Fungi Could Be the Downfall of Humanity

Fungi Could Be the Downfall of Humanity

In recent years, a fungal infection called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (chytrid) has decimated amphibian populations around the world, with some scientists estimating that chytrid is responsible for population decline in over 500 amphibian species.One of Casadevall’s studies estimated that 95 percent of fungal species simply cannot survive at average human internal temperature.

The Fashion Industry Could Reduce Emissions—if It Wanted To

The Fashion Industry Could Reduce Emissions—if It Wanted To

In 2019, some of the largest fashion brands in the world put their names on science-based climate targets, saying they would reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030 in order to stay in line with a UN-endorsed pathway to keeping the climate from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The Llama, the Hamster, and a New Path for Covid Treatment

The Llama, the Hamster, and a New Path for Covid Treatment

To design a new potential Covid treatment, researchers at the Rosalind Franklin Institute at Oxford University took advantage of the biological quirks of an unlikely animal pair: the llama and the Syrian hamster.

Humans Can't Be the Sole Keepers of Scientific Knowledge

Humans Can't Be the Sole Keepers of Scientific Knowledge

Writing scientific knowledge in a programming-like language will be dry, but it will be sustainable, because new concepts will be directly added to the library of science that machines understand.

Y: The Last Man Isn’t About Politics—It’s About Survival

Y: The Last Man Isn’t About Politics—It’s About Survival

What happens after the elimination of cisgender men is that a lot of devastated people must decide how much they want their new world to look like their old one.

Greg LeMond and the Amazing Candy Colored Dream Bike

Greg LeMond and the Amazing Candy Colored Dream Bike

The Prolog isn’t perfect, especially if you’re my size—I want to swap out its fancy integrated handlebars for narrower ones, and the small frame is just a little too long for me—but it’s the most fun ride I’ve had in a long time.

Can the Wisdom of Crowds Help Fix Social Media’s Trust Issue?

Can the Wisdom of Crowds Help Fix Social Media’s Trust Issue?

And so if the laypeople ratings correlated with the average fact checker score as closely as the individual fact checkers agreed with each other, it would be fair to say that the crowd was performing as well as or better than a professional.

Fleeing Disaster Is Hard. Climate Change Is Making It Harder

Fleeing Disaster Is Hard. Climate Change Is Making It Harder

“More frequent, severe, and faster-growing wildfires and hurricanes increase the size and frequency of disasters and evacuations, and decrease the warning time,” says Keith Porter, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Natural Hazards Center.

The End of Trash Fish

The End of Trash Fish

My friend, a visiting fish biologist, was thrilled to catch species new to him, like chiselmouth, largescale sucker and northern pikeminnow.It’s time to put the term “trash fish” in the trash, where it belongs, and give these fish the respect (and management) they deserve.

How the Fallow Deer Took the World

How the Fallow Deer Took the World

In fact, some experts believe the only current native, wild population of fallow deer is now found in an isolated herd in Turkey.Today, the fallow deer is the national animal of Barbuda and Antigua, and deer hunting remains an important cultural activity on the island.

The Disturbingly Long Tapeworms of Alaskan Bears

The Disturbingly Long Tapeworms of Alaskan Bears

© Tom Fenske/TNC Photo Contest 2019 Last week, I posted a blog on the growing popularity of trail cameras and included a number of photos and videos of cool wildlife.But Kampnich tells me it’s not the first time he has seen bears with tapeworms of various sizes.

BMW’s Virtual Factory Uses AI to Hone the Assembly Line

BMW’s Virtual Factory Uses AI to Hone the Assembly Line

Grüeneisl says machine-learning algorithms can simulate robots performing complex maneuvers to find the most efficient process.

Biden Announces His Broadband Plan—and ISPs Will Hate It

Biden Announces His Broadband Plan—and ISPs Will Hate It

Biden's plan also seeks to "promote price transparency and competition among internet providers, including by lifting barriers that prevent municipally owned or affiliated providers and rural electric co-ops from competing on an even playing field with private providers, and requiring internet providers to clearly disclose the prices they charge."

How to Get a Battery Replacement for Your Aging Smartphone

How to Get a Battery Replacement for Your Aging Smartphone

Like your car, they might just need a new part every now and then, and the best repair you can do on your phone to make it last longer is a battery replacement.

Intel Wants to Revive US Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First

Intel Wants to Revive US Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First

But at the same time, Intel said it would outsource production of some of its most advanced chips to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.“It's a pretty deep hole for Intel,” says Linley Gwennap, president of the Linley Group, a chip industry analyst firm.

Optimizely’s Founder Wants to Augment Your Memories

Optimizely’s Founder Wants to Augment Your Memories

Siroker says that he’s very privacy-conscious, and all of those digitally stored memories will go into “your own personal vault.” He’s also thinking a lot about how to make sure the people you interact with don’t feel you’re stealing their words.Siroker says he does not want people to alter records in a way that supports nefarious uses like deepfakes.

A Silicon Chip Shortage Is Causing Big Issues for Automakers

A Silicon Chip Shortage Is Causing Big Issues for Automakers

And despite its size, the auto industry is actually a bit of a minnow when it comes to buying chips, accounting for roughly a tenth of global semiconductor fab output.

As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

To alleviate the standoffs, Changi is using software developed by Open Robotics, a nonprofit, to let robots from different manufacturers talk to each other and negotiate safe passage.

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.

Do I Have a Moral Obligation to Be On TikTok?

Do I Have a Moral Obligation to Be On TikTok?

While it may be true that we all have an instinctive, evolutionary investment in seeing the next generation flourish (regardless of whether it includes any children of our own), I imagine that your more immediate concern is for your long-term viability in an economy that regards cultural capital and technological fluency as assets to one’s personal brand.

Humanity Is in Danger of Becoming Obsolete in LX 2048

Humanity Is in Danger of Becoming Obsolete in LX 2048

It's a flawed yet thought-provoking, surreal science-fiction film, chock-full of big ideas on our relationship to technology and what it means to be human, all beautifully anchored by D'Arcy's fantastic performance.

A Massive Fraud Operation Stole Millions From Online Bank Accounts

A Massive Fraud Operation Stole Millions From Online Bank Accounts

Researchers from IBM Trusteer say they’ve uncovered a massive fraud operation that used a network of mobile device emulators to drain millions of dollars from online bank accounts in a matter of days.

Want a More Equitable Future? Empower Citizen Developers

Want a More Equitable Future? Empower Citizen Developers

Research conducted by Microsoft and Keystone points to the critical role of investment not just in tech but in creating an architecture that can enable anyone to access opportunity across divides and barriers, developing the capabilities required to drive the innovation desperately needed to rebuild.

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis

You see, Davies, along with conservation scientist Emily Duncan of the University of Exeter and other researchers, had not long before released the bottle and nine others into the Ganges as part of a clever experiment to show how plastic pollution moves through rivers and eventually out to sea.

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.

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.

Mobile Games Can Offer a Pocket-Sized Path to Healing

Mobile Games Can Offer a Pocket-Sized Path to Healing

Somehow, I found a way to cope, to redirect my mind away from my pain, both physical and mental, and focus it on something fun: a mobile game.

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.

Why Degrowth Is the Worst Idea on the Planet

Why Degrowth Is the Worst Idea on the Planet

The US and UK both manufacture more than they did 50 years ago (at least until the Covid-19 pandemic sharply reduced output), and Germany has been a net exporter since 2000 while continuing to drive down air pollution.

How to Back Up Your Digital Life

How to Back Up Your Digital Life

Photograph: AmazonThe first backup is the simplest—buy an external hard drive and regularly copy your data to it.