The FAA Says SpaceX Can't Expand Its Texas Launch Site—Yet

The FAA Says SpaceX Can't Expand Its Texas Launch Site—Yet

The agency says that if SpaceX takes some 75 actions to limit environmental hazards, the company can continue that expansion and its application for a launch license for its Starship spacecraft and the Super Heavy rocket booster.

Smaller Reactors May Still Have a Big Nuclear Waste Problem

Smaller Reactors May Still Have a Big Nuclear Waste Problem

A Department of Energy-sponsored report estimated in 2014 that the US nuclear industry would produce 94 percent less fuel waste if big, old reactors were replaced with new smaller ones.

Let’s Get Our Shit Together—Literally

Let’s Get Our Shit Together—Literally

According to its 2020 annual report, in that year the company shipped 3,445 fecal microbiota transplantation treatments to more than 1,250 hospitals and clinics across the US.Animal poops are similarly prized by scientists as a window into an animal’s identity, diet, movements, stress state, sex, maturity, reproduction, habits, predator–prey relationships, overall health, pollution exposure, parasites, and microbiome.

Europe’s Biggest Lithium Mine Is Caught in a Political Maelstrom

Europe’s Biggest Lithium Mine Is Caught in a Political Maelstrom

When asked about that claim, a spokesperson for Rio Tinto told WIRED that throughout the project, the company has “recognized that Jadar will need to be developed to the highest environmental standards.” Petković is not convinced.The bloc wants to replace those cars with electric vehicles, built with locally produced raw materials like lithium.

A Wave of Startups Is Tackling Cow Burps and Other Climate Issues

A Wave of Startups Is Tackling Cow Burps and Other Climate Issues

His startup builds on earlier science, which found that feeding cattle a particular kind of algae—Asparagopsis taxiformis, to be specific—could reduce their methane burps by 80 percent or more.

Companies May Soon Have to Reveal a Hidden Risk: Carbon Emissions

Companies May Soon Have to Reveal a Hidden Risk: Carbon Emissions

Companies use energy and produce greenhouse gases directly, of course—by operating offices and data centers , making products, and converting carbon-absorbing wilderness into wasteland.

The Nuclear Reactors of the Future Have a Russia Problem

The Nuclear Reactors of the Future Have a Russia Problem

Do this again and again in a series of centrifuges known as a cascade, siphoning off the U-235 each time, and pretty soon you’ll have low-enriched uranium, fuel for a traditional nuclear reactor.

What Will Replace Insects When They're Gone?

What Will Replace Insects When They're Gone?

This story is adapted from The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World, by Oliver Milman.If the fall of insects’ tiny empires causes whole ecosystems to unravel, toppling previously solid certainties about the way our world functions, what then.

Energy Firms Are Going ‘Green’ by Offloading Dirty Coal Plants

Energy Firms Are Going ‘Green’ by Offloading Dirty Coal Plants

The state-owned company had been under pressure from the Swedish government to lower its carbon footprint by getting rid of the power plants and their coal pits, which sprawl across a vast stretch of eastern Germany close to the Polish border.

This Recyclable Boat Is Made From Wool

This Recyclable Boat Is Made From Wool

Changing tastes and the popularity of man-made fibers means there’s a surfeit of strong wool in New Zealand—an estimated 1 million tons is stored waiting for the prices to improve—but 26-year-old inventor Logan Williams, and his company Shear Edge, is hoping to make the most of this increasingly ignored material by chopping it up and using it to make boats, knives, fencing, and just about anything that’s currently made using plastic.

The US Inches Toward Building EV Batteries at Home

The US Inches Toward Building EV Batteries at Home

In September, Redwood Materials, a company perhaps best known for recycling battery materials , announced that it was also getting into the cathode-making business with plans to build a US factory that will produce enough cathodes for 5 million electric vehicles by 2030.

Is There Really Such a Thing as Low-Carbon Beef?

Is There Really Such a Thing as Low-Carbon Beef?

To achieve its certification, Low Carbon Beef requires the meat to come in at least 10 percent below 26.3 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents per kilogram of carcass weight—a way of expressing greenhouse gas emissions that takes into account the different warming impacts of gases such as methane.

Facebook’s Data Center Plans Rile Residents in the Netherlands

Facebook’s Data Center Plans Rile Residents in the Netherlands

Meta’s data center is “too big for a small town like Zeewolde,” says Schaap, who has become one of the project’s most vocal opponents.Like Schaap, other residents of Zeewolde are outraged that Meta has chosen their town for its first gigantic data center in the Netherlands.

To Make an Eco-Friendly EV Battery, Think From the Inside Out

To Make an Eco-Friendly EV Battery, Think From the Inside Out

Once batteries are no longer fit for the demands of mail delivery, they are refurbished and often reused in vehicles that require less power, like personal scooters, or to store energy produced by solar panels.

Cars Are Going Electric. What Happens to the Used Batteries?

Cars Are Going Electric. What Happens to the Used Batteries?

Unlike the toaster-oven-sized lead-acid batteries inside most gas-powered vehicles, the lithium-ion battery pack inside the Bolt runs the full wheelbase of the car and weighs 960 pounds.

These Batteries Can't Power a Car—but They Can Light Up a City

These Batteries Can't Power a Car—but They Can Light Up a City

ReJoule plans a second machine, the size of a dorm room fridge, to diagnose a battery pack before it’s even taken out of a car.For now, though, ReJoule’s engineers have to get inside the batteries.

The Senate Is Mad as Hell at Facebook—Again

The Senate Is Mad as Hell at Facebook—Again

Thursday’s hearing was prompted by a series in The Wall Street Journal based on a trove of leaked internal research, and one story in particular: “Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show.” The hearing was styled as a cross between Watergate—what did Facebook know, and when did it know it?—and the corporate exposés of yesteryear.

Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Twitch Adds a Phone Verification Option to Fight Bot Attacks

Twitch is introducing a new tool that the company believes will mitigate bot attacks wreaking havoc in chatrooms on the video game streaming site.The trouble with bot attacks is that Twitch can’t just ban one or one hundred accounts associated with these raids and be done with it.

Hundreds of Scam Apps Hit Over 10 Million Android Devices

Hundreds of Scam Apps Hit Over 10 Million Android Devices

The techniques are common in malicious Play Store apps, and premium SMS fraud in particular is a notorious issue.But the researchers say it's significant that attackers were able to string these known approaches together in a way that was still extremely effective—and in staggering numbers—even as Google has continuously improved its Android security and Play Store defenses.

What If Getting a Kids’ Vaccine Approved Is the Easy Part?

What If Getting a Kids’ Vaccine Approved Is the Easy Part?

This morning, Pfizer/BioNTech submitted data to the Food and Drug Administration from its clinical trial of a Covid vaccine for children, launching a process that could deliver doses to kids between 5 and 11 within the next month or two.

Amazon’s Astro Is a Robot Without a Cause

Amazon’s Astro Is a Robot Without a Cause

Even more akin to a robot vacuum cleaner are the array of sensors in the bot: Astro is packed with “ultrasonic sensors, time-of-flight cameras, and other imaging tools that let the robot know what’s around it and where it’s going,” according to The Verge.

You Can Now Buy Ring’s In-Home Drone—if You’re Invited

You Can Now Buy Ring’s In-Home Drone—if You’re Invited

Last year at Amazon’s annual fall hardware event, Ring (which is owned by Amazon) showed off a drone designed to capture video inside your home .To hear Amazon and Ring product execs tell it, the drone was designed to alleviate the burden of having multiple fixed cameras in different locations around your house.

Cloudflare Is Taking a Shot at Email Security

Cloudflare Is Taking a Shot at Email Security

“I think what I had assumed is that hosting providers like Google and Microsoft and Yahoo were going to solve this issue, so we weren’t sure there was anything for us to do in the space,” Prince says.

How My Job Search Forced Me to Catch Up With Technology

How My Job Search Forced Me to Catch Up With Technology

But when you're considering a job at a company, go to your LinkedIn profile to see if you have connections employed at that business.Set up a job alert for the company on your LinkedIn profile.

Apple and Google Go Further Than Ever to Appease Russia

Apple and Google Go Further Than Ever to Appease Russia

The Russian government had pressured Apple and Google to take down the voting app for weeks, threatening fines and even accusing the companies of illegal election interference.

Watch Apple’s iPhone 13 Launch Event Right Here

Watch Apple’s iPhone 13 Launch Event Right Here

Apple is hosting its annual fall hardware event this morning, and, as usual, the entire tech industry (and anyone who’s been thinking it’s time to buy a new iPhone) will be watching—online—to get a sense of how Apple is both responding to and advancing trends in consumer tech.

Epic Leaves a Big Crack in Apple’s Walled Garden

Epic Leaves a Big Crack in Apple’s Walled Garden

On Friday, after a contentious legal battle over Apple’s alleged monopoly power over the iOS ecosystem, a California judge snipped the tug-of-war rope between Apple and Epic Games.And Apple must change its App Store rules to allow developers to use other payment systems⁠—a blow to Apple’s iron grip on the iOS ecosystem.

WhatsApp Fixes Its Biggest Encryption Loophole

WhatsApp Fixes Its Biggest Encryption Loophole

It’s a complex solution to a longstanding issue, and one that sets a precedent for companies that don’t want to rely quite so extensively on the security of the world’s handful of dominant cloud providers .“We’ve been working on this problem for many years and to build this, we had to develop an entirely new framework for key storage and cloud storage that can be used across the world’s largest operating systems,” says WhatsApp product manager Calvin Pappas.

Tech Companies Wade Into Abortion Politics in Texas

Tech Companies Wade Into Abortion Politics in Texas

“This law is incompatible with people's basic rights to privacy, our community guidelines, the spirit of rideshare, and our values as a company,” Lyft wrote in a statement to drivers.

The Texas Abortion ‘Whistleblower’ Site Still Can't Find a Host

The Texas Abortion ‘Whistleblower’ Site Still Can't Find a Host

On Saturday evening, simply started redirecting to the Texas Right to Life homepage rather than reviving its previous incarnation as a tip submission system.“We contacted the owner of the domain, who agreed to disable the collection of user submissions on this domain,” Epik said in a statement on Saturday.