The Cost of Rising Seas: More Than $400 Billion (and Lots of Angst)

The Cost of Rising Seas: More Than $400 Billion (and Lots of Angst)

In Boston, where many neighborhoods have been built and recently expanded in low-lying areas, an estimated $2.4 billion will be needed over the next several decades to protect the city from flooding, one study says.

A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever

A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever

Now 99 percent of all exported bananas are Cavendish—with almost all of them grown in Latin America.“What we’re having is an almost apocalyptic scenario where we’ll probably lose Cavendish as well,” says Sarah Gurr, Exeter University’s chair in food security.

Now We Know How the Zombie Ant Gets Its Bite

Now We Know How the Zombie Ant Gets Its Bite

“What we found was that the muscle appears to be in a state of forcible contraction,” says molecular biologist Colleen Mangold, lead author on a new paper describing the findings in the Journal of Experimental Biology .A scanning electron microscope image of ant muscle covered in tubular fungal cells.

Zoom Will Fix the Flaw That Let Hackers Hijack Webcams

Zoom Will Fix the Flaw That Let Hackers Hijack Webcams

On Tuesday afternoon, company CEO Eric Yuan told Leitschuh and other researchers that Zoom would remove the local web server functionality it was using to bypass protections in Safari and facilitate instant meeting joins.

Physics Tricks to Make Steph Curry's Golf Show More Extreme

Physics Tricks to Make Steph Curry's Golf Show More Extreme

The fake force allows a rotating reference frame to act like a stationary one. In the non-rotating frame, the ball just moved along with a constant velocity—just as it should with no net forces acting on it.

'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Isn’t the Next 'Pokémon Go.' Good

'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Isn’t the Next 'Pokémon Go.' Good

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is currently the most downloaded free game on both Android and iOS. It’s not even the best-performing Harry Potter game in recent memory: A decidedly non-AR entry called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery racked up seven times as much revenue as Wizards Unite in its first four days after launch, when you compare the same markets.

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

The Russian meddling that rocked the 2016 United States presidential election gave the public a full view of something election officials and advocates have warned about for years: weak voting infrastructure and election systems around the US, and a lack of political will and funding to strengthen them.

This Case Could Change How the SEC Regulates Cryptocurrencies

This Case Could Change How the SEC Regulates Cryptocurrencies

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.On Tuesday, the SEC rang the bell for the first round of the fight, filing a civil complaint alleging that Kik’s ICO was an illegal sale of securities.

Google Is Finally Making Chrome Extensions More Secure

Google Is Finally Making Chrome Extensions More Secure

After years of issues with rogue Chrome extensions , hijacks, and malware, Google announced a slew of new policies Thursday to ensure the little browser applets are secure. The changes announced Thursday will make it harder for Chrome extensions distributed through Google's Chrome Web Store to quietly grab user data.

Kickstarter Celebrates 10 Years of Funding Your Crazy Ideas

Kickstarter Celebrates 10 Years of Funding Your Crazy Ideas

To cover the travel and material expenses for such a project, they turned to the internet, where they found a few dozen strangers willing to fund their little scheme thanks to a brand-new platform called Kickstarter.

There’s a Plague in Our Oceans. Can Ecosystem Services Help?

There’s a Plague in Our Oceans. Can Ecosystem Services Help?

Those of us who study non-human diseases are worried that mass mortality caused by multi-host pathogens is becoming a common and recurrent event, threatening biodiversity in both terrestrial and marine environments.

Expanding Protected Areas Is Not Always the Best Investment

Expanding Protected Areas Is Not Always the Best Investment

A new paper shows that managing existing protected areas to a better standard is often a smarter investment of new funds than purchasing additional land. Given limited funding for conservation, countries are often faced with a choice: spend money on creating new protected areas, or allocating that money to better manage existing protected areas.

Trump Vows Speedy Path to 5G, but Offers Few New Ideas

Trump Vows Speedy Path to 5G, but Offers Few New Ideas

Pai said Friday the FCC will hold the largest auction for wireless spectrum licenses in US history in December, making 3,400 megahertz of spectrum available to carriers for 5G networks.

Experimenting with Water Funds + Behavior Change

Experimenting with Water Funds + Behavior Change

Within the Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund , TNC is experimenting with incentives to get thousands of farmers to adopt farming practices that reduce erosion across Kenya’s Tana River watershed.

Nature Can Be Cost Effective for Improving Urban Water Supplies

Nature Can Be Cost Effective for Improving Urban Water Supplies

Balneario Camboriu view from the bay with partial watershed © Timm Kroeger/TNC In the first rigorous, peer-reviewed study on water fund Return on Investment (ROI) for cities in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, TNC scientists examine the Camboriú Water Fund and show that nature can be a cost-effective solution for improving urban water supplies and reducing treatment costs.

Want to Start Fermenting Your Food? Get This Gear

Want to Start Fermenting Your Food? Get This Gear

Along with your Pipes and Pebbles, you might want a tamper-style tool to expel air bubbles and keep things nice and compact inside your jar or crock. Your fermenting will go better, especially if you're new to the game, if you use a scale and books with recipes that use weight measures.

The Fungi Decimating Amphibians Is Worse Than We Thought

The Fungi Decimating Amphibians Is Worse Than We Thought

Even if you’re one of the lucky amphibian species that can resist the chytrid fungi, you can still unwittingly exacerbate the scourge by transporting the pathogen around the environment for other species to pick up.

Cracking open the green bond market – What’s next?

Cracking open the green bond market – What’s next?

“IFC has been issuing green bonds since 2010, and we helped propel the growth of the market in 2013 with two $1-billion benchmark issuances that were the largest at the time,” said Flora Chao, Global Head of Funding, IFC Treasury.

Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble

Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble

That’s the thrust of a SEC action taken late Monday, when the US securities watchdog requested a federal judge hold Tesla CEO Elon Musk in contempt of court for a short series of tweets he posted last week.

Trump's Border Wall Lawsuit Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

Trump's Border Wall Lawsuit Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

What Really Happened: A little over a week ago, just as President Trump was signing a spending bill that would keep the government open, he declared a national emergency to fund his border wall.

Ford's Shelby GT500 Is the Most Powerful Mustang Ever

Ford's Shelby GT500 Is the Most Powerful Mustang Ever

Unlike so many hulking, entirely American pony cars, this Mustang will look as good in the turns as on the straights. Translation: Unlike so many hulking, entirely American pony cars, this Mustang will look as good in the turns as on the straights.

What’s That Weird Duck In The Local Pond?

What’s That Weird Duck In The Local Pond?

Mandarin duck © Chris Anderson / Flickr Say you’re out for a bit of winter birding at the local nature reserve. Waterfowl are fun to watch and accessible birds for many people. Just about any city pond, park and canal has some waterfowl to spot.

Celebrating 40 years of engagement with Maldives

Celebrating 40 years of engagement with Maldives

5. Preserving and managing the environment Photo Credit: World Bank In 1993, the World Bank supported the Government of Maldives to develop a National Environment Action Plan with the aim of helping Maldivians maintain and improve the environment of the country, and to manage the natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Recovery: New Chance to Save Land and Water

Recovery: New Chance to Save Land and Water

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) quickly became America’s main tool for protecting and restoring historic sites, like battlefields, and for providing matching grants to states for urban and suburban recreation facilities, like ballfields.

Physics Owes a Lot to a Little-Loved Math Class

Physics Owes a Lot to a Little-Loved Math Class

I will use all of the triangles in the drawing above and measure both x and y (although x doesn't change) and then plot the ratio of y/x versus the angle theta.

Gamers, Heads up: Holiday Deals Are Available Right Now

Gamers, Heads up: Holiday Deals Are Available Right Now

You can choose between Battlefield V, Fallout 76, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.Xbox Game DealsWe've highlighted some titles we think you might like, but you can find many of these deals at multiple retailers, including Walmart, Best Buy, Xbox.com, GameStop, and Target.Call of Duty Black Ops 4 for $40 ($20 off)Assassin's Creed Odyssey for $40 ($20 off)Forza Horizon 4 for $40 ($20 off)Battlefield V for $30 ($30 off)Madden NFL 19 + FIFA 19 for $50 ($20 off)Overwatch Legendary Edition for $30 ($30 off)Nintendo Holiday DealsNintendoNintendo has a lot of indie games and other titles for sale through the new year on its Switch Game Store.

An Intel Breakthrough Rethinks How Chips Are Made

An Intel Breakthrough Rethinks How Chips Are Made

“And also you can pack different kinds of transistors; if you want to put a 5G radio right on top of a CPU, solving the stacking problem would be great, because you have all of your functionality but also a small form factor.”"Now, we can take processes that are best for the function and put them all together on a single package."Raja Koduri, IntelThe rest of the industry has already glommed onto the benefits of mixing and matching transistors, investing in “chiplets” that can be used almost like microscopic interlocking puzzle pieces.

Waymo’s Self-Driving Launch, and More This Week in Cars

Waymo’s Self-Driving Launch, and More This Week in Cars

It’s been a week: Let’s get you caught up.HeadlinesStories you might have missed from WIRED this weekWe still don’t know whether the Tesla Model S stopped last month by some quick-thinking cops as its driver snoozed in the front seat was on Autopilot, the electric carmaker’s semi-autonomous highway driving feature.

Should I Delete My Tweets?

Should I Delete My Tweets?

That might mean a few days or a few weeks, if you’re someone who habitually engages in threads or long conversations on Twitter—you don't want your half of the discussion disappear before the conversation is even finished!You can download your archive of tweets before you delete them, if you worry that maybe the MOST BRILLIANT THING you’ve ever said is buried back in your twitter history, and one day you’ll dig through and find it.

Hey! Know-It-Alls! Can I Vote Online?

Hey! Know-It-Alls! Can I Vote Online?

You should probably just bring it.In some states you can bring your phone into the voting booth with you, and even post a “ballot selfie,” but in others you can’t, so again, check your local election sites.

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