In New Zealand, People (and Moths) Rediscover Dark Skies

In New Zealand, People (and Moths) Rediscover Dark Skies

The man had made his way from Texas to the Mackenzie region of New Zealand’s South Island for the landscapes, to see vivid swathes of violet lupins set against blue glacial lakes and snowy peaks rising beyond golden tussocked hills.

An Outdated Grid Has Created a Solar Power Economic Divide

An Outdated Grid Has Created a Solar Power Economic Divide

Even if rooftop solar panels were free to everyone, the authors say, homeowners in these areas wouldn’t be able to use power from solar panels to run appliances or charge an electric vehicle without buying a special battery.

Everything Amazon Announced—Including a Cute Security Robot

Everything Amazon Announced—Including a Cute Security Robot

You’ll get professional monitoring, backup internet on all Ring devices, access to the Alexa Guard Plus helpline, and more robust online security using Eero Secure.Photograph: AmazonWorking with The Home Depot, Ring's new JobSite Security bundle aims to make it easier to monitor job sites.

Amazon’s Astro Is a Robot Without a Cause

Amazon’s Astro Is a Robot Without a Cause

Even more akin to a robot vacuum cleaner are the array of sensors in the bot: Astro is packed with “ultrasonic sensors, time-of-flight cameras, and other imaging tools that let the robot know what’s around it and where it’s going,” according to The Verge.

You Can Now Buy Ring’s In-Home Drone—if You’re Invited

You Can Now Buy Ring’s In-Home Drone—if You’re Invited

Last year at Amazon’s annual fall hardware event, Ring (which is owned by Amazon) showed off a drone designed to capture video inside your home .To hear Amazon and Ring product execs tell it, the drone was designed to alleviate the burden of having multiple fixed cameras in different locations around your house.

Content Creators are Re-Creating Homelessness in The Sims

Content Creators are Re-Creating Homelessness in The Sims

The challenge, which goes by the moniker of the “homeless” or “rags-to-riches” challenge, sees players dress their Sims characters so that they appear homeless and then set out to acquire 5,000 Simoleons—enough in-game currency to build a modest multiroom house—without any shelter or a job, according to the challenge’s community page.

Why Does Asthma Get Worse at Night?

Why Does Asthma Get Worse at Night?

Hundreds of years later, scientists were finding evidence that backed him up: A study from 2005 showed that nearly 75 percent of people with asthma experience worse attacks at night.In one experiment, called the “constant routine protocol,” participants sat in bed for 38 hours without being allowed to sleep.

In a Tiny Arctic Town, Food Is Getting Harder to Come By

In a Tiny Arctic Town, Food Is Getting Harder to Come By

I visited the Igloolik community radio station, Nipivut Nunatinnii “Our Voice at Home,” and had them run an announcement that I was in town and looking for stories about water and climate change.

These Apps Saved My Sanity (and Probably My Marriage)

These Apps Saved My Sanity (and Probably My Marriage)

He’d drop the kids off to school and jet off to work, forgetting to mention that they’d decided to be car riders, not bus riders.I was tired of bickering, exhausted of upsetting friends I’d promised to carve time for, and completely over my husband’s and my endless cycle of forgetfulness.

How to Take a Screenshot on Any Phone or Laptop

How to Take a Screenshot on Any Phone or Laptop

How to Take a Screenshot on an iPhone or iPad. Illustration: AppleTo capture a screenshot on your iPhone or iPad , press the Sleep/Wake and Volume Up buttons simultaneously.Photograph: Simon HillTo capture a screenshot on an Android phone or tablet , press the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously.

I'm Trapped in the Witcher 3 Grind, and I Hate It Here

I'm Trapped in the Witcher 3 Grind, and I Hate It Here

Not only that, it’s a big, stupid chore that too often comes during those precious early hours of a game when you’re just trying to get your bearings and master the gameplay mechanics.

How to Prepare for Your Eventual Return to the Office

How to Prepare for Your Eventual Return to the Office

Time spent traveling, such as commuting to work or driving to a store, declined by 26 minutes from an average of 1.2 hours per day in 2019 to 47 minutes per day in 2020, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

You Should Have Waited for the Official 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Trailer

You Should Have Waited for the Official 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Trailer

People are hyped to see Spider-Man: No Way Home, and with movie-going in a state of, shall we say, flux right now, there aren’t quite as many movies to talk about and folks aren’t seeing new trailers every weekend at the multiplex.

Why Do House Finches Love Your Hanging Plants?

Why Do House Finches Love Your Hanging Plants?

Why does it seem like house finches as well as other birds favor these peculiar places to nest, particularly hanging plants like ferns?

How to Customize Your PS5's Home Screen

How to Customize Your PS5's Home Screen

It looks like every game you own is followed by default, which means you may see news and content related to everything you've ever downloaded—even if you don't want to.(Unfortunately, this only works on PS5 games, but should hopefully become more useful as that library grows.).

Qomp Makes a Case for Shorter, Simpler Video Games

Qomp Makes a Case for Shorter, Simpler Video Games

But a new game out on Steam, called qomp, might be the first to consider that playing as the table tennis ball rather than the paddle could make for a novel gameplay experience.

It Takes Two Is One Hell of a Couples' Therapy Session

It Takes Two Is One Hell of a Couples' Therapy Session

“We use a lot of metaphors through mechanics,” says Josef Fares, founder of It Takes Two developer Hazelight Studios.Like aspirational long-term relationships, there’s a satisfying mix of old and new, tradition and novelty, expected and unexpected.But Cody and May are not in a successful long-term relationship.

The Spit-Swapping Roaring '20s Post-Pandemic Summer Terrifies Me

The Spit-Swapping Roaring '20s Post-Pandemic Summer Terrifies Me

I’m sipping on this toxic cocktail of social anxiety and perfectionism all the time.When it’s come to “expectations about these social obligations,” she says, “the pressure is off in a lot of ways.” Although there’s been an overwhelming need for anxiety and depression services during the pandemic, Brown says, her clinic has noticed that patients who struggle predominantly with social anxiety haven’t been seeking treatment.

The Atlanta Shootings Made Me Stop Gaslighting Myself

The Atlanta Shootings Made Me Stop Gaslighting Myself

When a white man murdered six Asian women and two other people because he had a “bad day,” I knew I had gaslighted myself—a revolting feeling of both vindication that I was not crazy and horror that my worst suspicions had been confirmed.

Netflix’s Marriage or Mortgage Is Maddening

Netflix’s Marriage or Mortgage Is Maddening

Despite being presented with an affordable dream home, the couple picks a splashy wedding instead, spending more than $6,000 on the dress and commissioning a custom ranch-dressing fountain for guests.

The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool

The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool

The tests, which are being run by two unnamed internet service providers, the Home Office and the National Crime Agency, are being conducted under controversial surveillance laws introduced at the end of 2016.

Social Media Reminds Us of the Year That Wasn’t

Social Media Reminds Us of the Year That Wasn’t

There’s even a new Twitter feed devoted to this: @YearCovid, which is dedicated to “livetweeting the covid pandemic as it happened on this date in 2020.” Following the account means getting semi-frequent reminders of what the news stories and social media reactions were on any given day in 2020.

Could The Simpsons Replace Its Voice Actors With AI?

Could The Simpsons Replace Its Voice Actors With AI?

“You could certainly come up with an episode of The Simpsons that is voiced by the characters in a believable way,” says Tim McSmythurs, a Canada-based AI researcher and media producer who has built a speech model that can be trained to mimic anyone’s voice.

Help! I’m Drowning in Admin and Can’t Get My Actual Job Done

Help! I’m Drowning in Admin and Can’t Get My Actual Job Done

Finally, remember that losing senior staff and having to hire new ones is a gigantic headache your boss would very much like to avoid, and that this gives you leverage when you explain what you need to do your job effectively and feel fulfilled in your work.

Utah's ‘Porn Filter’ Law Passes the State Legislature

Utah's ‘Porn Filter’ Law Passes the State Legislature

This week, Microsoft and security firm FireEye both shared new details about malware strains the Russia-linked group used to get such devastating access to so many targets.

50 Birds: Adventures in Backyard Birding

50 Birds: Adventures in Backyard Birding

The Intermountain Bird Observatory was keeping tabs on them, and was receiving reports of up to 60 spending the winter here each year.And there’s perhaps no better way to discover those birds than by keeping a yard list.

How to Set Up a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Network as an Alternative to Broadband

How to Set Up a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Network as an Alternative to Broadband

Photograph: NetgearThe idea behind 4G LTE at home is pretty simple at its core: Deliver internet access to your home in the same way that your phone gets online when it's away from Wi-Fi. If you've ever tried to connect your laptop to a hot spot running from your phone, then you know what's involved, together with all the potential pros (wireless internet access anywhere) and cons (interference and bandwidth issues).

OK, The 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Reveal Was a Good Troll

OK, The 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Reveal Was a Good Troll

The reveal of the new Spider-Man 3 title.Zendaya proffered Spider-Man: Home Slice with the caption “So excited to announce the new Spider-Man title.“We’re so excited to share the TITLE of our new movie!

Sex Tapes, Hush Money, and Hollywood’s Economy of Secrets

Sex Tapes, Hush Money, and Hollywood’s Economy of Secrets

A few Googles later, she had her answer: a man named Kevin Blatt, who called himself a “celebrity sex tape broker.” She squinted at the avatar on his Instagram profile.

Help! Everyone Is Judging My Messy Bedroom

Help! Everyone Is Judging My Messy Bedroom

I used to talk to so many people on the phone; these days, I’m constantly moving my laptop from the surface of my desk to the stack of books that props it up for video calls.