Edward O. Wilson, Science Communicator

Edward O. Wilson, Science Communicator

But let’s be clear: as a science communicator, Wilson was none of this.Wilson hadn’t just communicated science.Perhaps just as important, while Wilson was a scientist through and through, he always very clearly articulated his values .

Urchin Slayers Are Trying to Save the Underwater Rainforest

Urchin Slayers Are Trying to Save the Underwater Rainforest

The resulting “urchin barrens,” as divers call them, can stretch hundreds of miles, with scientists reporting earlier this year that some Northern California kelp forests have suffered 95 percent loss since 2012.Kelp are key to much of the West Coast’s marine biodiversity.

Scientists Finally Identify a Deadly Toxin That's Been Killing Birds

Scientists Finally Identify a Deadly Toxin That's Been Killing Birds

His team had Wilde send over a few samples of the colonized hydrilla leaves and they figured out a way to get the bacteria cultured in the lab.After waiting and waiting, Niedermeyer finally had enough bacteria to run an assay to see what toxins they were producing.

Facebook Moves Against ‘Evil Eye’ Hackers Targeting Uyghurs

Facebook Moves Against ‘Evil Eye’ Hackers Targeting Uyghurs

Its cyber espionage investigations team went so far as to trace the Android malware used in the Evil Eye campaigns to two development firms: Beijing Best United Technology Co., Ltd. and Dalian 9Rush Technology Co., Ltd. Facebook says that research from the threat intelligence firm FireEye contributed to its discovery of these connections.

How Far Away From Perseverance Did the Descent Stage Land?

How Far Away From Perseverance Did the Descent Stage Land?

It's not quite as mighty, but I am going to dare something myself: I'm going to try to figure out how far the descent stage would land from the rover.

Mobileye Puts Lidar on a Chip—and Helps Map Intel's Future

Mobileye Puts Lidar on a Chip—and Helps Map Intel's Future

“If you look long-term, a company like Intel needs to look for new growth domains.Mobileye’s lidar SoC is the sharpest example of what Intel calls its “XPU” strategy—that is, looking beyond the CPU to computing in all of its many forms.

After Centuries, a Simple Math Problem Gets an Exact Solution

After Centuries, a Simple Math Problem Gets an Exact Solution

In the decades that followed, the Monthly published variations on the interior problem, which mainly involved horses (and in at least one case a mule) rather than goats, with fences that were circular, square, and elliptical in shape.

Wet, warm, cold, dry – the holidays with a bit of everything

Wet, warm, cold, dry – the holidays with a bit of everything

But before heading off to the bach, beach, or boat, here’s five things you should know about regarding the 2020 Christmas climate, according to NIWA forecaster Ben Noll: The wet — although the Christmas/New Year period will feature plenty of dry weather, Christmas Eve will be an exception.

The Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction—and Other Stuff in the Night Sky

The Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction—and Other Stuff in the Night Sky

If you look at the moon with binoculars, you can see much more detail in the craters than with just your naked eye.With a pair of binoculars, you can see things that are otherwise too faint to detect with the naked eye in the dark sky.

Something Was Wrong. My Nightgown Was in Flames

Something Was Wrong. My Nightgown Was in Flames

The cold water hit like a narcotic; my terror tilted into galactic well-being.After some number of cold-warm, bliss-agony cycles, I uncertainly called for Richard.Richard carried me to the bed where he put a cold cloth on the burns.

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.

Russia’s Fancy Bear Hackers Are Hitting US Campaign Targets Again

Russia’s Fancy Bear Hackers Are Hitting US Campaign Targets Again

The targets include many election-adjacent organizations, according to researchers at Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Center, including political campaigns, advocacy groups, think tanks, political parties, and political consultants serving both Republicans and Democrats.

There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe

There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe

The clinic, Idant, had opened three years earlier, one of the country’s first commercial sperm banks.

Hackers Broke Into Real News Sites to Plant Fake Stories

Hackers Broke Into Real News Sites to Plant Fake Stories

The propagandists have created and disseminated disinformation since at least March 2017, with a focus on undermining NATO and the US troops in Poland and the Baltics; they’ve posted fake content on everything from social media to pro-Russian news websites.

How Will Covid Be Remembered?

How Will Covid Be Remembered?

Ruminating on why the 1918 flu pandemic wasn’t better remembered, the African historian Terence Ranger concluded in the early 2000s that the story wasn’t being told right.

Self-Driving Tech Is Becoming a Game of Partnerships

Self-Driving Tech Is Becoming a Game of Partnerships

It’s really, really hard,” says Iagnemma, the president and CEO of a joint venture formed in March between South Korea’s Hyundai and self-driving startup Aptiv.

When Health Care Moves Online, Many Patients Are Left Behind

When Health Care Moves Online, Many Patients Are Left Behind

“It also means my patient population is at the bottom of the list for access to the technology that’s needed to effectively do telemedicine.”.“When you need telemedicine everywhere, you see a vulnerable population that doesn’t have the means to use it,” Harwell says.

The US Says Chinese Hackers Went Too Far During the Covid-19 Crisis

The US Says Chinese Hackers Went Too Far During the Covid-19 Crisis

"These actors have been observed attempting to identify and illicitly obtain valuable intellectual property and public health data related to vaccines, treatments, and testing from networks and personnel affiliated with Covid-19-related research," the joint announcement says.

This Map Shows the Global Spread of Zero-Day Hacking Techniques

This Map Shows the Global Spread of Zero-Day Hacking Techniques

But today, the global map of zero-day hacking has expanded far beyond the United States, Russia, and China, as more countries than ever buy themselves a spot on it.

How to Watch Tonight's Democratic Debate in South Carolina

How to Watch Tonight's Democratic Debate in South Carolina

CBS News is hosting the event along with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, and the festivities are scheduled to kick off at 8 pm Eastern time (5 pm Pacific).The tenth Democratic primary debate is being hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Profound Loneliness of New York Subway Platforms

The Profound Loneliness of New York Subway Platforms

In the first months after moving to New York City in 2008, Israeli-born photographer Natan Dvir liked to time how long he could stare at fellow subway passengers before one of them made eye contact.

How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack

How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack

Team Penske and Meyer Shank Racing, driving machines based on Acura street cars, enjoyed a mood lacking in the frantic energy typical of previous decades in racing.

A Tiny Glass Bead Goes as Still as Nature Allows

A Tiny Glass Bead Goes as Still as Nature Allows

It is as still as it could possibly be, as permitted by the laws of physics: It’s reached what physicists call the bead’s “motional ground state.” “The ground state is the limit where you cannot extract any more energy from an object,” says Aspelmeyer, who works at the University of Vienna.

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The lens will sit right on the cornea, and Ashley Tuan, vice president of medical devices at Mojo Vision, tells me it will be just like wearing normal contacts.

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.

Why the ‘Queen of Shitty Robots’ Renounced Her Crown

Why the ‘Queen of Shitty Robots’ Renounced Her Crown

The tumor, which she nicknamed Brian, was remarkable chiefly because of its size: 4.6 centimeters across.“Plot twist,” Giertz says in a subdued voice during a YouTube dispatch about the golf-ball-sized growth at the time.Even before the brain tumor, Giertz says, she was starting to feel like “it was harder and harder to come up with ideas.

How to Watch the November Democratic Debate

How to Watch the November Democratic Debate

Tonight’s debate will once again feature 10 of the top Democratic candidates, who will be taking the stage in Atlanta at 9 pm Eastern.The fifth Democratic debate is being cohosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

Space Photos of the Week: Reading the Universe in Infrared

Space Photos of the Week: Reading the Universe in Infrared

By filtering for infrared scientists are able to peer through the visible stuff that gets in the way, like gas and dust and other material, to see heat, and in space there’s a lot of hot stuff.

The Big Lure of Tiny Keyboards

The Big Lure of Tiny Keyboards

The keys of a tiny keyboard aren’t any smaller than normal, they are just fewer in number.Toby Dan, who works in software sales in Atlanta, Georgia, is a mechanical keyboard enthusiast who builds and designs layouts for small boards.

Whoopi Goldberg and Alexander Skarsgård Are Joining The Stand

Whoopi Goldberg and Alexander Skarsgård Are Joining The Stand

For starters, CBS All Access' adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand is rounding out its cast.Also, that series now has a new cast member: Whoopi Goldberg.