Reshuffled Rivers Bolster the Amazon’s Hyper-Biodiversity

Reshuffled Rivers Bolster the Amazon’s Hyper-Biodiversity

The relationship between geographic change and biodiversity is “one of the most contentious topics in evolutionary biology,” said Musher, who did the study as part of his doctoral work.

The Almighty Squabble Over Who Gets to Name Microbes

The Almighty Squabble Over Who Gets to Name Microbes

Baker named the group of deep-sea microbes collected in 2009 Helarchaeota—after the Norse goddess of the underworld.Officially speaking, Helarchaeota falls into a category called Candidatus—a designation reserved for microbes that haven’t earned a proper scientific name yet.“We are finding new kinds of life right and left,” says Karen Lloyd, a microbial ecologist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Earth Month Book Review 2022

Earth Month Book Review 2022

In this book, he looks for what remains – the museum specimens and stories – of 11 creatures no longer on this planet.It’s illustrated with lovely prints by Jade They, making this feel like a natural history book of my youth.

Machines of War Take a Heavy Toll on Ukraine—and the Planet

Machines of War Take a Heavy Toll on Ukraine—and the Planet

But a hidden crisis is unfolding too: The carbon emitted by war machines is helping warm the planet at a critical moment in human history, when every day not spent decarbonizing adds to the compounding misery of climate change.

Old Climate Clues Shed New Light on History

Old Climate Clues Shed New Light on History

Relying on new geochemical techniques for analyzing ice core sediment to determine the dates of ancient volcanic activity down to the year or even season, the paper, published in Nature in 2015, showed that major eruptions worldwide caused precipitous, up-to-a-decade-long⁠ drops in global temperatures.

David Attenborough’s Unending Mission to Save Our Planet

David Attenborough’s Unending Mission to Save Our Planet

And right now, in the year of COP26, The Green Planet hopes to do for plants what Attenborough has done for oceans and animals … create understanding and encourage us to care.

A Survey for the Chihuahua Chub

A Survey for the Chihuahua Chub

I work hard to incorporate a little bit of outdoor fun into my desk job, so recently I found myself out with the NMDGF crew surveying fish in the Mimbres River.

We Are The Caretakers Puts Afrofuturism Front and Center

We Are The Caretakers Puts Afrofuturism Front and Center

Scott Brodie, founder of Heart Shaped Games and lead developer on the game, told WIRED, “I look at Afrofuturism as a way to center stories around Black people and the broader diaspora and not being so Western-centric.

Four New Books for Fall

Four New Books for Fall

Pump is a natural history of the heart and the science is fascinating.Her book is a much-needed reminder that the plastics crisis isn’t an isolated problem that can be solved with reusable shopping bags or a natural body scrub.

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.

Chrome’s Cookie Update Is Bad for Advertisers but Good for Google

Chrome’s Cookie Update Is Bad for Advertisers but Good for Google

For most people, the change will be invisible, but behind the scenes, Google is planning to put Chrome in control of some of the advertising process.Google’s plan to replace third-party cookies comes from its Privacy Sandbox, a set of proposals for improving online ads without obliterating the ad industry.

The Amazon Case Signals a Tougher Stance on Gig Economy Firms

The Amazon Case Signals a Tougher Stance on Gig Economy Firms

But the FTC alleges that by late 2016, Amazon had begun to use an algorithm to determine new base-pay rates by workers’ locations and began to subsidize that base pay with customer tips.

Social Media Bans Are Really, Actually, Shockingly Common

Social Media Bans Are Really, Actually, Shockingly Common

To combat review fraud, Yelp and other platforms flag reviews they deem spammy or objectionable and remove them from the main listings of the page.Platform-wide estimates show even higher rates of content removal, some 25 to 30 percent of all reviews aren't shown on businesses’ main review pages.

Nintendo Has One Decent Switch Deal for Black Friday

Nintendo Has One Decent Switch Deal for Black Friday

It's on sale for $300, which is admittedly its actual retail price, but this bundle includes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a party game every bit as essential as Scrabble.The Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle costs $300 ($68 off) at Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and GameStop.

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

It didn't take long for some Mac users to note that trustd—a macOS process responsible for checking with Apple's servers to confirm that an app is notarized—was attempting to contact a host named but failing repeatedly.

The Genome of Your Pet Fish Is Extremely Weird

The Genome of Your Pet Fish Is Extremely Weird

In both goldfish and the carp they were derived from, there are 25 chromosomes, but each fish carries 100 of them—instead of two copies, they have four, or rather two sets of two.

The iPhone 12 Is a Smartphone Made for Our Terrible Times

The iPhone 12 Is a Smartphone Made for Our Terrible Times

At the very least, you have to use a VPN service anytime you connect to the internet through a network that you don't personally control.

The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music

The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music

“We were trying to pay some homage to the original two films while making it feel like it was contemporary," Parisot told Ars about how he approached bringing the Bill and Ted franchise into the 21st century.

An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers

An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers

Check Point also suggests that a hacker might be able to access banking data history through the attack, but Amazon disputes this, saying that information is redacted in Alexa's responses.

Cloud Support: Why Do I Keep Refusing OS Updates?

Cloud Support: Why Do I Keep Refusing OS Updates?

Open a cloud support ticket for assistance with your personal problems, moral dilemmas, or philosophical concerns about encounters with technology.On the other hand, it’s not like accepting an update will put an end to them.

Ghosts of Tsushima Isn't Samurai Cinema—It's a Popcorn Flick

Ghosts of Tsushima Isn't Samurai Cinema—It's a Popcorn Flick

The first thing to get out of the way about Ghost of Tsushima, developer Sucker Punch's newest open-world game about samurai, is that it's not much interested in those cultural questions.

A Mathematician’s Guide to How Contagion Spreads

A Mathematician’s Guide to How Contagion Spreads

But most important, Kucharski says, is what he calls “epidemiological thinking.” That’s a mindset for dealing with incomplete information, as infectious-disease researchers must when they encounter a novel, fast-moving pathogen.But transmission is not going down, because people aren't following those supposedly obvious things that can help reduce transmission.

This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease

This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease

Tessera has spent the past two years developing a new class of molecular manipulators capable of doing lots of things Crispr can do—and some that it can’t, including precisely plugging in long stretches of DNA.It’s not gene editing, says von Maltzahn.

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Newly formed Google accounts will auto-delete activity and location every 18 months by default.Auto-delete features also don't apply to services explicitly meant for long-term data storage, like Gmail, Google Drive, and Photos.

Cool Green Summer Book Review

Cool Green Summer Book Review

And if you’re looking for more, Cool Green Science has abundant reviews on a variety of topics, from nature in literary fiction and mystery novels, books for birders and for anglers and traveling naturalists , reviews of field guides and nature references , and much more.

Celebrate Earth Day With These Books

Celebrate Earth Day With These Books

But there are also many new books that continue to tell nature, conservation and science stories in creative ways.I’m impressed by the different ways of telling the story, including a children’s adventure series, fun daily readings of nature facts, a literary novel and more.

The Deliciously Surprising Science of Taste

The Deliciously Surprising Science of Taste

“But this has been converted down the years into a more extreme version of the taste map that says sweet is at the front of the tongue, bitter is at the back, and salty and sour at the sides,” says Robert Margolskee, director and president of Philadelphia's Monell Chemical Senses Center, which researches taste and smell.

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 Best Nature Documentaries On TV Now

The Best Nature Documentaries On TV Now

Here are the best nature documentaries on our list… from volcanoes to ivory poaching, from coral reefs to tree rings.You’ll notice that some old favorites aren’t on the list, because we wanted to bring you new films that you haven’t already seen a million times.

Where Did Plants Come From? This Ancient Algae Offers Clues

Where Did Plants Come From? This Ancient Algae Offers Clues

But a few recent papers—two based on molecular biology, and one on rare, precious fossils from 1 billion years ago—are helping to fill in the gaps in our understanding of those ancient algae and what allowed them to eventually make the transition to land.