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.

Sleuths Read Old Booby-Trapped Letters Without Opening Them

Sleuths Read Old Booby-Trapped Letters Without Opening Them

Writing today in the journal Nature Communications, researchers describe how they used an advanced 3D imaging technique—originally designed to map the mineral content of teeth—to scan four old letters from the Brienne Collection to unfold them virtually, no tearing required.

Opportunities to Improve Fisheries Management through Innovative Technology and Advanced Data Systems

Opportunities to Improve Fisheries Management through Innovative Technology and Advanced Data Systems

Opportunities to Improve Fisheries Management through Innovative Technology and Advanced Data Systems.Yet, despite the proliferation of relevant consumer technology, integration of technologically advanced data systems into fisheries management remains the exception rather than the rule.

Operation Ponderosa: Saving a Forest, Pandemic Edition

Operation Ponderosa: Saving a Forest, Pandemic Edition

Poloskey, an education and outreach coordinator for The Nature Conservancy in Texas , spent the summer collecting about 2,260 pine needles in the rugged yet fragile Davis Mountains of West Texas, fieldwork to help gain a better understanding of the genetics of ponderosa pines.

For the Second Time Ever, an Asteroid Sample Returns to Earth

For the Second Time Ever, an Asteroid Sample Returns to Earth

As the first spacecraft to visit a carbonaceous asteroid, Hayabusa2 can help determine the provenance of meteorites discovered on Earth and shed some light on the processes that formed the organic compounds in the early solar system.“Are there samples of the organics that we don’t have in our collection because they didn’t survive going through the atmosphere?

Can I Save Money by Buying a ‘Dumb’ TV?

Can I Save Money by Buying a ‘Dumb’ TV?

Thanksgiving has become synonymous with two things: overeating and buying cheap TVs. And like clockwork, all my friends ask me if it's possible to save more money by buying a TV without smart apps built in—after all, if you already have a Roku, why pay for extra features you don't need?

Fireball Is Werner Herzog’s Ode to Space Rocks

Fireball Is Werner Herzog’s Ode to Space Rocks

Written and directed by Werner Herzog , the documentary aims to make sense of extraterrestrial geology, to trace all the ways meteorites have made impressions far beyond the edges of any individual crater.

Squat lobster memoir hot off the press

Squat lobster memoir hot off the press

Written by marine biologist Kareen Schnabel, the 350-page treatise presents everything we currently know about the different kinds of squat lobster living in New Zealand’s waters.Kareen’s memoir gives detailed information about 87 species of squat lobster in the New Zealand region.

The Race to Get Convalescent Plasma to Covid-19 Patients

The Race to Get Convalescent Plasma to Covid-19 Patients

Like thousands of blood centers across the country, Bloodworks needed to collect something new: plasma from Covid-19 survivors .How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Surfaces?At Bloodworks Northwest, Haley says it was an easy decision to start collecting convalescent plasma.

Extremely rare albino shark discovered in Auckland

Extremely rare albino shark discovered in Auckland

The albino lucifer's dogfish found by Dr. Brit Finucci is the first record of albinism in the lanternshark family, Etmopteridae.Because the species of shark lives in near or total darkness, Dr. Finucci says it’s unlikely that the shark’s albino condition had a considerable effect on its life.

These Sleek Lamps Illuminate the Promise of 3D Printing

These Sleek Lamps Illuminate the Promise of 3D Printing

Yang is the founder and CEO of Gantri, a San Francisco company that designs, fabricates, and sells 3D-printed lamps.The Signal desk light is one of the new lamps in Gantri's collection that was designed by the SF firm Ammunition, which is famous for some of Silicon Valley's most iconic designs.

Turn Your Ikea Frekvens Gear Into a Boombox—or a Chicken

Turn Your Ikea Frekvens Gear Into a Boombox—or a Chicken

The party speakers, subs, and LED spotlights in Ikea and Teenage Engineering's new Frekvens collection already put other speaker systems to shame.

The AI Doctor Will See You Now

The AI Doctor Will See You Now

Learning that the disease could have been detected earlier if doctors had recognized the signs on previous mammograms, Barzilay, an expert in artificial intelligence , used a collection of 90,000 breast x-rays to create software for predicting a patient’s cancer risk.

The Psychedelic Beauty of Destroyed CDs

The Psychedelic Beauty of Destroyed CDs

Like many teenagers growing up in the early- to mid-aughts, Russian photographer Rus Khasanov spent an obscene amount of money on CDs. He displayed his favorites on a shelf—Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP, Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, assorted Harry Potter soundtracks—and protected the rest inside black faux-leather binders, handling the discs with utmost care.

The Massive, Overlooked Potential of African DNA

The Massive, Overlooked Potential of African DNA

The genomic revolution has left Africa behind.“Currently, there’s this huge gap in genetic information,” says Abasi Ene-Obong, who studied cancer biology at the University of London before founding 54gene in January.

Eyeless worm a window into our diverse ocean

Eyeless worm a window into our diverse ocean

NIC manager Sadie Mills says staff on research vessels and fisheries observers use identification guides to help them to identify common species and over the past few years have become much more proficient at what they do.

Iranian Hackers Launch a New US-Targeted Campaign as Tensions Mount

Iranian Hackers Launch a New US-Targeted Campaign as Tensions Mount

Analysts at two security firms, Crowdstrike and Dragos, tell WIRED that they've seen a new campaign of targeted phishing emails sent to a variety of US targets last week from a hacker group known by the names APT33 , Magnallium, or Refined Kitten, and widely believed to be working in the service of the Iranian government.

The Next Big Privacy Hurdle? Teaching AI to Forget

The Next Big Privacy Hurdle? Teaching AI to Forget

This question is even more impactful for children and adolescents coming of age in this world—the “AI Generation.” They have gone through the largest “beta test” of all time, and it’s one that did not consider the fact that children make mistakes, they make choices, and they are given space by society to collectively learn from them and evolve.

5 Comics to Read After Seeing Avengers: Endgame

5 Comics to Read After Seeing Avengers: Endgame

How to read it: Available digitally on Comixology and Marvel, or in the Infinity Gauntlet print collection. * How to read it: *Available digitally on Comixology and Marvel, or in the Avengers Forever print collection.

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

In 2015, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act to reform Section 215 and prohibit the nationwide bulk collection of communications metadata, like who we make calls to and receive them from, when, and the call duration.

What Is Credential Stuffing?

What Is Credential Stuffing?

Credential stuffing attacks also can't try massive numbers of logins on a site with all the tries coming from the same IP address, because web services have basic rate-limiting protections in place to block floods of activity that could be destabilizing.

Hackers Are Passing Around a Megaleak of 2.2 Billion Records

Hackers Are Passing Around a Megaleak of 2.2 Billion Records

Now, it seems, someone has cobbled together those breached databases and many more into a gargantuan, unprecedented collection of 2.2 billion unique usernames and associated passwords, and is freely distributing them on hacker forums and torrents, throwing out the private data of a significant fraction of humanity like last year's phone book.

An Astonishing 773 Million Records Exposed in Monster Breach

An Astonishing 773 Million Records Exposed in Monster Breach

The data set was first reported by security researcher Troy Hunt , who maintains Have I Been Pwned , a way to search whether your own email or password has been compromised by a breach at any point.

The Seed Collectors

The Seed Collectors

It gives you an idea of where things are at now.” Photo © Kris Millgate / www.tightlinemedia.com Trevor Bloom is one researcher very interested in what’s happening now. Photo © Kris Millgate / www.tightlinemedia.com Comparing those collections to modern-day observations is intriguing.

We’re all Just Starting to Realize the Power of Personal Data

We’re all Just Starting to Realize the Power of Personal Data

Facebook, for its part, began emphasizing the word “control.” The company stressed that users have the power to see and adjust what information it can collect about them, but a series of reports this year suggest that’s not always the case.

Is This Photo Real? AI Gets Better at Faking Images

Is This Photo Real? AI Gets Better at Faking Images

NVIDIA These people, cats, and cars don’t exist—the images were generated by software developed at chipmaker Nvidia, whose graphics chips have become crucial to machine learning projects. Generative adversarial networks usually have to be trained to create one category of images at a time, such as faces or cars.

Streaming Isn’t Everything, and Blu-Rays Are Back to Prove It

Streaming Isn’t Everything, and Blu-Rays Are Back to Prove It

They’re the sort of fans who post photos of their latest Blu-ray scores, document their growing collections, and eagerly share updates on new “boutique” releases, which range from obscure ’80s horror flicks like Maniac to the 30-disc Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema collection.It was that hefty Bergman box (which lists for nearly $300) that had Killebrew up late the night before its release scouring websites, calling local stores, and even contemplating driving to a mall about an hour away from his home in Smithton, Illinois, just to secure his copy.

Space Photos of the Week: Do You Want to Land on an Asteroid?

Space Photos of the Week: Do You Want to Land on an Asteroid?

OSIRIS-REx will soon enter orbit around the asteroid, where it will spend nearly a year carefully mapping its surface before descending to latch on and collect a sample to bring back to Earth.

Secret Confessions of A Sand Collector

Secret Confessions of A Sand Collector

But most people — normal people — don’t run around to every beach or desert scooping sand into little sample bottles, peering at it with a magnifying glass, and rhapsodizing about variations in color and texture.

The Future of Fashion in One Word: Plastics

The Future of Fashion in One Word: Plastics

It comes in the form of a new outwear collection called ReNew which has rescued some three million plastic water bottles (so far) from landfills and beaches, repurposing them as synthetic fabrics.EverlaneThe line of plastic parkas and puffer jackets follows a trend from companies big (Adidas), small (Rothy's), niche (Girlfriend Collective), and mainstream (H&M), all of which have recently incorporated recycled plastic into their wares.