How to Build a Spacecraft to Save the World

How to Build a Spacecraft to Save the World

There are more than a thousand asteroids with diameters larger than Didymos and Dimorphos combined, and if any of those were to strike Earth, it could lead to mass extinction and the collapse of civilization.“Everyone knows it’s possible to hit an asteroid,” says Justin Atchison, a DART mission designer at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

The Most Sway-Prone Buildings in LA Aren’t Where You Expect

The Most Sway-Prone Buildings in LA Aren’t Where You Expect

High-rise buildings in some parts of Los Angeles may sway four times as much during an earthquake as those in the downtown area, according to a study that reveals new information about how underlying geology transmits a big quake’s power into buildings above.

Underwater robot getting close-up look at Kaikōura Canyon

Underwater robot getting close-up look at Kaikōura Canyon

Voyage leader and NIWA marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy says this is the first time this technology has been used to survey submarine canyons in New Zealand waters and information collected will lead to new understanding relevant to many of the world’s continental margins.

In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

In fact, China’s push to continue cleaning up its air in the future could warm the entire northern hemisphere by 0.1 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, making it even tougher to keep the Earth’s temperature below the 1.5 Celsius degree (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) warming limit that scientists say is necessary to avoid severe weather disruptions, increased rainfall, sea level rise, droughts, and other disastrous climate change effects by the year 2100.

FAO - News Article: Google and FAO launch new Big Data tool for all

FAO - News Article: Google and FAO launch new Big Data tool for all

Earth Map has also been designed to empower and provide integrative synergies with the federated FAO's Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform , a more comprehensive tool to provide Members, their partners and donors with the means to identify and execute highly-targeted rural development initiatives with multiple goals ranging from climate adaptation and mitigation to socio-economic resilience.

Geoengineering Is the Only Solution to Our Climate Calamities

Geoengineering Is the Only Solution to Our Climate Calamities

Geoengineering proposals generally fall into two categories: removing carbon from the atmosphere, or shielding Earth from solar radiation.European and Asian governments support geoengineering in principle, and it now has bipartisan support in the US, which recently approved $4 million for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to assess solar climate interventions.

The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020

The Uncanny Escapism of Flight Simulator 2020

From a couple thousand feet up in Microsoft’s new Flight Simulator 2020, real-world mapping data from Bing Maps unfurls from the horizon.Mapping tools like Bing’s and Google Earth have long offered enough fidelity that an artist can rely on them to capture far-flung city scenes.

Google Is Launching a Global Earthquake-Detection Network

Google Is Launching a Global Earthquake-Detection Network

Proactive earthquake alerts will only be in California for now (which already has ShakeAlert and an established data set), and Google says that "over the coming year, you can expect to see the earthquake alerts coming to more states and countries using Android’s phone-based earthquake detection.".

How to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

How to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

Heat exhaustion is a culmination of overheating, dehydration, and other factors overloading the body's cooling system, which causes a lot of problems.As a Wilderness First Responder, dealing with people suffering from heat exhaustion is one of the toughest parts of the role, because they often don't want to be helped.

I Bought the Duffel Bag That's in ‘The Expanse’—and Loved It

I Bought the Duffel Bag That's in ‘The Expanse’—and Loved It

If you, like me, have been living under a rock, The Expanse (binge it here) is the revolutionary television phenomenon that has been making WIRED writers lose our collective shit for the past five years .

How to See Comet Neowise Before It’s Gone

How to See Comet Neowise Before It’s Gone

In late March, a team of astronomers working on a space telescope mission called Neowise discovered a comet booking it past the sun, 160 million miles away from Earth.

You Don't Need Single-Use Plastic Bags. You Need a Mask

You Don't Need Single-Use Plastic Bags. You Need a Mask

Its economics are supposedly simple: A company has to make more money on the resulting recycled material than what it costs to gather plastic waste and process it.So it’s more tempting than ever to just pump out more virgin plastic and let the recycling industry languish.

The Hunt Is On for Elusive Ghost Particles in Antarctica

The Hunt Is On for Elusive Ghost Particles in Antarctica

These neutrinos that Anita was searching for would be classified among the most energetic particles in the universe, which physicists believe are produced by the same processes that generate jets of charged particles called ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays.

Space Photos of the Week: An Eternal Voyage of Discovery

Space Photos of the Week: An Eternal Voyage of Discovery

Voyager 2 had a bit more to do; not only would it also visit Jupiter and Saturn, it would become the first spacecraft to fly by Uranus and Neptune.Photograph: NASA/JPLAfter traveling about 400 million miles, Voyager 2 arrived at Saturn, where it snapped this seemingly sideways photo of the ringed beauty.

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020, noted in the report, found that despite a slowing of the rate of deforestation in the last decade, some 10 million hectares are still being lost each year through conversion to agriculture and other land uses.

A Secret Space Plane is Carrying a Solar Experiment to Orbit

A Secret Space Plane is Carrying a Solar Experiment to Orbit

But the real star of the show is a small solar panel developed by the physicists at the Naval Research Lab that will be used to conduct the first orbital experiment with space-based solar power.

Space Photos of the Week: Polychromatic Views of the Earth

Space Photos of the Week: Polychromatic Views of the Earth

Photograph: NASA/JPL-CaltechThis tutti-frutti image shows an 80 million-year-old collision of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates—modern-day Morocco.The combination shows how the city grew from 900,000 people in 1990 to 5.3 million in 2017.Photograph: NASA/METI/AISTThis is Cape Horn, the southernmost part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in Chile.

Get Lost in Nature With These Psychedelic Images

Get Lost in Nature With These Psychedelic Images

To that end, we sent Cody Cobb, a photographer known for his meditative, dream-like landscapes, to make images of a large swath of the American West.

Space Photos of the Week: 50 Years After Apollo 13

Space Photos of the Week: 50 Years After Apollo 13

Photograph: NASAThe crew took this spectacular image of the Earth while returning from the Moon.Photograph: NASAAfter two intense days of what you might call extreme work-arounds, all three crew members of Apollo 13 landed safely back on Earth.

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.

Local Critter Quest: Spot a Pocket Gopher

Local Critter Quest: Spot a Pocket Gopher

You will not find an entrance to the mound, which distinguishes the pocket gopher from ground squirrels, voles and many other burrowing mammals.Pocket gophers block the entrance to the main tunnel with a loose plug of soil.

You Can See the Coronavirus From Space

You Can See the Coronavirus From Space

Since January, the Colorado-based space technology company Maxar has been taking low Earth orbit satellite photographs of Covid-19 hotspots in places like China, Italy, and America.

Space Photos of the Week: Earth Looks Peaceful From Up Here

Space Photos of the Week: Earth Looks Peaceful From Up Here

Humans saw the Earth from space for the first time in 1946 from a V-2 rocket, and subsequent images of the planet can make people feel a little, well, protective.Photograph: NASA/JPLEach of NASA’s Apollo missions had a shot list of photos to take, but this image, Earthrise, was not one of them.

SETI@Home Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] Is Over. But the Search for Alien Life Continues

[email protected] quickly grew into what its collaborator, the nonprofit Planetary Society, has called its “most successful public participation project ever undertaken.” As WIRED reported in 2000, within months of [email protected]’s launch, more than 2.6 million people in 226 countries were volunteering their spare processing power to parse the mounds of data generated by alien-hunting radio telescopes.

Bezos’ Earth Fund Should Invest in These Green Technologies

Bezos’ Earth Fund Should Invest in These Green Technologies

Yet if you were to construct a giant solar farm in space and beam that energy to Earth, the power of the sun would be available around the clock.If Bezos spent just 1 percent of the Earth Fund to develop space-based solar power, it would effectively double the available funding in the US.

Christina Koch and Jessica Weir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

Christina Koch and Jessica Weir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

Photograph: NASAThis accidental artistic photo shows two astronauts: Weir is working on battery replacement, and Koch, who took the photo, is captured in the shiny reflection on Weir’s visor.

Space Photos of the Week: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

Space Photos of the Week: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

The star on the right shoulder of the Orion constellation is a red supergiant called Betelgeuse.Photograph: ESOThis image, taken by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, shows how huge and lopsided Betelgeuse really is.

Australia Is Blazing Into the Pyrocene—the Age of Fire

Australia Is Blazing Into the Pyrocene—the Age of Fire

And just as fast-moving flames swallowed up Paradise in 2018 , fires are moving so quickly, they’re overwhelming whole Australian towns.

The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction

The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction

“What do we learn from women?” Le Guin once asked.Morrison, too, passed away this decade, a year after Le Guin, at the immortal age of 88.Best Fiction of the Decade:.

Space Photos of the Week: 2I/Borisov and Its Comet Buddies

Space Photos of the Week: 2I/Borisov and Its Comet Buddies

The Rosetta mission, which collected this photo, discovered a lot of water on 67/P.Photograph: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS TeamThe European Space Agency dispatched a spacecraft called Rosetta to orbit this celestial snowball, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, for many years.