Nature Nerd Trivia: Bats

Nature Nerd Trivia: Bats

The bat world is full of oddies and surprises, from the carnivorous ghost bat to one species that’s actually the world’s fastest mammal.Only one percent of the world’s bat species feed on vertebrate prey, and the ghost bat is one of them.

Scientists Discover the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

Scientists Discover the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

But researchers discovered in 1911 that at low temperatures, electrons can induce vibrations in a metal’s atomic lattice, and those vibrations in turn draw electrons together into couples known as Cooper pairs.

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

Platforms could either collect such information through the mainstream press or set up a hotline allowing users to report election problems to the social media companies themselves, which would then verify the authenticity of tips before alerting users.

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal—but I Do

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal—but I Do

There’s now a booming industry of gadgets for turning a computer into a home video studio: webcams, laptop stands, speakers, lights.But I have a solution that will be cheaper, easier, and probably work better: Just Zoom on a Facebook Portal.

Did a Security Researcher Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?

Did a Security Researcher Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?

Earlier this week, Dutch security researcher Victor Gevers told De Volkskrant that he had recently accessed Donald Trump's Twitter account simply by guessing the password: maga2020!A few days later, he says, he saw that Trump's Twitter account had added two-factor authentication, freezing him out.

There's No Turning Back on AI in the Military

There's No Turning Back on AI in the Military

The Air Force and Space Force had their own “move 37” moment last month during the first AI-enabled shoot-down of a cruise missile at blistering machine speeds.

The iPhone 12 Finally Gets Magnets Right

The iPhone 12 Finally Gets Magnets Right

“Most of their mods were extensions or duplications of what the Moto Z was already capable of doing—think camera, battery pack or speaker,” he says.Apple already learned some lessons from Motorola by not making MagSafe the unique selling point of the iPhone 12.

Uh-Oh. Russia's Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now

Uh-Oh. Russia's Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now

Ocean temperatures in the area recently climbed to more than 5 C above average, following a record breaking heat wave and the unusually early decline of last winter’s sea ice.The downward trend is likely to continue until the Arctic has its first ice-free summer, said Meier.

The Case for Reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps

The Case for Reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps

In 1933, with the country deep in the Great Depression, the United States government created the Civilian Conservation Corps, a work program that gave young men jobs transforming the American landscape.

It's OK to Play One Game Forever

It's OK to Play One Game Forever

It’s like sucking on a big, color-changing jawbreaker for a couple of years.It’s praiseworthy to have played a lot of games, just like it’s praiseworthy to have read every Jane Austen novel or watched every Jodorowsky film.“Why don’t you play, like, the new Call of Duty?

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

And when one cybersecurity researcher named Mike Assante dug into the details of that attack, he recognized a grid-hacking idea invented not by Russian hackers, but by the United State government, and tested a decade earlier.

Trump's Strangest Lie: A Plague of Suicides Under His Watch

Trump's Strangest Lie: A Plague of Suicides Under His Watch

A preprint study released earlier this week found that the suicide rate in Massachusetts didn’t budge even as that state imposed a strong stay-at-home order in March, April, and May. Subscribe to WIRED and stay smart with more of your favorite Ideas writers.“Just because you’re in a stay-at-home situation doesn’t mean people start immediately decompensating,” said Jeremy Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the lead author of the Massachusetts study.

The US Sanctions Russians For Potentially ‘Fatal’ Triton Malware

The US Sanctions Russians For Potentially ‘Fatal’ Triton Malware

Today the US Treasury imposed sanctions on Russia's Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics, the organization that exactly two years ago was revealed to have played a role in the hacking operation that used that malware known as Triton or Trisis, intended to sabotage the Petro Rabigh refinery's safety devices.

Another Surge, Vaccine and Treatment Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Another Surge, Vaccine and Treatment Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Americans prepare for another surge in cases, vaccine and treatment approval moves forward, and new partnerships curb coronavirus misinformation.This news comes approximately a week after a massive international trial found that remdesivir does not prevent deaths among patients with severe cases with Covid-19.

How the Venus Flytrap ‘Remembers’ When It Captures Prey

How the Venus Flytrap ‘Remembers’ When It Captures Prey

Back in 2016, a team of German scientists discovered that the Venus flytrap can actually "count" the number of times something touches its hair-lined leaves—an ability that helps the plant distinguish between the presence of prey and a small nut or stone, or even a dead insect.

The DOJ Is Fighting Google on a Shifting Battlefield

The DOJ Is Fighting Google on a Shifting Battlefield

Marissa Mayer, Google’s 20th employee who later went on to lead Yahoo!, once told me that for many years, Google would do a test: It would show a certain percentage of users a version of search with no ads, to see if people preferred a commercially pristine experience.

The New Adaptation of The Witches Is Almost Too Much Fun

The New Adaptation of The Witches Is Almost Too Much Fun

Roald Dahl’s 1983 children’s fantasy novel The Witches begins with a simple declaration: “This is not a fairy tale.” Witches, the unnamed boy narrator claims, are real.

Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety

Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety

While the existence of adverse event reports alone don’t prove a product is the cause, the nature and pattern of complaints about Prevagen worried FDA officials, according to agency records.

So Your Wearable Tracks Blood Oxygen Data. How Do You Use It?

So Your Wearable Tracks Blood Oxygen Data. How Do You Use It?

In September, Apple announced that its Watch Series 6 would also have the ability to monitor blood oxygen levels right from your wrist.Why do I need to monitor my blood oxygen level.

Why Is Everyone Building an Electric Pickup Truck?

Why Is Everyone Building an Electric Pickup Truck?

General Motors dropped a pretty penny to debut its new electric Hummer during the World Series on Tuesday, with a two minute, 15 second ad that took up an entire commercial break.

Trump's Un-American Failure to Protect Internet Freedom

Trump's Un-American Failure to Protect Internet Freedom

By the time Edelman was at the White House, “these issues were occupying the agenda of the [National Security Council] Deputies Committee on a very regular basis.” Far from inevitable, it was an intentional bolstering of global work on internet issues—as the internet in other spots on the globe looked increasingly different than that in the United States.

Your Brain Prefers Happy Endings. That’s Not Always Smart

Your Brain Prefers Happy Endings. That’s Not Always Smart

Thanks to their work with fMRI imaging, Vestergaard and Schultz are also able to suggest some of the mechanical underpinnings of this preference by showing that different parts of the brain preserve and process different pieces of information from the same experience.

12 Cyber Threats That Could Wreak Havoc on the Election

12 Cyber Threats That Could Wreak Havoc on the Election

Wednesday night, at a brief, hastily arranged press conference at FBI headquarters, four top US national security officials announced solemnly that they had evidence that two foreign adversaries, Iran and Russia, had obtained US voter data and appeared to be trying to spread disinformation about the election.

Hotspot Watch 22 October 2020

Hotspot Watch 22 October 2020

However, most locations in the upper and central North Island will likely see either little change or small decreases in soil moisture levels during the next week.

The Left and the Right Speak Different Languages—Literally

The Left and the Right Speak Different Languages—Literally

In the study, the Carnegie Mellon researchers used a technique that has spurred big improvements in automated translation of words and phrases between different languages.

What Even Is Friction, Anyway?

What Even Is Friction, Anyway?

In some way, the atoms on the surface of the wood block are interacting with the surface atoms on the table.That is to say, the frictional force pushes in a direction to try to prevent sliding.

The Improbable Appeal of TikTok Tarot

The Improbable Appeal of TikTok Tarot

Before filming each video, Trevino says, he holds his tarot deck and meditates, asking his spirit guides about the message that the collective needs to hear.Whenever Trevino or his colleagues post a reading, it’s TikTok that delivers it to users’ feeds: The spirit in this spiritual practice is contained within an algorithm.

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

But the diabolical ironclad beetle (henceforth known as the DIB) can’t fly, and has over evolutionary time fused its elytra together and to the rest of its exoskeleton, creating a cohesive shell.

A Deepfake Porn Bot Is Being Used to Abuse Thousands of Women

A Deepfake Porn Bot Is Being Used to Abuse Thousands of Women

Sensity was only able to count images shared publicly and the bot gives people the option to generate photos privately.The images are automatically created once people upload a clothed image of the victim to the Telegram bot from their phone or desktop.

An Overlooked Threat to Freshwater Fisheries? Bowfishing

An Overlooked Threat to Freshwater Fisheries? Bowfishing

The authors, Jason Schooley and Dr. Dennis Scarnecchia, describe it as “a call to action for states to begin managing and monitoring bowfishing.” I also consider it a call for all of us who value native fish, whether as anglers or biodiversity advocates.