How Ants Inspired a New Way to Measure Snow With Space Lasers

How Ants Inspired a New Way to Measure Snow With Space Lasers

“We can measure that distance of each individual photon traveling inside the snow,” says Hu, a researcher at NASA’s Langley Research Center.Just as an ant wanders around its underground colony, a photon shot from a space laser takes a random route through the snow.

How to Take Care of Your Electric Vehicle Battery

How to Take Care of Your Electric Vehicle Battery

The Tesla Model 3 (which Hu himself drives) uses nickel-free LFP, which is typically cheaper and safer, with a long battery life: “Hundreds of thousands of miles,” he says.

Technology Can Fix the Climate Mess—but Not Without Help

Technology Can Fix the Climate Mess—but Not Without Help

“The IPCC tells us that we have the knowledge and the technology to get this done through a rapid shift from fossil fuels to renewable and alternative fuels,” said Inger Andersen, under-secretary-general of the UN and executive director of the UN Environment Program, speaking at the press conference.

Big Gulp: Blue Catfish Eats Wood Duck

Big Gulp: Blue Catfish Eats Wood Duck

“The bay at the time was in a degraded condition, and fisheries managers thought blue catfish could provide something for people to fish for,” says Crum.

75 Years On, the Doomsday Clock Keeps Ticking

75 Years On, the Doomsday Clock Keeps Ticking

On Thursday, as Bulletin members celebrate the clock’s 75th anniversary, they will update the time again, when it could tick slightly toward or away from the apocalypse.“The Doomsday Clock has been called the most iconic piece of graphic art of the 20th century, and I think it’s proving to be as powerful in the 21st.

What Are the 4 Calling Birds? Probably Not What You Think.

What Are the 4 Calling Birds? Probably Not What You Think.

In the original published version, it’s “4 colly birds” not “4 calling birds.” In England at the time, “colly birds” was a name given to blackbirds.There are hints of our past relationships with birds still among us…sometimes hidden in the lyrics of a popular song.

What Bird Is the Partridge in a Pear Tree?

What Bird Is the Partridge in a Pear Tree?

To further confuse matters, Europeans have had a tendency to label just about any game bird they encountered a “partridge.” several North and South American species are often called partridges, even though they are not.The long-tailed tree quail looks quite partridge-like.

Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

Today, only one glacier remains in Venezuela: on the second highest peak, Pico Humboldt.“It’s an era that is [almost] completely finished now,” says Melfo, a particle physicist at the University of the Andes, who has recently been working on projects involving biology and ecology, including research on this last glacier.

Humans Have Broken a Fundamental Law of the Ocean

Humans Have Broken a Fundamental Law of the Ocean

To find out, Sheldon and his colleagues hauled buckets of seawater up to the Hudson’s laboratory and used a plankton-counting machine to total up the size and number of creatures they found.

Squirrel Parkour? The Science Behind Squirrel Acrobatics

Squirrel Parkour? The Science Behind Squirrel Acrobatics

Squirrels are also capable of changing course mid-jump and making split-second decisions about how far to leap depending on the strength of a branch.At least, that’s what former University of California Berkeley researcher Nathaniel Hunt and a team found after years of studying fox squirrels near campus.

This Intrepid Robot Is the WALL-E of the Deep Sea

This Intrepid Robot Is the WALL-E of the Deep Sea

“The rover helps us understand how much of that carbon might actually make its way into the sediments in the deep sea,” says MBARI marine biologist Crissy Huffard, who coauthored the new paper.

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.

Stop Telling Kids They’ll Die From Climate Change

Stop Telling Kids They’ll Die From Climate Change

Another told a journalist that the hunger was “nothing compared to what we can expect when the climate crisis unleashes a famine here in Europe in 20 years.” I couldn’t work out where this claim was coming from.

Meet the Voice Actress Behind Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Meet the Voice Actress Behind Kena: Bridge of Spirits

When the cofounders of video game developer Ember Labs asked Ayu Larassanti to read for the part of Kena, the main character in their upcoming game Kena: Bridge of Spirits, she was surprised.

AI Can Write Code Like Humans—Bugs and All

AI Can Write Code Like Humans—Bugs and All

Alex Naka, a data scientist at a biotech firm who signed up to test Copilot, says the program can be very helpful, and it has changed the way he works.Despite such flaws, Copilot and similar AI-powered tools may herald a sea change in the way software developers write code.

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.

El Salvador’s Bitcoin Gamble Is Off to a Rocky Start

El Salvador’s Bitcoin Gamble Is Off to a Rocky Start

A former child actor, and current tech investor and notorious Burner, Pierce led a delegation of crypto entrepreneurs in June to the Central American country, following president Nayib Bukele’s announcement that El Salvador would adopt bitcoin as its legal tender, in addition to the US dollar, starting on September 7, 2021.

New Orleans Was Already a 'Heat Island.' Then Ida Cut the Power

New Orleans Was Already a 'Heat Island.' Then Ida Cut the Power

“So you get kind of this baking-in factor over the course of multiple days of heat,” says Portland State University climate adaptation scientist Vivek Shandas, who has studied the heat island effect in Portland, New Orleans, and dozens of other cities.

Hurricane Ida: What It'll Take for New Orleans to Restore Power

Hurricane Ida: What It'll Take for New Orleans to Restore Power

Those repeated disasters mean that utilities have a recovery playbook for storms like Ida. But knowing what order to run those plays in depends entirely on the unique conditions left behind by each hurricane—which regions remain inaccessible for days due to flooding, and which specific components of the system need extensive repairs.

The UN Climate Report: All Is Not Well—but All Is Not Lost

The UN Climate Report: All Is Not Well—but All Is Not Lost

That’s a significant update from a previous IPCC report that predicted that the planet would hit the 1.5 milestone at around the year 2040, says Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and the director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute, who wasn’t involved in the report.

FAO - News Article: FAO Director-General QU Dongyu designates European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet FAO Goodwill Ambassador

FAO - News Article: FAO Director-General QU Dongyu designates European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet FAO Goodwill Ambassador

12 April 2021, Rome - European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet was named Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Goodwill Ambassador today, the International Day of Human Space Flight.

Outriders Is Grinning Through the Apocalypse

Outriders Is Grinning Through the Apocalypse

Partway through Outriders, the player character—the “Outrider”—is tasked with finding a lieutenant who’s gone missing in one of the sprawling battlefields that cover the fictional planet of Enoch.

Monster Hunter Rise Blends the Best of Feudal Japanese Culture

Monster Hunter Rise Blends the Best of Feudal Japanese Culture

Palicos can be seen pounding the mochi, which is then used in dango recipes (sweet rice dumplings popular in Japanese cuisine).Food is a big part of the gameplay and the overall worldbuilding in Monster Hunter Rise.

Bed Tricks, Cod, and the Hidden History of Catfishing

Bed Tricks, Cod, and the Hidden History of Catfishing

The numberless catfish who now course through social media , the ones who devastate lives with sophisticated online masquerades, exist to beguile and disturb.In this way, she is akin to Nev's catfish, Angela, who turned him from a defeated dropout to a man with a purpose.

5 Useful Terminal Tricks for Mac Users

5 Useful Terminal Tricks for Mac Users

To set a timer for shutdown, open a Terminal window and run:.In this case, you can just use the "caffeinate" command to set an anti-sleep timer:.

Hackers Accessed Security Cams Inside Tesla and Beyond

Hackers Accessed Security Cams Inside Tesla and Beyond

Microsoft-Owned GitHub Takes Down Exchange Server ExploitSecurity researchers warned this week that a full, public proof-of-concept exploit for recently-patched Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities would further roil a hacking frenzy that had already escalated in recent days.

The Pandemic Turns One, Vaccine Trials Adapt, and More Coronavirus News

The Pandemic Turns One, Vaccine Trials Adapt, and More Coronavirus News

The pandemic has raged for a year, vaccine trials contend with approved shots, and Biden signs a $1.9 trillion relief bill.As the vaccine rollout accelerates, drugmakers are facing a new dilemma : getting people to sign up for trials for new shots, where they might get a placebo instead of the real thing.

How Far Away From Perseverance Did the Descent Stage Land?

How Far Away From Perseverance Did the Descent Stage Land?

It's not quite as mighty, but I am going to dare something myself: I'm going to try to figure out how far the descent stage would land from the rover.

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.

Easy Nature Adventures to Enjoy Near You

Easy Nature Adventures to Enjoy Near You

Over the years, Cool Green Science has covered many wildlife activities that can be enjoyed in a backyard, a city park or a vacant lot.While scavenger hunts don’t have to involve nature, the challenge of finding plants and animals makes for a more rewarding quest.