The Danger of Leaving Weather Prediction to AI

The Danger of Leaving Weather Prediction to AI

Models are now capable of interpreting the dynamics of parcels of atmosphere as small as 3 kilometers in area, and since 1960 these models have been able to include ever-more-accurate data sent from weather satellites.

Why Paleontologists Are Getting Into Florida’s Oyster Business

Why Paleontologists Are Getting Into Florida’s Oyster Business

For the past few years, Dietl has collaborated with Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection to collect tens of thousands of oyster fossils from reefs like this one.

How Citizen Science Aids Horseshoe Crab Conservation

How Citizen Science Aids Horseshoe Crab Conservation

Females are bigger than males, and instead of mating then laying eggs, the females drop eggs in sandy nests and then males, which have attached themselves to the females, release sperm directly on top of the eggs, says Berlynna Heres, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission researcher and lead author of the recent paper “Using Citizen Science to Track Population Trends in the American Horseshoe Crab.”.

50 Fish, 50 States: Freaks in the Hot Springs

50 Fish, 50 States: Freaks in the Hot Springs

© Matt Miller4 of 9Tilapia can now be caught in many warm springs, urban rivers and canals across the United States.Miller9 of 9African jewel cichlid, an exotic species common in Florida waters as well as in warm springs in the western United States.

This Catfish Doesn’t Just Move on Land, It Reffles

This Catfish Doesn’t Just Move on Land, It Reffles

“It was so unlike any form of terrestrial locomotion seen in any animal,” says Noah Bressman, lead author of a new paper describing the behavior in the journal Ichthyology and Herpetology .

The Feds Want You to Destroy This Sneaky Mussel’s Hiding Spot

The Feds Want You to Destroy This Sneaky Mussel’s Hiding Spot

That’s how Wesley Daniel, the database coordinator and a fisheries biologist at the USGS, recently learned that a zebra mussel had turned up on an imported moss ball in a Seattle Petco.

The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker

The Unsettling Truth About the ‘Mostly Harmless’ Hiker

A WIRED reader sent a note to my tip line: The body of a hiker had been found in a tent in Florida in the summer of 2018, but scores of amateur detectives, and a few professional ones too, couldn’t figure out who he was.

So How Wrong Were the Polls This Year, Really?

So How Wrong Were the Polls This Year, Really?

The results hinge on a handful of swing states that may not finish counting votes until the end of the week; in the Rust Belt, Trump’s early leads look to be morphing into narrow Biden victories as absentee ballots get counted.

A Nameless Hiker and the Case the Internet Can’t Crack

A Nameless Hiker and the Case the Internet Can’t Crack

He told people he met along the way that he had worked in the tech industry and he wanted to detox from digital life.A veteran hiker named Matt Mason was working that day, and the two men started talking.

A Florida Teen Allegedly Shut Down School With a DDoS Attack

A Florida Teen Allegedly Shut Down School With a DDoS Attack

Amazon Infiltrated Private Facebook Groups to Spy on WorkersMotherboard this week reports that Amazon has used discreet access to private Facebook groups for drivers in its Flex program to monitor potential problems for the company, including organized labor initiatives.

The Logic Around Contact Tracing Apps Is All Wrong

The Logic Around Contact Tracing Apps Is All Wrong

They can use contact tracing apps to gather real-time data about which activities or locations might be responsible for a dangerously high number of potential exposures.

The Invasive Catfish That Walks Across Parking Lots

The Invasive Catfish That Walks Across Parking Lots

“Some might at first think that the walking catfish just wash out of the storm drain into the parking lot, but you never see peacock bass or other fish that live in drains,” Bressman says.

Tech That Could Help Pro Sports Adapt to the Pandemic

Tech That Could Help Pro Sports Adapt to the Pandemic

The National Football League is gearing up for its fall kickoff with a new face shield and mask combination designed by sunglasses manufacturer Oakley, according to Thom Mayer, medical director of the NFL Players Association, the union that represents pro football players.

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

On Thursday, as Florida began its Phase 2 reopening, the state’s department of health reported 1,419 new coronavirus cases—its biggest single-day spike since the pandemic arrived in the state.

How to Watch SpaceX Launch Astronauts to the ISS

How to Watch SpaceX Launch Astronauts to the ISS

NASA and SpaceX have been working toward this goal for over a decade and this launch is the last major test before NASA certifies the Crew Dragon for human spaceflight .Behnken and Hurley will depart from historic launch pad 39-A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Hidden History in My Backyard

The Hidden History in My Backyard

Photo © Dan Holtz /TNC Photo Contest 2019 Hiawatha Grove stood until 1954, when developers cleared both the house and the orange groves to make way for a new neighborhood: Dommerich Estates.

The Iguana Invasion

The Iguana Invasion

Photo © Lisa Ballard A green iguana is not exactly Godzilla, but at least in Florida, people are still preparing their defenses.An herbivore that eats an occasional cricket or tree snail, the green iguana is now consuming large quantities of native Florida flora, like the nickerbean, a plant that the rare Miami blue butterfly relies on.

Recovery: How Herbicides Can Save Fish and Wildlife

Recovery: How Herbicides Can Save Fish and Wildlife

“In 1995 we sold 12,000 acres of the preserve to the BLM; and we’ve been working cooperatively on the whole area, using an integrated approach.” This, she explained, included herbicides, hand pulling where possible, and biological control via introduced insects that coevolved with the weeds (and which, when caged, had passed rigorous “starvation tests” by dying rather than eating related native plants).

Why Hurricane Michael's Storm Surge Is So High

Why Hurricane Michael's Storm Surge Is So High

It’s measured as the height of the water above the normal predicted tide, and how bad it is depends mainly on three things: wind speed, shoreline shape, and timing.https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/1049770886943924224Typically, the strongest surge occurs with the eyewall of the storm.

Water usage in US at LOWEST level since 1970 as America battles climate change

Water usage in US at LOWEST level since 1970 as America battles climate change

Water usage in US at LOWEST level since 1970 as America battles climate change WATER use across the US is at its lowest point since the 1970s, according to research, proving Americans are making great strides to combat climate change.

A New 'Brown Tide' Could Make Florida's Dangerous Red Tide Worse

A New 'Brown Tide' Could Make Florida's Dangerous Red Tide Worse

The beaches of southwest Florida are once again graveyards for marine life, thanks to a deadly "red tide" algal bloom floating just beneath the surface of the water offshore.

Climate Change Is Coming for Underwater Archaeological Sites

Climate Change Is Coming for Underwater Archaeological Sites

For now, Wright describes her reading of these risks as “theoretical, hypothetical, and logical,” meaning that though there’s fairly limited research within archaeology, these forecasts square with projections that researchers in other fields have arrived at, after starting to scrutinize the future effects of climate change on, for instance, ocean chemistry, reefs, and other marine life.Storm surges and violent weather pose an immediate threat: Hurricanes tracking right over shipwrecks can splinter them into oblivion, or at least strip protective coverings and expose timbers, coral-covered cannonballs, and other features to battering currents and wind.