Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

Today, only one glacier remains in Venezuela: on the second highest peak, Pico Humboldt.“It’s an era that is [almost] completely finished now,” says Melfo, a particle physicist at the University of the Andes, who has recently been working on projects involving biology and ecology, including research on this last glacier.

This Dam Simple Trick Is a Big Green Energy Win

This Dam Simple Trick Is a Big Green Energy Win

There is even more potential out there: A 2016 US Department of Energy report found that an additional 4.8 gigawatts of electricity could be generated by retrofitting non-powered dams over the next three decades.

A Water Crisis Reveals You Can't Recycle in the Arctic

A Water Crisis Reveals You Can't Recycle in the Arctic

“Most of the communities don't have the facilities to do proper plastic recycling,” says Susanna Fuller, vice president of operations and projects for Oceans North, an environmental organization that earlier this year published a groundbreaking report examining waste in Arctic Canada.

People Should Drink Way More Recycled Wastewater

People Should Drink Way More Recycled Wastewater

Here at the North City Water Reclamation Plant, very not-drinkable wastewater is turned into a liquid so pure it would actually wreak havoc on your body if you imbibed it without further treatment.

Why Do We Hate Trash Birds?

Why Do We Hate Trash Birds?

For an American whose template of “city” birds included pigeons and house sparrows, seeing an ibis strut beneath skyscrapers and menace city workers for a french fry is about as Australian as it gets.And it’s why endangered species captivate our attention, while the ubiquitous pigeon is a trash bird.

Deadly Heat Is Baking Cities. Here’s How to Cool Them Down

Deadly Heat Is Baking Cities. Here’s How to Cool Them Down

“So that means less clean air coming into the city, which would tend to make pollutant concentrations higher,” says Ban-Weiss, plus the loss of the breeze that itself keeps people cool.

An Outdated Grid Has Created a Solar Power Economic Divide

An Outdated Grid Has Created a Solar Power Economic Divide

Even if rooftop solar panels were free to everyone, the authors say, homeowners in these areas wouldn’t be able to use power from solar panels to run appliances or charge an electric vehicle without buying a special battery.

Why Flight Is So Controversial in Online Games

Why Flight Is So Controversial in Online Games

When game developers introduced mounted flying to online superhero game City of Heroes and World of Warcraft in the mid-aughts, it changed the MMORPG genre forever—both for better and for worse.

New York City Wasn’t Built for 21st Century Storms

New York City Wasn’t Built for 21st Century Storms

Wildfire thunderclouds in the West, blackouts in Texas , hurricanes in the South , torrential downpours in the East: “It's all the stuff we said would happen 20 years ago,” says Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and the director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute.

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.

How to Get a Battery Replacement for Your Aging Smartphone

How to Get a Battery Replacement for Your Aging Smartphone

Like your car, they might just need a new part every now and then, and the best repair you can do on your phone to make it last longer is a battery replacement.

Groups Call for Ethical Guidelines on Location-Tracking Tech

Groups Call for Ethical Guidelines on Location-Tracking Tech

Chris Tucker, chairman of the American Geographical Society, a private research and advocacy group, says the Locus Charter aims to capture the potential benefits and risks of a world of invisible real-time tracking: from your weather app to the GPS system in your car, or at an international level, state-supported contact-tracing apps that keep tabs on people worldwide.

Indoor-Grown Weed Is Spewing Carbon Into the Atmosphere

Indoor-Grown Weed Is Spewing Carbon Into the Atmosphere

Based on their calculations, cannabis production results in over 2,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emitted for every kilogram of product (defined as dried flowers), and its legalization has had a measurable effect on Colorado's greenhouse gas output.

A Hacker Tried to Poison a Florida City's Water Supply, Officials Say

A Hacker Tried to Poison a Florida City's Water Supply, Officials Say

Around 8 am on Friday morning, an employee of a water treatment plant in the 15,000-person city of Oldsmar, Florida, noticed that his mouse cursor was moving strangely on his computer screen, out of his control, as local police would later tell it.

How Did They Find the Secret Space Lab in Captain Marvel ?

How Did They Find the Secret Space Lab in Captain Marvel ?

You would need six coordinates to fully plot the state space for an orbiting object.So, it's pretty much impossible to know how the state vectors for an orbiting object will change over time.

How to Find a Better Cell Phone Carrier

How to Find a Better Cell Phone Carrier

Opensignal covers those bases if you tap Network Stats and swipe through its results for a given location, but you can also look at things like PCMag's yearly coverage of the fastest mobile networks for an idea of how speeds might vary from one city to another.

The Lion, the Polygamist, and the Biofuel Scam

The Lion, the Polygamist, and the Biofuel Scam

At the time he met Dermen, he was living with Sally and their children in a cabin where, as he later said, “the heat didn’t work, the water didn’t work, and it had rats and snakes.” Dermen’s lifestyle looked mightily appealing.

There Are Spying Eyes Everywhere—and Now They Share a Brain

There Are Spying Eyes Everywhere—and Now They Share a Brain

Seconds later, a long list of possible leads appeared onscreen, including a lineup of individuals previously arrested in the neighborhood for violent crimes, the home addresses of parolees living nearby, a catalog of similar recent 911 calls, photographs and license plate numbers of vehicles that had been detected speeding away from the scene, and video feeds from any cameras that might have picked up evidence of the crime itself, including those mounted on passing buses and trains.

How to Use Your Speedometer to Figure Out Where Your Car Is

How to Use Your Speedometer to Figure Out Where Your Car Is

Let's start with a simple case to make sure we know what's going on.If I algebraically solve this for Δx, I get:Illustration: Rhett AllainWith a velocity of 10 m/s and a time of 5 seconds, that gives a displacement of 50 meters.

American Cities Are Way Underreporting Their Carbon Footprints

American Cities Are Way Underreporting Their Carbon Footprints

City officials build what’s called self-reported inventories, or SRIs, to get an idea of local emission levels.According to Gurney, officials there were incorporating retail sales from gas stations in the city’s SRI calculation, which is usually a perfectly reasonable way to estimate emissions from local vehicles.

The World in Cyberpunk 2077 Is Hollow—the Posters Prove It

The World in Cyberpunk 2077 Is Hollow—the Posters Prove It

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .As well as understanding Night City in an instant, there’s a high chance those posters chosen at random will contain explicit and exploitative imagery, many far more so than the “Mix it up” poster.

Miami’s Mayor Woos Techies. What Does He Need to Succeed?

Miami’s Mayor Woos Techies. What Does He Need to Succeed?

Bill Gurley, the venture capitalist, recently suggested that to develop a tech ecosystem, a city needs at least “three independent public companies north of $10 billion market cap that were founded in the region.” South Florida has only one: , the pet food delivery company, based in Dania Beach.

Worrisome New Coronavirus Mutations Are Emerging. Why Now?

Worrisome New Coronavirus Mutations Are Emerging. Why Now?

For months, these researchers had been periodically doing similar genomic surveillance work to keep tabs on the dozens of strains of SARS-CoV-2 that were circulating around the country, looking for any problematic mutations in the virus’s spike protein.

What Would It Take to Run a City on 100 Percent Clean Energy?

What Would It Take to Run a City on 100 Percent Clean Energy?

That means even a 100 percent renewable town might, from time to time, be sourcing its electricity from fossil fuels.

What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health

What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health

More than 150 years ago, a renowned physician named John Snow walked the gritty streets of London’s working-class Golden Square neighborhood, not far from his office in the city’s Soho district, knocking on the doors of residents felled by the cholera epidemic.

This Year I Found Pleasure in the Work of Looking

This Year I Found Pleasure in the Work of Looking

Today, our main access points to the people around us, and to the larger world, happen through screens—in the last 10 months, Zoom became the primary spillway for how we reconstructed IRL traditions digitally: birthdays, game nights, weddings, funerals, work meetings, therapy sessions, happy hours, group workouts, dance parties (and even sex parties ) took place through a fuzzy rectangular screen.

Orientalism, 'Cyberpunk 2077,' and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

Orientalism, 'Cyberpunk 2077,' and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

There is a long and deep Euro-American tradition of using Asian symbolism such as neon signs with Japanese and Chinese lettering to express those feelings about what the future holds, including globalization and the threat of a takeover from the East.

Ride-Hail Companies Are Making Life Harder for Scooters

Ride-Hail Companies Are Making Life Harder for Scooters

Allowing state agencies to make the calls on ride-hail “unempowered cities,” says Marla Westervelt, a transportation policy analyst who worked at both LA Metro and the scooter-share company Bird.

Dead Drift: Adding Salmon Carcasses to Streams

Dead Drift: Adding Salmon Carcasses to Streams

Denny lays the lifeless fish in the stream steps back and watches the dead drift toward a log jam.Fish biologist Lytle Denny plants salmon carcasses.Denny watches flies feed on the dead fish he just planted.

Wilderness Rescuers Brace for a Rough Covid-19 Winter

Wilderness Rescuers Brace for a Rough Covid-19 Winter

Every winter, volunteers from Seattle Mountain Rescue are dispatched to the sites of dozens of harrowing incidents: They rescue backcountry skiers buried in avalanches, help injured hikers descend slick trails—and once, they even removed the wreckage of a single-engine plane from a mountainside.