Steep improvements seen in Auckland air quality, says NIWA

Steep improvements seen in Auckland air quality, says NIWA

NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley says nitrogen oxide is found in pollutants from vehicle exhausts.Dr Longley says reductions in levels of airborne particulate matter have been more modest—for example a 20 per cent drop in fine particles (PM2.5) at Takapuna during daylight hours.

14 Apps and Tools to Stave Off Cabin Fever

14 Apps and Tools to Stave Off Cabin Fever

$13 a month (7-day free trial), Android and iOS.It's packed with curated music and spoken word tracks to help you take life a little more easily, as well as guided meditations of various durations so you can pick them out based on how much time you can spare.

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

It’s also home to the World Health Organization, which has been a critical source of expertise and information throughout the Covid-19 crisis.That’s because the root of the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t really a virus, it’s poor governance and under-investment in prevention, crisis-oriented capacity, and government institutions.

Tell Us Your Pandemic Stories for Our Oral History

Tell Us Your Pandemic Stories for Our Oral History

Capturing the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, how this crisis unfolds and how our thinking about it changes, is critical both to understanding it now as well as to the stories we someday will tell about it.

How Long Will the Outbreak Last? It Depends on What We Do Now

How Long Will the Outbreak Last? It Depends on What We Do Now

There are clearly a range of different economic consequences associated with different strategies for fighting the Covid-19 epidemic, although the chorus of right-wing economists who pounced on the president's tweet to argue that it was already time to end stay-at-home orders and send people back to work don’t appear to have thought through just how economically devastating a wholly unmitigated outbreak would be.

Videogame Stores Risk Staying Open for Huge Animal Crossing Weekend

Videogame Stores Risk Staying Open for Huge Animal Crossing Weekend

Supply chains will be tested in the coming weeks and months, yet game distributors interviewed by WIRED said they’ve already received their shipments of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal and are sending them out to stores.

The ‘Surreal’ Frenzy Inside the US’ Biggest Mask Maker

The ‘Surreal’ Frenzy Inside the US’ Biggest Mask Maker

Faced with hundreds of millions of orders a day, and a limited number of masks, Prestige Ameritech decided to sell only to hospitals, rather than the general public, and has prioritized working with medical centers that will sign five-year contracts, to reduce the likelihood that the company will have to lay off all its new employees once the pandemic subsides.

How to Watch Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Debate Tonight

How to Watch Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Debate Tonight

Tonight, former vice president Joe Biden and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders will meet onstage to debate for the 11th time in the 2020 campaign season—but it's never been quite like this.

How Long Does the Coronavirus Last on Surfaces?

How Long Does the Coronavirus Last on Surfaces?

And similarly, while the researchers tested how long the virus can survive in aerosols suspended in the air, they didn’t actually sample the air around infected people.

Trump Bans Travel From Europe—but Covid-19 Is Already Here

Trump Bans Travel From Europe—but Covid-19 Is Already Here

Now, some public health experts say they are skeptical that Trump’s European travel ban will contain the spread of the novel coronavirus here in the United States.

Bald Eagles and the Unfortunate Power of Forgetting

Bald Eagles and the Unfortunate Power of Forgetting

Photo © David Hua /TNC Photo Contest 2019 Despite being named the national bird early in United States history, bald eagles were widely reviled and persecuted.I reply to questions about hope with a look at conservation history, with stories like the recovery of the bald eagle.

More snow on glaciers but no good news, say scientists

More snow on glaciers but no good news, say scientists

The snowline survey began in 1977 and provides an incredibly valuable long-term record of how New Zealand’s glaciers have retreated over time due to climate change.

How to Clean Your Smartphone and Keyboard the Right Way

How to Clean Your Smartphone and Keyboard the Right Way

Anything that's soft and that won't scratch your phone will do, though Apple specifically recommends a camera lens cloth, if you want to follow its advice.Google says it's OK to use cleaning wipes on Pixel handsets, but use them sparingly, well away from the ports and buttons.

Money for iPhone Users, Cell Service From Space, and More News

Money for iPhone Users, Cell Service From Space, and More News

News You Can Use. Here are the best cell phones you can buy for under $600 .This daily roundup is available as a newsletter.

Is This the End of Oversharing?

Is This the End of Oversharing?

Amidst the millions of social media users is a sizable chunk well-acquainted with what I’ll call “post-post anxiety.” It’s a dreadful malady, really; with symptoms that come on after you’ve fired off a tweet or pic that is, on second-thought, offensive or unflattering.

1,357 Delegates Up for Grabs—and More Key Super Tuesday Stats

1,357 Delegates Up for Grabs—and More Key Super Tuesday Stats

That result prompted former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar to end their campaigns, which will likely push more moderate voters toward Biden.

A Fast Walker Gets Stuck in the Slow Lane

A Fast Walker Gets Stuck in the Slow Lane

Life was too slow back home, and walking like a native New Yorker—briskly, with confidence—was something I was going to have to do if I was going to fit in.In those first weeks, I wasn’t walking enough to nudge the bar graph in the Health app up anywhere close to a mile.

I Used to Love Cars. Here's What Drove Me Away

I Used to Love Cars. Here's What Drove Me Away

Resigning myself to the car slog I turned a practically free BMW into nearly a thousand dollars and 60 hours of wasted resources every month.After five years, I returned the keys to BMW, and started graduate school where I could walk to campus.

FAO - News Article: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

FAO - News Article: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

28 February 2020, Rome - FAO Director-General QU Dongyu became today one of the first signatories of a ethical resolution on Artificial Intelligence (AI) endorsed by Pope Francis, stressing the importance of minimizing this new technology's risks while exploiting its potential benefits.

Glowing Amphibians, Extreme Weather Satellites, and More News

Glowing Amphibians, Extreme Weather Satellites, and More News

Frogs are reflecting and satellites are detecting, but first: a cartoon about self-driving without a license .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.New research in Scientific Reports reveals that amphibians actually glow, and always have—scientists just couldn't see it.

Today's Cartoon: License to Whine

Today's Cartoon: License to Whine

This week, WIRED explores the ways technology has—and hasn’t—changed how we work .Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.Plus, sign up for the Daily newsletter and never miss the best of WIRED.Algae caviar, anyone?

Covid-19 and Surging Face Mask Prices, GIF vs. JIF, and More News

Covid-19 and Surging Face Mask Prices, GIF vs. JIF, and More News

Peanut butter is stirring debate and Amazon is setting sellers straight, but first: a cartoon about telecommuting games .You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Xbox Series X Will Have Lots of Horsepower—and Less Lag

Xbox Series X Will Have Lots of Horsepower—and Less Lag

It’s hard to say right now how the Xbox Series X compares to the upcoming PlayStation 5 .We don’t yet know the PlayStation 5’s major specs for sure, but we do know that both consoles deliver 4K gaming, have solid state drives, and support ray tracing .

Susan Fowler and the End of the ‘High Performer’ Defense

Susan Fowler and the End of the ‘High Performer’ Defense

Within days of Fowler’s post, which described firsthand how the company tolerated sexual harassment and ignored discrimination against women, Uber was under siege, forced to authorize an outside investigation that would lead to the departure of its bro-tastic CEO Travis Kalanick.

Bezos' $10B Climate Fund, Bluetooth Bugs, and More News

Bezos' $10B Climate Fund, Bluetooth Bugs, and More News

Researchers from Singapore University of Technology and Design discovered 12 new Bluetooth bugs that potentially expose more than 480 devices, from fitness trackers and smart locks to medical tools and implants.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

New Uber Rules, Bomber-Inspired Jet Design, and More News

New Uber Rules, Bomber-Inspired Jet Design, and More News

Uber has a response to a new California law that forces the company to treat drivers like employees: "Well fine, maybe we just won't pick you up ."Uber is now allowing drivers in California to see how much a ride would pay and where it would go before they accept it.

Today's Cartoon: Comparison Shopping

Today's Cartoon: Comparison Shopping

Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology.Plus, sign up for the Daily newsletter and never miss the best of WIRED.A code-obsessed novelist builds a writing bot.Plus, the latest news on AI 🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy?

Zuck's Lost Notebook, Marsupial Trouble, and More News

Zuck's Lost Notebook, Marsupial Trouble, and More News

In the early days of Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg was always scrawling away in a notebook.But a new book by WIRED's Steven Levy describes more than a dozen pages Levy obtained from that very notebook.A new report shows that antechinus is ill-prepared for a warming world .

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

Because Carson’s company is called Covid, and as of Tuesday, so is the disease caused by that new coronavirus.And per the Coronavirus Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (in a preprint, so not peer reviewed, but likely to be cleared), the microbe itself is now called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.Not much better?

New Samsung Phones, Record Heat in Antarctica, and More News

New Samsung Phones, Record Heat in Antarctica, and More News

Samsung is unveiling and Antarctica is ailing, but first: a cartoon about marriage in the age of social media .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.