Why The Queen’s Gambit Is the No. 1 Netflix Show Right Now

Why The Queen’s Gambit Is the No. 1 Netflix Show Right Now

Suffice to say very few people watching understand chess at the level someone like Kasparaov does, but movies from Searching for Bobby Fischer to Queen of Katwe to Fresh have proven audiences want to know what it’s like to play as a grandmaster.

Hotspot watch 29 October 2020

Hotspot watch 29 October 2020

Soil moisture decreases were observed across most of the North Island during the past week, with the most substantial losses occurring from lower Northland through to Bay of Plenty and East Cape.

Tarantulas: Color, Cancer and Cramps

Tarantulas: Color, Cancer and Cramps

© Saoirse Foley Their results show tarantulas have eyesight-relevant genes so color may indeed matter for showing off and for hiding.But as far as spider bites, they may helpful than harmful: research is finding the venom of tarantulas and other species is soothing for cancer and cramps.

Subterranean sensing

Subterranean sensing

Environmental monitoring technician Carl Fischer says there’s a fine balance between letting people in to enjoy the caves and protecting the caves from damage.Speleothems are created as water percolates into the cave.If CO2 is below about 2400ppm, percolation water will precipitate calcite and create speleothems.

Among Us Was Hit With Pro-Trump Spam

Among Us Was Hit With Pro-Trump Spam

Recently, US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) engaged with the voting public via a big Twitch stream in which she played the party game/treachery simulator Among Us. Not long after, the game was plagued by a spam attack that launched a bevy of pro-Republican messages to players, which seems … possibly related.

Republicans Make an Unlikely Closing Pitch: Amend Section 230

Republicans Make an Unlikely Closing Pitch: Amend Section 230

On Wednesday morning, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jack Dorsey will appear remotely at a hearing titled “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?” The law, part of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, gives interactive computer services broad legal immunity for content posted by users.

To Save the Planet, Get More EVs Into Used Car Lots

To Save the Planet, Get More EVs Into Used Car Lots

Now, more capable electric vehicles, with ranges exceeding 100 miles, are making their way to used car lots, like BMW i3s , Nissan Leafs , and Volkswagen E-Golfs from 2014 and later.

A Hacker Is Threatening to Leak Patients' Therapy Notes

A Hacker Is Threatening to Leak Patients' Therapy Notes

The health care and mental health services provider Vastaamo says it first began investigating a possible breach at the end of September, when a hacker contacted three of the organization's employees with extortion demands.

Pandemic Quiet Is Helping Humans Eavesdrop on Rare Dolphins

Pandemic Quiet Is Helping Humans Eavesdrop on Rare Dolphins

MMF scientists have studying the Burrunans for more than a decade, but the pandemic quiet has only just made it possible, via 3,000 hours of clear recordings of the animal’s noises, to begin to understand what the aquatic mammals have been saying.

Scientists Discover the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

Scientists Discover the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

But researchers discovered in 1911 that at low temperatures, electrons can induce vibrations in a metal’s atomic lattice, and those vibrations in turn draw electrons together into couples known as Cooper pairs.

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

Platforms could either collect such information through the mainstream press or set up a hotline allowing users to report election problems to the social media companies themselves, which would then verify the authenticity of tips before alerting users.

Uh-Oh. Russia's Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now

Uh-Oh. Russia's Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now

Ocean temperatures in the area recently climbed to more than 5 C above average, following a record breaking heat wave and the unusually early decline of last winter’s sea ice.The downward trend is likely to continue until the Arctic has its first ice-free summer, said Meier.

It's OK to Play One Game Forever

It's OK to Play One Game Forever

It’s like sucking on a big, color-changing jawbreaker for a couple of years.It’s praiseworthy to have played a lot of games, just like it’s praiseworthy to have read every Jane Austen novel or watched every Jodorowsky film.“Why don’t you play, like, the new Call of Duty?

How the Venus Flytrap ‘Remembers’ When It Captures Prey

How the Venus Flytrap ‘Remembers’ When It Captures Prey

Back in 2016, a team of German scientists discovered that the Venus flytrap can actually "count" the number of times something touches its hair-lined leaves—an ability that helps the plant distinguish between the presence of prey and a small nut or stone, or even a dead insect.

Why Is Everyone Building an Electric Pickup Truck?

Why Is Everyone Building an Electric Pickup Truck?

General Motors dropped a pretty penny to debut its new electric Hummer during the World Series on Tuesday, with a two minute, 15 second ad that took up an entire commercial break.

Trump's Un-American Failure to Protect Internet Freedom

Trump's Un-American Failure to Protect Internet Freedom

By the time Edelman was at the White House, “these issues were occupying the agenda of the [National Security Council] Deputies Committee on a very regular basis.” Far from inevitable, it was an intentional bolstering of global work on internet issues—as the internet in other spots on the globe looked increasingly different than that in the United States.

Hotspot Watch 22 October 2020

Hotspot Watch 22 October 2020

However, most locations in the upper and central North Island will likely see either little change or small decreases in soil moisture levels during the next week.

The Left and the Right Speak Different Languages—Literally

The Left and the Right Speak Different Languages—Literally

In the study, the Carnegie Mellon researchers used a technique that has spurred big improvements in automated translation of words and phrases between different languages.

The Improbable Appeal of TikTok Tarot

The Improbable Appeal of TikTok Tarot

Before filming each video, Trevino says, he holds his tarot deck and meditates, asking his spirit guides about the message that the collective needs to hear.Whenever Trevino or his colleagues post a reading, it’s TikTok that delivers it to users’ feeds: The spirit in this spiritual practice is contained within an algorithm.

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car

But the diabolical ironclad beetle (henceforth known as the DIB) can’t fly, and has over evolutionary time fused its elytra together and to the rest of its exoskeleton, creating a cohesive shell.

A Deepfake Porn Bot Is Being Used to Abuse Thousands of Women

A Deepfake Porn Bot Is Being Used to Abuse Thousands of Women

Sensity was only able to count images shared publicly and the bot gives people the option to generate photos privately.The images are automatically created once people upload a clothed image of the victim to the Telegram bot from their phone or desktop.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Storms Twitch

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Storms Twitch

Ocasio-Cortez was playing Among Us, a recently viral game with Mafia-like mechanics.By the time Ocasio-Cortez went live at 9 pm ET Tuesday night, over 260,000 people had hit “Follow” on her Twitch channel.

The Anticlimax of the Google Antitrust Suit

The Anticlimax of the Google Antitrust Suit

Now Google is accused of forcing phone companies to install its apps on the Android OS—which it gives away for free.There’s no question that Google dominates search, but in 2020, there isn’t one company that rules technology but a cluster (including Microsoft).

Deals. Profits. Lock-in. Behind the DOJ Case Against Google

Deals. Profits. Lock-in. Behind the DOJ Case Against Google

In the first step, Google makes deals with the companies who control access to search engines and apps: device manufacturers, browser makers, and mobile carriers.

Scientific Journals Are Denouncing Trump. That’s Normal

Scientific Journals Are Denouncing Trump. That’s Normal

And the international system of scientific journals—including Science, Nature and The New England Journal of Medicine, among many others— came to play an outsize role in this Cold War vision, as the appointed guardians of independent truth.

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

The Fate of Gig Workers Is in the Hands of California Voters

A ballot measure would create a new legal classification for Uber drivers, Instacart shoppers, and DoorDash deliverers—not quite employees, but not the independent contractors they’ve been until now.

Babies May Be Drinking Millions of Microplastic Particles a Day

Babies May Be Drinking Millions of Microplastic Particles a Day

To count the release of microplastic particles from polypropylene bottles, Boland and his colleagues followed the World Health Organization’s protocol for the safe preparation of baby formula.

The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation

The Election Will Bring a Hurricane of Misinformation

When people feel crushed by the everything-all-the-time of the moment, when they’re a bundle of nerves and reactivity, they can generate all kinds of stormy energies of their own.To minimize information fatigue on Twitter, I’ve organized everything into lists: left- and right-leaning sources, news organizations, Fox News, and so on.

Hotspot Watch 16 October 2020

Hotspot Watch 16 October 2020

In the North Island, many locations received moderate to substantial rainfall amounts ranging between about 30-60 mm, including much of Northland, Waikato, Taranaki, Gisborne, and Hawke’s Bay. Meanwhile, amounts less than 30 mm were observed across eastern Northland, Auckland, Manawatu-Whanganui, and Wairarapa.

From Palmyra to the Pacific: Realigning a Rainforest

From Palmyra to the Pacific: Realigning a Rainforest

To that end, TNC is working with partners, including the USFWS, to derive lessons and best practices to maximize Palmyra’s resilience in the face of climate change by eradicating black rats, realigning the native rainforest, and reintroducing endangered bird species.