How Scientists Fish: The Hand Line

How Scientists Fish: The Hand Line

“You’ll know,” says Kydd Pollock, fisheries science manager for The Nature Conservancy and research leader for the Fishing for Science program at Palmyra Atoll.He had substantial experience with a form of hand line: He tagged more than 2,500 sharks at Palmyra using the method.

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.

Scientists, iwi investigate bringing back rock oyster industry

Scientists, iwi investigate bringing back rock oyster industry

However, Dr Handley said the Pacific oyster was severely affected by a herpes virus about 10 years ago which knocked back populations and had a devastating effect on the industry.

He Escaped the Dark Web's Biggest Bust. Now He's Back

He Escaped the Dark Web's Biggest Bust. Now He's Back

AlphaBay's dark web site is now accessible not only via Tor, like the original AlphaBay, but also I2P, a less popular anonymity system that DeSnake encourages users to switch to.

AbleGamers Just Got a Big Win for the Disabled Gaming Community

AbleGamers Just Got a Big Win for the Disabled Gaming Community

In November 2020, Twitch helped out by donating $1 million, money that Spohn says will go to hiring and distributing new controllers to disabled gamers like Thad.

An Introduction to Bird Banding

An Introduction to Bird Banding

© Murry Burgess The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship, or MAPS program is a collaborative effort between banders of diverse organizational backgrounds to monitor breeding bird populations through systematic data collection at relatively long-term banding sites across the continent.

Biologists Unlock the Secrets of ‘Invisible’ Animals

Biologists Unlock the Secrets of ‘Invisible’ Animals

“It’s like the power of invisibility,” says Pomerantz, lead author of a recent study in the Journal of Experimental Biology that examines how clear wings develop.In ocean environments there are lots of transparent species, but on land it’s much less common.

The Most Romantic Date Spots in Super Mario 3D World

The Most Romantic Date Spots in Super Mario 3D World

This year the stars aligned and I was finally free to spend Valentine’s Day exactly the way I’ve always wanted: playing Super Mario 3D World for 12 hours straight through online co-op.

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Android Phone More Secure

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Android Phone More Secure

There are times when you will want to hand your unlocked phone to the people around you—showing photos to friends, for instance, or giving it to your kids to play on—and you may want to consider putting some extra locks on the apps you want to be more secure.

The Triumphant Return of the Good Small Phone

The Triumphant Return of the Good Small Phone

“With its amazing size, it fits in the palm of your hand,” said Apple vice-president of marketing Kaiann Drance in Tuesday’s promotional video.It’s even a good bit smaller than the iPhone SE—which has a 4.7 inch display.

Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Deformed Beaks: What We Know About An Alarming Bird Disease

Dr. Colleen Handel, Research Wildlife Biologist and founder of the Landbird Ecology Program at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Alaska Science Center, was the first to discover and connect prior curiosity and observations to these emerging deformities.

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

The September 21, 2019, game, which Stones was broadcasting to audiences via YouTube and Twitch , had attracted several top players to the casino's card room, a gaudily lit space done up like an Old West saloon.

CBP Seized OnePlus Buds as ‘Counterfeit’ AirPods. Now It's Doubling Down

CBP Seized OnePlus Buds as ‘Counterfeit’ AirPods. Now It's Doubling Down

“Upon examining the shipment in question, a CBP Import Specialist determined that the subject earbuds appeared to violate Apple’s configuration trademark,” the agency said in a statement shared with WIRED.

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

In May of this year, Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich sued Google under the state’s Consumer Fraud Act, alleging "widespread and systemic use of deceptive and unfair business practices to obtain information about the location of its users.” Even a privacy-focused Google software engineer didn’t understand how location controls worked, according to recently unsealed court documents from the case first reported by the Arizona Mirror.

Students do the science on COVID protection

Students do the science on COVID protection

As the world battles a deadly pandemic, New Zealand school students have been beavering away at science fair projects researching the effectiveness of our own COVID-19 protection measures.NIWA freshwater ecologist and science fair coordinator Tracey Burton says that there is a strong focus on COVID-19 related projects entered in the fair.

Want to Slow Down Time? Use a Really Slow Clock

Want to Slow Down Time? Use a Really Slow Clock

Now, Thrift is back with Moon, a clock that measures one lunar cycle with each revolution.Scott Thrift's new Moon clock indicates the current phase of the lunar cycle.“We already have timepieces that show us how to be on time,” Thrift says.

Whoooaaa Duuuuude: Why We Stretch Words in Tweets and Texts

Whoooaaa Duuuuude: Why We Stretch Words in Tweets and Texts

“That can convey basically anything, like ‘Duuuuude, that's awful,’” says University of Vermont applied mathematician Peter Sheridan Dodds, one of the study’s coauthors.Gray wrote a program that searched the data for stretched words, specifically looking for repeated letters.

What’s the Strange Ailment Affecting Kids With Covid-19?

What’s the Strange Ailment Affecting Kids With Covid-19?

Many of the cases have evoked a rare, but treatable, ailment called Kawasaki disease, an inflammatory illness that affects young children.Still, Burns says the cluster of cases is unusual—unprecedented, even, in her 30 years studying Kawasaki disease and other immune conditions in kids.

Let’s Say There’s a Covid-19 Vaccine—Who Gets It First?

Let’s Say There’s a Covid-19 Vaccine—Who Gets It First?

“It could be groups with underlying health conditions, or people who, because of the kind of work they’re doing, can’t avoid contact—like health care workers, police officers, grocery store workers,” Handel says.The vaccine against seasonal influenza, for example, isn’t as effective in older people.

Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19

Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19

“If you look at a fire engine going down the street, there's four personnel inside who technically are not socially distanced,” says Mike Mohler, deputy director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

Delivery Companies Hand Out Safety Gear—With Mixed Results

Delivery Companies Hand Out Safety Gear—With Mixed Results

The grocery delivery company had pledged to outfit more than 100,000 of its shoppers with “health and safety kits,” each containing a reusable face mask, a forehead thermometer, and hand sanitizer.“The mask is a joke,” says Amy V., an Instacart worker who received her safety kit this week.

A Cheap Gaming Mouse Will Do Wonders for Your Wrist

A Cheap Gaming Mouse Will Do Wonders for Your Wrist

But gamers, willing to spend money on peripherals they feel will improve their performance, were buying things like mechanical keyboards and gaming mice .

These Ferrofluid Sculptures Will Melt Your Mind

These Ferrofluid Sculptures Will Melt Your Mind

As Mesplé pushed his experiments with ferrofluids further, he found himself wanting the stuff to jump distances, as it does by flowing into the Killing Time skull’s mouth.Like that one time Mesplé tested a particularly powerful magnet with a crescent wrench.

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Stuff

It might seem more productive to read our Coronavirus Gear and Supplies Guide and start filling your pantry with canned goods and essentials, but cleaning and sanitizing surfaces in your home can help lower the chances you or a loved one will contract Covid-19 and lower the chances you might spread it to someone else.

Amazon Sellers ‘Hijack’ Listings to Sell Face Masks Despite New Rules

Amazon Sellers ‘Hijack’ Listings to Sell Face Masks Despite New Rules

Last week, Amazon confirmed to CNBC that it would no longer accept new offers for face masks, hand sanitizer, and other products related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Covid-19 Can't Stop People From Looking for Love (or Hookups)

Covid-19 Can't Stop People From Looking for Love (or Hookups)

Stories about concerned and confused daters are everywhere, and people’s reactions to the outbreak range from seeking a hookup for the end of the world (and saying so in their dating app profiles) to instantly unmatching with people once they find out that their prospective mate has been on a plane recently.

The Invisible Lives of Hand Dryers

The Invisible Lives of Hand Dryers

Contentious and often seemingly ineffective, hand dryers have become a virtually invisible part of everyday life.“They’re something you rely on and expect, but don’t ever recall,” says English photographer Samuel Ryde.“I realized that the hand dryer represented the bar,” Ryde says.

The Coronavirus Could Put an End to Handshakes

The Coronavirus Could Put an End to Handshakes

In her joint research with anthropologist Neil Gerlach, Hamilton argues that we’re now living in an era of heightened disease awareness she calls ‘pandemic culture,’ and that it’s changing the way we hold ourselves in public and interact with each other in subtle ways.

Wash Your Hands—but Beware the Electric Hand Dryer

Wash Your Hands—but Beware the Electric Hand Dryer

There’s been understandable blowback from the hand-dryer industry, which notes that certain studies pegging hand dryers as disease vectors were carried out by researchers who had worked as consultants for paper-towel manufacturers.

A Deft Robotic Hand That’d Make Luke Skywalker Proud

A Deft Robotic Hand That’d Make Luke Skywalker Proud

Up until this point, researchers have succeeded in giving amputees control over robotic hands by measuring nerve activity in the residual limb.“Patients get this big ball of nerves called a neuroma,” says University of Michigan plastic surgeon Paul Cederna, who co-developed this new system.