Squirrel Parkour? The Science Behind Squirrel Acrobatics

Squirrel Parkour? The Science Behind Squirrel Acrobatics

Squirrels are also capable of changing course mid-jump and making split-second decisions about how far to leap depending on the strength of a branch.At least, that’s what former University of California Berkeley researcher Nathaniel Hunt and a team found after years of studying fox squirrels near campus.

Soon Your Google Searches Can Combine Text and Images

Soon Your Google Searches Can Combine Text and Images

Integrating MUM into Google search results also represents a continued march toward the use of language models that rely on vast amounts of text scraped from the web and a kind of neural network architecture called Transformer.

How to Save Money on Your Digital Subscriptions

How to Save Money on Your Digital Subscriptions

This perhaps works best for music and video streaming subscriptions, where you know you won't be using them for an extended period of time: Maybe you're going to give an alternative service a try, or you've finally watched everything there is to watch on Hulu.

‘Prebunking’ Health Misinformation Tropes Can Stop Their Spread

‘Prebunking’ Health Misinformation Tropes Can Stop Their Spread

As media literacy expert Mike Caulfield notes, tropes flatten a scene to its essential bits, stripping out details to compel us to jump to a conclusion (the heroine will get out of her car!)

Radioactive Rat Snakes Could Help Monitor Fukushima Fallout

Radioactive Rat Snakes Could Help Monitor Fukushima Fallout

Gerke’s recent study suggests that rat snakes may be useful bioindicators of radioactive contamination in nuclear disaster zones.

Monster Hunter Rise Blends the Best of Feudal Japanese Culture

Monster Hunter Rise Blends the Best of Feudal Japanese Culture

Palicos can be seen pounding the mochi, which is then used in dango recipes (sweet rice dumplings popular in Japanese cuisine).Food is a big part of the gameplay and the overall worldbuilding in Monster Hunter Rise.

How You Can Use Google Maps Like a Social Network

How You Can Use Google Maps Like a Social Network

When your profile is restricted, only your followers will be able to see your reviews and ratings on Google Maps, as well as the list of who you're following.

Why Do Exploding Barrels Make Video Games So Much More Fun?

Why Do Exploding Barrels Make Video Games So Much More Fun?

If games are big iterations of cause and effect, then elemental reactions give very clear and logical feedback to players about exactly what their footprint on the world is.

Why It Matters Which Charger You Use for Your Phone

Why It Matters Which Charger You Use for Your Phone

There are always going to be situations where you need to charge up your phone but you don't have the bundled charger on hand—and Apple isn't bundling a charging block at all with the new iPhone 12 (though you still get a Lightning cable in the box).So can you just plug any charger into your phone to juice it up, especially now that the vast majority of handsets support the same wireless charging and USB-C standards?

The Science That Spans #MeToo, Memes, and Covid-19

The Science That Spans #MeToo, Memes, and Covid-19

Foucault Welles, an associate professor at Northeastern, says that network science “lets us distill vast, chaotic online communication data down to its essence” and “pull out important themes, people, and events for close reading.” This intersection with big data is critical: that it can extract patterns from terabytes of social media interactions strengthens the reach of its conclusions—the findings aren’t about how a small set of users behave, but about aggregate behavior.

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.

A Poker Pro Accused of Cheating Wants $330M in Damages

A Poker Pro Accused of Cheating Wants $330M in Damages

Mike Postle, a 42-year-old poker pro who has been widely accused of cheating on livestreamed games at a Sacramento casino, has never wavered in his claims of innocence.The bulk of the poker world, including many of the named defendants, seems to have greeted the news of Postle’s suit with derision.

How Cities (and Citizens) Create Hostile Environments

How Cities (and Citizens) Create Hostile Environments

The object that Savić considers a particular masterpiece of unpleasant design is the Camden bench.One online critic called it the perfect “anti-object.” But perhaps the most common form of hostile seating is even subtler: the utter lack of it in some places.

How the Coronavirus Got to Donald Trump

How the Coronavirus Got to Donald Trump

In fact, Covid-19’s incubation period probably means that the president and his wife could have been infectious at the Cleveland debate with Biden.

How to Win Any Debate

How to Win Any Debate

If you want this discussion to be more productive than your last argument on Facebook, here are some strategies to help make sure you don’t walk away stressed out, having wasted your time and energy.If you’re going to debate someone else, it’s helpful for you to make similar decisions about what you want to accomplish.

To Make Fairer AI, Physicists Peer Inside Its Black Box

To Make Fairer AI, Physicists Peer Inside Its Black Box

Specifically, Pierini has begun simulating proton collisions with an AI algorithm known as a generative adversarial network, or GAN.But physicist Brian Nord of Fermilab uses algorithms derived from facial-recognition technology to identify abnormal-looking galaxies whose light is warped by curved spacetime.

The Flagrant Hypocrisy of Bungled College Reopenings

The Flagrant Hypocrisy of Bungled College Reopenings

Institutions had to convey that they were fully considering the seriousness of Covid-19 and propose plans for their students to receive the high-caliber education that was already promised and paid for.

California Lawmakers Push for More Diversity in the Boardroom

California Lawmakers Push for More Diversity in the Boardroom

At Google, for example 42 percent of the US workforce is Asian, but only 30 percent of people in leadership roles.“I am not going to sit back and allow companies to make an excuse that the talent is not there,” says Thomas, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO.

How Financial Apps Get You to Spend More and Question Less

How Financial Apps Get You to Spend More and Question Less

“When they come to a new website with the aim of doing business, they obviously are steered into what the bank or other company wants them to see or do.” Sometimes the patterns are subtle—the websites might use clever images, text placement, or bright colors that steer consumers into a particular action, account, or service, Sherry says.

How to Install Apps From Outside Your Phone's App Store

How to Install Apps From Outside Your Phone's App Store

Before you rush to start downloading and installing things, it's important you know that sideloading apps removes the security protections that Google and Apple give you: Their app stores are carefully patrolled for malware, stalkerware , and anything that might try to steal your data or break your device.

A Study Finds Sex Differences in the Brain. Does It Matter?

A Study Finds Sex Differences in the Brain. Does It Matter?

Nevertheless, Raznahan has continued to study sex differences, in the hope that they could help us better understand neurodevelopmental disorders.

9 Tips to Keep Your Cloud Storage Safe and Secure

9 Tips to Keep Your Cloud Storage Safe and Secure

For those shares that do need to stay active, use whatever options you have inside your cloud storage accounts to make these shares read-only unless the other parties absolutely need to be able to edit files (Google Drive is one service where you can do this).

How Gödel’s Proof Works

How Gödel’s Proof Works

He proved that any set of axioms you could posit as a possible foundation for math will inevitably be incomplete; there will always be true facts about numbers that cannot be proved by those axioms.

Don't Talk About Covid-19's 'Waves'—This Isn't the Spanish Flu

Don't Talk About Covid-19's 'Waves'—This Isn't the Spanish Flu

“One of the reasons that some low-income countries have had relatively lower cases is because they followed the advice better,” says Banerjee.

How to Trick Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything

How to Trick Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything

To memorize these, Dellis recommends starting by turning each one of those items into an easily-remembered image.This technique of linking images with places is called the memory palace, and it’s particularly useful for remembering the order of certain elements, says Shaw.

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook today announced new features for Messenger that will alert you when messages appear to come from financial scammers or potential child abusers, displaying warnings in the Messenger app that provide tips and suggest you block the offenders.

How Apple and Google's Social Distancing Maps Work

How Apple and Google's Social Distancing Maps Work

In other words, it counts how many times people request driving, walking, or transit directions during a day, and then plots the number of those requests on a chart.

TikTok Has a Pro-Anorexia Problem

TikTok Has a Pro-Anorexia Problem

So it’s no surprise that, as Buzzfeed reported last month, some TikTok users have found disturbing pro-ana content on their For You page, a personalized section of the platform that displays videos users are likely to enjoy.

What Is a Coronavirus?

What Is a Coronavirus?

Like MERS and SARS, the 2019 novel coronavirus appears to have originated in bats, but it’s not clear how the virus jumped from bats to humans or where the first infections occurred.

Digital IDs Make Systemic Bias Worse

Digital IDs Make Systemic Bias Worse

If you belong to one of those tribes, you end up waiting months to appear in front of a vetting committee.Ziya applied for an ID in 2013 and received an appointment with the vetting committee in 2014.