to researchers.

Warming ocean to alter ecosystems and affect fisheries by end of century, says NIWA scientists

Warming ocean to alter ecosystems and affect fisheries by end of century, says NIWA scientists

Rapid warming of the ocean near Tasmania may provide a good indication of how the water around New Zealand will change as the planet warms, say NIWA scientists.