AI License Plate Readers Are Cheaper—So Drive Carefully

AI License Plate Readers Are Cheaper—So Drive Carefully

Ruehle says the new software is significantly more accurate than his department's conventional ALPR system, correctly reading plates about 97 percent of the time, compared with about 80 percent for the older technology.

Maps Are Biased Against Animals

Maps Are Biased Against Animals

Many complex nonhuman animal societies are concentrated in biological hotspots like the Serengeti.Humans are not knowledgeable or sophisticated enough to depict every individual creature on our maps, but surely we can display the animal habitats of which we are aware.

Watchmen’s Stars Also Wonder About Season 2

Watchmen’s Stars Also Wonder About Season 2

It’s titled Leslie Jones: Time Machine, and it's directed by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Hey, if they don’t have a future directing Star Wars movies, this is a pretty cool alternative.

The Empty Innovation of Kanye West's Gospel Album

The Empty Innovation of Kanye West's Gospel Album

The chorus for “Closed on Sunday” includes the line: “Closed on Sunday, you’re my Chick-fil-A/ You’re my number one with the lemonade.” The old Kanye West, the fearless innovator who, in the devastating wake of Hurricane Katrina, told the nation “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” and the new more dogmatic Kanye West—the father, the faithful conduit—are jockeying for placement on the same album.

The Living Benefits of East Coast Dam Removal

The Living Benefits of East Coast Dam Removal

In fact, one of the leading reasons for removing obsolete dams is to improve community safety and the cultural benefits that come with restoring a river.Identifying and prioritizing removal of obsolete dams offers many benefits, including improving water quality and wildlife habitat, enhancing recreational opportunities, recharging aquifers and improving human safety.

Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech

As part of this internal advocacy work, Fong-Jones had become attuned to the way discussions about diversity on internal forums were beset by men like Cernekee, Damore, and other coworkers who were “just asking questions.” To her mind, Google's management had allowed these dynamics to fester for too long, and now it was time for executives to take a stand.

Did Marvel Just Save Comic-Con?

Did Marvel Just Save Comic-Con?

Did Marvel Just Save Comic-Con. During Marvel's panel at this year's Comic-Con International, Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi announced that Natalie Portman would be the new Thor.

Cuphead Update Is Being Delayed for a Very Good Reason

Cuphead Update Is Being Delayed for a Very Good Reason

In more encouraging news, the developers of Cuphead just announced a delay to that game's downloadable content, Delicious Last Course , for a very good reason.

Climate Change Is Bringing Epic Flooding to the Midwest

Climate Change Is Bringing Epic Flooding to the Midwest

Super-soaked spring soils, unplanted fields, record-rising rivers, runaway barges—this is in all likelihood what climate change looks like for the middle of the country.

Expanding Protected Areas Is Not Always the Best Investment

Expanding Protected Areas Is Not Always the Best Investment

A new paper shows that managing existing protected areas to a better standard is often a smarter investment of new funds than purchasing additional land. Given limited funding for conservation, countries are often faced with a choice: spend money on creating new protected areas, or allocating that money to better manage existing protected areas.

The Notre Dame Fire and the Future of History

The Notre Dame Fire and the Future of History

Some of the wood that burned in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on Monday was put in place in the year 1160. But architectural historians around the world were emailing each other frantically: If the lower three-quarters of the building resist, if the stone walls stand, it’ll be possible to imagine restoring Notre Dame.

Shell's London Headquarters Vandalized by Climate Protesters

Shell's London Headquarters Vandalized by Climate Protesters

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s London headquarters suffered thousands of dollars’ worth of damage after climate-change protesters smashed doors and glued their hands to windows. One activist has already been arrested for the actions at the Shell office, out of nine that participated, Extinction Rebellion said.

Pete Buttigieg Revived South Bend With Tech. Up Next: America

Pete Buttigieg Revived South Bend With Tech. Up Next: America

Part of the old Studebaker site is now home to a data-storage and analytics firm; Buttigieg invested city dollars in transforming its largest factory—the prosaically named edifice known as Building 84—into 800,000 square feet of offices where tech and biotech companies are now headquartered.

Protection from cyclones: Benefits of integrating green and gray infrastructure

Protection from cyclones: Benefits of integrating green and gray infrastructure

When cyclones strike, mangrove forests help protect coastal areas from storm surges. In addition, the significant reduction in water flow velocity from planting mangroves will protect embankments from damage and thus reduce infrastructure maintenance costs.

Recovery: Darters and Values

Recovery: Darters and Values

In 1973, 18 weeks before President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act (ESA), University of Tennessee ichthyologist Dr. David Etnier discovered a new darter in the Little Tennessee River, site of TVA’s Tellico Dam, already under construction.

Cyclone Idai: Building climate and disaster resilience in Mozambique and beyond

Cyclone Idai: Building climate and disaster resilience in Mozambique and beyond

The World Bank is supporting disaster risk management activities in Mozambique to strengthen the government’s capacity to respond quickly to – and mitigate the impacts of – future climate hazards.

FAO - News Article: Cyclone Idai: Immediate help for Mozambique's livestock and fisheries sectors

FAO - News Article: Cyclone Idai: Immediate help for Mozambique's livestock and fisheries sectors

Having declared the response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique a top priority, FAO is asking for an initial $19 million to support those most affected over the next three months, with a focus on resuming local food production, assisting fishing communities and supporting livestock owners.

Angry Nerd: The Next Big One Will Be a Dataquake

Angry Nerd: The Next Big One Will Be a Dataquake

Angry Nerd: The Next Big One Will Be a Dataquake. The Big One won’t crack open the earth. Look up, and out, for the dataquake. Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round📩 Want more?

Post-Apocalyptic Insurers Try Out a New 'Make it Rain' Strategy

Post-Apocalyptic Insurers Try Out a New 'Make it Rain' Strategy

“If you have good enough data and good enough sensing technologies, such as the seismometer network in California or the hurricane-hardened WeatherFlow anemometer stations on the East Coast, you can get that data and very quickly work out whether someone should be getting paid,” says Samuel Jay Gibson, of the Capital and Resilience Solutions Group at the catastrophe risk modeling firm RMS.

3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

The phenomenon is due to a shrinking “useful field of view,” the feature of visual attention that helps us recognize at a glance what’s important to focus on. Studies show that kids have a similarly limited field of view, hindering their ability to register the complete visual world around them.

Typhoon Mangkhut Wreaks Havoc in Philippines, Leaving at Least 16 Dead

Typhoon Mangkhut Wreaks Havoc in Philippines, Leaving at Least 16 Dead

“Early indications suggest that the prompt evacuations made by local authorities have mitigated the impact on civilians.”People clearing a toppled utility pole in Cagayan Province, north of Manila, on Saturday.Ted Aljibe/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesAmong the casualties was a family of four killed when a landslide struck their home in the Cordillera Mountains, south of Claveria, according to a top government official, Francis Tolentino.

Hurricane Florence update: Can future Category 6 hurricanes be STOPPED?

Hurricane Florence update: Can future Category 6 hurricanes be STOPPED?

Trenberth, Distinguished Senior Scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to find out if it was too late to stop possible future category 6 hurricanes.Hurricane Florence update: Nine dangerous storms were spotted around the globe this week (Image: Jamaica Weather)He said: “The risk is real.

Hurricanes can cause enormous damage inland, but emergency plans focus on coasts

Hurricanes can cause enormous damage inland, but emergency plans focus on coasts

What I have seen is that inland river flooding linked to hurricanes and heavy storms is a huge risk in the Southeast, but receives far less attention in emergency plans than coastal areas.

Hurricane Florence: How climate change is increasing the threat from tropical storms

Hurricane Florence: How climate change is increasing the threat from tropical storms

James Kossin of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published a study in the journal Nature in June suggesting that slow-moving tropical cyclones, which would include those like Florence and Harvey, have become more common over the last 70 years, dropping in speed by 10 per cent in that time.

Review: Teenagers Tackle Environmental Enemies in ‘Inventing Tomorrow’

Review: Teenagers Tackle Environmental Enemies in ‘Inventing Tomorrow’

Review: Teenagers Tackle Environmental Enemies in ‘Inventing Tomorrow’Sahithi Pingali experiments in “Inventing Tomorrow,” a documentary directed by Laura Nix.CreditCreditIQ190 ProductionsInventing TomorrowDirected by Laura NixDocumentary1h 45mMore InformationFind TicketsWhen you purchase a ticket for an independently reviewed film through our site, we earn an affiliate commission.I’ve seen more than a few documentaries in recent years addressing vital environmental issues, chief among them climate change, and they all have one thing in common: they’re terrifying.

NASA finds Amazon drought leaves long legacy of damage – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA finds Amazon drought leaves long legacy of damage – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

A single season of drought in the Amazon rainforest can reduce the forest's carbon dioxide absorption for years after the rains return, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.

Global warming could mean crop losses from insect damage double in ‘breadbasket of Europe’ by 2050

Global warming could mean crop losses from insect damage double in ‘breadbasket of Europe’ by 2050

“In some temperate countries, insect pest damage to crops is projected to rise sharply as temperatures continue to climb, putting serious pressure on grain producers,” said Professor Joshua Tewksbury, co-lead author of the study and a research professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Fish populations could rise in warming climate with better management

Fish populations could rise in warming climate with better management

Better management of fisheries and fishing rights around the world could increase profits and leave more fish in the sea as long as measures to meet climate obligations are taken, new research has found.

Crop losses to pests will soar as climate warms, study warns

Crop losses to pests will soar as climate warms, study warns

Rising temperatures make insects eat and breed more, leading to food losses growing world population cannot afford, say scientists “The results show that insects will cause significantly increased grain loss across many regions of a warmer world,” he said.