A Hospital Train, DIY Face Shields, and More Car News This Week

A Hospital Train, DIY Face Shields, and More Car News This Week

Engineers are built their own face shields , to help medical workers stay safe as they tend to the sick, and now Ford is involved.

The Top Reason Not to Ditch an iPhone for Android? WhatsApp

The Top Reason Not to Ditch an iPhone for Android? WhatsApp

If you’ve spent years sending private messages, videos and photos over WhatsApp on your iPhone, then you should think twice about switching to Android.

Hotspot Watch 26 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 26 March 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that severe meteorological drought coverage has receded significantly in the past week, but it is still found in parts of Northland, Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula, and East Cape.

Scientists get first look at rocks causing slow moving quakes

Scientists get first look at rocks causing slow moving quakes

Two International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) expeditions to the Hikurangi subduction zone off the east coast of the North Island, undertaken in 2017 and 2018, mark the first time scientists from around the world had studied and directly sampled rocks from the source region of slow slip events using ocean floor scientific drilling methods.

As Clubs Shut Down, Performers Must Find New Ways to Get By

As Clubs Shut Down, Performers Must Find New Ways to Get By

As clubs, bars, and event spaces have shuttered across the US due to the coronavirus pandemic, artists from disciplines ranging from comedy to drag are dealing with lost wages and uncertainty in their careers by taking their shows online.

Car on a Trampoline: More Kicks With Kinetic Energy

Car on a Trampoline: More Kicks With Kinetic Energy

The car drop happens near the end of the video, starting at 9:20.Even if you don't think this is awesome (c’mon, it’s empirically proven to be awesome), it's still a great source for some physics problems you can work out at home, while we’re all doing this social distancing thing.

Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19—and Silicon Valley’s Into It

Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19—and Silicon Valley’s Into It

A blockchain investor named James Todaro tweeted that an 85-year-old malaria drug called chloroquine was a potential treatment and preventative against the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The Best and Worst Browsers for Privacy, Ranked

The Best and Worst Browsers for Privacy, Ranked

Microsoft Edge received the lowest privacy rating in a recently published study that compared the user information collected by major browsers.Edge also sends the hardware UUID of the device to Microsoft and Yandex similarly transmits a hashed hardware identifier to back end servers.

Tubeworm discovery in Hauraki Gulf cause for celebration

Tubeworm discovery in Hauraki Gulf cause for celebration

Scientists mapping the Hauraki Gulf seafloor have discovered huge colonies of tubeworms up to 1.5 metres high and collectively covering hundreds of metres providing vital habitats for plants and animals.

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that severe meteorological drought currently encompasses most of Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, western Bay of Plenty, East Cape, and small portions of interior Manawatu-Whanganui, with meteorological drought in place from Bay of Plenty through the Central Plateau (see NZDI map).

A Travel Ban, Gig Economy Risks, and More Car News This Week

A Travel Ban, Gig Economy Risks, and More Car News This Week

For plenty of Americans, this week began with the regular, old commute to school or work, and ended with canceled semesters, robust “work from home policies,” fears about making rent next month, and canceled events—everything from weddings to concerts to—it hurts!—baseball’s opening day.

Large freshwater find off Canterbury coast

Large freshwater find off Canterbury coast

NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy says the discovery is one of the few times a significant offshore aquifer has been located around the world and may lead to a new freshwater resource for the region.

The Invisible Lives of Hand Dryers

The Invisible Lives of Hand Dryers

Contentious and often seemingly ineffective, hand dryers have become a virtually invisible part of everyday life.“They’re something you rely on and expect, but don’t ever recall,” says English photographer Samuel Ryde.“I realized that the hand dryer represented the bar,” Ryde says.

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2020

As of 8 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that all of the upper North Island is experiencing severe meteorological drought, along with East Cape and interior Manawatu-Whanganui, with meteorological drought in many other locations.

Wash Your Hands—but Beware the Electric Hand Dryer

Wash Your Hands—but Beware the Electric Hand Dryer

There’s been understandable blowback from the hand-dryer industry, which notes that certain studies pegging hand dryers as disease vectors were carried out by researchers who had worked as consultants for paper-towel manufacturers.

Hotspot Watch 5 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 5 March 2020

Despite this, soil moisture levels generally decreased slightly during the past week, particularly in the Far North and from Waikato to Hawke’s Bay. The driest soils across the North Island, when compared to normal for this time of the year, are generally found in the northern half of the island along with Wairarapa, while the wettest soils for this time of the year are located in Kapiti Coast.

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.

Scientists to check out ash on New Zealand glaciers

Scientists to check out ash on New Zealand glaciers

Journalists are invited to attend a media conference in Queenstown on Friday, March 6, starting at 10.15am at which scientists from NIWA and Victoria University of Wellington will outline the initial findings of the annual end-of-summer snowline survey taking place on March 5.

Think Flash Floods Are Bad? Buckle Up for Flash Droughts

Think Flash Floods Are Bad? Buckle Up for Flash Droughts

For scientists to actually quantify how things might get worse in the future thanks to climate change, they need objective measurements.

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.

The Long Path out of the Vulnerability Disclosure Dark Ages

The Long Path out of the Vulnerability Disclosure Dark Ages

In 2003 security researcher Katie Moussouris was working at the enterprise security firm @stake —which would later be acquired by Symantec—when she spotted a bad flaw in an encrypted flash drive from Lexar.

Hotspot Watch 27 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 27 February 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that all of the upper North Island as well as East Cape are experiencing severe meteorological drought, while the southern Waikato and eastern Taranaki to Manawatu-Whanganui and western Bay of Plenty are experiencing meteorological drought (see NZDI map).

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

The NTSB also asked the NHTSA to work with industry to create performance standards for driver assistance features, which critics say can lure humans into a sense of complacency even though they’re not intended to take over the driving task.

Will Your Cat Eat Your Corpse?

Will Your Cat Eat Your Corpse?

While conducting a study on body decomposition, in separate incidents, forensic researchers unintentionally captured footage of two feral cats feasting on human corpses.

Australia's Bushfires Completely Blasted Through the Models

Australia's Bushfires Completely Blasted Through the Models

“This is perhaps one of the first really big cases where we've seen the real world do something before we've been able to have the capacity to model it properly,” says climate scientist Benjamin Sanderson of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, who cowrote a piece in the Nature Climate Change package.

Physicists Take Their Closest Look Yet at an Antimatter Atom

Physicists Take Their Closest Look Yet at an Antimatter Atom

Publishing in Nature today, physicists working on a CERN experiment called ALPHA have measured new properties of antihydrogen, the antimatter twin of the hydrogen atom.For the experiment, ALPHA’s physicists measured part of antihydrogen’s spectrum, the signature light that quantum particles emit.

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2020

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that the upper North Island has widespread severe meteorological drought, with meteorological drought also affecting central Waikato to Manawatu-Whanganui as well as East Cape (see NZDI map below).

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

On a recent morning in Santa Monica, California, Sergio Avedian pulled into the parking lot of a Vons supermarket, signed into the Uber driver app, and waited.

How the Pink Princess and the Pink Congo Scam Flourished Online

How the Pink Princess and the Pink Congo Scam Flourished Online

Plant enthusiasts like Nguyen will pay hundreds of dollars for a single pink princess, and wait lists from growers can form months in advance.The pink congo is not a variegated plant, like the striking pink princess philodendron, but a Cinderella plant—one that would return to an ordinary philodendron in a matter of time.

Camera Trap Chronicles: Cool Critters of New Hampshire

Camera Trap Chronicles: Cool Critters of New Hampshire

Photo © Eric Aldrich Camera trapping has become a common research and monitoring tool used at many Nature Conservancy projects and preserves.Photo © Eric Aldrich His camera trapping in New Hampshire has assisted several citizen science initiatives and inspires many online with the photos and video clips he’s captured.